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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Throughout history the body has been of central concern and preoccupation for artists; transitioning from an idealised sculptural figure in the Ancient World through to its role as a medium in 20th century performance art. In this week long-intensive subject students will explore how the body has been represented, understood and analysed throughout art history in mediums ranging from sculpture, painting, video and performance art. Students will engage with notions of the idealised body and beauty, anatomy and dissection, decoration and fashion, portraiture and identity in the context of gender, sexuality and ethnicity. Students will learn how the body has played various roles in the art historical cannon by deep investigation and comparisons of artworks and periods, building a broad knowledge of the role, function and representation of the body throughout history. The subject will include close observation of objects and artefacts and gallery and exhibition visits. NOTE: This subject is taught as a week-long intensive in Melbourne during the mid-semester break period in Semester 2.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorVincent Alessi

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesCompletion of essay, comparative study and class presentation underpinned by research, critical thinking and observation. Attending weekly lecturers, completion of prescribed readings and participation in weekly tutorials.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level 2 subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of how the body has been represented, understood and analysed throughout art history.
02. Develop an understanding and the capacity to engage with current theoretical and philosophical positions as they relate to art history and contemporary practice.
03. Practice advanced research, critical and reflective thinking and writing skills by evaluating key ideas and concepts..
04. Present advanced observational skills to discuss visual art objects utilising language that is appropriate to the art history discipline.
05. Have a broad understanding of how art is made and responds to its cultural, political and historical context.

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