Propaganda and Visual Culture: From the Altar to the X-Box | Arts and Science ONLINE

Propaganda & Visual Culture: From the Altar to the X-Box

ARTH 350/3.0

This course will examine the ways in which visual images can function as a form of social, political or religious propaganda. With reference to examples produced from the early modern period to the present, it will deal with a variety of media: from fine art painting, to the political poster, to the cartoon, to the video game. Possible topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to, seventeenth-century religious propaganda, American Revolutionary Propaganda, British Colonial Propaganda, Nazi Propaganda, Cold War Propaganda etc.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the winter term

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of ARTH 350, students should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the varying definitions of "propaganda" and explain the relationship of visual propaganda to other forms of persuasion
  • Identify and analyze visual propaganda in a variety of media from c.1600 to the present
  • Summarize and analyze key readings on propaganda
  • Research and analyze a propaganda campaign
  • Demonstrate effective research and writing skills


  • Module 1 - Introduction: What is Propaganda?
  • Module 2 - c. 1600-1715: Religious and Royal Propaganda
  • Module 3 - c.1715-1815: Revolutionary and Napoleonic Propaganda
  • Module 4 - c.1815-1914: Colonial and Imperial Propaganda
  • Module 5 - c.1914-Present: Propaganda in the Modern Age


Winter 2022
Course Dates: 
Jan 10 - Apr 8, 2022
Exam Dates: 
Apr. 14 - 30, 2022


40% - Responses (best 4 of 5)
20% - Discussion Forum
10% - Essay Outline and Bibliography

30% - Research Essay

*Evaluation Subject to Change*


Dr. Jane Russell Corbett (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week completing relevant readings, assignments, and course activities.

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Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

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  • Firefox (latest version)
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  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


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  • Flash (latest version)

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