HART2202 Art and Social Justice

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit explores the relationship between art and social justice from the Enlightenment to the present day. Used by activists, rebels, and political visionaries, art has helped visualise and mobilise civic debates and social revolutions. Through an analysis of painting, print, photography, sculpture, and performance, students will confront the sensational and subversive power of art and examine how visual form responds to inequality and injustice. By considering how art can function as advocacy, this unit investigates the evolving understanding of art as a tool for political activism and social change.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify relevant artists and artworks associated with various forms of social justice; (2) identify the key theoretical concerns of social justice in the visual arts; (3) apply political theory to the interpretation of painting and other visual forms; (4) use visual analysis to critically examine how art can impact social change; (5) make arguments about the connection between visual culture and social justice; and (6) communicate knowledge about relevant artworks and their relationship to theories of social justice.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) long essay; and (3) discursive learning. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Emily Brink
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000)
or
HART1001 Art, Technology and Society (formerly VISA1001)
or
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week
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