Undergraduate Summer Courses 2023

May 2023

ARTH 200 (CRN 687) (3 credits)
Introduction to Art History

Dr. Emily Doucet
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:35 am - 10:55 am

Arts W-215

A work of art has never come from nowhere. One of the key objectives of this course is to approach art’s histories in terms of how, where, and why we come to see works of art. To do so, this course offers an introduction to the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped (and, in some cases, been shaped by) the production, exhibition, and study of art. This course is not a chronological survey of key works, artists, or movements. Instead, this course will present a variety of approaches to the study of art in/as history. Each session will be structured around a keyword selected to introduce students to the foundations, limits, and intellectual contributions of art history as an academic discipline and historical methodology. In addition to course readings, lectures, and discussions, students will complete in-class writing assignments designed to practice different genres of art historical writing. Outside the classroom, students will visit three different sites (outlined in the syllabus) across the city of Tiohti:áke/ Montréal to encounter art and architecture in a variety of environments and institutions.

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ARTH 202 (CRN 688) (3 credits)
Introduction to Contemporary Art

Dr. Julia Skelly
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
11:05 am - 1:25 pm

Arts W-215

This course will examine a broad range of art produced from 1945 up to the present day. While addressing major movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, readings and lectures will also cover feminist art, performance art, Indigenous art, global contemporary art, and queer art. Critical methodologies such as postcolonialism, feminism, intersectionality, affect theory, and queer theory will be discussed and employed to analyze artworks.

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COMS 200 (CRN 689) (3 credits)
History of Communication

Jessica Fontaine
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
1:35 pm - 3:55 pm
Arts W-215

This course introduces students to the history of media and communication technologies, focusing on the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Our geographic focus will center largely on North America. We will examine key communication and media technologies, including radio, television, and film, and analyze how their social, cultural, political, and economic contexts shaped and continue to shape their production, representation, and uses. We will also consider the roles communication technologies play in political and social practices. The following questions will guide our investigations: How do users and producers construct the meaning of media and communication technologies? How do groups and individuals engage with media and technologies in ways that shape everyday experiences? What can the history of communication tell us about communication and media today?

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