Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Nicole I Torres
ANTH 429
Seattle Campus

Expressive Culture

Anthropological view of one expressive aspect of culture: plastic and graphic arts, myth and folktale, music, dance, humor and tragedy, or play and games. Prerequisite: either one 200-level ANTH course or LING 203.

Class description

In this course we will explore some of the key theoretical issues in the anthropology of art and how groups and individuals conceptualize creativity. Art and creative processes are not apolitical; instead they are processes that are deeply interwoven into the fabric of everyday life on the social, political, and economic levels. Through hands-on activities, ethnographic projects, and an exploration of anthropological material, we will examine how visual and performance art are both socially shaped and socially shaping. This course is not simply theoretical. You are required to actively engage in a series of classroom workshops, process-oriented discussions, field trips, and portfolio assignments related to coming up with a working definition of what is meant by expressive culture.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Nicole I Torres
Date: 04/15/2013