Syllabus and Schedule

AAEP 1600 Art and Music since 1945

Course Assignments and Policies

Core Assignments (for all sections)


Most Weekly Modules in Carmen contain Lecture video clips and links to one of 13 Readings. To start, view the video clips and then go to the short overview chapter in the Guidebook, (see A Quick and Dirty Guide to Art, Music, and Culture. Click "Guidebook."). Each chapter in the guidebook links you to a set of readings and media to study. You may refer to this material anytime during quizzes.


Your goal for the Art worksheet is to select an art work and analyize it following the worksheet.

  1. As some museums and galleries are closed indefinately, you may select a work online to review for your Art Worksheet. Online image galleries are linked to each artist biography page you read for this class, in the "Learn More ..." section of each page. Another source is MuralArts Philadelphia ( with many great public murals by street artists.
  2. You must choose a work created after 1945. Most exhibits display the date of creation. It doesn't matter if the work is a drawing, painting, sculpture, performance art, or mixed media, so long as it was made after 1945.


For this assignment, you are to see a film this semester and complete the Film Worksheet. You will need to expand on the skills you learned doing the Art Worksheet to consider sound, moving images, and other aspects of film. Here are the rules for this assignment:

  1. The film you select must be one that you view personally. You must see a film in a theater this semester. We want you to go to a theater so you experience the effects of the sound and moving images in the environment it for which it was designed. The experience is not the same when a film is shown on television, DVD, nor even a cutting edge five-channel home system.
  2. Usually we require you to see a film in a theater, but since the pandemic has made theater access limited, You may view a film online.
  3. We want you to tell about your ritual of viewing a film. Who are you with, with friends, or on a date? What is the audience like and how did it influence what you got from the film? Answering these questions helps us understand your responses to the film and how the social ritual of movie-going brings meaning to your life — or not.
  4. In order to connect cultural and social ideas we discuss, you should choose a film that has enough substance to write analytically about. It will help you to look at reviews as you choose your film.
  5. Before you see the film, look over the Film Worksheet so you know what to look for as you view the movie. You probably won't take notes during the film, but you will be surprised at how much you will recall about the film afterward.

Discussions (for online classes)

In an online class your participation in Online Discussions is important, because its a chance to interact with and learn from each other. Discussions and online activities covering contemporary topics will be a collaborative part of this course.

It is important to remember that a discussion is an exchange, not a one-time posting. The best learning from each other comes from conversation online, and that is what we want from you, to post your thoughts AND respond thoughtfully (and respectfully) to each other. Unless a particular discussion specifies otherwise, we will follow this schedule:

  1. Discussions span two weeks. In the first week of the discussion, write an initial post (a thread) and in the second week of the discussion respond to at least 7 of the threads from the previous week.
  2. In the first week of the discussion, you have seven days, until Sunday night (11:59) to start your thread for your eight points. Threads that are 1 to seven days late get only three points, and NO points if more than seven days late.
  3. In the second week of the discussion respond to threads by other members of your group. You must respond to at least seven threads available to get your full eight points for the week.
  4. Think of your responses as brief but substantial comments like you might do in Facebook. Responses that are one to seven days late get only three points, and NO points if more than seven days late.
  5. If you cannot be online for the week, please notify your instructor by email.
  6. If you cannot be online due to illness, please provide a doctor's note to excuse your absence from the discussions.
  7. College athletes away for a game should give advanced notice for an excused absence.

Introduction Disussion

The Summer Introduction discussion is a good way to become acquainted with your classmates. The discussion is open all semester, so once you have written your own introduction you should feel free to read introductions from other classmates, as well.


To help integrate ideas in the course quizzes cover each chapter of your reading.

REMEMBER... If you have technical problems with Carmen or your computer while a quiz is in progress, you must tell us about the disruption within seven days after it occurs.

  1. If you cannot be present online for the week, we expect you to notify the professor by email.
  2. If you cannot be online due to illness, please provide a doctor's note to excuse your absence.
  3. College athletes away for a game should give advanced notice for an excused absence.