ARTS2005 Art and Social Justice

Students will examine social justice issues through the lens of visual art, and create works of art that respond to timely and compelling issues. This course will cover works of art from art history, modern times, and the current moment; from global, national, and local artists. Recognizing and respecting a multiplicity of views and modes of expression, this course honors diversity and fosters inclusiveness, promoting dialogue and reflection. Through meaningful exposure to cultural identity, diversity, social justice, and social responsibility, this course supports a productive future in a responsible and equitable workforce.





Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:

Explain how art can be used to explore injustice and to promote social justice issues
Analyze the ways in which specific works from art history responded to social and political issues of the time
Compare and contrast artworks from modern American history that reflect a diversity of responses to specific social justice issues: civil rights, women’s rights, Native rights, environmental rights
Identify visual language tools, including: elements of art, principles of design, and typography
Support a personal position on a social justice issue in the context of core concepts and of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
Explain opposing positions to a social justice issue that stem from a diversity of political motivations, interests, and beliefs
Create a series of original artworks that support a personal position on a social justice issue
Defend the visual choices made in the creation of original works of art, including materials, process, imagery, and presentation
Interpret the conceptual choices made in the creation of original works of art, including historical context, political discourse, scientific research, cultural references, and literary and visual sources
Criticize the work of fellow students based on formal art description and analysis, and in the context of the issue they have chose

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE).  Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals.  Refer to the Course Credits section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Credit Details



MnTC Goal Areas:

6 & 9