ART: Visual Culture and The Iconography of Social Intent

3 credits


Peace Studies
College of Arts and Science

The focus of the course is to encourage students to view and discuss visual arts in an informed manner. The course will also raise key issues in the humanities, such as how certain artists reflect upon and explore the cultural, social and historical impact of human agency. Provided is a basic review of the visual arts during selected time periods of the past, along with an emphasis on creative responses by modern and post-modern artists to the changing socio-economic and cultural landscape of the present day. The influence, manipulation, and oftentimes, conflictual aspects of the arts, will be discussed together with an appropriate overview of context, and vocabulary. Students will come to recognize and appreciate art’s intriguing versatility, and the power of art “to integrate individual and communal needs” (Dissanayake, 2000).