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Topics Courses

Cornell College has an all-college topics course sequence. These topics courses may be used by
any department or interdepartmental program wishing to offer courses on an irregular
basis. Courses offered under these numbers may be offered no more than twice. Further
offerings of the same course would require regularizing the course through the established
procedures for new course offerings. Departments or programs may choose not to use these

special topics courses.

1xx - Introductory Topics in __________

2xx - Topics in _________

3xx - Advanced Topics in __________

The following descriptions provide information for courses which are not fully detailed in the
departmental section of the Catalogue. These are courses with variable content which may
change from year to year, or they are courses which are experimental and may be offered only
once or twice before gaining approval to be listed along with other departmental or program
courses. B.A. distribution requirements satisfied by these courses are shown at the end of each


ART 274-7. Topic: Islamic Art and Architecture
Introduction to selected monuments of art and architecture of the Islamic world from
the seventh to the sixteenth century, drawing on buildings and works from Asia, the
Middle East and Europe. This course will provide a basic grounding in some of the issues
surrounding art and aesthetics in the Arab world, and give an idea of the diversity of its
visual culture, to give a sense of the plurality and richness of this field. Apart from
paintings, ceramics, and wooden objects, some of the monuments studied will include:
the Ka’ba in Mecca; the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem; the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul,
Turkey; the Alhambra in Granada, Spain; and the Taj Mahal, in Agra, India. No S/U

option. [AH]. (Humanities) HOOBLER

ART 277-8. Topic: Modern Mexican Art
This seminar will explore, through the selection of a limited number of works of art, the
rich artistic traditions of some of the major movements, styles, and artists of Mexico
from 1920-1968. Many of these artists were attempting to define, and even to shape, a
Mexican national identity with the works they made during this period. We will explore
in depth the concept of Mexicanidad and how conceptions of it have shifted over time.
Defining national identity often means to define oneself in opposition to another or
others. For Mexico in the early 20th century, that other was often the United States. Yet
although few remember the period today, during these decades there was a steady
stream of American artists studying, working, and living in Mexico. So we will consider
the idea of Mexican vs. foreign artists, what each contributed and took away from an
exchange of the two. By the end of this class, students will be able to recognize some of
the major works of art (artist, title, and approximate date) from this time period, and be
able to make informed statements even about works of art they have not seen before

from this same context. No S/U option. [AH] (Humanities) HOOBLER

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