History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 383: Arts of Southeast Asia

ARTH 383-001: Art and Kingship in Pre-Modern Southeast Asia
(Fall 2017)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Art & Design Building 2026

Section Information for Fall 2017

Strategically located for trade, rich in resources and containing a surprising variety of cultural traditions, the civilizations of mainland and island Southeast Asia are among the most dynamic and unique in the world. This course will examine the various cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. The lectures and discussions will focus on the material culture of the great civilizations that arose within the borders of modern Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Laos, and Malaysia. A goal of the course will be to understand the cultural, political and religious factors, which gave rise to the creation of these works. Special emphasis will be given to the development of state formation, the role of kingship, the impact of foreign influences and the role of trade in the exchange of ideas.

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines various cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia, from the earliest archaeological evidence to onset of colonialism. Lectures and discussions focus on material culture of the great civilizations that arose within borders of modern Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Laos, and Malaysia. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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