In this unit, students will learn to use methods of art appreciation to explore the contemporary significance of central themes of Christian faith. They will investigate and reflect on the role of art in expressing and deepening the viewers’ relationship to the Christian tradition and to questions of personal religious experience and openness to transcendence in everyday life. Students will use historical and critical enquiry to investigate the ways artists negotiated the requirements of their civic and religious contexts to produce and promote religious interpretations through their work. In particular, through the contextual and visual analysis of relevant artworks, students will attempt to re-articulate the biblical themes of creation and incarnation within the imaginary of an evolutionary and dynamic cosmology for contemporary audiences.
Unit Code: DS9304C
Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit Discipline: Spirituality
Delivery Mode: Face to Face
Proposing College: Catholic Theological CollegeShow when this Unit is running
Investigate and articulate a range of theoretical approaches to visual literacy.
Demonstrate how artists balanced the religious and the social agenda of the times.
Critically analyse the way artists have made use of landscape, still life and the body to express their vision of Creation and Incarnation
Articulate an evolutionary understanding of the theology of Creation and Incarnation
Synthesize their learning to show how engaging with art enhances and shapes a person’s understanding of transcendence and religious meaning.
Define, plan and undertake a topic of research in a critically, rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner in relation of one of the topics of this unit.
It is suggested that one of DS2303C/3303C or DS9303C (Theology and Religious Education through Art) is highly recommended but not required as a prerequisite.
Option A: An andragogical constructive weekly framework using discussion, readings, research and practical classroom demonstrations.
Option B: An andragogical constructive intensive mode framework (36 hours) using discussion, readings, research and practical classroom demonstrations.
2 x 3500 word Essays
OR 1 x Essay 7000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Carolyn Alsen on 20 Jul, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-08-05 10:54:58 +1000