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Unit details

SRA716 - Shifting Views: the Making of Australia's Identity

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:

0.125

Unit chair:

Ursula de Jong

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

30 hours of classes and seminars per trimester

Note:

Note: 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.

Content

Australia's contribution to global culture is assessed and its many achievements recognised. Through painting, sculpture and architecture, literature, music and criticism, we explore the question 'did the new continent inspire a new vision?' We traverse the changes from ethno-archaeology pre-colonialism to a post invasion landscape. Perceptions of ‘civilisation’ are critiqued through Sydney's elegant Georgian houses of the late eighteenth century to the exuberant Victorian excesses of the boom period towards the end of the nineteenth century. Federation in Australia allows us to explore issues of nationalism, empire and the vexed question of an appropriate national style.

As intellectual and physical boundaries change, how does Australia wrestle with modernism? The ‘harbingers of modernism’ – Poole, Annear, Haddon, Dods and Jones for example -  straddle the fin de siecle, through their own writings and recent research, new understandings emerge. Freedom of expression, constraints, allegiances and the creative spirit will be explored through the writings, ideals and  the work of the Sydney School and the Melbourne School. The writers of Australian architectural history Boyd, Freeland, Taylor will be scrutinised.  We conclude with contemporary issues facing architects and artists in Australia in a global environment.

This Masters unit will be developed as themes for discussion and exploration.  There will be a strong emphasis on architectural history, theory and criticism, the unit critiquing how we have seen and interpreted as much as what we have seen, created, adapted and produced.

Assessment

Creative journal 35%, research project 35%, seminar paper 30%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$1096$1096$3083$3335

* 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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