HUM389 - European Art and Culture

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Subject Title
European Art and Culture

Subject Description
This course offers another way to approach the study of Western civilization by exploring ideas and practices of European and North American art and culture in the modern age. HUM 389 is a companion course to Humanities 301 and 400, so art and culture are studied in historical context from the late 18th century to the 21st century.  Emphasis is placed on the connection between theory and practice in the arts.

Credit Status
This course is required for all students in the Liberal Arts Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.Define and apply common art history terms

2.Describe and evaluate art works in their historical context.

3.Identify time periods and stylistic characteristics of major art movements

4.Identify and explain several major theories of art and culture.

5.See critically, and apply critical thinking skills to visual culture.

6.Analyze and construct arguments that evaluate art works.

7.Write short critical essays defending their judgments about art works.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.