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Modern Arts & Propaganda

This course will focus on the use of propaganda, art, and other forms of persuasion starting with the Modern Era (approximately post-1860) and continuing to the present. Students will experience this topic through various social issues and cultural influences from around the world, including the visual, performing, and literary arts. This course emphasizes the development of aesthetic judgment and critical thinking.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand how knowledge of the humanities can enrich their lives life and help them become thinking, intelligent people. Becoming familiar with cognitive learning that is not always fact-based can expand understanding of the human experience, as well as increase empathy and spirituality.
  • Appreciate that the humanities are a manifestation of the times--specifically, how the arts reveal much about history, culture, religion, and ideology. Be able to identify and describe a variety of modern art forms and genres in the arts and letters, placing various artworks in cultural and historical context.
  • Acquire the tools needed to help evaluate the meanings, messages, quality, and agendas found in the arts and propaganda. Identify the uses, characteristics, and value of propaganda and persuasion, both good and bad. Develop the ability to analyze institutional, cultural, and personal bias.
  • Become familiar with major composers, artists, writers, movements, cultures, and historical events in Western and non-Western cultures, including their concerns, issues, arts, ideas, religion, and values as manifest through the humanities.
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3.0 Credits






Fall, Winter, Spring