Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Prerequisite: BIS 300.
Senior Seminar: Art and Film: Winter 2011 This course will explore the connections between a variety of modern art movements, such as German Expressionism, Russian Constructivism, Surrealism, Dadaism and Abstract Expressionism, and the films associated with these movements. We will look at films and art by both artists and independent or studio film makers. We will also look at films that incorporate influences by older movements, for example, films made after the Cuban Revolution in a Russian style, or the surrealism of contemporary cinema, like the films of Tim Burton. Films studied will be both fiction and documentary. In the first half of the course we will analyze works of art and films that reflect the theories and styles of each movement, and in the second half of the course students will present their own works which will be research-based film projects and/or research papers.
Art and Society in the Twentieth Century: Autumn 2009 This course will explore art in relation to a variety of social and political issues since approximately 1900. The course will focus on issues concerning war, political ideologies, gender, civil rights, poverty and inequality, exploring European, North American and Mexican art that responds to these themes, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and film.
Student learning goals
Students will enhance critical thinking goals and link them to self-understanding, tying these findings to knowledge of art and film.
Students will learn to conduct extensive in-depth research on a major topic connected to course material.
Students will gain skills in analyzing and writing about art and film and connecting these works to artistic, historical political and social meanings through discussion, reading and writing, as well as making their own films or digital stories.
Students will learn to examine major art historical issues in a collaborative method, connecting art movements to the cinema genre.
Students will enhance skills in oral presentations of research findings and projects.
Through exploration of links between aesthetic expression and cultural/social/political/historical phenomena students will gain an understanding of the overall implications of visual experience.
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, group work, class presentations.
Strong interest in art, film, culture, history and politics essential. Previous courses in art history highly recommended.
Class assignments and grading
Short essays, research paper, film projects.
Written assignments, oral presentations and class participation.