Fall 2024

Introduction to the Arts of Asia

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-140  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-140


(Offered as ASLC 140 and ARHA 140) The multicultural course introduces students to the visual arts of Asia. In an active learning environment, we will study architecture, sculpture, painting and other material objects found in countries such as India, China and Japan from the earliest times to the present. Illustrated class lectures, group discussions, and regular writing exercises will exercise our skills in visual analysis, critical thinking, and art historical interpretation. We will explore how the visual arts express the religious beliefs and political formations in different Asian countries and reflect the movement of people and interaction of cultures across the world. The study of Asian art will also refine the definition of art and its cultural value emerging largely from a study of Western art.

Fall semester. Visiting Professor Ajay Sinha.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Class lectures, group discussions, written work, visual analysis, critical thinking, art historical interpretation.

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2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2024