International Studies | Culture & the Arts: International Perspectives
I201 | 7266 | Tuohy, S.

As an introduction to the Culture and the Arts thematic clusters in
International Studies, the course is designed to provide a framework
for students as they pursue further coursework in the major. Rather
than survey the various arts as practiced throughout the world, the
course will engage the issues central to the concentration,
including theories of art, culture, globalization, and identity.  It
will introduce the theoretical concept of the arts as forms of
cultural expression and of representation; and we will examine the
role of the arts in the formation and transformation of identity.

The class will focus on the movement of the arts and culture--
through the movement of people and forms of mass mediation--and
their sites of interaction.  We will explore mechanisms, sites, and
institutions through which the arts and culture are disseminated
globally. These concepts will be developed within particular case
studies through readings as well as presentations by guest speakers.
Approaches to understanding--and research methods for studying--
culture and the arts cross-culturally and internationally will be
emphasized. A substantial portion of the course will be conducted in
a seminar format that will allow ample time for class discussion of
the materials.  We also will explore the resources available to
students at I.U. and beyond in relation to research and career

Class materials will consist of articles available through e-
reserves, selected videos, and internet resources.  The final grade
will be based on a combination of written assignments, exams, and
class preparation/participation. Written guidelines for these
assignments will be discussed in class. Students with interests in
particular topics will find opportunities to pursue them in the
research assignments.