SOCY-125 : Sociology and the Arts
Course, prefix, number, & title: SOCY-125 Sociology and the Arts
Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours
Pre-requisites (if any): (or Co-requisite:) Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in ENGL-101 and BE-102 at the same time as this course
Co-requisites (if any): BE-122 (or BE-126) or satisfactory score on CUNY/ACT test
Course Description in college catalog:
This course will examine “art worlds” – the social activities through which paintings, photographs, music, theatre, dance, literature and other arts are produced – from the perspective of the social sciences and related disciplines. Attention will be given to works of art, audiences, stylistic conventions, evaluative processes and systems of arts distribution. This course will also consider the impact of new technologies on the ways that art is produced and distributed and the ways that we think about and respond to new and traditional art forms.
Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:
General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.
Communicate effectively in various forms
Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning
Course-specific student learning outcomes:
1. Students will analyze art worlds using a variety of sociological perspectives, concepts and theories.
2. Students will critically examine research that explores the relationship between the arts and society.
3. Students will produce essay exams and/or papers and oral presentations that demonstrate their understanding of theories and concepts useful to the sociological analysis of the arts.
4. In their written and/or oral assignments and exams, students will use a range of sociological theories to analyze art worlds.
5. Written and/or oral work in the course will require students to analyze art worlds, including artists, audiences and works of art in relationship to social identities, culture, and experience, especially as these pertain to the social construction of race, gender, class and sexualities.
6. In their oral and/or written work, students will analyze contemporary trends in the arts, technology and globalization and the impact of these trends on the production, construction and social meaning of the arts in society.
Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:
Reading Responses: Students will be required to write short weekly response papers based on assigned readings, films or field trips.
Research paper and presentation: Students will investigate an art world that will include reading and evaluating what other people have written about this art-world and conducting your own research in the art world.Each student will present his or her research to the class; presentations must include a visual and/or sound dimension.
Course participation: A significant portion of the final grade will be based on the student's contribution to the collective learning process
Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.