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ARTS 1694

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Art History: Africa, Oceania And The Americas
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is a survey of the indigenous arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course:
1. Students will have gained a foundation of knowledge for the study of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
2. Students will have an understanding of the role of art and artist in these cultures.
3. Students will have an understanding of the social, religious, political, and aesthetic climates of these cultures and the effects of these climates on the art produced in these cultures.
4. Students will be able to identify and discuss works of art in terms of their culture, name, location, subject matter, medium, and date.
5. Students will have knowledge of terminology, construction principles, and art making processes and methods.
6. Students will be able to identify and discuss the stylistic elements of the art and artists of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

General Education Outcomes
This course addresses the general educational outcome relating to communication skills as follows:
1. Students develop their speaking skills through classroom discussion.
2. Students develop their listening skills through lecture as well as slide, video, and film presentations.
3. Students develop their reading and writing skills through critical reading and analysis of selected art traditions and cultures, a museum research paper, and weekly writing assignments.
4. Students work individually as well as in groups to explore the arts ad artists of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
5. Students question and examine the concepts of "art", "artists", and "artwork" in a global perspective. Are these concepts universal? Do all people define art in the ame way? What are the roles of the artist in culture?
6. Through discussion, critical reading, and the analysis of selected art traditions and cultures students and instructor explore notions about the visual arts as cultural constructs that embody an array of concerns (e.g. aesthetics, status, ethnicity, gender, politics, economics, ritual, and religion.)
7. The course employs the two-way interactive video transmission of illustrated classroom lectures in real time. The course originates at Georgia State University and is transmitted to Dekalb in our distance-learning classroom (GSAMS).
8. Lectures will be augmented by web pages incorporating text with images, electronic bulletin boards, and e-mail.
9. In this tele-course students will be able to interact electronically with the professor, each other, and study materials.

Course Content
Arts 1694 is an illustrated lecture course with an emphasis on reading writing, and classroom discussion. The course offers a survey of the indigenous arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas with a view of broadening horizons, fostering cross-cultural awareness, and honing critical thinking skills.
This course examines the visual qualities of the art of these cultures as well as the function of the art produced. Students consider the art production of the cultures not only as reflective of the values of their people but as crucial in maintaining social order and cohesiveness through particular aesthetic systems.
The specific topics studied in Arts 1694 include the following:
1. African art and Religion: The Yorba and Igbo of Nigeria; the coffins of Ghana
2. African art and the body: Fulani, Maasai, and others; the body ritual among the snacerima
3. African art and the community: Senufo of Ivory coast; Dogon and Bamana of Mali; Mende of Sierra Leone
4. African art of Governance: The Ashanti Kingdom of Ghana and the Benin Kingdom of Nigeria
5. African art and Colonization: Bwa of Burkina Faso
6. The Dreamings and Dreamtime of Australia
7. The asmat of New Guinea: the Maori of New Zealand
8. Pre-Columbian: the Aztec empire at the time of comtact
9. The Olmec heartland
10. Teotihuacan: the fifth world
11. The Maya
12. Native American Art

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1. Course Grade

The course grade is determined by the following assignments:

Mid-term exam and Final exam consisting of slide identification and discussion, vocabulary, definitions, and general discussion. Each exam accounts for 25% of the final grade. (i.e. 50%)
A museum visit with written report accounts for 30% of the final grade.
A series of short writing assignments account for 10% of the final grade.
Class participation accounts for 10% of the final grade.

2. Departmental assessment

This course will be assessed one term out of every three years. The assessment exam will contain slide identification and discussion, multiple choice, vocabulary, and general discussion. The construction of this exam will be the responsibility of the visual arts faculty under the direction of the Fine Arts Chair. In term when the assessment exam is carried out, the assessment exam will serve as the final exam for the course.
The evaluation of the results of this examination will be the responsibility of the Fine Arts Chair and the participating visual arts faculty.

3. Use of Assessment Findings

During the term following the administration of the exam the chair and faculty will review the results and consider modifications in course content, instructional improvement, and curriculum changes. All recommendations will be documented and used for strengthening the course.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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