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ANTH 217 Visual Anthropology

3 s.h.

Examines human creative expression from the Paleolithic Period to modern day with examples in media such as the visual arts, architecture, sculpture, personal adornment, and film. Explores how cultural beliefs are manifested in these media and how artworks create and sustain a culture’s belief systems, values and social relations. Enables students to recognize correlations between complexity of art styles and the nature of artworks in ancient, modern, Eastern and Western societies. Reveals that social context is an inextricable facet of creative expression which determines how artwork is circulated and received within individual cultures. (LA, AH2)

Prerequisite: SoS.

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