HART2043 Zen Gardens to Manga Mania: A Survey of Japanese Art
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Not available in 2021 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
- Level 2 elective
- This unit explores the art and visual culture of Japan, with an emphasis on the modern period. As an introduction to the artistic practices and aesthetic principles of Japanese culture, this unit offers a broad history of Japan through a close consideration of specific artists and material traditions. From Hokusai's Great Wave, to in the indoor surfing clubs of Tokyo, from Zen tea bowls, to the Manga empire of Takashi Murakami, this unit encourages interactive engagement with Japanese art through objects, images, and experiences. Over the semester, students will examine a wide array of topics, including Buddhist art, the politics of craft, and the complexities of cultural appropriation, ultimately enhancing their interpretive skills through hands-on learning, site-visits, oral presentations, and written work.
- Students are able to (1) identify relevant Japanese artists and artworks; (2) identify key aesthetic principles of Japanese art; (3) apply knowledge of Japanese culture and aesthetic principles to the interpretation of works of art; (4) employ effective research skills including the use of primary and secondary materials; (5) construct a compelling and well-structured argument in a written paper; and (6) demonstrate critical thought and cogent analysis through oral communication.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) long essay; and (3) discursive exercises. 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 Eastgate Brink
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- Up to 3 hours per week.
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- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.