LOOTING, ICONACLASM AND CENSORSHIP

ARH2LIC

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject focuses on the relationship between collecting, conflict and power by exploring a number of key case studies drawn from a Western cultural and historical context, such as the Elgin marbles and the widespread and systematic Nazi looting of cultural material, as well as the recent destruction of parts of the ancient cultural complex of Palmyra. It draws attention in particular to the role art plays in conquest, imperialism and nation building and explores the strong emotions it provokes in religious conflicts, which can lead to its destruction, or censorship. Students are encouraged to explore the wider ethical and legal context of acts of looting, collecting, destruction and theft as a means of understanding the power of art to impact peoples' lives. Complex issues of restitution will also be unpacked, in order to provide a broader context for understanding the connection between art and the cultures that created it, and the profound impact that severing this connection can have on the development of those cultures.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLisa Beaven

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites None

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop an understanding of the complexities of collecting, censorship and power in the visual arts in historical and contemporary contexts.

Activities:
Weekly lecturers, prescribed readings and tutorial participation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Expand on research, critical and reflective thinking and writing skills by evaluating key ideas and concepts.

Activities:
Written assignments that are underpinned by research, critical thinking and observation. Participate in weekly tutorial discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Develop and strengthen an understanding and the capacity to engage with ethical debates and ideas that apply to collecting, ownership and censorship within historical and contemporary arts contexts.

Activities:
Completion of assignments, weekly lecturers, prescribed readings and tutorial participation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)

04. Expand observational skills to discuss visual art objects utilising language that is appropriate to the art history discipline.

Activities:
Written assignments that focus on objects using the requisite discipline language. Participate in weekly tutorial discussions. Visual art analysis assessment tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Have a broad understanding of how art is made and responds to its cultural, political and historical context.

Activities:
Weekly lecturers, prescribed readings and tutorial participation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLisa Beaven

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Four 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Six 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"6 x 30 minute podcasts available on LMS"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2,000 word essay50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Class presentation 10 minutes (1,000 word equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1,000 word assignment25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05