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1 Proposal: number 87

87. ARTS 185: Contemporary Art in a Global Society

This is a new course

Contact:Peggy Smyth
Abstract:The goal of this seminar/studio-lab is to familiarize students with the various
ways that artists have learned to interact with a world constantly made smaller
and more complex, thanks to the impact of new technologies and globalization.
While the primary focus of the course is art made since the 1960s, some
comparison to past artistic practices is included and considered essential for
the development of critical judgment. Through a combination of lectures,
readings, research, and studio workshops students will explore the theories,
techniques, and formal vocabulary of contemporary art (painting, sculpture, or
another medium, which may vary from professor to professor within the same
basic framework of issues and projects) from a variety of cultural settings;
compare and contrast these findings with past practices; and ultimately
fabricate their own artistic design projects, while relating this work to an
area of chosen research before the entire class.

The attached justification and sample syllabus, being prepared by a member of
the sculpture faculty, use sculptural examples and readings to illustrate how
such a course would be structured. Other faculty teaching the course in future
may focus on a different artistic medium, but the goals and structure of the
course, including its hybrid studio-plus-seminar format, will remain the same.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
ARTS 185 2008-09-10 AP Submitted Dept
ARTS 185 2008-09-10 WC Submitted Dept
ARTS 185 2008-11-05 AP Approved GEAC
ARTS 185 2008-11-05 WC Approved GEAC
ARTS 185 2008-12-04 AP Approved UCC
ARTS 185 2008-12-04 WC Approved UCC
ARTS 185 2009-02-05 AP Approved Senate
ARTS 185 2009-02-05 WC Approved Senate