Topics Courses

A topics course is one that is not regularly offered at the University of Lethbridge. Departments may use topics courses to try out a new course that they are considering regularizing, or for faculty to offer courses related to their research. You may take multiple topics courses for credit as long as each offering is distinct (i.e. having significantly different titles).

If you have any questions about topics courses, please contact the Fine Arts Advising Office (W660).

Fall 2018 Topics Courses

Critical Issues in Contemporary Indigenous Art

ARHI 3151
3 Credit Hours

This course examines current critical issues in contemporary Indigenous art and visual culture from across the settler-colonial areas of North American, as well as Australia and New Zealand. We will explore how Indigenous arts are understood in the communities in which they are made, how indigenous artworks have been understood in Western art historical discourse and museum exhibitions, as well as the relationship between “historic” and “contemporary” indigenous arts. This course will investigate the recent role of indigenous art in the questioning of identity and self-representation, decolonization, sovereignty, self-determination, and anti-colonial resistance. The course will rely heavily on course readings and class participation, structured like a seminar it is organized both thematically and geographically in order to address the specific concerns of the land, visual culture, survivance, and Indigeneity.Prerequisites as per calendar

 

Advanced Studio

ART 3040
6 Credit Hours

The following instructors will be available as supervising faculty members for the above mentioned classes in Fall 2018:

  • Michael Campbell
  • Dagmar Dahle
  • Don Gill

Students who register for these courses will be given a sign up sheet at the first class meeting. They are asked to complete and sign the sheet and have a supervising faculty member (from the listing above) also sign the sheet indicating their willingness to guide their studio work. Please note that faculty members are not obligated to act as a supervisor for any individual student and it is, therefore, suggested that students meet with more than one faculty member before choosing a supervisor.

 

Senior Studio

ART 4048 & 4049
6 Credit Hours

The following instructors will be available as supervising faculty members for the above mentioned classes in Fall 2018:

  • Michael Campbell
  • Dagmar Dahle
  • Don Gill

Students who register for these courses will be given a sign up sheet at the first class meeting. They are asked to complete and sign the sheet and have a supervising faculty member (from the listing above) also sign the sheet indicating their willingness to guide their studio work. Please note that faculty members are not obligated to act as a supervisor for any individual student and it is, therefore, suggested that students meet with more than one faculty member before choosing a supervisor.

Scenic Construction

Drama 3821 A
3 Credit Hours

This course explores the construction and installation of scenic designs. Students enrolled in this course will learn to cost shows, build them and install them in both mock settings as well as real scenarios.

Prerequisite: Drama 2810

 

Scenic Design for Theatre

Drama 3845 A
3 Credit Hours
 

This course will explore world scenic design within the context of the history of design for the stage. Students in this course will encounter several different scripts, each with its own challenges, and will be given opportunities to run through a full design, starting with preliminary drawings and working through to final models and renderings.

Prerequisites: Drama 2100 and 3827

 

Early 20th Century Avant-Garde Performance

Drama 3850
3 Credit Hours

This course examines the performance traditions of a variety of early 20th-century avant-garde art movements, including Symbolism, Expressionism, Cubism, and others. Coursework will include analysis and discussion of visual art, playscripts, and performance documentation; students will also use their analytical work to prepare design concepts for contemporary restagings of these historical performances. Select designs will feature as part of a Drama Department MainStage show in Spring 2019; while participation in this show is not required for the course in Fall 2018, priority for participation in both technical and performance capacities will be given to students who complete the course

Prerequisites: Drama 2130 or third-year standing

Composers Who Happen to be Women

Music 3000
3 Credit Hours

Over the last few decades, an increasing amount of scholarship has been devoted to the history of women active in the art of composition and the discovery of “new” works by these individuals. Still, music by women composers remains little known and generally has only a marginal presence in most music history textbooks. This course will make this music its central focus. Through an examination of the lives and works of women composers from the medieval period to the present day, students will study not only the music these women produced, but also the social and political environments in which they worked.

Prerequisite: Music 3460

 

History of Jazz

Music 3200
3 Credit Hours

This course provides a comprehensive overview of jazz history, covering the major jazz styles and important musicians that have pioneered this music. We will trace jazz from its infancy, beginning in New Orleans and will highlight how this music has developed through the years and has grown into various sub-genres. Some of the styles that will be covered include: Early Jazz, the Swing Era, Bebop, Cool, Fusion and Modern jazz.Other important topics will include learning important jazz terminology, becoming acquainted with the preeminent jazz artists from each style, and most importantly, analyzing how jazz has evolved since the early twentieth-century. We will connect the important stylistic periods of the past and trace the various directions these trends have gone since. This course will provide students the opportunity to broaden their understanding and appreciation of this diverse music form.

Prerequisite: 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

NOTE: Not counted in the 16-course Arts and Science Music major or the core courses in the B.Mus. degree.

 

History of Rock & Roll to 1970

MUSI 3200
3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to give the student a historical overview of the development of rock ‘n roll from its roots up until the end of the 60’s. This will be presented in a chronological manner, beginning with a brief overview of rock ‘n roll’s ancestors and influences. It will go on to study the musical and cultural melting pot of the 1950’s, followed by the effects of the British Invasion of the 60’s. A discussion of developments occurring in North America following the British Invasion will be the culminating point of this class.

Prerequisite: 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

Equivalent: Music 3200 – History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970NOTE: Not counted in the 16-course Arts and Science Music major or the core courses in the B.Mus. degree.

NOTE: Students with credit in Music 2850 (History of Rock ‘n Roll), 2850 (3850) (Popular Music in the 20th Century) or 3010 cannot receive credit for the same offering in the Music 3200 series.

NOTE: Credit is not allowed for MUSI 3200 - History of Rock & Roll to 1970 and MUSI 3200 History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970 or MUSI 3200 – History of Rock and Roll

New Media is not offering Topics Courses for Fall 2018, please see the Timetable