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Unit details

ACT203 - Art and the Politics of Censorship

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:G D'Cruz




Incompatible with: ACT303


Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit examines the relationship between art and censorship, with a particular focus on transgressive performers, visual artists and film directors who have invoked the concept of 'artistic license' to defend their work against charges of sedition, obscenity or blasphemy. The unit will provide students with the analytical skills to critique the social, institutional, and discursive rules that operate within censorship dates. Topics include censorship and citizenship, art and pornography, censorship and popular culture, propagandist art, censorship and race, culture jamming, 'hacktivism' and internet censorship. The unit also includes case studies of the following artists; Andres Serrano, Annie Sprinkle, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Eminem, and Augusto Boal.


Detailed case study of an artist whose work has been censored or subject to threats of censorship 1500 words 40%, seminar presentation 500 words 10%, research essay 2000 words 50%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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