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Hal N Opperman
ART H 300
Seattle Campus

Ideas in Art

Selected monuments of art and architecture in the Western tradition, from the Greeks to the twentieth century, studied in relation to the intellectual background of the ages and civilizations that produced them. Slide lectures accompanied by discussion of assigned readings in philosophical, religious, scientific, political, literary, and artistic texts. Offered: jointly with CHID 300.

Class description

Summer 2003 To view and understand art in relation to the "big ideas" of its age: concepts of the divine, of human nature, of the cosmos and the physical world, of society, and of history. To appreciate the continuity of artistic responses across the Western tradition.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

60% lecture; 40% discussion.

Recommended preparation

Developed skills in reading and interpreting texts of a speculative nature as well as imaginative literature; good writing skills (analysis and presentation). This is a demanding, competitive class but also a rewarding one, for those who participate fully. Do not expect an A without serious effort.

Class assignments and grading

Reading assignments are key to success in this course. Average 80pp per week plus short poetry selections provide basis for discussions.

Participation in class on a day-to-day basis (readings, discussion); 3 short papers.


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 Maria Vandenburg
Date: 04/21/2003