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Viewing: AH 2191 : South Asian Art

Last approved: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:02:17 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:05:14 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Art/Art History (AH)
South Asian Art
South Asian Art
Fall 2017
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No previous knowledge of South Asian history or art history required

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This course introduces students to visual and material cultures of South Asia from the prehistoric to contemporary periods, covering modern Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to:
1. understand terms such as iconography, form, style, composition, materiality, narrativity, Orientalism, nationalism, and modernity as they pertain to South Asian visual material;
2. analyze, evaluate, and synthesize complex information on a diverse range of South Asian objects using comprehension of both theoretical and historical texts;
3. create compelling written and oral arguments for interpreting diverse religious and secular forms of art and architecture from South Asia;
4. and apply their knowledge of histories of South Asian objects into broader understanding of art history and creative practice;

As a result of completing this course, students will be able to:
1. analyze and evaluate complex information about a diverse range of South Asian objects and histories;
2. analyze scholarly literature pertaining to South Asian objects and histories, in particular its theoretical orientation and sources of support;
3. formulate an argument based on the analysis of that scholarly literature;
4. create a new scholarly argument based on a thorough analysis of visual and textual sources;
5. identify and analyze the impact of diverse creative practices, scholarly thought, religious beliefs, and/or cultural forms upon the art and architecture of South Asia;
6. and use cultural comparison as a tool for understanding how social, cultural, economic, or political contexts shape art and architecture across the diverse regions and cultures of South Asia.

Course Attribute
Gen Ed: Humanities
ESIA-Asia GCR (Pre2010)
ESIA-Asia Conc (2010)
ESIA-Asia Conc (Pre 2010)
Requesting designation as Arts GPAC

The GPAC Committee approved this course for GPAC Critical Thinking and GPAC Cross Cultural on March 1st, 2017 (candaceg).
echacko (Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:05:05 GMT): Rollback: Has this course been approved for GPAC?
gharris (Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:20:53 GMT): Rollback: Please provide bulletin-style course description, i.e., 1-2 lines covering only main themes/topics of the course, and resubmit. See, e.g., AH 2192 as an example.
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