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Art History (ART H)

ART H 445 (IL) Oceanic Art (3) Survey of the arts of Oceania (Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia), including masks, sculpture, textiles, architecture and other art forms.

ART H 445 Oceanic Art (3)

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

This course is a one-semester survey of the sculpture, masks, textiles, architecture and other traditional art forms of the Pacific Ocean area known as Oceania, which is usually divided into the sub-areas of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. The material examined during the semester is organized according to ethnic groups and culture areas. Objects are discussed on the basis of style, style relationships, iconography and the uses to which they were put in their traditional religious, political or social contexts. The time period covered is primarily from the period of European contact up to the present, with occasional references to archaeological findings such as the Lapita culture’s (3,000 – 4,000 years ago) tracing of the movement of peoples into Polynesia. Lectures, films, reading assignments, quizzes, writing requirements (term paper) and exams will aid in providing students with an extensive introduction to the region’s cultural and artistic diversity.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Arts
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: 3 credits of Art History

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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