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Course Title: Modernism: Critical Perspectives Course Number: HUMN 4B01

Course Section: 1 Semester & Year: Spring/Summer 2010

Course Day & Time: Weds. and Fri., 8:30-11:30am Building & Room#: 100 McCaul St., Room 556
Credit Value: 0.5 Credits

Pre-requisites: 10 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies

Anti-requisite: Students who previously took HUMN 3B04: Understanding Modernism or took HUMN 3B90: Special Topic in Humanities: Understanding Modernism in the 2004/2005 academic year may not take this course for further credit.
Instructor: Matthew Flisfeder Office Location: 100 McCaul St., Room 225

Email: mflisfeder@faculty.ocad.ca Office hours: Weds. and Fri.,11:30am-12:30pm

Course Website: https://mycourses.ocad.ca


COURSE CALENDAR DESCRIPTION
This course offers an overview of the historical and cultural context of the modern period from the mid 1850s to 1945. It is designed to offer students a context in which to understand not only the key issues and innovations central to artistic modernism but also the ways in which modernism forms the basis for much of our understanding of contemporary culture. Students will consider how historical forces such as the rise of literacy and the working class, industrialization, colonialism, revolution, women’s rights, and the World Wars created contexts in which innovation and critical approaches to art emerged.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students will build upon their ability to critically analyze and interpret the theoretical underpinnings of modern art and culture through their participation in class discussions and oral presentations. Students will also learn to apply their knowledge of Modernism to cultural objects and artefacts through writing assignments.


REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS/COURSE PACKS

Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity (New York: Penguin, 1988 [1982]).


HUMN 4B01 – Modernism: Critical Perspectives Spring/Summer 2010 Course Reading Kit
Textbooks are available through OCAD’s Computer and Bookstore,

100 McCaul St., room 317C.

ASSINGMENTS

COURSE EVALUATION





Assignments

Grade Value

Due Date

Class Participation

10%

Cumulative

Group Presentation

15%

As assigned

Précis # 1

20%

On or before May 26th

Précis # 2

20%

On or before June 25th

Essay Proposal

10%

June 2nd

Final Essay

25%

June 18th



Class Participation – 10%

You are expected to actively participate in class discussions. This mark does not include attendance.


Group Presentation – 15%

Students will choose one class where they will introduce the readings, pose questions, and lead the class discussion.


Writing Assignments:

All writing assignments should be double-spaced, in 12pnt Times New Roman font, with page numbers. Please ensure that your name is on the first page of each written assignment. Bibliographies or works cited should appear on a new page at the end of your work. Use an MLA style guide for all written assignments. All written assignments must have a title.


Précis – 20% X 2

Briefly summarize one of the scheduled readings and discuss the major themes in the article/chapter and its importance for the study of Modernism. Each précis must be between 2-3 pages. Your first précis is due on or before May 26th. You may also write one of your précis for the week of your group presentation.




Critical Research Essay

Essay Proposal (Due June 2nd) – 10%

Final Essay (Due June 18th) – 25%
For your essay, you will choose one object, text, space, or any other work, and demonstrate how it is representative of Modernism. When choosing your object, ask yourself, ‘what makes this modern?’ Your arguments should be based on concepts from class discussions and readings, in addition to three non-course journal articles.
Essay proposals should describe the object to be studied and explain the main argument of your essay. Proposals should be between 2-3 pages, with an annotated bibliography for your three non-course journal articles.

Your final essay should be between 10-12 pages, with a bibliography/works cited (an annotated bibliography is not required for your final essay).


POLICY ON LATE ASSINGMENTS
Late assignments will be deducted one mark per day.
Students should submit late assignments (hard copy) to my Liberal Studies mailbox but may send a digital copy through ‘My Courses’ beforehand for date verification only. Hard copies must be submitted the day following the submission of a digital copy. A hard copy of your assignment is required for grading.

PLAGIARISM AND REFERENCING YOUR RESEARCH SOURCES
Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else's ideas, opinions, writings, etc. and representing them as one's own. You plagiarize whenever you borrow another scholar's ideas or quote directly from a work without giving credit through proper citation or acknowledgement. Plagiarism is a serious offence at OCAD (please see OCAD's Policy in the OCAD Academic Calendar). Any assignment in which the ideas of another author are intentionally represented without acknowledgement and/or presented as the student's own work will receive a grade of zero.
The Faculty of Liberal Studies at OCAD has developed a set of ‘OCAD Writing Style Guidelines’ for students to consult with regard to proper referencing in essays for both the References Cited/Bibliography section and the Endnotes/Footnotes section. Please consult and follow these guidelines to ensure proper referencing of your sources in all research assignments. Copies of the Writing Style Guidelines are filed in the OCAD Library and online. Please see http://www.ocad.ca/students/academic_integrity.htm for more information.

ATTENDANCE
OCAD expects students to attend classes and participate in them by the standards established by the teaching faculty and as stated in published policies. Students’ full participation in the university’s classes is essential to their education. Given that students benefit from an active involvement with faculty and with their fellow students in classes, OCAD requires that students attend classes on a regular basis and that they participate fully in them. Please note, a student with three or more unexcused absences may be assigned a failing grade for that course.
Absence for Religious Purposes

A student who foresees a conflict between a religious obligation and any scheduled class assignments, including the final examination or critique, must notify his/her instructor in writing and in the case of final examinations and critiques must make a written request to the appropriate Faculty Office within three weeks of the first class. Late requests for an exam or critique deferral are subject to a fee of $70.



ACADEMIC AND NON-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Each student has final responsibility for her or his conduct. Students are expected to be aware of and abide by the regulations as they have been established in OCAD’s academic and non-academic policies, which can be found on the OCAD website at http://www.ocad.ca/students.htm# under “Student Policies”. These policies outline the responsibility of students to “conduct themselves appropriately and reflect the highest standards of integrity in non-academic as well as academic behaviour”. All allegations of misconduct will be reported and investigated as per the current policies.
CLASS SCHEDULE & READINGS
WEEK ONE: ENLIGHTENMENT AND MODERN SUBJECTIVITY
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Introductions
Screening: Mephisto (1981), dir. István Szabó
Friday, May 21st, 2010
Jürgen Habermas, “Modernity – An Incomplete Project” (Course Reading Kit)

Michel Foucault, “What is Enlightenment?” (Course Reading Kit)


WEEK TWO: ENLIGHTENMENT AND MODERN SUBJECTIVITY (CONT…)
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Last date to submit Précis # 1
Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts Into Air, Introduction, pp. 15-36

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, “The Concept of Enlightenment” (Course Reading Kit)


Friday, May 28th, 2010
Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts Into Air, Part I, pp. 37-71

Virginia Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own” (Course Reading Kit)


WEEK THREE: MODERNIZATION
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
Essay proposal due
Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts Into Air, Part II, pp. 87-120

Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels, The Communist Manifesto, excerpts (Course Reading Kit)

Screening: Modern Times (1936), dir. Charlie Chaplin
Friday, June 4th, 2010
Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts Into Air, Part III, pp. 131-171

Walter Benjamin, “Paris – Capital of the Nineteenth Century” (Course Reading Kit)

Anne Friedberg, “The Mobilized and Virtual Gaze in Modernity: Flâneur/Flâneuse” (Course Reading Kit)
WEEK FOUR: DEVELOPMENT AND COLONIALISM
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts Into Air, Part IV, pp. 173-248

Edward Said, excerpts from Orientalism (Course Reading Kit)


Friday, June 11th, 2010
Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts Into Air, Part IV, pp. 248-286

Arjun Appadurai, “Here and Now” (Course Reading Kit)



WEEK FIVE: THE MODERN CITY AND MASS CULTURE
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts Into Air, Part V, pp. 287-348

Georg Simmel, “Metropolis and Mental Life” (Course Reading Kit)

Le Corbusier, “Architecture or Revolution” (Course Reading Kit)
Friday, June 18th, 2010
Final Essay Due
Clement Greenberg, “Avant-Garde and Kitsch” (Course Reading Kit)

Fredric Jameson, “Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture” (Course Reading Kit)

Susan Sontag, “Melancholy Objects” (Course Reading Kit)
WEEK SIX: CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON MODERNISM
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Fredric Jameson, “Reflections on the Brecht-Lukács Debate” (Course Reading Kit)

Screening: Kuhle Wampe (1932), dir. Slatan Dudow and Bertolt Brecht


Friday, June 25th, 2010
Last date to submit Précis # 2
Charles Taylor, “Two Theories of Modernity” (Course Reading Kit)

Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar, “On Alternative Modernities” (Course Reading Kit)




GENERAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

You may want to include the following resources for students:

  • Library and online databases - http://www.ocad.ca/library.htm

  • Centre for Students with Disabilities - http://www.ocad.ca/students/disability_services.htm

  • Writing and Learning Centre - http://www.ocad.ca/students/wlc.htm

  • Academic Integrity - http://www.ocad.ca/students/academic_integrity.htm

  • Academic Advising - http://www.ocad.ca/students/academic_advising.htm








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