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ARTV206 Art in Japan

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An introduction to Japanese art in relation to its social and cultural contexts from the Asuka and Nara period to the present day.

This paper will introduce students to the history of art in Japan and to scholarship on interpreting and understanding of Japanese art and its social and cultural contexts. Students will explore the distinctive nature of art and culture in Japan (late sixth century to the present day). Students will be required to analyse significant examples of Japanese art in relation to their cultural contexts, evaluating their intrinsic significance and the insights they provide into Japan's distinctive contribution.

Paper title Art in Japan
Paper code ARTV206
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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18 100-level ARTH, ARTV or VISC points or 54 points
ARTH 223
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Dr Judith Collard
Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspectiveLifelong learningScholarshipCritical thinkingInformation literacy
Learning Outcomes
  • This paper introduces students to the art and culture of a distinctive civilisation. It deepens students' art historical knowledge by investigating arts in relation to their broader and changing contexts of social, cultural and religious beliefs and practices.
  • The tutorials will encourage students to develop oral presentation skills.
  • The paper will develop descriptive, analytical, interpretative and explanatory skills for art history and theory. It introduces students to theoretical frameworks for responding to, explaining and evaluating Japanese art works.
  • The paper will enhance writing and analytical abilities by requiring students to prepare essays based on their own research and answer exam questions.

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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