Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. identify and assess a range of issues relating to the representation of nature
  2. evaluate the integrity of diverse sources of information, compare and contrast differing cultural perspectives in historical and contemporary visual culture
  3. demonstrate a sound knowledge of issues concerning contemporary Indigenous Australian art through written communication.
  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Wonder
    • Paganism
    • Aboriginal Art and Landscape
    • Australian Art and Landscape
    • Landscape and the body
    • Japanese aesthetics and contemporary gardens
    • Islamic, Medieval, Mannerist and Victorian Pleasure Gardens
    • Romanticism and the Sublime
    • Environmental and reclamation art
    • The urban landscape
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:


You need a high level of proficiency in the English language and basic essay writing skills before you commence this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject explores a range of concepts and contexts in which ideas about nature operate, both historically and in contemporary culture. You will gain a broad introduction to many ideas relating to the natural environment and culture, from the western ideal of the 'Garden of Eden' to contemporary gardens as cultural projects. You will explore links between nature and religion, an international history of gardens, the use of nature in political contexts and the role of the natural environment in an age of climate change.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - Test (15%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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