Aesthetics Across Cultures

HNR 340 - Aesthetics Across Cultures

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2014
Class #: 82265
Section: M005
Credits: 3

Felicia McMahon

Counts toward:
HNR Hum or HNR Soc Sci, Interdisciplinary, Course Global Non-Euro, Collaboration, Presentation

Course Time(s):
MW 2:15 - 3:35 pm |MW 2:15 - 3:35 pm


Course Description:

This student-research based course explores the intersection of folk art and aesthetics in cross cultural perspective through classroom lecture and discussion. In many cultures "the arts" are not separate from the objects and social acts of everyday life. Within any cultural group, creative vernacular acts --"folk arts"--are both emotilly compelling and represent particularly powerful forms of communication among group members. In this course students will historicize, situate and problematize the concept of beauty as communicated through folk arts, that is, through the ritual acts and the everyday expressive behaviors of specific cultural groups.