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Andrea H. Kovalesky
B CUSP 117
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core II: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: W.

Class description

This course explores how the arts are being used in a variety of healthcare settings to help patients, their families, and healthcare professionals process illness, trauma, recovery, and/or loss experiences.

Student learning goals

Gain general background about multiple art modalities and how they are used in contemporary healthcare

Explore the current empirical evidence supporting the use of the arts in healthcare while gaining practice in reading and discussing academic literature

Engage in opportunities to explore and express one's own creative interests

Enhance one's awareness of community resources by visiting a healthcare facility, attending an artistic event in the community, and engaging with guest speakers from additional community resources

General method of instruction

A variety of instructional methods are used: discussion, readings, guest speakers, web site reviews, brief lectures, art projects and demonstrations, DVDs/CDs/videos, and some group work (in class or via Blackboard). For our readings we use an overview of the arts in the humanities (Perceiving the Arts: An Introduction to the Humanities, 9th Ed., by Dennis J. Sporre), selected readings placed on electronic reserves, as well as numerous web sites.

Recommended preparation

An interest to learn more about the arts and/or healthcare.

Class assignments and grading

The main assignments include the student engaging in 1-2 expressive arts of choice throughout the quarter, attending 1 community artistic event of choice, visiting public places within a hospital to review its aesthetic qualities, and selecting one artist whose work relates to a health issue. Quizzes based on class content and the readings are also given, with study guides provided to help the student better prepare.

Attention to assignment requirements, active participation in small and large group in-class activities, scores on quizzes


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrea H. Kovalesky
Date: 10/16/2008