(116) WESTERN CIVILIZATION – THE ARTS AND HISTORY

Full year course – 4 credits WESTERN CIVILIZATION – THE ARTS AND HISTORY traces the evolution of the western world through a survey of the visual arts and music presented in their historical contexts. In addition, science, technology, and the evolution of ideas will be considered. The first semester starts with ancient Egypt and continues through the fourteenth century. The second semester covers the last six hundred years. This course seeks to develop a sense of the continuity of western civilization, and a heightened appreciation of the arts, both for themselves and as a mirror of history. The central text will be Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation. Students will spend the majority of class time critically examining and discussing various works. They will be expected to read in various sources, write analytical essays, and work independently on projects. By special arrangement students may prepare to take the Advanced Placement examination in the History of Art. (1-3)