Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Political Arts

Political Arts Thematic Thread

What makes art political and in what sense is politics an art? This thread considers the intersection of art and politics in three dimensions: political art, the art of politics, and political aesthetics. Philosophers and political theorists have debated strategies of governance and political struggle—the art of politics—for millennia, while recent debates about the removal of Confederate monuments have thrust the question of political art into the public discussion. By the same token, political identities and political movements have a strong aesthetic component that is often overlooked or underappreciated. Sometimes political aesthetics is the focus of scholarly debate, however. Consider the well-defined aesthetic of the Nazis or the Black Panthers, for example. Do ordinary Democrats and Republicans have a defined aesthetic, a political art, that differentiates them? Might their political aesthetic render them more similar than they like to admit? These are questions that require an interdisciplinary approach.

Faculty Liaison: Tom Sparrow

Curriculum Guide

Gateway Courses
Select one of the following:3
Basic Studio Drawing
Basic Studio Painting
Basic Studio Photography
Basic Studio Printmaking
Basic Studio Metalsmithing
Basic Studio Sculpture
Basic Studio Fiber Art
Basic Studio Ceramics
Basic Studio Graphic Design
Basic Studio Digital Media
Overview of World Art
Experiencing Dance: Techniques and Styles
Exploring World Music
Exploring American Music
Philosophy of Art
Fundamentals of Acting
Focused Courses
Select three courses from the following (must include three categories and three departments; two courses must be 300/400 level)9
The Arts
Art Since 1945
Dance in the Political World
Civic Knowledge and Engagement
Organized Political Action
Studies in Audience Development
Culture, Discourse, and Ideas
Propaganda: Ideology, Communication Warfare, and Social Control
Social and Political Philosophy
The Political Film
Global Learning and Diversity
African-American Literature
Literature of the Women's Movement
Native American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literatures
Women and Music
Society and Institutions
The American City
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

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Political Arts Thematic Thread (POAR)
Revised 08.03.2020
UCC 04.21.2020