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DGS 120 - Society and the Arts

5 Credits
Examines a theme through significant works of literature, visual art, music, and/or film. Theme varies, but it is always related to at least one of the following: (1) groups historically marginalized on the basis of culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class or disability; and/or (2) a culture or society traditionally underrepresented in the curriculum, e.g., cultures of Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Native America, Latin America and the Middle East. Focus is on expressions of identity and resistance to discrimination and stereotyping.

Course Note (Previously CGG 115 and DGS 115)

Quarters Typically Offered

Fall Day
Winter Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve General student body.
Active Date 2010-01-01

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Humanities Area I

Course Outline
1) Discussion of cultural, historical, social and political context for the artistic works and their production. 2) Discussion of elements and principles of composition relevant for the works under discussion. 3) Analysis of artistic works given the theme.

Student Learning Outcomes
Analyze artistic works as expressions of identity and resistance.

Discuss artistic works and production in the context of culture, gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and/or other socially defined sources of identity with self-conviction and respect for others.

Identify and examine various critical stances and modes of inquiry used to analyze and respond to artistic works.

Identify how one’s own position (in terms of race, gender, culture, class, sexual orientation and ethnicity) influences one’s reaction to artistic works.

Respond to and analyze at least two kinds of artistic works (e.g., literature and film; art and music) in cultural, historical, social, political and artistic context.

Understand artistic production in cultural, historical, social, political and artistic context.

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