Art & Social Change Minor 2015/2016

A minor in Art & Social Change offers students the opportunity to explore some of the most pressing social, political and ethical issues of our time. With the tenets of equality, diversity and social and environmental justice at the heart of this minor, and an investigation of the role that art and artists have and can play as catalysts of change, students pursuing this minor stand to expand the liberating powers of dialogue, dissent and collaboration as cultural practitioners engaged in local, national and global contexts.

This minor guides students across disciplinary boundaries and through broad university curriculum with key courses that examine important social movements, real-world issues and activism. Course will emphasize approaches for self-examination, critical thinking, anti-oppression politics, community building, experiential learning, field experience and pedagogy. These will respect each student’s unique experience, facilitate their emerging vision and enable professional networking opportunities. This minor provides our graduates with a critical companion to their major area of study, encouraging their capacities as leaders for positive social change and innovation through informed, inspired and transformative cultural engagement.

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The following three courses are required:
ASOC 2001 Art & Social Change I  

ASOC 3003 Art & Social Change II

ASOC 4001 Art Making Social Change

Choose two of the following courses (studio or studio/seminar):
ASOC 2002 Making Gender: LGBTQ Studio
ASOC 3001 Community Practice  
ASOC 3002 Local Global Mashup   
ASOC 3005 Talking Community  
CROS 4006 Witness: History, Memory and Creative Response
INVC 3001 Bringing Visual Literacy to Indigenous Communities (Summer only)  
DRPT 3004 From Landscape to the Environment  
DRPT 3012
Rethinking Abstraction from an Indigenous Perspective  
INTM 3004 Media & Social Change
SCIN 3004
Introduction to Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture Practice  
GDES 3045 Illustrative Activism  
Choose two of the following liberal studies courses: 1.0 
ENGL 4004 Dub, Spoken Word & Performance Writing
ENGL 4006 Queer Literature        
HUMN 3003 Environmental Ethics
HUMN 3009 Sexualities and Representation: Queer and Other Theories
HUMN 3014 Feminist Theory   
SOSC 3005 Mental Health: Science, Culture, Society
SOSC 4002  Gender, Globalization and Social Change
SOSC 3009 Taronton, Onitariio, Kanata
VISA 3002 Issues in Feminism and Art   
VISA 4015
Art of the Black Diaspora  
VISA 3015 Critical Issues & Ideas in Contemporary First Nations Art   
VISA 3029 Special Topic in Visual Culture: Art in Revolution: European Art 1750-1850
VISA 4004 The Politics of Painting: Modern Art & Revolution  
VISC 4008 Art and Design Activism
VISM 4009 Global Mesh: Internet, Networks, Globalization and Digital Resistance