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This subject investigates the political, social and cultural significance of the arts in contemporary Asia. Throughout Asia, visual and performing arts function as entertainment, communicative medium, commodity, religious ritual, political act and as sites for social conflict and accord. Diverse genres are examined as local, national, and transnational phenomena, which play key roles in the construction of individual and collective identities. Notions of the ‘traditional’ and the ‘contemporary’ are investigated and students become familiar with different analytical and aesthetic approaches to the study of the arts as social phenomena that can break down as well as create social barriers, national borders, and urban-regional divides.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- Critically evaluate literature on the arts in Asia;
- Utilise appropriate theoretical approaches in analysing the role of arts, artists and audience in society;
- Interpret the role of social, political, historical and cultural contexts for Asian visual and performing arts, both domestically and internationally;
- Critically evaluate concepts such as ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’ and understand how such concepts are constructed and contested in society;
- Communicate results of research on a topic related to the arts and Asia.
Upon the completion of this subject, students will have develop the following generic skills:
- Written communication skills through essay writing;
- Public speaking skills through presentations and seminar participations;
- Research skills through competent use of the library, and other information sources and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;
- Critical thinking and analytical skills through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining strength of an argument.
Last updated: 21 December 2019