ARH 2000 – Art Appreciation: American Diversity and Global Arts


General Education Credit: H,D
High School Credit: 0.5

Course Instructor: Pamela Brekka
Pamela Brekka, Ph.D.
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About The Course

This course is an introduction to the visual arts from a global perspective with an emphasis on diversity in the United States. Students will be challenged to analyze visual cultures and built environments from multiple perspectives, using key themes, principles and terminology in the discipline of art history. Traditional differences among world cultures will be applied to current populations in order to recognize how social roles and status affect diverse groups in the United States. To this end, we will analyze art objects and monuments from around the world (75,000 BCE to the present) within their historical, social, economic and religious contexts and apply this understanding to diverse living groups in the US.

Course Goals

The primary objective of this course is to explore the basic tool kit of economic concepts that will enable students to critically analyze the choices they face as consumers and world citizens.

In this course, students will:

  1. Assimilate and use discipline appropriate terms, approaches and theories, applied across the "life" of the object’s audience to the present day.
  2. Problematize a range of both traditional and current interpretive theories and methodologies, in order to better understand the origins of audience and discipline bias in relation to gender, cultural differences and sexual orientation.
  3. Attend at least one ‘live’ art history lecture and/or art museum exhibit talk/tour.
  4. Interact with experts in the field.
  5. Learn about the most current methodologies in the discipline of art history.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Elective