320 -- Philosophy of the Arts
Fall 2012 Room: MacLean Hall 165, 6:30 pm Mondays
Office: Maclean 279S Hours: M & W 10:00 am to noon and by appointment
This course is an extended examination of the nature and value of art and artistic activity. The only prerequisite is an active interest in one or more art forms. The course examines the main theories of what art is, what artists are, and whether art and artistic creativity are human universals.
As indicated by the course title, various arts will be discussed. This is not strictly a course about the visual arts. However, the visual arts and music will be the main sources for examples.
OUTLINE OF MAJOR CONTENT AREAS
LEARNING OUTCOMES (General) Students will be able to:
LEARNING OUTCOMES (MN Transfer Curriculum) Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
This is a Writing Intensive Course. The quality of your formal writing will affect your course grade. Most of your course grade is based on four formal essays that you write. The first of these will be submitted as a three-page draft and will be submitted to the instructor for comments before it is completed. Only the revised version receives a grade.
The course combines informal writing (your "real questions"), integrative formal writing in which you will explain, integrate, and evaluate material covered in the assigned readings (the four essays), and one additional essay (a final exam).
Taken together, the integrative formal writing must be at least a minimum of 4800 words (about 16 pages). Complete information is HERE.
Robert Hughes, one of the most articulate and important art critics of recent years, has said this about the process of writing: My main impulse for writing a book was to force myself to find out about things I didn't know. Otherwise, why do it at all? This point encapsulates my goals for having you write. Writing is a mode of exploration. There is no reason to write except to find out things you did not already know, including things about yourself, such as your own position on controversial topics.
EXPECTATIONS ABOUT STUDENT WORK
This is an upper level course. I will enforce the University's policies on student conduct. I expect all essays to conform to recognized standards of presentation, originality, and documentation of sources.
The University expects all students
to represent themselves in an honest fashion. In academic work, students are
expected to present original ideas and to give credit to the ideas of
others. The value of a college degree depends on the integrity of the work
completed by the student. For more information, click
GRADING: Your final course grade will be calculated using the +/- system.
READING QUESTIONS/Exercises (due daily)
With the exception of the first day and the final exam day of the course, every day that we meet you must submit an answer to a reading question. It must be submitted at the start of class.
These answers do not have to be typed.
Instructions for this
These exercises are your informal writing. Failure to submit them will seriously erode your grade.
DUE DATES & TOPICS FOR THE FORMAL WRITING (TBA = "to be announced)
Submitting formal writing: If you wish to do so, you can submit the formal writing by emailing it to the instructor as a "Word" file. If submitted in this way, it must be submitted by 6:00 pm on the due date.
If you do not submit it electronically, you must give a printed copy to the instructor at the beginning of class on the due date.
Notice of disability services & special accommodations
The Minnesota State University of Moorhead is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment and welcomes students with disabilities. We are prepared to to offer you a range of services to accommodate your needs.
However, students must accept responsibility for initiating the request for services.
Students with disabilities who believe they
may need an accommodation in this class must contact Greg Toutges,
Coordinator of Disability Services at 477-4318 (Voice) or 1-800-627-3529 (MRS/TTY),
Frick 154C as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations are
implemented in a timely fashion.
This page last updated Sept. 7, 2012