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American Popular Song (MUSIC 162)

Undertake a historical, social and stylistic study of popular idioms from the late 19th century to the present. Focus primarily on contemporary idioms (rock, country and western, soul, hip-hop) and examine various facets of the industry to learn how they influence taste and musical style.

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Art/Identity Politics: Issues of Representations in Contemporary Art (ART H 270)

Learn about the various ways contemporary artists and art movements have explored the intersection of visual representation, identity formation and politics, one of the most persistent themes in art since the 1960s.

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Chinese Art & Visual Culture (ART H 212)

Surveys the highlights of Chinese visual arts from the Neolithic to the present. Studies jade, bronze, lacquer, silk, Buddhist sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy, painting, architecture, film and installation art forms at a moment in Chinese history when work in those media was especially innovative and important.

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Dance & the American Experience (DANCE 101)

Investigate shared, conflicting and shifting notions of the American experience as expressed in 20th- and 21st-century American dance. Investigate real, imagined and idealized portrayals as enacted on the concert stage, in film and on television. Engage in critical discourse on issues of identity in American society.

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Digital Art & New Media: History, Theory & Practice (DXARTS 200)

Provides a historical and critical overview of artists and scientists pioneering the digital arts. Discusses important digital media issues from aesthetics, creative strategies, emerging trends and socio-cultural aspirations.

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History & Theory of Photography (ART H 273)

Survey of photography from its beginnings in the early 19th century to the digital imaging of today. Study photography as an artistic medium, a social text, a technological adventure and a cultural practice. Key photographers, cultural movements and recurring themes will be explored with close attention to the social and cultural contexts in which photographs were produced, circulated and consumed.

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Images of the City (T URB 205)

Examines how the city is portrayed through various media and how those portrayals affect society's perception of urban places. Discusses imagery from films, literature, television, newspapers and magazines. Considers images linked to such elements as crime, ethnic enclaves, downtown areas and suburbia.

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Music Appreciation (T ARTS 120)

This course will provide students with an introduction to Western art music from the following periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern and Postmodern. Develop listening skills as the vehicle through which specific musical concepts are examined. Explore analytical and critical tools to develop a historically informed appreciation of this tradition.

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Theatre Appreciation (DRAMA 103)

Explore the art of live theatrical performance. Discuss how theatre is assembled, who the artists are, what they do, how theatre differs from other media and how the various genres and styles of performance function to create a deeper understanding of live performance.

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Understanding Dance (DANCE 100)

Introduces the aesthetics and creative processes in dance and choreography. Pays attention to how dance is practiced in social arenas, popular entertainment, and concert settings. Includes independent field trips to local dance settings.

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