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Spirituality in the Arts
SPIRIT IN ART
CLASS CODE: HUM 333 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HUMANITIES & PHILOSOPHY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This course explores spiritual themes and concepts in art, architecture and music. Topics may include the nature of worship, art as an approach to the Divine, or religious symbolism.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Students develop the ability to analyze works of religious art from a symbolic perspective, thematically, and in the context of function. Areas of emphasis include: Nature of Worship: how does one approach divinity?; Art as worship: Visual arts and music arts. Creation, Mortal and Divine: Art as a means of approaching the divine; Religious architecture. Art as Religious Instruction. Symbols and Symbolism: Nature of symbols; History of religious symbolism. Readings include: Theology and the Arts; Education for Eternity; The Meaning of Meaning; Voicing Creations Praise: Towards a Theology of the arts; Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste; Mythology; Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art; Temple and Cosmos: Beyond This Ignorant Present; Egyptian Book of the Dead; Signs and Symbols in Christian Art; The Hero with 1000 Faces
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Develop the ability to analyze works of religious art from a symbolic perspective, thematically, and in the context of function.
Identify commonalities of Religious architecture from a wide cross section of belief systems
Explore the range of function within religious music.
REQUIREMENTS: Oral Presentations
Essays
Reaction papers
PREREQUISITES: Humanities 201 & 202 or Art 201 & 202
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001