Creative Arts (CCCA)
What are the creative arts? How are they made, by whom and why? What are some major examples of the arts? The course will attempt to answer these questions through an interdisciplinary study of the eight arts (pictures, sculpture, music, theatre, film, dance, architecture and literature) and their relation to society in the past, in the present and in the varieties of world civilizations.
Examines myths and realities of madness from the perspective of the creative arts (e.g., art, literature, film, poetry). Explores a variety of artistic forms from the viewpoint of the artist and observer in studying the dimensions of maladaptive traits and behaviors. Emphasis is on critical thinking and analysis of the subject matter, the creator and the artistic medium within which it is portrayed.
Examines fundamental concepts regarding the relationship of the individual to the creative arts. Topics will vary by semester and be identified by subtitle.
Studies agrarian themes and their importance by surveying literature, music, paintings, and photography. Focuses on artistic perceptions of the earth and human relationships to it. Explores agrarian traditions, values and beliefs. Includes a study of agrarian social, political and economic issues.
Surveys art works from this dominant twentieth century philosophy and arts movement by considering how its values and aesthetic ideals shaped film, painting, communication, fashion, theatre and architecture. Investigates such thinkers and artists as Freud, Gropius, Klimt and Schiele.
Uses the basic concepts and insights of the creative arts to examine the ways in which American popular film of the 1950s incorporates ideas and societal reality into its modes of representation. Explores the relationships between American films and American popular culture.
Studies the poetry, life, and times of the great 13th century Sufi mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi. This is a course for students who want to expand their horizons and explore a view of reality that is not based on secular materialism. Because of excellent modern translations, Rumi is rapidly becoming one of the most relevant and powerful poets of our time.
Develops a critical understanding of the verbal and visual art of children's literature. Reflects major stories of world art and literature through two centuries of English language publications. Includes novels, short stories (including folk tales) and picture books. Readings will be placed in historical, cultural and literary contexts, with emphasis on techniques of writing and publishing, as well as pedagogical philosophies.
Covers American Poetry from the 1950s to the present and focuses on how American poetry reflected the cultural and political life in the United States from 1956 into the next millennium. Areas covered will be; poetry's connection with the other arts (particularly music and the visual arts), poetry and politics, poetry and race, and the resurgence of the oral tradition. Students will compose their own poems in order to better understand the creative process.