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3298. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Issues in human rights, history, law and policy, or practices. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

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Term Campus Instruction Mode Instructor Section Session Schedule Location Enrollment Notes
Spring 2023 Storrs Hybrid/Blended Falconi, Jose 001 Reg TuTh 3:30pm‑4:45pm
ARTB 218 2/10 Special Topics: Cultural Agency and Human Rights: How Art Intervenes in the World This course will examine how artistic practices can move beyond simply illustrating social ills and human rights challenges, to effectively enact positive social change. Art is often considered ineffective as a tool for concrete social change. Yet many important human rights campaigns and social movements have been “accompanied” (initiated, channeled, amplified) by artistic practices that shape their message, from poetry, theatre and music, to images, dance and fiction. Such artistic practices give us insight into the unique role the arts play in society, of their power to make visible human rights, to imagine alternatives to social injustices, and to enact those alternatives. In this course, we will study cases in which artistic interventions went beyond simply illustrating social ills, to galvanize effective social change. Drawing from paradigmatic contemporary cases around the world in which artistic practices have constructively intervened for the betterment of society, the course will explore the enormous capacity of art to make apparent new solutions, and to open innovative possibilities for resolving even the most intractable social ills and human rights challenges.
Spring 2023 Storrs In Person Gebelein, Anne 002 Reg TuTh 12:30pm‑1:45pm
STRS 011 13/20