What is the role of art in our world? Why is fostering creative expression so critical to the human experience? Carleton’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) offers students many ways to discover The Power of Creative Expression by studying the works of great artists throughout history and exploring their own creative practices.
FASS is home to Carleton’s School for Studies in Art and Culture, with programs in Art History, Film Studies, Music, and the History and Theory of Architecture and access to Ottawa’s great art and cultural institutions, including the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC) – FASS' newly-acquired Arts, Performance and Learning Centre.
FYSM 1004Reading Literatures and CulturesIntroduction to active literary reading skills, focusing on at least three literary genres including poetry, prose, and drama, with attention to literary, social, historical, and political contexts. This course is writing attentive. Strongly recommended for English majors. Consult English Department website for annual topics.
FYSM 1106Issues in ClassicsAn investigation of important issues relating to the Greek and Roman worlds. Themes will be drawn from literature, history, art, religion, and social life. All texts are in English.
FYSM 1204Language and IdentityThe creation and expression of social identities through language: gender, age, ethnic and social background.
FYSM 1205Language and PowerThe role of language in maintaining and contesting power relations in domains such as the media, education, advertising, and politics. How meanings are made and exchanged through language in different situations.
FYSM 1408 French on the World StageAn introduction to the diversity of the French language and of French-language literatures and cultures throughout the francophone world, including Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. The course is conducted in French. For French majors and students who have completed the placement.
FYSM 1503Contemporary Culture in Everyday LifeThe role of contemporary cultural forms in everyday life. Focus on the culture/power relationship with attention to the ways that popular forms such as television, film, music, and tourism facilitate or work against the cultural and economic interests of different societal groups.
FYSM 1509Special Studies in Art History, Film Studies and/or MusicTopics and focus to be determined on a yearly basis.
FYSM 1510Moving Image and SoundIntroduction to the discipline of film studies through an examination of mise-en-scène, editing, cinematography, and sound in a selection of important films. Emphasis on the critical vocabulary needed for analysis of motion pictures and other audiovisual media.
FYSM 1511Special Studies in Art History, Film Studies and/or MusicTopics and focus to be determined on a yearly basis.
ARTH 1105Art as Visual CommunicationA variety of visual material is organized topically to examine the elements of art (line, shape, value, colour, texture, space), the principles of pictorial organization, the materials and techniques of art, and recurrent tendencies in artistic styles and outlooks.
ENGL 1609Introduction to Drama StudiesAn introduction to drama studies, combining attention to theatre history, conventions, and devices, with attention to theatrical practice, and interpretation of selected dramatic texts. Students will develop a vocabulary for speaking and writing with confidence about theatrical productions, theatre practice, and dramatic texts.
MUSI 1002Issues in Popular MusicHistory of world popular music from the 19th century until the present. Topics may include the growth of the music industry, the impact of technology, stardom, world music, the role of the press, copyright, censorship, and sexuality.
ENGL 2910Book Arts WorkshopThis experiential learning course immerses students in the practical arts and histories of book production.
CHST 2011Children's LiteratureIntroduction to the critical study of children’s literature.
ARTH 2710Experiencing ArchitectureDevelopment of critical thinking, writing, and looking skills in connection to architecture, through a combination of site visits, workshops and classroom exercises.
WGST 2814Gender, Sexuality and Cultural ProductionHow gender and cultural (re)production (literature, visual/performing arts, social media) and consumption articulate, circulate, and transform each other within economic, political, and social contexts. Emphasis on role, object, processes, and representations.
CLCV 2303Greek Art and Archaeology The art, architecture and archaeology of ancient Greece. Vase painting, sculpture, architecture, town planning and analogous arts.
HUMS 1500Introduction to the Humanities: Five Books that Changed the WorldA reading-intensive course on five influential books from Antiquity to the present day. Works may include the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, Homer’s Odyssey, Plato’s Republic, Dante’s Inferno, Machiavelli’s The Prince, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, Marx’s Communist Manifesto.
INDG 2709Indigenous DramaA study of dramatic literatures and theatre practice from Indigenous theatre makers, including playwrights, directors and other practitioners.
PHIL 2807 Philosophy of ArtPhilosophical approaches to the study of art. Topics such as: the nature of art and artistic value; representation and symbolism in art; art and artifice; art and the emotions; art, culture and ideology; post-structuralism and art; theories of creativity; relationship between artworks and audiences.
FILM 2809The Video GameIntroduction to the video game as a popular media form, an emerging aesthetic, and a social and cultural practice. Topics include: history of video games; game form; game industry; narrative; art and design; interactivity; theories of play.
ARTH 3507The Artist in ContextAn examination of one artist's or group of artists' life and work. Relevant artistic, intellectual, social, political and theoretical contexts are considered.
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