Semester 1 - Online
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This subject has been designed and developed for online delivery and assessment only.
The greatest innovations in science happen where thinking is done outside the box.
The online subject Contemporary Art and Biomedicine opens up a vital creative space for students to find new perspectives on biomedicine through the lens of art.
Students follow a series of original podcasts that bring together leading Australian scientists and artists to discuss how real-world scientific problems can be solved through artists’ creative thinking.
The topics investigated represent the most pressing biomedical concerns including death, stem cell technology, the brain and consciousness, cancer, personhood and infectious diseases.
Using interactive activities and assessments including video making and quizzes, students are guided through these topics to learn how artists are uniquely skilled in interpreting them as human experiences.
The learning experience supports students toward making an original artwork that responds to biomedical concerns for their final assessment.
Contemporary Art and Biomedicine is perfect for students of all levels of capability in art and science who are seeking to learn to think more creatively and to adapt this to their studies.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- identify direct connections between creative self-expression and scientific inquiry;
- explain how works of art communicate biomedical concerns;
- explore possible alternatives to represent a biomedical issue using a creative process;
- create a new artwork for a biomedical concern using a creative viewpoint.
On completion of this subject, students should:
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies;
- be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a range of disciplines;
- have expanded their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects;
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems;
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment.
Last updated: 20 February 2024