History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 382: Arts of India

ARTH 382-001: Arts of India
(Fall 2014)

Robinson B113

Section Information for Fall 2014

From its cultural origins in the ancient civilization along the Indus River to the present, the complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. This course will examine the various periods and styles of Indian art from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. The lectures and discussions will examine the various artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent by tracing their changes over time. A goal of the course will be to understand the cultural, political and religious factors that gave rise to the creation of these works. Special emphasis will be given to the role of art in securing political and religious systems as well as on the role of trade in the exchange of ideas. The course will require a museum visit.

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

History, culture, and arts of south Asia from earliest civilizations along the Indus River to onset of Western colonialism. Emphasizes role of material evidence in the creation of the South Asian history and how political, social, and religious developments affected the arts. Discusses monuments and artifacts in a variety of media in relation to historical contexts. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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