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VSAR 123 - Visual Culture II
Course Code:
VSAR 123

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
A continuation of Visual Culture 1 with an introduction to major currents in modern and contemporary art theory and criticism.

Date First Offered:
2011-01-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45


Total Weeks:
15

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
VSAR 113 Visual Culture I

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
- 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
- 'Post'-colonialism
- Art and activism


Learning Outcomes:
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.


Passing Grade:
C (60%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 25 %
Assignments: 25 %
Participation: 10 %
Other: 10 %


Number of Assignments:
3

Nature of Participation:
Attendance, classroom activities and assignments, discussion

Writing Assignments:
Reading and response

Percentage of Individual Work:
90

Percentage of Group Work:
10

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Additional Comments:
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.
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