Honors | College of Arts and Sciences
E103 | 0091 | Facos

Visual culture is a powerful tool of communication. In this course we will
examine various kinds of social and political power and the ways it (and
its challengers) manipulates images to control and influence.
These include: 1) Faces of Power: Rulers and Their Images, 2) Spaces of
Power: Stonehenge to the Washington Mall, 3) Propaganda of War and
Revolution from Ancient Greece to Desert Storm, 4) Images of Difference:
Imperialism, Colonialism, Racism, 5) Gender and Power: From Cleopatra to
Clinton, and 6) Social Class and Power.
We will decode the visual imagery of paintings, palaces, posters and
parades, monuments and movies, architecture and advertising. Assessment
will be based on short assignments, a term project, and quizzes. Emphasis
is placed on collaborative learning and students are placed into
semester-long base groups which meet weekly outside of class.