2016 Graduate Methodologies in Culture and Arts F1

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Ito Asa  Kawamura Aya 
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Course description and aims

This course consists of two parts. In the first part the instructor introduces theory and history of modern design. In the second part students will try to analyze art works by closely examining various works of modern art.
This course aims to understand history and various theories of the plastic arts. In the end of this course students will learn a critical way of thinking about modern art and design.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course students will:
・ obtain knowledge about modern art and design.
・ be familiar with basic concepts for understanding the plastic arts.
・ explain and comment on works of the plastic arts.


modern art, contemporary art, art criticism, design

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first part the instructor give lectures by explaining history and theory of modern design. Students will be requested to write short comments on each lecture. At the beginning of the next class, the instructor will give a review of them and all participants will have a further discussion referring them.
In the second part students will appreciate modern art in various ways. At the end of course students will design a workshop to appreciate works of art in a group.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Examining modern design.
Class 2 Arts and Crafts Examining Arts and Crafts.
Class 3 Art Nouveau and World Exhibition Examining Art Nouveau
Class 4 Bauhaus and Modernization in German Examining Bauhaus.
Class 5 Revolution and Russian Constructivism Examining Constructivism.
Class 6 De Stijl : Integrating painting, design and architecture Examining De Stjle
Class 7 Eams and American Design Examining American design
Class 8 Postwar Architecture in Japan Examining Japanese architecture.
Class 9 Introduction Explain the difference between art and design
Class 10 Appreciate abstract paintings in dialogue Explain the features of appreciation in dialogue
Class 11 Appreciate representational paintings in dialogue Explain the difference of abstract paintings and representational paintings
Class 12 Appreciate representational paintings in the social context Explain the featured of appreciation in
Class 13 Reading and discussion Read a text about appreciation
Class 14 Workshop of appreciation(1) Facilitate workshop
Class 15 Workshop of appreciation(2) Facilitate workshop


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Related books and articles will be referred as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Class participation: 50%, Final paper: 50%

Related courses

  • None

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Familiar to fundamental knowledge of the plastic arts.

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