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Art, Society, & Culture
An introduction to the social conditions and cultural movements that shaped European visual art of the nineteenth century in its global context. The course will stress the tension between modernity and anti-modernism as well as competing views on the very nature of visual art.
- of the social, political, cultural and technological developments of the period
- of the 19th century Western art movements
- of artists, their styles and artisitc interests
- of issues relating to the categorization of the visual arts
- of how social, political and technological factors affect the visual arts
- of the non-linear development of the visual arts
- of the factors contributing to the categorization of the visual arts
- development of skill in historical analysis
- development of crtical thinking skills
- development of skill in formal analysis
- development of writing skills
- Introduction to Art, Society and Culture
- Art & Politics
- New Approaches to the Natural World
- Realism and the Rise of the Middle Class
- Urbanization and the Concept of "Modernity"
- Exoticism and the Rise of Colonialism
- Medievalism and Social Reform
- New Ways of Seeing
This online course is an introduction to the social conditions and cultural movements that shaped nineteenth-century European visual arts in their global context. Two main themes will be stressed: 1) the tension between modernity and anti-modernism and 2) competing views on the very nature of the visual arts. The dramatic social and political developments of the period were reflected in diverse cultural movements, some of which embraced change while others rejected it and looked to the past for artistic models. Closely related to these cultural movements was the fundamental question of what comprised the visual arts. For example, increased exposure to non-Western visual culture through colonization challenged European assumptions about art.
Although the course material is organized chronologically, it does not present a comprehensive survey of nineteenth-century European art. Rather, emphasis will be placed on the social, political and cultural context of specific aspects of the visual arts of the period. The course will be divided into eight units, most of which will be covered in either one or two week blocks. Within each unit, material is subdivided into two or more topics of varying length. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, the following: Revolutionary and Napoleonic Propaganda, Industrialization and the English Countryside, The Harem and the Mosque, and the Arts and Crafts Movement.
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Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Michelle Facos, An Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Art: artists and the challenge of modernity (New York: Routledge, 2011)
In addition to selections from the textbook, for each unit students will be required to read accompanying course notes and additional readings/articles taken from both primary and secondary sources. The additional readings will be available through E-reserves. Examples of potential readings include the following:
- Zeynep Celik, “Speaking Back to Orientalist Discourse” (2002)
- Tamar Garb, “Berthe Morisot and the Feminizing of Impressionism” (1990)
- Deborah Johnson, “Confluence and Influence: Photography and the Japanese Printin 1850” (1991)
- Patricia Mainardi, “The Political Origins of Modernism” (1985)
- William Morris, “The Aims of Art” (1887)
- Derin Tanyol, “Histoire anecdotique: the people's history? Gros and Delaroche”(2000)
- Émile Zola, excerpt from “A new manner of painting: Édouard Manet” (1867)
Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week in study and online activity for ARTH 250.
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About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.
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- Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
- Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
- Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
- Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash
See also Getting Started.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2016-17 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $648.40; for a 6.0-unit course, $1296.80. See also Tuition and Fees.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
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