LACH1020 The Culture of Nature

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Design students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit offers students an inspirational history of the ways in which different cultures throughout history have constructed different interpretations of nature and accordingly their relations to it. It examines the ways in which nature has been constructed mythically, theologically, ideologically, philosophically, scientifically and artistically. The unit prepares students intellectually for the environmental and related philosophical challenges of the twenty-first century which will impact upon all professions. The unit covers various strands of Western and Eastern history including topics such as the agricultural revolution, the development of the first cities, the middle ages, the Renaissance, modernity and twentieth-century developments in the sciences and arts. Along the way students meet many of the great figures of history and become conversant with the big ideas of history. The latter stages of the unit concern how our current actions are connected to historical ideas and have consequences for the future.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) outline the historical patterns of Western culture from the agricultural revolution to the twenty-first century; (2) analyse the points of intersection and divergence between the arts and sciences across the course of Western history; (3) develop an enriched conceptual framework within which to understand contemporary culture as the embodiment of a particular lineage of philosophical values; and (4) develop ethical and philosophical perspectives of direct relevance to contemporary culture.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a written essay; (2) a visual essay or seminar presentation; and (3) and/or an examination. 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)
Joely-Kym Sobott
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week
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