Syllabus and Schedule

AAEP 1600 Art and Music since 1945

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This course is designed to introduce the visual and musical forms of art in American culture. We discuss art and music in the context of popular culture, so chances are you will see relationships between art and music and what you are learning and the way you live. In this way, you might end up thinking about visual and musical forms differently than in other classes. Mostly, we want to connect them to your own experience.

Things You Need

Textbook: There is no book to buy for the course. This course is taught with a free, open website that links to many art and music sources on the Internet, which contain biographies, video, and image galleries.

When you go to the learning management system we call "Carmen," you will be one click away from everything you need to do, divided into weekly modules.
Carmen is located at:

The Department of Art Administration, Education & Policy Statement on Teaching

In line with OSU’s Shared Values, the Department of Art Administration, Education & Policy (AAEP) understands that diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are essential foundations of humanity and our excellence as a university community. A core goal of AAEP is to empower students to function as critically engaged citizens with and through the arts, in ways that improve the well-being of our local, state, national, and global communities. We also strive to foster social change and uphold equal rights through innovative teaching and learning in the arts and the creative economy. The Department has an important role to play in finding concrete ways to intervene and help to create the conditions for acts of social justice that confront varying oppressive systems. We commit to creating a brave and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff. We dedicate ourselves to opening up sustained dialogue about social injustices, inequity, and power, which expands student perspectives, develops empathy and critical thinking, and supports resilience. We expect students to thoughtfully and respectfully engage in the course materials and ideas presented therein.

Technology Policies

  1. AAEP 1600 is a mostly paperless course. The syllabus and all assignments are online and you will submit your assignments online, as well.
  2. Each student is responsible for operating reliable and compatible computers and software.
  3. Each student is responsible for a reliable Internet connection.
  4. Each student is responsible to check and double-check that files upload successfully.
  5. Because assignments can be graded ONLY in the Carmen you must upload your work there, even if it is late. We cannot not grade assignments sent by email or any other way without instruction to do so.
  6. Students experiencing any technical difficulties should alert their instructor immediately by email.
  7. Students who do not own a computer can find one at OSU libraries and the University computer labs. Students at remote locations should check with their public library systems.

General Education Goals and Expected Learning Outcomes


Successful students will analyze, interpret and evaluate major forms of human thought, cultures and expression, and demonstrate capacities for aesthetic and culturally informed understanding.

Successful students will experience the arts and reflect on that experience critically and creatively.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Successful students are able to:
1.1 Analyze and interpret significant works of visual, spatial, literary and/or performing arts and design.
1.2 Describe and explain how cultures identify, evaluate, shape and value works of literature, art and design.
1.3 Evaluate how artistic ideas influence and shape human beliefs and the interactions between the arts and human perceptions and behavior.
1.4 Evaluate social and ethical implications in literature, visual and performing arts, and design.
2.1 Engage in informed observation and/or active participation within the visual, spatial, literary, or performing arts and design.
2.2 Critically reflect on and share their own experience of observing or engaging in the visual, spatial, literary, or performing arts and design.

Legacy Gen Ed - Visual and Performing Arts Objectives

Students evaluate significant works of art in order to develop capacities for aesthetic and historical response and judgment; interpretation and evaluation; critical listening, reading, seeing, thinking, and writing; and experiencing the arts and reflecting on that experience.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Students analyze, appreciate, and interpret significant works of art.
  2. Students engage in informed observation and/or active participation in a discipline within the visual, spatial, and performing arts.

Course Specific Learning Outcomes

  1. Students develop searching skills for locating visual and musical forms in their community and online.
  2. Students understand the impacts of mass industry and communications upon the community in relation to gender, race, and ethnicity.