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Course Description: A study of the common elements in the visual, verbal and performing arts and how they reflect values of different cultural periods. The course also includes a survey of themes, genres, and representative work in the classical, romantic, and modern art forms. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: The educational philosophy behind the course seeks to engage the student in critical thinking to help the student realize how through the ages the arts of Western Culture have impacted his/her life. The student will explore three main areas of the arts: the visual, literary, and performing arts. These three art areas will be reviewed in the contexts of seven key periods in Western Art: Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, Impressionism/Post-Impressionism, and Modern/Contemporary. The student will study and analyze the emerging art themes of each period, focusing on why certain themes emerged and how these themes define and shaped Western Culture and the people identified as members of Western Culture.
Learning Outcomes:1) On completion of the course students will have a better understanding of Western Culture through studying the dominating visual, verbal, and performing arts as developed through the centuries.
2) On completion of the course students through review of the Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Post-Modern Periods will be able to identify reoccurring themes in the arts.
3) On completion of the course students will have experienced the visual, literary, and performing arts through local art galleries, videos, etc.
4) On completion of the course students after reflecting on the role of the arts in society will be able to answer the question “Does art imitate life? Or, does life imitate art?”
5) On completion of the course students will have a greater understanding of the role art plays in their life in the 21st Century.
Course Assessment: Coverage of the course topics will be accomplished in a variety of ways: lecture and discussion; small group work; student reports; videos; and when possible attending a live performing art event. The students will visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum once during the course. Assessment will be based on in class participation, one brief oral report on visual art, brief written summarizations on performing arts, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. Explanation of the oral report and written summations will be covered the first night of class.
Grading: A student's final grade will be determined through two exams (midterm and final). All the exams will be subjective in nature; they will cover assigned chapters and class activities. If it appears students are not keeping up with reading and discussing the chapters, short quizzes will be given.
The students will also be responsible for 1 short oral report over a visual arts project and 3 brief written reports over performing arts. More direction on the reports will be given during the first class meeting. The points a student receives on the exams and reports will be totaled and broken down into percentages.
A = 90 – 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 69 - 60%
F = below 59%
Late Submission of Course Materials: All written and oral assignments must be completed on the due date.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Because this is a reading and discussion course, keeping up with the assigned readings and participating in class are critical ingredients to aid in understanding of the material and passing the course. Therefore, attendance will be taken and will be counted in your final grade. Even one absence in such an accelerated semester can have an impact on your final grade—especially in borderline situations. Excused absences are only given in the case of emergency circumstance and at the discretion of the instructor. In the case of an excused absence, students are still responsible for all due assignments.
If a student knows in advance that he/she will miss a class because of work or previous planned activities-the student needs to let the instructor know at the start of the semester. If an assignment is due during a class period when the student will be absent, plans for turning in the assignment must be made in advance. In this day an age of email there is no excuse for late papers.
Arriving late to class is both disruptive and rude. There might be times with traffic or work causes a student to be tardy. If there is a legitimate reason for being late, please let me know at the break, so you will not lose points. If a student knows that he/she cannot make it to class by 5:30 because of work, the student should not enrolled in the class. To be consistently late to class will seriously affect one's grade. Students that are consistently tardy to class for whatever reason will loose 5 points for each tardy arrival in the final evaluation.
Parents going back to school often have baby-sitting problems. While I sympathize with the parent, I do not allow children in the classroom. So, please make sure you have a back up baby
It is simply assumed that if a student signs up for an evening/weekend class that he/she realizes the obligation and commitment both to being in class on time and to staying for the duration of the class period. Students with a record of tardiness or leaving class early will discover such negative action is reflected in their final grade evaluation.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: DATE TOPIC
8/23 Introduction to Course & Start of Western Culture
The Classical Ideal pgs 57-60
Drama and Philosophy in Classical Greece pgs 60-67
The Hellenistic Period pgs 78-83
8/30 Medieval 350-1350
Benedictine Monasticism pgs 204-206
Monasticism and Gregorian Chantpgs 206-208
The Visual Arts pgs 211-213
The Gothic Style pgs 225-237
Scholasticism pgs 237-241
Calamity, Decay, and Violence pgs 253-255
9/6 Liturgical Music and the Rise of Drama pgs 208-209
The Morality Play: Everyman pg 209
The Character of Renaissance Humanism 302-304
Two Styles of Humanism 305-307
The Reformation 340-347
Intellectual Developments 347-349
The Visual Arts in Northern Europe 349-354
English Literature: Shakespeare 364-367
Watch a Shakespeare Drama
9/20 Baroque 1600-1715
Baroque Music 398-402
Philosophy and Science Baroque Period 402-406
Classical Music 426-432
Take Home Mid-term Exam
9/27 Romanticism 1800-1880
Chapter 17 (stop at Musical Nationalism) 447-456
Chapter 17 (starting with Romantic Art) 460-470
10/4 Impressionism & Post-Impressionism 1880-1914
Chapter 18 489-508 & New Subjects for Lit 515-517
Modern & Contemporary Arts 1914-Current
The Revolution in Art: Cubism 563-567
Freud, the Unconscious, and Surrealism 567-572
The Age of Jazz 573-575
Painting Since 1945 591-602
Contemporary Sculpture 602-608
10/11 Oral reports and Final
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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