Monday, August 17, 2015

Course Syllabus

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ART 360 – Non-Western Art History – 3 Semester Hours
Fall 2015
MWF 9:00-9:50 AM, Dickey Fine Arts 129B
Bethel University
Instructor:  Jason Cole
Office Hours:
MWF: 10am-12pm;  TR: 8-9am, 11am-12pm.
Office Location: DFAB 113
Office Phone: 731.352.4082

Course Prerequisites/Co Requisites:

Course Description:
An exploration of the development of the visual arts in non-western cultures from Paleolithic to modern times.  This semester will specifically focus on the arts of Southeast Asia and African American art.

Course Goals:
Upon the completion of this course the student will be able to:
1)     Identify major styles and periods of art by listing specific information that distinguishes them from other styles or periods.
2)     Identify individuals, cultures, historical events, prejudices, and aesthetic developments which have made major contributions to non-western art history.
3)     Identify individual works of art from images shown during lectures and in the text by listing their specific distinguishing characteristics: name; location; style; approximate dates; period; purpose, etc.
4)     Define terms, names, and concepts in relation to a particular period or style.
5)     Discuss the social forces that have had an influence on particular artistic cultures.
6)     Compare one artistic style or period with another by identifying their differences and similarities

Relationship of this Course to Content Area Knowledge and Skills:
This course is not used to address TN Matrix knowledge and skills.

Kerlogue, Fiona. Arts of Southeast Asia. London: Thames & Hudson, 2004.
Powell, Richard J. Black Art: A Cultural History. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002.


Course Objectives:
The student will:
a)     Gain an understanding of how art has been integral in the history of cultures not usually discussed in traditional western art history survey courses.
b)     Learn the historical and aesthetic importance of the various art styles, eras, and genres of art in Southeast Asia and how historical developments in Southeast Asian culture are reflected in art created from the Paleolithic to the current age.
c)     Gain an understanding of the history of visual representations of African American culture throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first and how these representations have driven much of African American art.
d)     Develop and utilize writing and study skills and processes.
e)     Develop and enhance his/her proficiency in the vocabulary of the artist.
f)      Actively engage in constructive critique and discussion.

Units of Study:
Unit 1     Southeast Asian Art
Book: Arts of Southeast Asia
Unit 2     African American Art
Book: Black Art: A Cultural History

Required Reading/Viewing:
Various articles and videos posted onto the class blog by the instructor throughout the semester

Suggested Reading/Viewing:
Various articles, handouts, and websites that will be given by the instructor throughout the semester.

Methods Of Instruction:
Lecture, discussion, outside reading, quizzes, and exams.

Course Requirements:
1)     Read the assigned chapters for each week.  Quizzes and exams will cover material from the text that may not be discussed during in-class lectures, so it is important that you read the material that is assigned to you each week.  A schedule of required reading can be found in the class schedule.
2)     Read/watch any assigned articles or videos on the blog for the week.  In-class discussions will cover material included on the blog.
3)     There will be four two-page essays assigned over the course of the semester.  These do not require a large amount of research and are meant as a means of expressing your own ideas, opinions, revelations, confusions, etc.  You may site the book and lectures, but there must be at least one additional outside source.  The due-dates for these essays are listed in the course schedule.
4)     There will be two small-scale written quizzes over the course of the semester.  The format of these quizzes will be discussed in class. The dates for these quizzes are listed in the course schedule.
5)     There will be a written mid-term and final exam.  The dates for these exams are listed below.

Attendance Policy:
o    If you miss NINE classes you will immediately fail the course.  Seven absences means too much information and work has been missed for anyone to legitimately pass the course. The only excused absences are for students who must miss class due to approved scheduled university extracurricular activities.  Medical absences can be discussed on an individual basis, but it is not guaranteed that they will be excused.
o    If you are unable to submit an assignment on its due date because of an approved scheduled university extracurricular activity, that assignment can be submitted at the beginning of the next class without penalization.
o    If you are unable to take a quiz or the midterm exam on the scheduled date because of an approved scheduled university extracurricular activity, speak with me BEFORE that date arrives so we can work out an alternative time for you to be tested.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE QUIZ OR EXAM HAS TAKEN PLACE TO APPROACH ME!
o    If you are having trouble with the course or have problems outside the class that are affecting your performance please talk to me about it so that we can work out a solution.  Do not wait until it is too late.  I will be glad to help you in any way I can.
o    Lateness is not acceptable.  This class will begin promptly at 1:00 PM each day.  It is disruptive and frankly disrespectful not only to me but to your fellow students to enter the classroom in the middle of a lecture or discussion.  Three late arrivals to class will count as an absence.
o    All students will remain in the room for the entire class period.  The class runs from 9:00 to 9:50 AM.  If you must momentarily leave the classroom for reasons beyond your control, do so as quietly and unobtrusively as possible.  Do your best to be just as unobtrusive when re-entering the room.  Since this is a lecture course, speaking during class must be limited to questions that are directed toward the instructor and topic-specific in-class discussions.  Excessive talking during lectures, walking around, or leaving the room will be noted in my grade book and counted against your final grade.
o    If you miss any information because of lateness or absence get it from another student first. If you then have questions come and see me.

Methods of Assessment/Evaluation/Grading System:
Final grades reflect accomplishment in three areas:
o    Class performance/participation in discussions/preparedness/attitude (40%)
o    Quizzes (20%)
o    Midterm & Final Exams (30%)
o    Research Essays (10%)
Final grades will be determined by:
o    Consistency of effort and preparedness in class.
o    Participation in all class discussions.
o    Development of skills in seeing and thinking.
o    Thoughtful writing that relates to the concepts explored in the course.
o    Performance on quizzes and exams.
o    General attitude.
There will be opportunities for extra credit assignments which will be given and explained as the semester progresses.

Clinical/Laboratory/Field Experiences:

Critical Thinking Statement:
Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it.  In this class we will raise vital questions and problems, formulate them clearly and precisely; gather and assess relevant information, by using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively.

General Requirements:
o    You are required to bring a notebook for writing down lecture notes.  Make a habit of carrying it with you every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and DON’T LOSE IT.  If you choose to utilize your laptop for taking notes see the “prohibitions” listed below.
o    All students are expected to participate during class discussions.  Failing to engage in discussions will be noted in the gradebook and counted against the “class performance” percentage of your grade.
o    Prohibited from my classroom: Cell phones (you may have it pocketed, but silence it and DO NOT ANSWER IT), any device with headphones, any food with a noisy wrapper (i.e. individually wrapped candies, potato chip bags, etc.), tobacco OF ANY KIND, drugs or alcohol, the use of your laptop for anything other than taking notes (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Google+. Foursquare, Youtube, Blip, Metacafe, Vimeo, Tumblr, Flickr, Skype, iTunes, Amazon, Ebay, Craigslist, Wikipedia, Wordpress, Linkedin, IMDB, Solitaire, Angry Birds, Second Life, TMZ, Netflix, Vine, Tetris, Poker, working on assignments for other classes, e-mail, paying bills,  etc. etc. etc.).  All of these things are distractions both for you and those around you.  Be respectful and leave all of these at home.  Anyone found with any of these will first be asked to put the offending item away.  Upon a second offense, that student will LEAVE THE CLASSROOM AND BE COUNTED ABSENT FOR THAT DAY.

Class Schedule



Week 1 (August 17-21)
Discussion of course organization & requirements
Lecture: Non-western art

Week 2 (August 24-28)
Friday Discussion

Week 3 (August 31-September 4)
Indigenous Themes
ESSAY #1 (September 4)

*LABOR DAY September 7*

Week 4 (September 9-11)
Hindu Visions

Week 5 (September 14-18)
The Imprint of the Buddha
QUIZ #1 (September 18)

Week 6 (September 21-25)
Islamic Conceptions
Friday Discussion

Week 7 (September 28-October 2)
Chinese Influence
Modern Times
ESSAY #2 (October 2)

Week 8 (October 5-7)
Modern Times (cont’d)
MIDTERM EXAM (October 7)

*FALL BREAK October 8-11*


Week 9 (October 12-16)
The Dark Center
Art, Culture and “the Souls of Black Folk”

Week 10 (October 19-23)
Enter and Exit the “New Negro”
Friday Discussion

Week 11 (October 26-October 30)
The Cult of the People
ESSAY #3 (October 30)

Week 12 (November 2-6)
Pride, Assimilation and Dreams
Friday Discussion

Week 13 (November 9-13)
Black is a Color
QUIZ # 2 (November 13)

Week 14 (November 16-20)
Culture as Currency
Through a Glass, Diasporally

Week 15 (November 23)
Through a Glass, Diasporally (cont’d)
ESSAY #4 (November 23)


FINAL EXAM, Monday, 11-30. 12:30-2:30 PM

Month And Year Of Syllabus Revision:
August 2015

Bethel University is committed to equal opportunity in education for all students, including those with documented disabilities. If you have a diagnosed disability or if you believe that you have a disability that might require reasonable accommodation in this course, please contact Jean Little 4059. Bethel University policy states that it is the responsibility of students to contact instructors to discuss appropriate accommodations to ensure equity in grading, experiences and assignments.

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