Course Descriptions

Art History and Visual Culture, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

ARTH: Art History and Visual Culture

ARTH 101 (3) Art and Visual Cultures of the World I
Introduction to art and visual cultures of major world regions from prehistory to the early modern period. [3-0-0]
ARTH 102 (3) Art and Visual Cultures of the World II
Introduction to art and visual cultures of major world regions from the early modern period to the present. [3-0-0]
ARTH 115 (3) Popular Music and Visual Cultures
A survey of changing attitudes towards class, ethnicity, gender, and ideology as reflected in folk, blues, jazz, rock and hip-hop music and their accompanying visual cultures from the early 20th century to the early 21st century. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 115 or MUSC 115. [3-0-0]
Equivalency: MUSC 115.
ARTH 201 (3) Art and Visual Culture through Film
Critical perspectives on representations of visual art and artists in popular film, mass media, and documentary film. [3-0-0]
ARTH 202 (3) The Critical Viewer
Critical thinking about art and visual cultures of the world, past and present, and how visual works can be viewed closely, creatively analyzed, and interpreted. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100-level English.
ARTH 203 (3) Global Contemporary Art
The contemporary global art scene with an emphasis on strategies for understanding the complexity of art production from 1985 to the present. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 203 or ARTH 302. [3-0-0]
ARTH 301 (3) Critical Viewing - Advanced Studies
Key ideas influencing art theory, art practice, and visual culture studies and topics relating to the emergence and globalization of Euro-American art ideologies and practices. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 315 (3) History of 20th-Century Art
Examination of the visual arts of North America and Europe from 1900 ? 1960; pivotal artists and artistic movements; theoretical and critical study of the interrelationship between art production and consumption since the advent of modernism; the changing role of the artist as the bearer of cultural values. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 316 (3) History of 20th-Century Art II
Examination of the visual arts of North America and Europe from 1960 to the present; pivotal artists and artistic movements; theoretical and critical study of the interrelationship between art production and consumption since advent of postmodernism; changing role of the artist as the bearer of cultural values. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 320 (3) Art in Canada 1900 ? 1970
Artistic practice in Canada from the beginning of the twentieth century to 1970. Developments in film, video, photography, performance, painting, and sculpture are considered. Emphasis on art's relationship to the changing political, economic, and social arenas in Canada during this time. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 321 (3) Art in Canada 1970 to the Present
Artistic practice in Canada from 1970 to the present. Video, film, and photography will be considered along with visual artists' continuing engagement with painting and sculpture. Emphasis on art's relationship to the changing political, economic, and social arenas during this time. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 323 (3) Creative Activism: Art, Media, and Social Justice
Examination of the convergence between social justice movements, activist media, and artistic practice. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 3 credits of ARTH or CULT, or permission of the instructor. ARTH 101, ARTH 102 or CULT 100, CULT 101 strongly recommended.
Equivalency: CULT 320.
ARTH 324 (3) Sound Art and Experimental Music
A study of selected alternatives to formal compositions performed by skilled professionals, ranging from avant-garde experiments in noise and chance to sound art and audio-narrative for performances and installations. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 324 or MUSC 324. [2-0-2]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 368 (3) Aspects of Asian Art
Arts and visual cultures of pre-modern China, Japan, and/or Southeast Asia and their impacts viewed through religious, philosophical, and historical contexts. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 370 (3) Art and Literature of the Islamic World
The arts of the book in the Islamic world from the eighth to the nineteenth centuries and how literature inspired painters and calligraphers to weave together word and image. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 375 (3) Encountering India: The Age of the Mughals
The diverse arts and visual cultures of India from the 15th to the 19th century in their historical and cultural contexts. Topics include the rise of the multicultural Mughal Empire, the roles of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism, and encounters with Renaissance and Colonial Europe. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 378 (3) The Arts of Medieval Spain: Three Religions, One Culture
Medieval Iberia's Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities and their shared visual cultures, literatures, and religious traditions. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 380 (3) African Art and Visual Culture
Historic and contemporary sub-Saharan African art and visual culture with emphasis on socio-historical contexts. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 385 (3) African Dress and Fashion
An examination of historical and contemporary African dress and fashion emphasizing sociocultural and political contexts, transculturalism, and global identities. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 390 (3) Indigenous Art and Visual Culture
Historic and contemporary North American Indigenous art and visual culture with emphasis on socio-historical contexts and cultural identity. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 395 (3) Renaissance Europe in a Global Context
A re-evaluation of conventional Renaissance art history facilitated by intercultural perspectives, gender studies, cognitive science, and cultural theory. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 396 (3) Seventeenth-Century European Art in a Global Context
Studies of seventeenth-century European visual cultures during a period of rapid global expansion. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 397 (3) Latin American Art and Visual Culture Since 1521
Latin American art and visual cultures from the colonial period to the present. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 403 (3) Global Surrealism
The development of Surrealism from its roots in 20th-century French thought to its global proliferation in film, literature, visual culture and contemporary theories. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 410 (3) Gender, Art, and Space in the Islamic World
Critical perspectives on the stereotypes of Muslim gender relations and how gender can be used to analyze the art and architecture of various parts of the Islamic world. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 450 (3) Performance in Africa
Examination of performance in sub-Saharan Africa addressing theoretical issues and a range of performance practices in context. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 460 (3-12) d Selected Topics
Topics vary each time the course is offered. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ARTH 470 (3-9) c Directed Studies
Directed readings and written assignments taken under the supervision of a faculty member for students pursuing an advanced investigation of an area of interest. Normally available to students majoring in Art History and Visual Culture.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing and permission of the Department of Critical Studies and the instructor.

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