REL 280
The Seeds of Divinity: Exploring Precolumbian Art & Civilization in a Museum Exhibit Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed REL 280 / ARTH 281 / ANTH 281
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For all ancient civilizations, the gods were a powerful force, affecting all aspects of human lives and dominating ancient art. This course will explore concepts of divinity in five civilizations in Precolumbian Central America: Aztec, Maya, Zapotec, Teotihuacan, and Nayarit. The course examines how the broad concept of divinity is materialized in everyday life. We will query how the human body is used as the prism through which concepts about humanity, the human soul and the supernatural are perceived and depicted in the art of these civilizations. This is a project based course, and each student will study one or more art objects from these five civilizations, and consider how these objects could be presented in a museum exhibit.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 12
Class#: 3073
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation; three short papers; 15-page research paper and presentation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: ANTH, SOC and ARTH majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ANTH or REL; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 280 Division II ARTH 281 Division II ANTH 281 Division II

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