A continuation of Visual Culture 1 with an introduction to major currents in modern and contemporary art theory and criticism.
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Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45
This course is offered online:
VSAR 113 Visual Culture I
- Feminism: first, second and third wave
- Psychoanalysis: Freud, Lacan and Klein
- Saussure: signifier, signified
- Icon and index
- Social History: Marxism and Critical theory
- Subculture and the meaning of style
- Art and activism
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and discuss key historical and cultural theories used in the history of art from the late 19th Century to the present.
- Describe and explain how images articulate and/or repress such themes and constructs such as gender, politics, ethnicity, and modernity.
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 25 %
Assignments: 25 %
Participation: 10 %
Other: 10 %
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Nature of Participation:
Attendance, classroom activities and assignments, discussion
Reading and response
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Lectures will be based on slide and video presentations and class participation is expected. There will be class activities and in-class written assignments.
There will be one take home midterm exam as well as a final exam.
Students will keep a class journal and submit 4 short written responses to readings.