World Arts and Cultures Lower-Division Courses
1. Introduction to World Arts and Cultures. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of concepts and theories involved in intercultural, interdisciplinary study of art, aesthetics, and performance. Examination of interactions among various modes of creative expression, role of style in daily life, performative representation of cultural identity and difference, and interaction of diverse artistic traditions. Letter grading.
2. Lower Division Seminar. (5) Seminar, four hours; outside study, 11 hours. Variable topics seminar with focus on scholarly and practice-based research in arts. In-depth investigations of topics ranging from body in cultural context, interdisciplinary art-making, visual cultures, oral genres, material culture, study of culture and performance, including individual and cultural identity through arts, creation of dance/theatrical performance, theoretical and analytical approaches to arts practice, arts activism, and other topics pertaining to broad fields of culture, performance, and dance. Research inquiry methods may include readings, assigned written analysis, supervised fieldwork, individual and collaborative assignments, and/or practice-oriented processes. Substantial culminating project integrating theoretical and practical components of selected seminar topic required. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.
19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.
20. Culture: Introduction. (5) Lecture, four hours. Introduction to key concepts and major theoretical and methodological debates that characterize field of cultural studies, including discussion of notions of culture, popular culture, subculture, youth culture, hegemony, gender, race, class, and national identity. Letter grading.
22. Introduction to American Folklore Studies. (5) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour; outside study, 10 hours. Cultural/historical survey of role of folklore in development of American civilization and of influence of American experience in shaping folklore in American society; attention also to representative areas of inquiry and analytical procedures. P/NP or letter grading.
M23. Introduction to American Indian Studies. (5) (Same as American Indian Studies M10.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; activity, one hour. Survey of selected Native North American cultures from pre-Western contact to contemporary period, with particular emphasis on early cultural diversity and diverse patterns of political, linguistic, social, legal, and cultural change in postcontact period. P/NP or letter grading.
24. World Arts, Local Lives. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Use of Fowler Museum’s long-term exhibition entitled “Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives” as object of study to examine many insights that arts can offer into social, political, and religious experience. Drawing heavily on cultures of Africa, Asia, Pacific, and indigenous Americas, both ancient and contemporary, consideration of degree to which notions of aesthetics and efficacy are intertwined and interdependent in art forms made to intervene in people’s lives in active, instrumental ways. Use of specific case studies to illustrate and interrogate theoretical paradigms. P/NP or letter grading.
33. Colonialisms and Resistance. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to study of indigenous worldviews as they are expressed through art, mythology, ritual, health practice, languages, and ecology. With examples spanning globe, consideration of issues of colonialism, tradition, religious change, and legal and social implications of epistemological differences between people. Examination of critical perspectives on social development, historical progress, and intellectual assimilation. P/NP or letter grading.
51W. Aliens, Psychics, and Ghosts. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or English as a Second Language 36. Combination of approaches of discourse analysis and scientific method to understand how people make sense of other people’s stories of aliens, psychics, and ghosts. Exploration of how people come to believe what they do about human life, life after death, and other-than-human life. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.
55. Intermediate World Arts Practices in Global and Transcultural Forms. (2) Studio, three hours; outside study, three hours. Intermediate-level study of world arts practices crossing national and cultural boundaries. Variable topics, such as body music, cross-cultural textile creation, or mural painting, in cultural and historical context. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.
78. Private Instruction in World Arts and Cultures. (2 to 4) Studio, three to six hours. Designed for freshmen/sophomores. Private or semiprivate instruction in one world arts practice with distinguished community-based artist to be arranged by students and approved by instructor. May be repeated for maximum of 24 units. P/NP grading.
M79. Food Politics: Cultural Solutions to political Problems. (5) (Formerly numbered 79.) (Same as Food Studies M79.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of issues of environmental and public health effects of intensive and extensive agriculture, influence of corporations on government, animal ethics, food deserts and urban gardening, and food insecurity. Focus on representation of such issues in documentaries, public lectures, memoirs, novels, and visual art, as well as on initiatives to address such problems through policy and activism. P/NP or letter grading.
80. Video Tools and Techniques. (2) Laboratory, four hours. Introduction to video tools and practices to train students in key techniques of video production. Basic skills spanned to develop short videos for circulation via DVD and/or Internet. Practical exercises based on materials and instruction provided in class, spanning production and postproduction processes of video making. Evaluation of students on these exercises and final submission of edited sequence of any or all materials developed during course. Training in technical aspects of video production and usage of video tools. P/NP or letter grading.
85. Sophomore-Year Proposal. (1) Lecture, 90 minutes. Planning and execution of proposal for junior year of study, with attention to exploring resources of department and University as whole. P/NP grading.
89. Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.
99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.