Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Redman, Tim
Discipline and Number
HUMA 6300 Section 002
W Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities

Description of Course:

HUMA 6300: Venice is the required course for graduate students in Arts and Humanities. It is an introduction to interdisciplinary studies.

Venice was the longest-lived republic in history, enduring for nearly 800 years. Many consider it to be the most beautiful city in the world, but aside from its attraction for tourists, it is an important locus for achievements in art, literature, music, and commerce.

We will consider Venice from a variety of aspects: its history, its art, and its music; we will also read some literature sited in Venice.

Required Texts:

Patricia Fortini Brown, Art and Life in Renaissance Venice.
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice.
John Julius Norwich, A History of Venice.
Shakespeare, A Merchant of Venice.
Vivaldi, The Four Quartets.
handout of selected poems about Venice.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

A course project divided into four different components: 1) a venue paper (where your work will appear) with a preliminary bibliography. 2) a 500-word proposal for your project with a bibliography. 3) a draft of your project. 4) the final version of your project. Each of these components counts 20% towards your final grade.

The course emphasis is pre-professional. The project will be something you could present at a scholarly conference, or perform, or display, or publish as a short story or series of poems. A lesson plan for teaching would be suitable for actual or prospective teachers. A prospectus for a computer game, done either individually or as part of a team, also would work well.

The choices are wide open though I recommend that you consult with me briefly at the outset of your work. One previous project considered Venice, Inc., and was a report on its future prospects from its CFO (consigliere) to its incoming CEO (doge). A project on some aspect of the ecology of Venice would also work.

There will be a weekly short-answer quiz worth up to 10 points (five questions). I will take your top ten grades on those quizzes, add them, and use a curve to determine your grade for that component of the course (20%). However, you must score at least 51 points out of 100 to pass the course.

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