ARTH424-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Art and the Environment

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


ARTH 424 Art and Environment will examine some of the diverse entanglements of artistic practices and the environment, and will address these intersections in a variety of contexts: aesthetic, historical, social and political. Taught as a series of seminars over twelve weeks, the course will traverse a range of topics that draw on research expertise within the Department of Art History and Theory. Topics include: visualising landscapes; the aesthetic experience of nature, gardens and other human-altered landscapes; colonialism and eco-violence; geology and deep time; the anthropocene and post-humanism; urbanism and art; art and environmental activism; environmental disaster and art. Students will consider these topics within art historical frameworks but will also be introduced to the necessarily interdisciplinary nature of the field.

Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to help participants develop:
o A sophisticated understanding of key social, historical, artistic, theoretical, philosophical,
    spiritual, and cultural phenomena relating to the entanglements of art and environment.
o Specialised knowledge of key theories, methodologies and ideas associated with art and its
o The ability to evaluate critically the findings and discussion in relevant literature.
o Develop skills in both collaborative and independent research
o An advanced level of critical thinking, argument development and communication
o Sophisticated visual literacy skills

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Meremere 526
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Barbara Garrie


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Exhibition analysis 25% 1,500 words
Research essay 40% 3,000 words
Oral research presentation 15% 15 minutes
Reading log 20% 8 sources and critical reflection

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

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  • ARTH424-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024