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ARHT2677: Art, Memory, and Identity

2023 unit information

Students study contemporary and historical art in relation to collective or public memory, as well as personal memory. Memory as a subject, and memory as a tool, are considered in relation to the making of art objects and their reading. The unit looks at art's connection with the past, with history, trauma, loss and remembrance, as well as art's connection with identity, dreams, and childhood. Students gain informed perspectives on how memory is theorised as a phenomenon both real and imaginary, and why memory is often judged as more important to art than history.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Art History

Code ARHT2677
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. demonstrate confidence with research skills in relation to art that engages with "memory" and "identity"
  • 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. work cooperatively with others and share equally in assessment tasks
  • LO6. develop the analytical tools and conceptual grammar needed to discuss historical and contemporary art.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote

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