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Arts and Architecture (A&A)

A&A 100 (GA;IL) Introduction to International Arts (3) An interdisciplinary, multicultural introduction to the arts of the world.

A&A 100 Introduction to International Arts (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The arts of the world can be simultaneously universal and unique. By conveying qualities of the human condition (mortality, love, lust, virtues, vices, etc.) the arts can be universal. However, the arts communicating these qualities can be as unique as the cultures that produced them. Consequently, the arts are representative of the commonality and diversity of the peoples of the world.

A&A 100 will use the arts to consider similarities and differences among cultures. The primary objective of this course is to develop each student's ability to appreciate the arts from a variety of cultures. By equipping students with the skills to analyze works of art from other countries, the course will make them more receptive to the unfamiliar.

The scope of this course will be open to all arts from all cultures but it cannot be comprehensive given how large a field of study this represents. The course will concentrate on but will not be limited to the visual arts, architecture, designed environments, theatre and music. It will not include all arts from all countries. Instead, case studies will be used to provide students with in depth examination of specific examples. Individual case studies will be selected based on qualities indicative of the culture of origin. Care will be given to selecting case studies representative of a wide variety of cultures. Effort will be made to include examples from Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and Europe.

Case studies will be presented by guest lecturers and chosen from other resources on campus. Members of the College of Arts and Architecture faculty, international graduate students and visiting scholars will be invited to present examples from their expertise. Objects in the Palmer Museum Of Art, events at the Center for the Performing Arts and audio/visual/internet resources will also be used as sources for other case studies. Because the arts are central to this course, visual and audio experiences will be a major component.

A&A 100 is the foundations course required by the International Arts Minor, but will also be available to other students not pursuing the minor as a General Education Arts (GA) and United States Cultures and International Cultures (US;IL) course.

General Education: GA
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Arts
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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