Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 62059002 Subject Classification Area Courses
Subject Name アメリカ現代史
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Modern American History
ウチヤマ ナオコ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Weds1-4:IAS L201
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may impact how this course is conducted. In the event that classes transition to an online format, we will use Microsoft Teams as our platform; detailed instruction will be given via Bb9 by the first session. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 07 : History
Eligible Students
Keywords United States of America; the West; art history; visual representation; modernism and modernisms 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status within
Liberal Arts Education
Expected Outcome 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This lecture focuses on artwork and cultural practices in the United States of America and examines their development within the wider context of modern and contemporary histories of art in the West. The narrative centring white male artists in the West has been questioned for decades; in light of this, the course explores pluralities in the works and practices of art while also critically examining the difficulties in narrating ‘diversity’.

- To critically examine ‘art’ as a social component.
- To understand and evaluate the controversial position that the United States of America has occupied in the histories of Western art. 
Class Schedule Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: ‘United States of America’ in the Histories of Western Art
Session 3: Academism 1
Session 4: Academism 2
Session 5: Modernism 1
Session 6: Modernism 2
Session 7: Modernisms 1
Session 8: Modernisms 2
Session 9: Experiments Beyond Canvas 1
Session 10: Experiments Beyond Canvas 2
Session 11: Questioning ‘Originality’ 1
Session 12: Questioning ‘Originality’ 2
Session 13: Search for Plurality 1
Session 14: Search for Plurality 2
Session 15: Conclusion

You will be required to submit an essay at the end of the term.

The above schedule may be modified according to the number of students and their interests. 
This course will not use a textbook. References and reading guides will be provided during lectures. 
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(More Details) We will use PowerPoint to show visual images in class. In the event the class moves online, we will use Microsoft Teams. 
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Preparation and
It is strongly recommended that you follow up on the references that are given during the lecture and seek additional reading materials on a theme you find interesting. 
Grading Method An end-of-term essay and class participation. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Anyone interested in exploring American society from the standpoint of art history is welcome. You may take this class regardless of your prior knowledge of USA history or art. Questions and feedback are welcome and may be presented to me either during or outside of class. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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