|Código y Nombre de la Asignatura: ECA 1035 - CARIBBEAN ART|
División Hum. y Cs. Sociales
Departamento Académico: Dpto. Humanidades y Filosofía
Número de créditos:
Intensidad horaria (semanal para nivel pregrado y total para nivel postgrado):
3.000 Horas de Teoría
0.000 Horas de Laboratorio
Niveles: Educación Continua, Educación Superior Pregrado
Tipos de Horario: Teoría
1. Class identification
Division Humanities and Social Sciences
Department Humanities and Philosophy
Course Name Caribbean Art: Body, Space, and Artistic Practices.
Reference Code ECA 1035
Level of the course Undergraduate - Elective
Weekly theoretical hours Three
Weekly practical hours One
Weekly independent work hours Nine
Class Language English
Subject modality On - Campus
2. Subject description
This class will be aimed at the understanding of the different contemporary artistic practices that have been emerging in the Caribbean region. Starting from the problematization of concepts such as Art, Aesthetics, and Culture, this class explores different artistic languages from a cultural perspective that enables the student to understand art not simply as the replication of a Western tradition but as a phenomenon that has its most important roots in social practices. From this perspective the class approaches literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theater, music, cinema, and performance art in an attempt to bring up a conceptualization of the Caribbean art from the standpoint of both the production and the practices that characterize the fragmentary Caribbean culture.
The Caribbean Art course represents one of the most important explorations that can take place in the Academy since it is a space where students from both, the region and outside, can take the standpoint of a problem such as culture and art in order to critically approach what it means to be Caribbean. Art is certainly one of the focal points that enables a society to reflexively think and imagine itself. In this analytical movement emerges the possibility to think Caribbean culture from at least three different but convergent perspective; arts, culture, and philosophy. In this sense, the class promotes the ability and the improvement of critical abilities necessary for any citizen to actively be part of his/her community.
4. Competences to develop
Institutional basic competence:
Historical, cultural and environmental awareness.
5. General objective of the subject:
The subject will be directed to:
The main aim of this course will be the critical exploration of both Culture and Art as a social practice that enables the critical and historical understanding necessary for both native and outsiders to rethink the different cultural problem that characterize contemporaneity. This course will be directed towards the improvement of the critical abilities of the students who attend the class in order to give them the tools to critically approach, understand, and research on the cultural realm through historical, cultural, geographical, and aesthetic perspectives.
6. Learning results:
At the end of the class the student must be capable of:
Competence Dimension Learning result
(To Know) The student will be able to theoretically determine how it is that culture and art should be understood as social practices.
The student will be able to characterize a theoretical framework from which he/she can approach cultural processes.
The understanding of art will be determined by its intermingling with culture and not as an independent sphere.
(How to do) The Student will be able to formulate a research problem on the specific topic of the class but starting from either a cultural or an artistic practice.
The student will also demonstrate his/her ability to transform the research proposal into a critical final paper on Caribbean culture or art.
(How to be) The student will be able to understand his/her role as part of a culture in both individual and collective sense, and from this point value his/her active involvement in the production of culture and subjectivities.
7. Class Program:
Topics Subtopics Hours Independent Work (activities)
Introduction: On Contemporary and Caribbean Spatiality Caribbean Geography and economic Policies Six hours Students research by their own on the Caribbean geography in order to discuss it in class.
Foucault and Deleuze: Thinking Body and Spatiality. Six hours Students read and discuss Foucault and Deleuze¿s concepts of Body and Spatiality.
Post-structuralist approaches to Art and Culture; the concept of practice and performativity. Four hours Students write a short paper in which they discuss the benefits and contras of a post-structuralist approach to culture and art.
Caribbean Artisitic Practices Poetic and literary Practices: Cesaire and Arenas Six hours Students read and research on the works by Reinaldo Arenas and Aime Cesaire.
Europeans lost in the Caribbean; Deren and Grotowski (Performance) Six hours Students are faced with two iconic European artists from the XX Century.
Slavery and Musicality; codified religious practices. Six hours Students write a research report on the imbrications between the history of slavery and Caribbean musicality.
Rethinking the Caribbean from Colombia Contemporary artistic practices in Colombia (Visual arts). Four hours Students are required to choose either a work of art or an artist from Colombia and write an analysis of the work in the Caribbean context.
Approaching Cultural practices in the Colombia North Coast. Four hours From the artistic example of the previous subtopic students try to deconstruct a cultural practice from the Colombian Caribbean Coast. These last two exercises should lead the students to the writing of their final paper.
8. Methodology Options ¿ Learning Activities
Methodological Option* Description
Seminar This seminar will be divided into two modes of presentation; in the first case the professor gives a general presentation of every topic treated in class, and second, every student will have a research topic or text that he/she will have to present for the seminar.
Techniques and tools to assess the competence Description of Learning Evidence Evaluation Period Weighing of evaluation
Discussion forum The student presents a short text to be discussed in class. Second week 15%
Presentation Every student will be in charge of a 20 minutes presentation that will take place once every seminar in which he/she demonstrates the ability to discuss and present a problem to the class. Throughout the semester 15%
Writing tests The student manifests his reading and interpretational abilities by discussing, arguing, and interpreting the texts and class discussions. Fifth and tenth week 25%
Abstract The student is able to briefly formulate a research interest by writing an abstract on the topic of the final paper. Twelfth week 15%
Final paper Using the knowledge gained in class and through individual research the student formulates a topic of research that he/she develops in a final paper Sixteenth week 30%
Type of bibliography Title Language Uninorte¿s Library
Basic Poupeye, V. Caribbean Art. USA: Thames & Hudson, 1998. 0500203067 English NO
Basic Cullen, D. Fuentes, E. Caribbean; Art at the crossroads of the world. NYC: Yale University Press, 2012. 9780300178548 English NO
Basic Foucault, M. (2009). Manet and the Object of Painting. London. Tate Publishing.
Basic Ranciere, J. (2006). The Politics of Aesthetics. London; New York; Continuum English NO
Basic Lehmann, H. (2006). Postdramatic Theatre. New York and London: Routledge English NO
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