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ARHT2676: Planetary Art: Nature, Ecology, Environment

This unit studies contemporary and historical artists in relation to today's environmental crisis. Students engage with how art objects and art making 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.

Code ARHT2676
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Critical Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate confidence with research skills in relation to art that engages with 'ecology' 'environment' 'nature'
  • LO2. demonstrate facility with critical judgment and independent thinking
  • LO3. demonstrate ability to plan, structure and complete well-argued writing
  • LO4. demonstrate skills with the visual analysis of objects and artworks
  • LO5. develop the analytical tools and conceptual grammar needed to discuss historical and contemporary art.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.