Topic: Sociology of the Arts

TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Tarbutton Hall 105
Braden, Laura. 41717 TBA.

January 12, 2011- April 25, 2011

Catalog Description: A seminar or lecture series on topics of special sociological concern.

Semester Details:

This course considers the arts from a sociological perspective, exploring the influence of social context on aesthetics, art history, artistic careers, and art institutions, such as museums. We will investigate such topics as the cultural division between high art and popular culture, how social factors such as networks, gender, and nationality affect an artist's success, and why some artists become famous, while others drop into obscurity. The course will also explore such topics as cultural capital, critical and popular reception, and globalization of the arts.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. No required textbooks. Readings will be available electroncially.

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