Course Code: HUMN 004

CULTURAL IDENTITIES AND ART

COURSE DESCRIPTION

We live in an image saturated world. Our waking moments are spent in the landscape of our everyday- our bedroom, the office, the streets, the train, the cab. Meaning is delivered to us in print, on the Internet/ Web, through film and computer interfaces, from architeture and fashion, on the screen of our handphones and tablets. How we make sense and attribute value to what we see is greatly shaped by the social institutions of parents, government, education, and museums. Students will be taught how to understand art as it is; as expressions of culture, that is, the intellectual achievements of societies. HUMN 004 invests students with critical skills that enable them to read social situations in business and the Everyday. This course will be useful to students aspiring to careers involving transnational business. Students will be equipped with the basic knowledge and vocabulary for discussing art in the art world. 

 

In this course you will make art. Art is the source of creative and transformational thinking. We bring our intutitive right brain into action. Art uses analogy and metaphor instead of mere straight-line logic. Beyond the verbal (words, mathematical symbols), art taps visual, spatial, auditory and kinaesthetic thinking - our skill reserves that are not engaged in standard language-maths-science curricula. You will also display and stage your art. This is a left brain process involving project management skills. Through art making and exhibiting, you will learn to express yourself in visual imagery which you realise in order to persuade (sell) to your audience. 

 

COURSE GOALS & LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, students will: 

 

  • Learn to read the visual culture and performance of transnational communities, and so;
    • Understand other cultures
    • Appreciate diversity
  • Develop an awareness of how visual culture is a powerful tool used to influence the politcs of a society
  • Obtain a self-reflexive understanding of self, community, national identity

 

INSTRUCTOR (S)

Margaret Chan

Associate Professor of Theatre/Performance Studies (Practice), School of Social Sciences

Email: margaretchan@smu.edu.sg

Offering Term(s):

AY 17/18 Term 2,  

PRE-REQUISITE

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