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What have been women’s roles and life experiences since ancient times until present? How have women seen their position in the development of Western civilization? How have women been represented in Western art? How did women’s domestic art become fine art? What does this change entail? What interpretive frameworks do scholars use to examine and understand women’s art and its connection to the development of Western civilization? This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore questions like these and look broadly and in-depth at women’s contributions to the development of Western civilization. Students are encouraged to identify and analyze significant events, societies, people and ideas which contributed to the development of European, Western and world attitudes and institutions. Students will be able to develop a wider perspective which recognizes the political, economic and cultural development of western societies and women’s experiences, and which encourages a more inclusive view of the human experience.
To enhance upper level academic skills, students will read scholarly literature and theories relevant to women, art, and western societies. Students will analyze images of women found in sculptures, paintings, cultural artifacts, magazine covers, and other products of popular culture, from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, up until the present. Students will examine such examples as ancient fiber arts, folk arts, LGBT arts, and feminist arts. Students will design their own independent research projects to examine theories and images of women, interpret women’s roles and experiences in specific times and places in Western civilization, and respond to, or generate new, questions they set out to explore. Students will also have a chance to do a creative work to (re-/de-)construct their own images of women. Students will need to have the digital capacity to submit images online (i.e., a digital camera or a scanner) as low-resolution JPEG images.
Prerequisites: upper-level standing with advanced level critical thinking, reading and writing skills.
Recommended: one of the following (or their equivalent): Artistic Expression in a Multicultural America, Visual Literacy, An Introduction to Culture, General Education courses in Western Civilization.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Western Civilization for 4 credits and in The Arts for 4 credits.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Theory, Structure & Change
Meets General Education Requirement In: The Arts-Full;Western Civilization-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Mar. May. Sep. Nov.
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