Course No. SNS 381 Credits: 3.0
The anthropological study of human evolution, from human origins through the formation of major early civilizations. Course emphasis is on understanding the changing nature of the relationship between human biology, the environment and adaptation of culture as a way of life. Slides and films help describe archaeological sites and the paleoanthropological theories and methods used in studying human prehistory. $10 course fee required which allows for a course visit to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection. This is one of the world's largest and most thoroughly documented collections of primate skeletons, with all major groups represented including humans, apes, prosimians, and New and Old World monkeys.
Course No. LLC 206WX Credits: 3.0
Sophomore-level writing seminar focusing on intergenre hybrid writing, with an emphasis on the New Narrative movement, open to all students, of special interest to students interested in writing adventurously and creatively about their chosen art and design forms. The method of instruction for this class will combine short lectures with class discussion, workshops, and in-class writing experiments. The class will be structured around the idea of creative research, and will potentially involve research days utilizing the museum or the library. Peer feedback sessions and a final short critical paper are designed to assist students in developing a constructive, original vocabulary to critically assess both their own creative work and that of others. (H/CS) CWC)
India: Culture + Society
Course No. SNS 380 Credits: 3.0
Once the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, India has some 5,000 years of artistic tradition and architectural heritage. This course focuses on the essential role of the visual in India's ancient and modern cultural and religious traditions. The creation and nature of visual imagery are explored in sculpture, temples, palaces, persons, symbols, times and places. From bustling cities to remote villages and pilgrimage sites, from beggar to Brahmin to Hindu gods and goddesses, the course explores the "divine image" in India.
Introduction to African + African-American Literature
Course No. LLC 411 Credits: 3.0
This course will focus on traditional Africa up to the threshold of the European colonization of the continent. The African texts as a whole offer a brief introduction to traditional African thoughts and ways of life and also to the growing incursion of colonialism. The course highlights the paramountcy of kinship care, communal life, and individual fulfillment in harmony with society. It also stresses a social thinking underlain by a collective unconscious of the inseparableness of the living and the dead, the physical and the metaphysical. The African-American texts taken all together highlight, notably from Harlem Renaissance, significant stages of the African-American cultural-literary expressions of their socio-historical experience and an attendant sense of religion manifested particularly through the Black Church. The subtext of this course is to see if traditional life, an example of which is traditional Africa, still has any value for the technological world of today. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.
Introduction to Archaeology
Course No. SNS 370X Credits: 3.0
Archaeology is a branch of the wider field of Anthropology that seeks to understand past human cultures and life-ways. This course will introduce students to archaeological concepts, methods, techniques, and theoretical approaches. It will be based on scientific, materials studies-grounding of the field of archaeology, to understand how archaeologists approach the past. Prerequisite: SNS378 Anthropology.
Issues in 20th and 21st Century Art: Research, Engagement + Politics in Contemporary Art
Course No. ACD 380X Credits: 3.0
This joint course between CIA and CWRU will revolve around the main issues and questions of late 20th and 21st century art, namely:
- What is Contemporary? Possible definitions and conceptual revisions.
- Theory versus Praxis, or a more combined Art + Research model?
- Art as a thinking process | Thinking as a creative process (following the contemporary, and truly trans-historical model: “art as research” and “research as art”)
- The dynamic inter-relationship of different media, and fields of study (as in installation art, and Krauss’s “post-medium condition”).
- The anxiety of interdisciplinarity (an inquiry and examination of the efforts, as well as the resistance, towards such approach).
Artists, for the most part, no longer define themselves as medium-specific, but primarily as visual artists and researchers. Fluidity among media is currently explored in a philosophical and artistic positioning that regards indeterminacy, uncertainty, and even ambiguity as positive and productive values. Inter/Cross/Trans/Multi are, therefore, welcomed prefixes and defining elements of an artistic discourse that aims at moving beyond established categories. Interdisciplinarity involves the combining of two or more disciplines into one activity, and it entails creating something new by crossing or thinking across boundaries. This might generate a sense of anxiety, which reflects the territorialization quite prevalent in academic and artistic arenas. More than specifically or strictly answering these main questions, the course will attempt to open channels for exchange, debate, and discussion, raising awareness about the most relevant and pressing issues in the 21st Century art.
Issues in Design: Theory + Culture of Design
Course No. ACD 416 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gary D. Sampson
What exactly is the "culture" of design? Design writer Guy Julier recognizes a shift in the design profession from "a multidisciplinary to an interdisciplinary activity." This assertion will become our point of departure for exploring the interdisciplinary aspects of contemporary design practice and theory in relationship to the complexities of culture and society, especially with respect to urban environments. We will move from conventional considerations of the history of modern and postmodern art and design, to a broader contemporary understanding of design with respect to globalization, consumerism, technological change, sustainability, infrastructure, city planning, urban design and alternative trends. Visual Culture Emphasis course.
Course No. HCS 328 Credits: 3.0
This course is an introduction to the culture of Japan as it is revealed in the Japanese literary and religious tradition and in modern literary and cinematic expression. Readings will include selections from early Japanese myth and poetry, the diary and early novel forms, and the literary and aesthetic response to influence from China. Appropriate attention will be paid to Noh drama and haiku poetry, writings in the samurai tradition, a modern novel and a Japanese film. The purpose of this course is not to survey the whole of the Japanese experience, but rather to read and view representative examples of Japanese expression with understanding and delight. May be applied as Creative Writing Concentration course.