Leader: To be advised
Not offered in 2005.
Synopsis: This unit is designed to encourage an empathy with two-thirds of the world's population, through an informed appreciation of Asian Art/Design, Religion, and Sociology/Anthropology. The course will also develop students' awareness of theories and the attainment of knowledge about the study of cross-cultural aesethetics; much of which is also applicable to the study of non-Asian aesthetics.
Objectives: On successful completion of this unit, students will: 1.identify the great national and/or religious traditions of Asian Art and Design, from the Neolithic period to the late nineteenth centruy. Especially, the early development of Hindu and Buddhist Art and Design in India; the impact and development of Hindu/Buddhist Art and Design in China, Japan and Southeast Asia; the rise and development of Islamic Art and Design and its profound influence on medieval Europe; 2.demonstrate a knowledge of the historical origins in Asia and diffusion to Europe of; bronze, urban planning and architecture (the dome, tunnel vaulting, rib vaulting), writing/calligraphy, silk and textiles, painting, paper, porcelain, glass, printing, lacquered furniture, and more; 3.recognise influences of Asian aesthetic and religious ideas on European movements such as Salon Painting, Impressionism, the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, De Stijl, the Bauhaus, the post-war Good Design Movement, and more; 4.identify and comment critically on the iconography, context, function and design logics of various examples of Traditional Asian Art and Design; 5.demonstrate a good historical and philosophical understanding of three of the world's great religions, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam; 6.show developed research and writing skills; 7.show developed abiltiy to communicate about visual material to a critical audience; 8.formulate critical attitudes to Traditional Asian Art and Design from a Postcolonial, Poststructuralist and/or Feminist pont of view.
Assessment: Short Essay (1600 words) 40% + Long Essay (2800 words) including class presentation 55% + Reader discussion 5%
Contact Hours: 3 class hours and 9 hours of independent study per week
Prerequisites: A second year sequence in TAD units for faculty course students or permission for all other students.