*Aesthetics

Course Overview

Aesthetics is a General Education "Foundations" course, which means that it provides an introduction to the skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation, as they relate to creativity. This course will address visual art, music, literature (short stories), and contemporary culture, as we seek to understand the importance and influence of creativity in our world.

Intended Outcomes

As a part of this course, you will meet the following SNU General Education Learning Outcome that states “SNU students”

…have the ability to evaluate artistic expressions, including the fine arts, music, drama, literature, media, and human movement (i.e., dance, sports), through the use of political, sociological, anthropological and aesthetic theories. (Aesthetic Analysis)

…can construct rational arguments based on solid evidence acquired from appropriate sources and through the use of the best available methods and can communicate those arguments clearly and concisely using sound rhetorical strategies in both speech and writing. (Effective Communication)

Textbook

No textbook is required for this class.

Objectives, Activities, Points

SESSION NUMBER ONE

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

(all assignments are due by 11:55 on the day indicated)

POINTS POSSIBLE

Get Ready…

1.1 Complete the Student Statement of Intent to Academic Integrity and the ReadiTool(due Monday)

None, but required to proceed

Get Set…

1.2 Complete the Online Aesthetics Pretest (due Monday)

None (for internal assessment only)

GO! Consider the importance of creativity in modern culture

1.3 Introduction Forum & Response (post by Tuesday; respond by Thursday)

10 for post, 5 for responses; 15 total

Discover a historical view of art

1.4 Read Tolstoy’s “What is Art?” and upload an artifact reflecting what(according to Tolstoy) isn’t art. (due Wednesday)

25 points

1.5 Choose an artifact that Tolstoy would call “art” and upload a document explaining why (due Wednesday)

25 points

Gain familiarity with analytical elements for visual art

1.6 Watch a short video explaining how to analyze visual “texts” and upload an analysis of your chosen artifact (due Thursday)

25 points

Practice interpreting visual art

1.7 Watch a short video explaining how to interpret visual texts and post a video to the forum, offering 2 possible interpretations of your artifact. (due Friday) Watch and respond to at least 3 others with one additional interpretation for each (due Saturday)

25 points for initial post; 5 for each additional interpretation 40 total points possible

Put the pieces together

1.8 Upload a reflection (due Sunday)

15 points

Total possible points for Session Number One (7-9 hrs)

145

SESSION NUMBER TWO

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

(all assignments are due by 11:55 on the day indicated)

POINTS POSSIBLE

Explain what makes a modern visual text memorable and/or valuable

2.1 Introduction Forum & Response (post by Monday, respond by Tuesday)

10 for post, 5 for responses; 15 total

Analyze modern visual texts

2.2 Look through any common magazine and analyze 5 print ads using the chart, or your own method, if you prefer; upload (due Tuesday)

25 points (5 per ad)

2.3 Watch any 30-minute TV show on one of the major networks (not cable) and analyze 5 commercials using the chart, or your own method if you prefer; upload (due Wednesday)

25 points (5 per ad)

Analyze and interpret modern visual texts; discover why some visual elements are more persuasive than others.

2.4 Think about why we are so easily swayed and which visual elements are most persuasive. Choose one print ad and one TV commercial for full analysis and offer at least 2 interpretations for each; upload (due Thursday)

40 points

Discover what common marketing tools say to us & about us

2.5 Post to the forum what the advertisers you observed are saying to us, but also what their messages say about us; respond to at least 2 others. (post by Friday; respond by Saturday)

10 for post, 5 for responses; 15 total

Put the pieces together

2.6 Upload a reflection about analyzing something we typically ignore, and about the degree to which advertisers assume viewers will be thoughtful when watching TV or looking in magazines (due Sunday)

15 points

Total possible points for Session Number Two (7 - 9 hrs)

135

SESSION NUMBER THREE

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

(all assignments are due by 11:55 on the day indicated)

POINTS POSSIBLE

Articulate reasons for musical preferences

3.1 Introduction Forum & Response (due Monday; responses are due Wednesday)

10 for post, 5 for responses; 15 total

Gain familiarity with analytical elements in music and the difference between instrument families

3.2 Watch video & upload your own definitions of the analytical elements (due Monday)

10 points

3.3 Watch videos and begin describing how instruments sound (due Tuesday)

20 points

Listen to music with analytical elements in mind

3.4 Listen to three pieces from the list & upload the names of the 3 and which one you will analyze (due Wednesday)

30 points

Analyze, Interpret & Evaluate musical compositions, and relate them to their cultural contexts

3.5 Analyze, Interpret & Evaluate one musical piece (due Thursday)

50 points

3.6 Upload an analysis of a second piece from a different time period (due Thursday)

50 points

Discover what makes creativity from one culture valuable in another

3.7 Create and post a video “commercial” for one of the two pieces you analyzed; respond (due Friday; response due Sunday)

25 points

Put the pieces together

3.8 Upload a reflection (due Sunday)

15 points

Total possible points for Session Number Three (9-11 hrs)

215

SESSION NUMBER FOUR

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

(all assignments are due by 11:55 on the day indicated)

POINTS POSSIBLE

Think about the influence pop music has on culture

4.1 Introduction Forum & Response (due Monday; responses are due Wednesday)

10 for post, 5 for responses; 15 total

Think about the influence MTV had on musical styles and performance elements.

4.2 Watch 3 pre-MTV videos and analyze musical & visual elements (due Tuesday)

30 points

4.3 Research advent of MTV; watch 3 post-MTV videos and analyze musical and visual elements (due Wednesday)

50 points

Analyze musical and visual elements in popular music

4.4 Analyze visual and musical components of two pop songs (due Thursday)

50 points

Think about the where music is going, given the trajectory which brought us to this point.

4.5 Video response reflecting on pre & post MTV musical expression (due Friday)

50 points

Put the pieces together

4.6 Upload some observations and insights from this week’s study (due Sunday)

15 points

Total possible points for Session Number 4 (9-11 hrs)

210

SESSION NUMBER FIVE

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

(all assignments are due by 11:55 on the day indicated)

POINTS POSSIBLE

Discover how many stories are actually being told through TV

5.1 Introduction Forum(due Monday)

15 points

Explain the analytical elements in literature

5.2 Watch video and upload a prioritized list of elements (due Tuesday)

20 points

Analyze, Interpret & Evaluate Short Stories

5.3 Read and analyze linked short stories (due Thursday)

100 points

5.4 Offer 2 interpretations for each short story (due Friday)

40 points

5.5 Post and respond on the Short Story Beauty/Value forum (post by Friday, respond by Sunday)

15 points for initial post, 5 for responses; 20 total

Put the pieces together

5.6 Upload a reflection about this week’s learning (due Sunday)

15 points

Total possible points for Session Number Five (7-9 hrs)

210

SESSION NUMBER SIX

OBJECTIVE

At the end of this unit you will be able to:

ACTIVITIES

(all assignments are due by 11:55 on the day indicated)

POINTS POSSIBLE

Discover the connections between 2 authors’ faith and their stories

6.1 Connect biographies with expectations about creative work (due Monday)

20 points

Analyze, Interpret & Evaluate short stories by Tolstoy & O’Connor

6.2 Upload one document for both stories (due Wednesday)

100 points

Analyze the aesthetic value of short stories

6.3 Post & respond in the Beauty/Value Forum (posts due Thursday, responses by Saturday)

30 points

Put the pieces together

6.4 Upload a reflection about this week’s learning (due Sunday)

15 points

Demonstrate development in analyzing, interpreting & evaluating creativity

6.5 Final Exam (due Tuesday, 6/26)

100 points

Provide valuable feedback

6.6 Course Evaluation & completion of ReadiTool Survey (due Tuesday, 6/26)

*15 Bonus Points!!

Total possible points for Session Number Six (7-9 hrs)

265


Disabilities

If you need assistance with a learning, physical or psychological disability that may affect your academic progress, you are encouraged to contact the Academic Center for Excellence, Disability Services at (405)491-6694 (M-F 8:00-5:00). All students are encouraged to seek assistance from ACE, the Southern Nazarene University Academic Center for Excellence (LRC #309).

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