This unit studies contemporary and historical artists in relation to today's environmental crisis. Students engage with how art objects and artmaking relate to issues pertaining to nature, ecology, and the environment. Through visual and textual analysis, students gain interdisciplinary perspectives on art's place within contemporary posthumanist theories, the significance of ecological thinking to contemporary aesthetics, art's historical response to the impact of science and technology, and art's recognition of the importance of Indigenous knowledges to planetary ethics.
2hr x (face to face) lecture/week, 1hr tutorial/week
1x1500wd Research Essay (40%), 1x2,000wd Visual Analysis (40%), 1x1,000wd Paired learning research project (20%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Critical Studies