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Chinese Arts and Culture (GLOS 1200)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course introduces you to Chinese culture through the study of its various forms of art. You will learn about calligraphy, poetry and painting-often called "Three Perfections"; architectural arts, such as garden, pagoda and temple; and performing arts-drama, music and film. You will also learn about the two most well-recognized Chinese products-silk and porcelain, as they have long been important media for Chinese art. Through a careful examination of different contexts (social, historical, philosophical and religious) in which various art works are produced, you will learn the fundamental values and beliefs of the Chinese people, their understanding of nature and humanity, as well as their interactions with the outside world.

Topical Outline:
1. Twin pillars of Chinese philosophy: Confucianism and Daoism
2. Three perfections: calligraphy, poetry, and painting
3. Buddhism and Chinese art
4. Architectural arts: Private/Literati gardens and imperial palaces and gardens
5. Performance arts: traditional operas and modern cinema
6. Modern and contemporary art—Chinese art and beyond

Learning Outcomes:
1. Gain an appreciation of the major forms of Chinese art
2. Have a better understanding of Chinese culture through the study of various forms of art, and to recognize social and cultural values, and ways of thinking
3. Contextualize art works, which means to approach specific works of art from different perspectives: historical, social, religious, and philosophical
4. Analyze and discuss a piece of art work in writing or through multimedia presentation, using appropriate terminology
5. Make comparisons between works of art from different time periods and different schools: to discern similarities and differences in form and content
6. Expand your horizon of the world so that you gain an insight not only to the cultures unfamiliar to you, but also to your own inner world through reading and reflection

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives