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VSA3800

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Leigh Astbury

Synopsis

This unit explores major issues in Australian visual culture since white settlement from a postcolonial perspective. Areas for study will include the imaging of settlement from the colonial era to the present; the changing conception of Australia's cultural relationship with the South Pacific and its inhabitants; the apparent need to create popular heroes such as the bushranger and explorer; the meaning of the war experience for the Australian populace; the issue of race relations in both colonial and postcolonial contexts; and, inevitably, the perennial appeal of the landscape in Australian visual culture.

Objectives

Upon completion of this subject students will have:

  1. A sound general knowledge of major issues in colonial Australian visual culture and their critique in contemporary art, film and theory.

  1. An understanding of postcolonial theory and its relevance to Australian visual culture, both past and present.

  1. Studied the inter-relationship of both still and moving media in constructing changing identities.

Assessment

Essay (3500 words): 60%
Visual test (2 hours): 40%
Third-year students will be expected to read more widely and work at a higher level than second-year students.

Contact hours

4 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial and 1 x 2 hour screening) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Visual culture
Australian Indigenous studies

Prerequisites

Two units at first-year level in Visual Culture or a comparable discipline

Prohibitions

VSA2800