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SSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800

3 Credits

  • SSWI-242G-M1

    Monday

    6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This course looks at the significance of cultural materials-architecture, painting, decorative arts, writing, ritual, and religious practices-in establishing and maintaining the power of rule. We will focus on two different regions of the world, between 1300-1800, in order to understand the development and consolidation of governing power in the modern world. Historical comparisons will enable students to gain skills in identifying and analyzing expressive forms of power, forged through a range of cultural practices. Throughout the course, students will use these insights to critically assess the use of contemporary cultural materials for power-making in our world today.