Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Schulte, Rainer
Discipline and Number
HUMA 6300 Section 501
R Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities

Description of Course:

This seminar should be taken by graduate students in their first two semesters of entering the program. Students will be introduced to the basic interdisciplinary structure of the School of Arts & Humanities, its innovative mission. Furthermore, the seminar is charting a new orientation for the study of the arts and humanities in the digital age. A guiding principle for the development might be Gauguin's outlook: Where are we coming from? Where are we? And where are we going? The traditional way of learning has to be modified in terms of how information can be disseminated and interpreted. The seminar discussions will focus on how we interpret texts in the verbal, visual, musical, and multimedia arts. The general accepted question of "What does a text mean?" will be redirected "How does a text come to mean?" Furthermore, the impact of digital technology on the reading and interpretation of texts will have to be dealt with in great detail. It has become apparent that all acts of reading and communication are acts of translation. Therefore, the methodologies of the art and craft of translation will serve as a guide for the interpretation of texts. Students are asked to broaden their own intellectual and creative abilities in the context of a program that fosters the convergence of disciplines and thought associations.

The seminar should be considered a forum where students begin to formulate their own ideas about the function of the humanities in a rapidly changing world. Students will also be made familiar with the practical aspects of moving toward an M.A. and Ph.D. degree. Students will be introduced to the major scholarly journals, the available digital research tools, the integration of databases into their research, and the changing scene of scholarly publications.

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Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

-It is understood that students should participate in the seminar discussions to articulate their interpretive insights into the materials under consideration.

-Students will be asked to write short paragraphs about the weekly assignments.

-Students will produce either a final creative or scholarly/critical project during the course of the semester. Group projects are encouraged.

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