NEW! Course Offerings


Spring 2020

ARTEDUC 5795: Seminar on Topical Issues in Art Education - The Social World of the Arts
Dr. Rachel Skaggs
Thursdays 1:00-3:45 PM
Sullivant Hall 251

We often think about the arts as primarily aesthetic endeavors, but the social world around the creation, production, distribution, and reception of art are key in understanding the role of art and of artists in society. In this class, students will use a sociological lens to examine how individuals and groups create, produce, distribute, and consume art. The themes of this course will allow us to answer questions like, but not limited to, the following: Why to trends in the arts happen when they do? Why is “selling out” looked down on by so-called “starving artists”? Can we predict which pieces of art will become popular? How does an artist’s gender or race impact their reception among critics? Using this lens to think about art, we will consider a wide variety of genres of art, arts scenes, and cultural products including TV scripts, fiction books, rap cyphers, stand-up comics, record label interns, and artist activists.