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Topics include major events, persons, and issues spanning the period from the African heritage to contemporary times. Students survey the evolution of African American expressive culture in music, literature, film, art, and dance. The course includes lectures, discussions, and video presentations. Besides being the first rap artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and holding the record for the most number one albums by a solo artist, JAY-Z's body of work stands as a monumental contribution to American culture.
In this course, we explore the poetics and philosophy of JAY-Z's music. As we cultivate an artistic appreciation for JAY-Z's rap skills such as storytelling, wordplay, and delivery, we also treat his music as an opportunity to critically engage topics such as racism, sexism, and economic inequality. Finally, we watch several of JAY-Z's music videos as well as documentaries focused on his life and work. Psychology of Prejudice In this course we will explore psychological approaches to understanding stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination--the psychology of prejudice, for short.
We will examine research and theory on topics such as historical changes in the nature of intergroup attitudes; the prevalence of prejudice in the U.
Africana Women's Religious Experience. This course explores the multidimensional religious experiences of Africana women, specifically Black women throughout the Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean, as they attempt to define and realize a sacred self across diverse periods and contexts.
We give attention to the voices of Africana women in history and literature, film, performance, sacred speech and music to examine the ways religion has empowered and disempowered Black women in their individual and collective lives.
African American Literature I A study of slave narratives and contemporary revisions. African American Literature II An examination of narrative attempts before, during, and after the Harlem Renaissance to move from imposed stereotypes toward more accurate representations of African American experiences.
This course meets the Humanities GEC requirement. African Politics A survey of the geography, social and political history, and postindependent politics of Black Africa. Cultures of Modern Africa Offered Less Frequently Introduction to contemporary rural and urban society in sub-Saharan Africa, drawing on materials from all major regions of the subcontinent.
Particular emphasis will be on problems of rural development, rural-urban migration, and structural changes of economic, political, and social formations in the various new nations.
History of Jazz Principal styles of representative jazz musicians; the roots including blues and ragtime ; jazz in New Orleans and Chicago; and big band, swing, bop, and fusion. History of Hip Hop This course examines the history of hip hop, dating back to the first hip hop party held on August 11, in the Bronx, New York to its present standing as a critical component of popular culture around the world.
As the descendent of African American musical genres like blues, jazz, soul, and funk , hip hop music and culture embodies the black experience and was born out of the black struggle of the s and s. How did this regional form of black expression become the international language of cool and controversy it is today?
African American History This course will survey the history of African Americans in the New World, from the first colonial encounter through the sociopolitical changes of the burgeoning United States that led to the Civil War The history of African Americans in the United States is often defined by the chattel slavery experience. However, the early years of American history that made people of African descent American are much more complex.
By centering the actions and voices of the heterogeneous African American community, this course examines topics including the Middle Passage, domestic slavery expansion, free and maroon black communities, various resistance strategies, interracial coalitions, and the role of enslaved people in bringing about their own emancipation.
In , the centuries-old question of where African Americans would fit into the fabric of United States society was finally answered. As newly freed people and full citizens, African Americans learned that the process of citizenship would not be seamless or easy, and that the fight was just beginning.
Blacks redefined their status over and over again during this year period, and this course will examine why and how these shifts occurred. Racism and Ethnic Relations This course surveys of the development of the theories of race and ethnic relations at the individual, group, and cultural levels.
Students will examine the impact these theories have had on social policy. The course focuses on the experience of Asians, Latinos and African Americans with special attention given to institutional expressions of oppression in American Society.
African American Religions This course is an exploration of the rich diversity of African American religions from the colonial period to the present. Attention will be given to key figures, institutional expressions as well as significant movements in North America, the Caribbean and broader Black Atlantic.
Major themes include African traditions in American religions, slavery and religion, redemptive suffering, sacred music, social protest, Black Nationalism, African American women and religion, religion in hip hop and secularity in black religious literature. Students will learn about the ways these themes have often served both as unique contributions to and critiques of America? American Music in Black, White, and Gray.
In this course we examine the role of the hip-hop producer. We learn the origins of hip-hop deejaying and music production and follow its development into sampling, digital collage, and producer-as-hip-hop-auteur. By digging into the sources of various samples, we learn about the history of American popular music production.
In addition, we put the music created by hip-hop producers into historic context. There is no such thing as music production separate from identity. Because hip-hop is the dominant musical form of our time, and because it's widely viewed as a form of black music, we study it to flesh out American musical identity. In-class time consists of listening, lectures, discussions, quizzes, and midterms and final exams.
Homework consists of readings and listenings. African American Drama and Theater This course surveys the work African American theater artists from the nineteenth century to the present day. Readings are supplemented by field trips to Chicago theaters that feature African American plays. In this course, students will engage in meaningful discussion of controversial, challenging, and divisive issues in society related to race, ethnicity, and religion.
Students will be challenged to increase personal awareness of their own cultural experience, expand knowledge of the historic and social realities of other cultural groups, and take action as agents of positive social change in their communities. This course requires a high level of participation from all students. His films challenge the stereotypes and paternalistic assumptions about African Americans that have become sacrosanct in America's popular imagination.
We will explore how the aesthetic representation of race, class, and gender in Spike Lee's filmography have helped create a new genre of film called African American noir. In so doing, we will watch several of Spike Lee's films, documentary projects, and television ads.
Ultimately, our goal will be to appreciate Lee's cinematic technique, examine his critique of white supremacy, and consider the cultural and historical events that have shaped his artistic vision.
Race and Criminal Justice This course will examine the systemic racial injustices inherent in American criminal jurisprudence from police interaction to trial and sentencing, incarceration, and supervised release. Students will study how racial injustice continues to pervade the American criminal justice system despite the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
How do so many players, from police officers to judges and juries, fail to protect against racial injustice? Why do courts, when confronted with allegations or proof of racially motivated police misconduct, overwhelmingly cite "harmless error" doctrine? To attempt to answer these complicated questions, students will learn legal criminal procedure, study 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th amendment case law, and have an opportunity to listen to and speak with a variety of professionals in the criminal justice field.
POLS or permission of instructor. African American Philosophy African-American philosophy can be defined in two ways: We will primarily read philosophers whose philosophical work emphasizes the African-American experience. Thematically, the course will be guided by one overriding question: Given the historical reality of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the Three-Fifths Compromise, the anti-miscegenation laws, the Fugitive Slave Law, Lynch Law, and the Jim Crow laws, among many other inhumane practices, how does the experience of Africans in America constitute a unique combination of philosophical perspectives?
Once we answer this question, we will understand how the African-American experience has created a new tradition in Western philosophy. Cultural Ecology of Africa In this course, we will study the relationships between African peoples and their environments. We will consider the process of globalization and its relationship to the changing landscape of Africa in a historical context. By combining environmental studies and anthropology, we will bring a unique perspective to our study of the historical interaction of African cultures and environments, from pre-colonial times through the colonial period to the current post-colonial period.
Black Diaspora Freedom Struggles This course introduces students to the history of black liberation struggles across the African diaspora. These include the Haitian Revolution, the role of slaves during the American Civil War, the impact of Marcus Garvey's United Negro Improvement Association including the role of his wife, Amy Jacques Garvey in keeping the organization active amidst his legal troubles , and the Civil Rights and the Black Power movements.
This course also asks how such histories shed light on the current Black Lives Matter movement along with popular uprisings in Ferguson, Baltimore, and beyond. The history of black freedom struggles across the diaspora reveals that black people have always been active agents in fighting oppression. This course also encourages students to think about how these struggles were connected and have changed across time and space.
Race, Class, Gender, and the Media Race, class, and gender occupy important places in the contemporary study of the media.
This course explores the connections between race, class, and gender through the exploration of the intersections between these important components of social structure and ideology. The motivating goal in this course is to show students how social structure and meaning become intertwined elements in how we experience race, class, and gender. An important element in this course will be the emphasis on the identities and positions of relatively less empowered groups in contemporary society.
This will be done through a focused consideration of structural and ideological elements of contemporary culture as found in: The course uses documentary history, scholarly sources, and personal narratives to explore tensions between the ideals of freedom and equality and the reality of segregation and marginalization in U.
Course content focuses on U. Not open to first-year students. Black Metropolis Black Metropolis: A Study of Black Life in Chicago. This course is a study of race and urban life in Chicago. From the founding of Chicago by a black man to the participation of blacks in the rebuilding of the city following the Great Chicago fire, and into an exploration of Bronzeville, 'a city within a city,' this course will highlight blacks and their contributions to this great city.
Study of landmark texts, documentaries, novels, and photography, along with at least one field trip to the Chicago area, will reveal the impact of the Great Migration on the city; contributions of talented musicians, writers, and photographers involved in the Chicago Renaissance; and the origins of the famous black Chicago newspaper, the Chicago Defender, including its regular column by Langston Hughes.
History of Black Television This course connects late 20th-century African American history to the development of black television, focusing on themes of activism, family, politics, economics, standards of beauty, and culture.
Critics and audiences have noted that we are in a golden era of black television, with an upsurge of shows over the last few years that display the multiplicity of black life in the United States. And yet, this is not the first time this has happened. Since the s, African Americans have been depicted on the small screen in both regressive and progressive ways. How have these images changed over time? How do these depictions impact the way people see African Americans and how African Americans see themselves?
Protest and Police in U. History This course examines historical instances of policing, inequality, and protest, including mobs in the American Revolution, abolitionist direct actions, the terror of the Klu Klux Klan, sit-ins against Jim Crow, protest against military action, and the BlackLivesMatter movement. Despite widespread fears about disorder and crime today, Americans in the past were far more violent. In this course, we will trace how ordinary people came together to challenge authority, and how those with power built state structures that could legitimately use violence.
We will see how policing was shaped by fears of newly- arrived immigrants, the demands of a slave economy, and entrenched racism. We will study the intersecting histories of race, inequality, and state power across the American past. Students will develop a major research project on a particular historical instance of policing, inequality, and protest.
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Some breast cancer patients describe a bullying-like pressure from their surgeons to reconstruct after having a mastectomy. Two history courses or permission of the instructor. Topics in Gender and History A seminar that examines in depth one aspect of gender and history.
Topics vary from year to year. Museums and Exhibitions History is an academic discipline but it also has a public face. Students in this class will learn the communication tools necessary to produce an engaging and intellectually sound exhibit, including the techniques of oral history. The class will develop a concept, research in local archives, write label copy, and design and install an exhibit. We may use audio, video, photography, and the web to tell our story. The exhibition will be presented in the Sonnenschein Gallery or a local history museum, such as the Lake County Museum.
The course will include field studies to Chicago-area history museums. Junior or senior standing, or permission of the instructor. His films, from early transgressive works such as Pink Flamingos through the commercial success of Hairspray and its follow-up Broadway musical, explore the American experience of trash culture through the lens of his hometown, Baltimore, MD. More broadly, this class will address how Waters' work may best be interpreted through queer theory, a perspective that examines the dualities of identity and performance, the natural, neutral and social constructions of gender, and how normative standards of sexuality and gender change over time.
History The United States has had exceptionally high levels of immigration and internal geographic mobility from the colonial period to the present. Placing the geographic area that would become the United States into a global frame, this course explores patterns of European, Asian, and Latin American migration into a land already inhabited by mobile indigenous populations, the forced migration of enslaved Africans to the U.
We learn about the politics of migration, including the long history of anti-immigrant nativism and xenophobia in the United States, as well as the role of migrants in shaping major U. We also examine how ethnic, racial, and national identities - including "American"-are not fixed categories, but rather constructed and reconstructed over time. This course explores the many ways Americans understood and shaped their diverse local environments during the crisis of the Great Depression.
Although the Dust Bowl is perhaps the most iconic of these environmental upheavals during the s, this course examines diverse geographical regions: In each region, we use interdisciplinary approaches including literary, historical, sociological, and visual media studies methods to trace the impacts of economic turmoil on the environment and the people who depended on it for their livelihoods, as well as the way economic disaster paved the way for the government's unprecedented intervention in environmental matters.
This course fosters critical examination of American subcultures during the Great Depression, including African-Americans, the Southern poor, the Range culture of the American West, and the immigrant experience. Any level ES course or permission of instructor. The First Amendment In this course students explore the U. Supreme Court's interpretation of freedoms of speech including obscenity and libel , assembly and association, the press, and the exercise and establishment of religion.
We will also examine First Amendment issues raised by regulation of the Internet and other new media. POLS or consent of instructor. Not open to First-Year Students. Love in a Time of Capitalism Most of us are familiar with the idea that romantic love plays a different role in the contemporary world than it did at other times and the idea that love manifests in different ways across cultures.
Rather than attempt a survey of all the possible manifestations of romantic love, this course aims to explore how 'love' features into our understandings of human interaction in the 21st century, particularly in the United States. We will be particularly focusing on the contemporary American notion that love and money are opposing forces.
Our first goal will be to identify at least some of the tropes of love that are in current circulation. We will then explore the potential social consequences of those tropes, including the ways in which such tropes are passed on and reproduced across generations and the possibility of commodifying and 'selling' certain tropes as the 'right' way to be in love. Throughout the course, we will collect love stories, and our final task of the semester will be to compare our theoretical and media derived understandings of romantic love to its manifestations in people's lives.
SOAN and or consent of instructor. Civil Rights and Equality Students in this course examine the rulings of the United States Supreme Court in order to learn how the Fourteenth Amendment guides the government's treatment of people based on race, creed, national origin, gender, economic status and sexual orientation.
State action, strict scrutiny analysis, affirmative action and voting rights are also covered. Civil Liberties This course focuses on our individual liberties as addressed in the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. Using United States Supreme Court cases, we examine the protection of our individual liberties - the meaning of equal protection and the antidiscrimination principle, expressive freedom and the First Amendment, religious liberty and church-state relations, rights of personal autonomy and privacy, criminal justice, voting rights, property rights and economic freedom.
Second year standing is also required. One dominant strain of the post-World War II American environmental imagination has been fear of imminent environmental apocalypse, which manifests itself on a spectrum from diffuse anxiety to paralyzing terror. This course explores this culture of fear through a variety of topics in postwar American environmental consciousness, including the specter of atomic annihilation, the anti-eco-toxics and environmental justice movements, food security, and climate change.
Texts and methodological approaches are literary, historical, anthropological, and sociological. Any level ES or Hist course. TV Criticism Focusing on how culturally we are both producers and products of our popular culture we will try to answer the question: Though it will remain the dominant world power for some time to come, most scholars agree that American global preeminence is waning. Yet scholars disagree about the effect of this shift on world order.
Some see an effort by the United States and its closest allies to prop-up the current American liberal world order of global economic integration and cooperative security. Others envision either a 'post-American' world in which the United States and rising great powers re-negotiate the ground rules of a new liberal order, or a world in which the United States is one of a small number of great powers competing for power and influence in an illiberal world.
Each of these possibilities raises compelling questions about war and peace, and cooperation and discord in twenty-first century international politics. Will this power shift jeopardize the liberal world order? Can this world order persist in the absence of American preeminence? How might the United States and its allies extend the current American world order? American Geographies Spring Senior Seminar: Beginning Arabic I Students will learn to read, write and understand Modern Standard Literary Arabic, and to use the language in basic conversation, including exchanging courtesies, meeting people, asking questions and providing information.
Beginning Arabic II Students will continue to learn to read, write and speak basic Modern Standard Literary Arabic in a variety of cultural situations. ARBC or equivalent. Intermediate Arabic Students will advance their knowledge of reading, writing and speaking basic Modern Literary Arabic as well as their understanding of the use of language in cultural context. Advanced Intermediate Arabic Students will continue to advance their knowledge of reading, writing and speaking basic Modern Literary Arabic as well as their understanding of the use of language in cultural context.
Introduction to Arab Cultures This course introduces students to the wealth of literary, artistic and musical cultures in the Arabic- speaking world. Students will learn to describe, contextualize, and analyze representative cultural texts from literature e. Elements of Design Introduction to basic design problems in various two- and three-dimensional techniques and media.
A prerequisite for most other courses in studio art. Drawing This introductory course exposes the student to a variety of drawing tools and techniques. The emphasis is on the development of observational skill and on hand-eye coordination. Students learn the basics of value, line, and composition. The stress is on the development of a visual vocabulary and critical skills to express ideas in extended drawings.
Emphasis will be on developing a drawing using preliminary studies and compositional ideas. Students will participate in group critiques, and will be exposed to ideas and techniques historical and contemporary through slide lectures.
Inspired by Bauhaus course topics, the curriculum approaches additive and subtractive processes in material and conceptual explorations of form. Students will make studio projects and study important texts in 3D design and sculpture theory in building a vocabulary to deal with spatial design issues including figuration, abstraction, structure, surface, form and function.
The curriculum decodes digital tools and culture while explaining fundamental visual design principles within a historical context. Students develop an understanding of the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Painting This course is designed for the beginning student in oil painting. The emphasis in this course is on the description and analysis of the world around us.
Students will learn the basics of color theory, color mixing, how to prepare and stretch a canvas, how to use and mix paint, and different techniques for various effects using brushes, rags, and palette knives. Emphasis will be on value and depth and their relationship to color. Students must have experience in drawing with value. Students will participate in group critiques and will be exposed to ideas and techniques through slide lectures.
Figure Drawing This course is designed to give advanced students an opportunity to develop their ability to draw and interpret the human form. Working from the model, students will explore a variety of techniques including gesture drawing, studies of volume and mass, and contour and cross-contour drawing. Photography Intended for majors and students with background in design, this course introduces the aesthetics and techniques specific to photography, including fundamentals of camera and darkroom procedure and the study of the expressive possibilities of the medium.
Sculpture This course will familiarize students with the basic language and art-historical background of sculpture as both a narrative medium and a contemplative objectification of some of humankind's deepest desires. Reading key texts in the theory and history of modern and contemporary sculpture along with the creation of sketches, models and 3-dimensional artworks students will explore how sculpture functions in various contexts to convey meaning and to pose questions of reality and perception, identity, originality, psychology, society and space.
This course is a primarily outdoor experience that explores the nature of "landscape" in a heavily mediated era. What is the place of drawing and landscape painting in an age where landscapes are routinely shared via smartphones, and when panorama photography, degree videos, and virtual reality imaging are becoming as commonplace as cameras?
This course involves the student in the careful observation of nature, transcribed through perceptual data, and resulting in painting and drawing. Ceramics This course offers an introduction to ceramic art, including wheel-work, hand-building, and glazing, on a college level.
In addition to developing practical skills in ceramics, students will explore the history of the medium and the relationship of concept to visual form.
Because this course is sited near the campus, students scheduling their courses must allow time between classes for transport. Cost of materials is not included in tuition; it will be billed upon enrollment and is not refundable.
Performance Art This course will provide students with an understanding of performance art as a constantly evolving and flexible medium. The class will trace the emergence and development of performance art as a form of expression both distinct from and yet dependent upon traditional and experimental forms of theater and other contemporary manifestations of theatricality.
Students will negotiate, through reading, research, discussion and planning and practical application, the blurred boundaries between performing and living, entertainment and art. Mixed Media for a Remixed World This course asks students to cross boundaries? Students will use drawing media, paint, and transfer processes? The emphasis will be on experimentation to not only familiarize students with relevant techniques but also to produce unexpected outcomes toward the production of innovative works of art that will kick start student practice for the future.
Digital Art This class explores digital media through the eyes of contemporary art. Exposure to contemporary work in two-dimensional digital media, contemporary art theory and criticism will assist the students to develop their own artistic voice in the context of ongoing contemporary conversations in art.
Students explore complex image manipulation and generation options and refine technical skills in preparation for advanced artwork. Projects are designed to combine student's conceptual abilities with technical expertise. Emphasis is on integration of digital images, scanned images and drawing into high-resolution images for output and use in large-scale projects, image-sequencing possibilities, and integration of multi-media installations. Printmaking This studio course introduces students to a range of printmaking techniques.
Students will generate several quality editions of printed artwork on paper and fabric as they explore the potential of printmaking processes to approach important topics in art and design. Graphic Design Graphic Design focuses on developing graphic communication skills through a series of exercises and assignments that help students to successfully integrate image and text with an emphasis on commercial design practices.
Students will explore visual design concepts, and use the communicative power of design elements in order to create effective solutions to real-world visual problems. Students learn the principles and techniques of publication design and photo editing techniques, using Mac platforms with Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
Emphasis is on topics related to commercial graphics, advertising and publications. Art and either Art or Art Interactive Web Design This course integrates art and design fundamentals into a web-based, interactive format. The course covers web design conventions and considerations including color and typography for the web, grid design and wire-framing.
Animation fundamentals are also covered. Art , CSCI Art is strongly recommended. Art of Social Change Artists have a long history as agents of social change, using "traditional" art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, and a bit more recently photography, performance and video to critique various aspects of society and to propose alternatives for the future.
The consideration of social engagement as an artistic medium in and of itself has become an important current in contemporary art since at least the s. This course will begin with a consideration of some of the ways artists in the past approached social and political concerns. Students will address various important historical, theoretical and practical texts; conduct discussions and presentations; and collaborate to design and enact original works of socially engaged art.
Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Creative Arts Entrepreneurship will offer an overview of the processes, practices, and decision-making activities that lead to the realization of our creative ideas. Students from across the humanities, arts, sciences, and business will learn the unique contexts and challenges of creative careers, with an emphasis on collaborative projects. The course will help students understand the nature and structure of arts enterprise while cultivating their own career vision and creative goals.
Creative Arts Entrepreneurship is designed for students interested in developing, launching, or advancing innovative enterprises in arts, culture, and design, and those who love the initiative, ingenuity and excitement of putting creative ideas into action.
The course combines readings and in-class discussions with site visits, case studies, guest lectures by working artists and creative professionals, and student-driven projects. Advanced Painting Advanced work in painted media. Advanced Drawing Advanced drawing is designed for the student with previous studio drawing background.
The course will explore abstraction and non-objective drawing techniques and ideas. Students will, working from known sources, develop abstract imagery and explore new and varied media and materials.
Non-objective compositions will be stressed in the later half of the semester. Color will also be an integral aspect of the drawing process. Slides, lectures and field trips will be included in the course work.
Advanced Photography Advanced work with camera and darkroom. Advanced Sculpture This course approaches contemporary ideas in sculpture with challenging individual and collaborative studio projects, pertinent reading and writing assignments addressing sculptural practices and forms, and virtual methods of sculptural hypothesis.
Topics addressed include the relationship between form and function, the importance of process and materiality, developing a conceptual framework, and the context of presentation in conveying meaning. As a level studio course, students are expected to produce work of sophisticated conceptual and formal quality, and to develop a sense of their own artistic style working in 3 and 4 dimensions.
Written project statements will be important components of the presentation of all studio assignments. Critiques will be rigorous and honest, with the paramount goal of improving the effectiveness of each student's artwork as well as their mechanisms of presentation. Art OR Art and Art Installation Art In this course students will integrate a variety of artistic media and processes to negotiate the transformation of specific spaces.
Students will work both collaboratively and independently on creative projects with the goal of better understanding the contextual importance of site and the potential meanings of materials. Attention will be paid to engaging audiences in both art-dedicated and non-art spaces, and to sustainable and practical materials and construction plans. The class will emphasize a variety of materials and techniques; students will use collage and various other techniques such as monoprinting, transfer techniques, and work with found objects.
Emphasis will be on unorthodox methods. Students will work with a variety of materials while developing ideas and exploring visual methods to create formally and conceptually coherent works of art. Critiques and slide lectures will be included. Advanced Computer Imaging This course explores the computer as a tool to enhance the image-making process. This course will allow students who are interested in a wide range of media to learn new approaches to art-making using time-based media.
Utilizing applications such as Dreamweaver and Final Cut Pro, the class will consider the ways artists can manipulate images and craft projects in video and web formats.
Students will design and produce videos that will be burned onto tape or DVD as well as active Web sites. Art and one other studio art course. Video Art This course combines digital video production techniques with a seminar-style investigation into the use of film and video as an art form.
Students will use Final Cut Studio software in a Mac-platform computer lab to produce several independent and collaborative creative video projects addressing ideas crucial to the development of video art, and pertinent to our current connections to technology and life, communication and entertainment.
Students will become familiar with common themes, tools and techniques utilized in this changing, but nonetheless historically grounded medium as they find their own creative voices and engage the rapidly growing community of digital video producers and consumers.
Digital Color Photography Digital Color Photography will explore the use of digital and analog cameras to create color photographs that will range from small and medium to large scale format 9" x 12" through 24" x 36".
Working in response to specific challenges from photographic history, as well as contemporary color photographic work, students will use the basic elements of the camera - the lens, the shutter and the aperture - as well as the inventive use of artificial and natural lighting, setting and backdrop, to create images that will be processed through the digital environment of the computer lab rather than in the darkroom.
Processing of images will include learning to control scale, color and file size while moving from digital image to printed document.
Students will be exposed to the unique expressive qualities of the color image while exploring the conceptual possibilities of this versatile medium in collaborative as well as individual projects, realizing specific ideas in concrete visual form. Advanced Printmaking In this course students produce professional quality editions of printed artwork. Students work closely with faculty to propose and execute advanced projects in relief printing, intaglio, serigraphy or other related media, culminating in an exhibition or publication.
Emphasis is on developing graphic communication skills through a series of exercises and assignments that help students to successfully integrate image and text with an emphasis on commercial design practices as it relates to Print Media.
Students explore visual design concepts, and use the communicative power of design elements in order to create effective solutions to real-world visual problems.
As a level course, students are expected to expand upon conceptual development, typography, and the quality of execution and presentation of each project. It includes review of design fundamentals for the web and an introduction to the history of animation and interactive design.
The course will also cover web design conventions and considerations including color and typography for the web, grid design and wire-framing. Animation fundamentals using Adobe Flash and advanced interactive techniques using Adobe Flash will also be covered.
Senior Seminar in Studio Art The aim of this course is to provide a 'capstone' experience for students majoring in studio art. The course allows students to reflect on why one makes art and to develop their own conceptual basis for making art. The course will stress issues that confront the studio artist, including professional practices.
Students will divide their time between off-campus visits to Chicago-area museums, galleries, and artists' studios and the classroom. Classroom work will focus on readings and discussions of art practices and issues confronting the contemporary artist as well as on making connections between visits to sites in Chicago and the readings.
Students will devise artwork that reflects some of these concerns. Creative Project A well-documented and well-executed visual project completed in the senior year may count as a senior thesis. See Academic Regulations in the Student Handbook for details.
As with other theses, the final project will be reviewed by a thesis-examining committee consisting of three faculty, at least one from outside the Art Department. Students are encouraged to consult with members of this committee during the planning and execution of the project. Intro to Visual Arts and Design Introduction to Visual Arts and Design This course introduces students to the subject of art history and the major questions and methods of the discipline.
Students will not only learn foundational issues, such as composition, medium, and basic interpretive skills, but also the ways in which art, architecture, and design are defined and have operated in cultures across time. The principal aim of the course is to give students the opportunity to analyze and write about works of art.
This is the recommended first course in Art History and is required of all Studio Art and Art History majors and minors, although students of all disciplinary backgrounds and skill levels are welcome.
Public Art in Chicago In this course, we will explore what makes for "good" public art and how artists conceive of, propose, and execute projects intended for the public sphere. Public art is vital to the spirit of a city and the quality of life of its residents. We will use the city of Chicago as a text to consider prominent public artworks as well as the hidden gems tucked away in neighborhoods, many of which include historically ethnic enclaves e.
Writing Art Criticism This course will explore the process of writing about art from an evaluative and critical perspective. Drawing from a variety of examples and styles, students will engage a broad range of methodologies in art criticism.
Students will hone observational and written communication skills as they assess, analyze, and interpret works of visual art, as well as effectively articulate critical judgments.
Most importantly, by uncovering the process and structure of the review and the role it plays in the art world and the media, this course will encourage students to explore new ways of thinking about looking at art in writing, and how to inspire their readers' responses to visual culture. Japanese Art and Culture The course focuses on the history of Japanese art from neolithic to modern times, with emphasis on the art forms of the major periods and their relationship to social, political, and religious developments.
Chinese Art and Culture This course examines the history of Chinese art from the Bronze Age to the present with emphasis on the major art forms and their relationship to contemporary social, political, and religious development.
Medieval Art A survey of European art from the era of Constantine ca. Nineteenth Century Art Introduction to art and architecture in Europe and America from the neoclassicism associated with the French and American revolutions to the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist avant-gardes. Course readings emphasize the relationship of art to other social movements.
Students tie classroom study to the collections of area museums. Course readings reveal competing constructions of this history that is still in the making. History of Architecture Evolution of architectural style and thought from antiquity to the present. Modern Architecture This class examines the history of architecture from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Students will be introduced to architectural terminology and techniques for analyzing architecture.
They will also study the major trends in architectural design in the twentieth century, the issues faced by architects, and the social and functional problems that architecture is designed to solve. History of Photography This course examines the history of photography from its invention in to the late 20th century. Students will be introduced to terminology and techniques specific to the photographic medium. This course will discuss photographic conventions and customs, and the extent to which they reflect and construct societal institutions particularly in the United States.
Students will also study the special properties of photography as icon, index and symbol, and become conversant in the semiotics of the image. No prerequisites; previous experience in ArtH Introduction to Visual Arts will be helpful. This course meets the Writing GEC requirement. History of Prints The graphic arts of the Western tradition, from about to the twentieth century. American Architecture The course will survey American architecture from the seventeenth century to the present.
Topics will include early colonial architecture, architecture of the new republic, nineteenth century eclecticism and domestic revival, the Chicago School and the skyscraper style, and the development of modern architecture in the twentieth century.
Other themes to be discussed include changes in domestic demographic and population patterns, post-war housing, issues in American historic preservation and new urbanism.
The culmination of the class will be to plan and install an art exhibition in the Sonnenschein Gallery using collection components. Museum Histories and Practices This course will provide an introduction to the rise and functions of museums in Western and global cultures.
Among the issues to be considered are: Architecture in East Asia This course explores a diverse body of architecture in China and Japan from ancient to contemporary times.
We will investigate the major architectural types in traditional East Asia - including cities, temples, palaces, gardens, and houses - as well as individual monuments like Japan's Himeji Castle and the 'Bird's Nest' Olympic stadium in Beijing.
In addition to examining the architectural history of these sites, we will discuss thematic issues related to design, space, landscape, ritual, memory, and modernity. This course will examine how Western cultures visually depicted those they considered different from themselves: While our explorations will range from the Ancient to the Modern world, our course will be particularly focused on the role visual imagery of the 'Other' played in supporting colonialism and Western discourses of cultural superiority in the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries.
As this course is focused on how Western cultures depicted those of different racial, religious and cultural backgrounds, it will undoubtedly foster critical analysis and understanding of different races, religions and cultures. Topics in Islamic Art This course examines the visual arts of early and medieval Islam from the seventh through the thirteenth centuries in Muslim territories, ranging from Central Asia to Spain.
Through an examination of diverse media, we shall explore the role of visual arts played in the formation and expression of Islamic cultural identity. Topics will include the uses of figural and non-figural imagery, religious and secular art, public and private art and the status, function, and meaning of the portable luxury objects. It brought with it a rich religious tradition that altered forever the visual arts of these regions. Students in this course will explore the painting, sculpture, and monuments of the East Asian Buddhist world from ancient times to the twentieth century, paying particular attention to issues of patronage, ritual, iconography, symbolism, and style in order to better understand the complex relationships between religion and art.
Landscape and Representation This course explores the many moments in human history when landscape is a subject for representation. Drawing from a wide range of chronological periods and cultures, the course will examine how the natural environment is depicted, for which audiences it is depicted, the artistic strategies by which landscapes are achieved, and the many meanings and associations that accompany the production of landscape imagery. Students in the course will look at a variety of sites and analyze both verbal and visual responses to them.
Topics will include landscape painting, earth art, urban design, landscape architecture, Native American land use, and many other issues having to do with landscape and human interactions with nature.
The class will combine art making with evaluating texts and writing about the natural world. Short field trips to local sites and a long field trip over mid-semester break to the Southwest required. Monuments and Memory This course explores the cultural function of monuments and other images dedicated to memory. We shall consider the definition of a monument and the social behavior of remembrance.
Topics will include the commemoration of public triumph, defeat, trauma, private memory, funerary architecture, photography, and mourning. Women, Art and Society This course considers the contributions of women artists to the Western tradition of art making and examines the way art in the Western world has used the figure of woman to carry meaning and express notions of femininity in different periods.
Gender Identity in Modern Art Since the late nineteenth century, communities of artists and critics have defined themselves in opposition to the dominant forms of maleness and heterosexuality. This course examines the definitions of 'homosexuality' and 'feminism,' and traces their development in and influence on the visual arts. Contemporary Exhibition Practices This is a highly collaborative course in which students work with Chicago artists to mount a professional art exhibition.
Students work in groups on every aspect of the exhibition process? To prepare students to undertake this project, the first part of the semester is devoted to readings and discussion on contemporary curatorial theory and practices, written assignments designed to augment learning objectives, and visits to Chicago museums and galleries to meet with art professionals.
ARTH or another college-level art history course. The Art of the Sixties Students in this class will examine the many and varied practices of art making in the s, a decade characterized by national and global ideological change, the explosion of counterculture and the retirement of older notions of what qualifies as 'art.
At least one art history class or consent of instructor. Contemporary Art Focuses on the art of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, from about until the present day, to trace the development of contemporary artistic movements and expression.
ARTH , or another college-level art history course. Renaissance Art and Domesticity This course examines the original setting of works of art in the secular context of the household during the Renaissance about It will also consider representations of the domestic sphere as evidence for the functions of objects in houses, palaces, or villas.
Addressing issues of patronage, function and audience, the course explores the uses men and women in the Renaissance made of works of art in their homes. Among the art forms we will analyze are: Hell, Damnation and Romanesque Art This seminar will explore the fascinating? Although often characterized as part of the 'Dark Ages,' this period is actually one of unprecedented artistic and cultural activity, worthy of in-depth exploration.
Taking a thematic approach, this seminar will place Romanesque art within its broader cultural, political and religious contexts. This course examines works of art produced by diverse communities in southern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and western Asia during the Middle Ages c.
We focus on questions of intercultural exchange as manifested in visual culture, exploring the impacts of power, ethnicity, and religion. Through case studies of luxury objects, iconic architecture, monuments, and paintings, this class considers the ways in which artists, patrons, and viewers within Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions articulated their spiritual and intellectual values and religious and socio-economic identities.
Means and Methods of Art Historians. In-depth consideration of special issues, fields, or topics with careful attention given to questions of methods of investigation and the reporting of research.
An exploration of some of the principal methods used by art historians in their investigations of the visual arts including historiography, style and connoisseurship, iconography and iconology, social history, and other means of interpretation. Developing World Thirst for Energy This course will introduce the concepts behind the ever-increasing global demand for energy. Through laboratory experiments, field trips, and discussions of current events, students will develop an understanding of the many issues related to meeting the world's energy needs.
In particular, the dramatic economic growth in China and India raise additional issues about sustainable energy generation in the face of global imbalances in the carbon cycle. Spoken Chinese for Travelers This course is a foundational course in oral proficiency that employs a new method designed to have students quickly speaking and comprehending Mandarin Chinese.
This course introduces Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, the pinyin transcription system, and modern colloquial Chinese. The emphasis is only on oral proficiency. The Chinese writing system is not required in this course. Overall, Chinese for Travelers is designed for students who seek to advance rapidly in Chinese as well as prepare for upper-level language study. Particularly for those who aspire to travel abroad, the class offers basic and practical language-survival skills. Of course, the class is also geared to pique your interest in a beautiful land, culture, and people.
Chinese in the Business World The course is designed for students and working professionals who have no prior knowledge of Chinese, and are interested in conducting business in China. The objective of this course is to build a solid foundation of basic Chinese in the business context, with a focus on speaking and listening. Topics in the course cover basic daily corporate interactions and business-related social exchanges such as meeting people, introducing companies, making inquiries and appointments, visiting companies, introducing products, initiating dining invitations, etc.
This course will also help you gain a better understanding of Chinese business culture, and assist you in overcoming the problems in cross-cultural communication from a comparative perspective. Students will learn the rudiments of both spoken and written Chinese Mandarin in cultural context. The course exposes students to aspects of traditional Chinese culture via experiential learning; it integrates language learning with cultural experiences which may include the practice of Chinese calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting and Kungfu, singing Peking opera, learning the traditional Chinese game of Go and immersive excursions to Chicago's Chinatown.
Beginning Japanese I An introduction to the form of spoken Japanese along with Japanese customs and culture. Most of the fundamental structures are covered in Japanese and , together with writing practice in the hiragana and the katakana syllabaries. Lab work is an integral part of the sequence. Students will advance their elementary knowledge of modern spoken and written Mandarin Chinese through building vocabulary and enhancing communication in cultural context.
The course exposes students to aspects of modern Chinese culture, by integrating language learning with the study of contemporary cultural forms. These may include Chinese reality TV shows, film, pop music, popular literature, and other forms of mass media. CHIN or permission of instructor. Most of the fundamental structures are covered in Japanese and , together with writing practice in the hiragana and the katakana syllabaries and some basic kanji.
Japanese or equivalent. An Introduction to Speaking and Listening for Beginners. Basic Spoken Chinese is a beginning-level course in oral proficiency that employs a new method designed to have students quickly speaking and comprehending Mandarin Chinese. Learning the Chinese writing system is not required in this course. This course is designed for students who seek to advance rapidly in spoken Chinese.
It is designed to prepare students for study abroad or to enhance their interest in China. Film and Religion Viewing films as meaningful texts, this course examines the perspectives offered by Asian and American filmmakers on such religious questions as: What does it mean to be human?
How does death inform the living of life? How do values shape relationships? What is community and how is it created? What is ethical behavior? The range of films explored here function as vehicles for entering religious worldviews, communicating societal values, and probing different responses to the question of how to live a meaningful life.
Origins of East Asia Introduction to the great civilizations of China and Japan, with emphasis on development of their fundamental characteristics. Highlights both shared traditions and significant differences between the two countries.
Attention to the difficulties each has confronted, including Japan's vision of empire shattered by World War II, China's civil war, and Korea's transformation through foreign interventions.
Japanese Animism, Anime and Manga. This course explores elements of Japanese religion through the lens of animation, manga, mythology, folklore, cultural critique, and modern literature. We traverse a wide range of material, covering topics from animism to politics and ecology while paying particular attention to the religious sensibilities that inflect everyday belief, practices, and social relations.
In this process, we think about assumptions underlying ancestral worship and indigenous socio-ecological relationships, such as those presented in the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke. In addition, we analyze deep-rooted cultural motifs set in stories of old and new manga, classic and maverick. All the readings and class discussions will be in English. No prior knowledge of Japanese language or culture necessary.
India and the Writer's Eye India is the world's largest democracy and has more English-speakers than any other country in the world except the United States. It should not be surprising, then, that Indian authors have produced a wealth of novels, short stories, and poems written in English and concerned with issues of identity, nation, and history. In this course, we'll read English-language work by authors such as Rabindranath Tagore, R.
Narayan, Salman Rushdie, Arundati Roy, and Amitav Ghosh; learn about the major historical and political events described in these works: Students will be encouraged to explore relevant cultural, political, and aesthetic issues through research or creative projects of their own. Intermediate Chinese This course will continue the fundamentals of Chinese conversation begun in the first-year series, Chinese and , and continue work on reading and writing the language. Extensive oral practice and conversation exercises are stressed.
Classes will be supplemented with laboratory exercises and written work. CHIN or equivalent. This course will continue the fundamentals of Japanese conversation begun in the first-year series, Japanese and , and continue work on reading and writing the language.
Classes will be supplemented with work in the language laboratory and daily written work. Japanese or consent of instructor. Advanced Intermediate Chinese This is the second course in intermediate Chinese. It focuses on further developments of the four language skills to support sustained oral and written performance at the intermediate level to prepare students for third year Chinese study.
The focus will be on oral expression with expanding vocabulary, enhancing understanding of grammar, and introducing more complex structures and texts. Global Islam This course explores the origin and development of the Islamic religious tradition, along with varying interpretations of Islamic law and prominent issues facing contemporary Muslims around the world. Participants in the course read classical and contemporary literature as windows into Muslim life in different cultures and historical periods, and view Islamic art and architecture as visual texts.
To learn about the rich diversity within Islam, students can work with texts, rituals, poetry, music, and film from a range of cultures within the Muslim world, from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia to Europe and North America. Global Hinduism This course examines the teachings of the Hindu religious tradition as presented in the earliest writings of the tradition, as well as in dramas, epic narratives, and contemporary religious practice. In the course of the semester, we will visit Hindu Temples in the Chicago area as we explore the historical, social, and cultural context of Indian religious themes as they continue to be practiced in the 21st century.
Texts range from philosophical musings about the nature of the universe to the story of a king who loses his wife to a headed demon. Meets Cultural Diversity Requirement. The course will examine various forms of Buddhist practice including devotion, ethics, sangha membership, meditation, rituals, and festivals.
Chinese Religions Focusing primarily on the teachings of the Confucian and neo-Confucian , Daoist, and early Chinese Buddhist traditions, we will explore the concepts and practices of these communities within their historical, cultural, and social contexts. Reading narrative, poetic, and classical texts in translation that present such ideas as the ethics of human-heartedness, the relativity of all things, and the importance of self-sacrifice, we will discuss what teachings these masterful texts offer 21st century questioners.
A continuation of the Japanese language fundamentals begun in Japanese , , and Extensive practice in oral expression and increasingly stronger emphasis on reading and writing, with an extensive use of audio and video materials. Japanese or consent of the instructor. Islam and Pop Culture In recent decades the global Islamic revival has produced a new generation of Muslim film stars and fashion models, Sufi self-help gurus, Muslim comic book heroes, romance novel writers, calligraphy artists, and even Barbie dolls.
This course explores the pop sensations, market niches, and even celebrity scandals of 'Popular Islam' within the broader context of religious identity, experience, and authority in Islamic traditions. Balancing textual depth with geographic breadth, the course includes several case studies: Students will learn about how religious trends are created -- and debated -- on pop culture's public stage. We will reflect critically on both primary materials and inter-disciplinary scholarly writings about the relationships between pop culture, religious identities, devotional practices, and political projects.
Politics of China This course examines the domestic politics and foreign policy of China from to the present. We also explore China's most important bilateral relationships, its participation in international organizations, and its increasingly active role in writing the rules of the international system. This course is an introduction to traditional East Asian literature with the primary focus on China, Japan and Korea. It will concentrate on several themes, topics, authors and representative works of traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean literature; emphasis on critical reading.
This course will provide the students an opportunity to enjoy the most well known poems, novels and short stories produced by the prominent authors of the genres. Chinese Cinema in English This course provides a historical, critical, and theoretical survey of Chinese cinema, broadly defined to include films from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. We will look at the specific political, social, economic, technological and aesthetic factors that have influenced the shape and character of Chinese cinema over the last century.
As this course serves as a general introduction to Chinese film, it is intended for students who have little or no knowledge of China. All films screened for the course have English subtitles, so no knowledge of the Chinese language is required. Anthropology of Pacific Islands This course is intended to provide an ethnographic and historical overview of classic and contemporary directions of anthropological research in the eastern Pacific. The primary course goal is to develop n ethnographic and historical appreciation for Polynesian culture at the three points of the Polynesian triangle.
We will work toward this goal by a focused examination of the cultures of particular island groups in the eastern Pacific. En route, students will be introduced to issues as diverse as Polynesian voyaging and myths, and the ways that traditional cultural beliefs and practices and the social institutions in which they coalesce such as chieftanship, kinship and adoption are subject to historical change.
We will pay particular attention to the distinct expressions of social relationships and cultural forms that developed under varying conditions across the region. Intro to Chinese Literature in Engl Introduction to Chinese Literature in English This course will introduce students to Chinese literature through representative works of philosophy, poetry, folklore and modern short stories.
The goal of this course is twofold:
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