Jul 14, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARTH 3401 - Art of Ancient Mesoamerica

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600 with C- or better or CHS 1000; or permission of department

Description: This course provides an overview of the arts and architecture produced by the different cultures of Mesoamerica, from the Olmec to the Aztec, as they existed before and up to the Spanish Conquest. The primary focus is on the visual elements of culture left to us, as well as any written records from both the Pre-Hispanic and Conquest periods. Through an exploration of these visual records, students examine the aesthetics and technologies of Mesoamerican cultures, as well as the cultural cosmologies and religious beliefs, political structures, and daily life which informed their production. Particular issues under discussion include cross-cultural contacts, the manipulation of power structures through imagery and architectural space, and the role of gender and social status in representation, politics, and religion.

Note: Credit will be granted for only one prefix: ARTH or CHS.

Cross Listed Course(s): CHS 3401

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