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Ringling College of Art and Design Course Syllabus Spring, 2009Mission of the College:
Ringling College of Art and Design recognizes that artists and designers play asignificant role in society. The school's primary mission is to provide programs leadingto a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that prepare students to be discerning visual thinkersand ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design.
Instructor: Office phone: Email:
Daphne L.Rosenzweig(941) 309-5037 drosenzw@ringling.edu
CoursePrefix:Coursenumber:Section: Course Title: CreditHours:
AH 494 01 Japanese Art & Culture 3
Building: Room: Meeting days and times:
Goldstein 06 Monday 3:30 6:15 pm
Course Description:
This course examines selected topics in ancient, classic, modern and contemporaryJapanese art. (Not all periods, topics or media will be discussed in depth.)Prerequisites: AH 191, 192 or equivalent.
Course Objectives:
The course objectives for students are as follows:
Ability to identify a work of art by title, artist, stylistic period, and school.
Ability to compare and contrast specific works of art in terms of purpose,meaning, iconography, style, compositional organization, and historicalsignificance.
Understand the designated artistic themes and how themes are variouslyexpressed and interpreted in different stylistic components of the course.
Identify aesthetic criteria as they apply to different works of art.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students should develop the following competencies:
Demonstrate the ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of art.
Demonstrate an understanding of differences in cultures and societies.
Demonstrate responsibility for independent learning and perseverance towardsgoal attainment.
Recognize the social and ethical responsibility of creating art and design.
Show an ability to discern artistic merit of diverse forms of art in their contexts.
Be able to defend critical interpretations concerning the significance of artisticexpression.
Course Outline:
See course schedule, page 5.
Grading Policies:
Attendance policy:
Regular and timely class attendance is MANDATORY.Continual lateness will affect grade. Pick up your folderfrom the box when you enter the classroom, and hand itback at the end of class. Do NOT write on the attendancesheet stapled to your folder; only the instructor will makeentries on the attendance sheet.Class absences may be excused for reasons of health,family emergencies or legal requirements; however, a notefrom a doctor or the office of the Dean of Students is
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required to gain excused absences. There is only ONEunexcused absence allowed in this advanced class. Eachunexcused absence thereafter lowers your final grade byone-half of a letter grade. Students are responsible formaterial presented in each class as well as any outsidework required for each class.
Assignment criteria:
In Liberal Arts Program courses at the Ringling College of Art and Design, all writing assignments (reports, quizzes,response papers, essays, essay questions on exams,research papers, etc.) are expected to be appropriatelyorganized and coherent, and demonstrate a command of Standard English. Research should be consistently andappropriately documented in accordance with a prescribedformat. For clarification of Standard English issues, anddocumentation formats, see
Keys for Writers
(FourthEdition), by Ann Raimes.
Required Work:
1) Completion of all required readings, and meaningfulclass participation based on the readings and websiteswhich will be introduced in class.2) There will be two exams. These are non-cumulative.50% of each exam will be composed of identification of selected works of art/terms/forms from your JSB text, and50% will be in essay/project form (See page 6 of Syllabus.). SLD students may have tests read to them.There will be no late exams given. The two exams arescheduled as follows:First exam: week five (2/16/09)Second exam: week twelve (4/13/09)3) One course essay based on questionnaire (See page 6of Syllabus.), due no later than week fourteen (4/27/09).
Course Grade:
1) Regular and timely class attendance and active,meaningful participation (10% of grade).2) Two exams (30% each, total of 60% of grade).3) Course essay based on questionnaire (30% of grade).
Extra Credit Activity:
There is one extra credit activity which will occur duringthis semester, the Florida Token Kai (Japanese SwordSociety) “Nineteenth Annual Japanese Sword Show”, to beheld at the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel, at TIA. If youattend, go to one of the demonstrations, or study swordfittings in several dealers’ cases, and hand in a two-pagesummary and critique of this activity, extra credit pointswill be awarded.February 13
(Fri.): 12 pm – 10 pm
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February 14
(Sat.): 9 am – 10 pm (There aremember/exhibitor activities after this)February 15
(Sun.): 9 am – 3 pmIf you wish to attend, you must be accompanied by me andI need to submit your names in advance. (There is usuallya $20 single day admission fee; if enough wish to attend, Ican attempt to “negotiate” this.) See the attachedinformation sheet, and websitewww.floridatokenkai.com/swordshow.html 
Grading Opportunities:
There are two exams, one final essay/questionnaire, participation and attendancecredit, and one extra credit activity.
Grading System:
 Grade Numerical EquivalentA Superior Performance 4.00A- 3.67B+ 3.33B Above Average 3.00B- 2.67C+ 2.33C Average Performance 2.00C- 1.67D+ 1.33D Below Average 1.00D- Lowest Passing Grade 0.67F Failing 0.00WF Withdrew Failing 0.00
Grading System:
 These grades are not computed in the GPAP Credit But No GradeN No CreditW Withdrew PassingI Incomplete (see policy below)
Required/Recommended Materials:
Two textbooks, available in bookstore; Open Reserve and Reserve, in Library.
Required/Recommended Text:
The required texts are in paperback and available in the campus bookstore. Pleasebring the JSB text to each class, and the AS text to class as requested by instructor.1) Joan Stanley-Baker,
Japanese Art
(London: Thames & Hudson, 2000 revisedand expanded edition) [hereafter JSB]2)
Adele Schlombs,
(Taschen, 2008) [hereafter AS]Copies of the required texts are on reserve in the library.
Library and Learning Resources:
Many books have been placed on Open Reserve in the library (See attached list.).DVDs and videos for required or recommended viewing are also available at theReserve Desk in the library (See attached list.). There will also be class hand-outs andwebsites to be explored for certain class meetings.

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