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COURSE NUMBER: SOCI 346
COURSE TITLE: Sociology of Art
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. David Long
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will examine the complex interrelationship between culture, the artist and society. The course will evaluate the tension linking the creative individual to his or her society.

Prerequisites: Three credits in sociology at the introductory level
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Rothenberg, Julia. (2014) Sociology Looks at the Arts. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Seerveld, Calvin. (2000) Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: alternative steps in understanding art. Toronto: Tuppence Press.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Major Assignment35%
Mid-term Examination30%
Final Examination35%
100%
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • The Arts and Our Sociological Imaginations
  • Religiously Deepening Our Sociological Imaginations
  • What are the arts and how did they come to be?
  • Who/what are artists and what ought their task to be?
  • Lenses and levels of sociological analysis of the arts
  • Trends in Modern and Post-Modern Art
  • Social Class and the Arts
  • Gender and the Arts
  • Race and the Arts
  • Art, Politics and the Economy
  • Technology and Globalization
  • Meaning and Interpretation
  • Beyond commercialism through redemption


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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