Unlike the previous quarter, Winter 2013 was a blank slate at the start of a new year, in which I focused on an exploration of ethics, identity, society, and social issues through the study of history and contemplation of the future. All of these aspects were most reflected in the two main courses, CEP 461 and ART H 400. The class descriptions for these courses do a good job at outlining what they are about, but I think it’s important to say that I feel like I learned a great deal during this quarter. The concepts that were taught in these classes helped me better understand and put a name on my own views, beliefs, and identity, especially concerning ethics, society, and social issues. I feel like this quarter was truly an exploration of my own self, and this was even prevalent in CEP 491. The senior projects that I had been thinking about and beginning to work on since about midway through the previous school year had become something that I didn’t recognize or understand anymore. By exploring my own interests and identity, I was able to come up with a project that reflected what I truly wanted to do and make significant progress towards its completion.
(Exploration, ethics, identity, society, social issues)
CEP 461 - Ethics and Identity
5 credits - CEP core requirement
Examination of personal, societal, vocational, environmental, planning ethics. Readings and discourse on ethical foundations for public life. Individual and group readings on values, human potential. Develops understanding of ecological context, moral responsibility, self-awareness. Constructs positive, diverse view of humanity, environment regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, beliefs.
ART H 400 - Art History and Criticism
5 credits - Art History requirements
Topic: Art and Social Action Since 1960
Class description: If we accept Webster’s most encompassing definition of politics as "the total complex of relations between people in a society," then in some sense all art is political. That is to say, all art takes a stand or is positioned by interpreters so that it does in relation to the dominant values of its time. Since the 1960s, however, one might say that artists have become particularly conscious of the political resonances of their art. Amidst a general climate of social unrest and direct action, from the civil rights movements in the early sixties to the momentous events of 1968, the emphasis of many artists increasingly shifted from aesthetic to sociopolitical concerns. Rather than present a broad survey of this trend, this class will examine several of the most significant, self-conscious politics of artistic production from the 1960s to the present. Though a great deal of the class material will be presented in lecture format, discussion will be encouraged at all times. Although no previous art history experience is required, some familiarity and interest in contemporary art, history, politics, and/or critical theory is recommended.
CEP 491 - Senior Project Prep Seminar II: Methods and Actualization
1 credit - CEP requirement
Focuses on implementing the senior project/capstone, including revisions and updates as seen fit.
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