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DGS 220 - Culture and Art

5 Credits

Examines a historically excluded group through the connection between environment, culture, and traditional art.  The historically excluded group varies, but 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.


Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day, Evening
Designed to Serve General student body.
Active Date 20200330T21:14:49

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Humanities Area I

Transferable Elective Yes
Course Outline
Varies depending on historically excluded group; however, the general outline is:

  1. Discussion of environmental and cultural 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 of the historically excluded group.

For example, for the Coast Salish people, the course outline could look like this:

  1. ​Examination of theories of storytelling and culture and art.
  2. Discussion and presentation of Coast Salish environment, culture, traditional and contemporary art.
  3. Analysis of Coast Salish art and design.
  4. Creation of designs and graphics based on traditional Coast Salish stories and legends.
  5. Practice telling traditional story to accompany presentations of artwork.
  6. Presentation of traditional Coast Salish art work and the story that inspired the artwork.

Student Learning Outcomes
Examine the development of various artistic expressions related to a historically excluded group.

Create various artistic expressions using traditional art, design, and presentation principles of a historically excluded group.

Synthesize how the environment shapes designs and art of a historically excluded group.

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