Course Units of Fine Arts

Drama & Theatre

1st Year

ADTC 11013     UNDERSTANDING THE ELEMENTS OF THEATRE
ADTC 11023     INTRODUCTION OF THEATRICAL TRADITIONS
ADTC 12013     ACTING TECHNIQUES – I: BODY AND MOVEMENT (PRACTICE)
ADTC 12023     ACTING TECHNIQUES – II: VOICE AND SPEECH (PRACTICE)

2nd Year

ADTC 21013    Development of Theatre skill in Acting – Theory
ADTC 21023    Development of Theatre skill in Acting – Practice
ADTC 21033    Evolution of performance traditions and Theatrical Heritage Tamil Theatre
ADTC 21043    Theatre Project – Theatre workshop
ADTC 22013    Developing of Theatre skills- (Theory) Dance and Music
ADTC 22023    Developing of Theatre skills (Practice) - Dance and Music
ADTC 22033    Evolution of performance Traditions and Theatrical Heritage Europe and America
ADTC 22043    Theatre Project – Theatre in Tamil cultural Tradition
ADTE 21013    Theatre as Communication –Concepts and Aspects
ADTE 21023    Children Theatre - Practice
ADTE 22013    Theatre Arts and Social science – concepts and aspects.

3rd Year

ADTC 31013    Development of Theatre Skills in Visuals - Theory
ADTC 31023    Development of Theatre Skills in Visuals - Practice
ADTC 31033    Evolution of Performance Traditions and Theatrical Heritage - South Asia
ADTC 31043    Theatre Project – Performance Forms
ADTC 32013    Development of Theatre Skills in Direction and Management -Theory
ADTC 32023    Development of Theatre Skills Direction and Management – Practice.
ADTC 32033    Evolution of Performance Traditions and Theatrical Heritage –East and South East Asia
ADTC 32043    Play production – Formal & Improvisational Theatre
ADTE 31013    Applied Theatre I – Psychological Issues
ADTE 32013    Applied Theatre II – Social Issues

4th Year

ADTC 41013    Theatre Aesthetics
ADTC 41023    Evolution of Performance Traditions and Theatrical Heritage – Post Colonial Theatre
ADTC 41033    Theatre Research and Methodology
ADTC 41043    Discovering the Masters
ADTC 41053    Theatre Project – Theatre for Healing, Theatre in Education
ADTC 42013    Ideology in theatre and theatre criticism
ADTC 42023    Theatre Project –Theatre for Community Development
ADTC 42033    Theatre Project: Play Production
ADTC 42046    Dissertation

Fine Arts

Objectives of the Course

BA in Fine Arts (Art History) program provides opportunity and confidence to enter the contemporary art world or art related field with the critical understanding and aesthetic engagement of wide rage of art objects or other visuals, through contemporary theories, practices and approaches.


Syllabus

1st Year

AFAC 11013     UNDERSTANDING ART
AFAC 11023     APPRECIATION OF ART
AFAC 12013     UNDERSTANDING ART HISTORY
AFAC 12023     HUMAN HERITAGE IN ART

2nd Year

AFAC 21013    Art in the Early Civilizations
AFAC 21023    Pre Modern Indian Architecture
AFAC 21033    Pre Modern Indian  Sculpture
AFAC 21043     Introductions to Visual Culture Theory
AFAC 22013     European Art - from Early Christian to Baroque
AFAC 22023     Pre modern Indian Painting
AFAC 22033     Indian Canonical Literatures on Visual Representation
AFAC 22043     Meaning of Art: Visual, Viewership and Visuality
AFAE 21013    Heritage: Survival and Revival
AFAE 21023     Art and communication
AFAE 21033     Art through the Religious perspective
AFAE 22013      Heritage Protection :Issues and Methods
AFAE 22023     Social Theories and Art
AFAE 22033     Packaging the Craft: Ideology, Discourse and Practice

3rd Year

AFAC 31013    State, Politics and European Art
AFAC 31023    Styles and Aspects of Indian Paintings
AFAC 31033    History and Aesthetics of Photography
AFAC 31043    Tamilian Heritage in Art
AFAC 32013    Modernism in Art
AFAC 32023    Classical and Late Classical Sri Lankan Art
AFAC 32033    History and Aesthetics of Film
AFAE 31013    Heritage Management
AFAE 31023    Understanding Social Historical Nature of Indian Art
AFAE 32013    Artistic Heritage of Tamils
AFAE 32023    Fundamentals of the Appreciation of Film and Photography

4th Year

AFAC 41013    Post Modernism and Art
AFAC 41023    Colonial and Post Colonial Indian Art
AFAC 41033    Western Aesthetics
AFAC 41043/ASYC 41043    Sociology of Art
AFAC 41053    Methodology and Interpretation of Art History
AFAC 42013    Interpreting the Every Day Visual Expressive Culture
AFAC 42023    Colonial and Post Colonial Sri Lankan Art
AFAC 42033    Psychology of Art
AFAC 42046    Dissertation

 

Detailed Syllabus

Fine Arts

1st Year

AFAC 11013 UNDERSTANDING ART
Objective: This paper introduces art through its changing notions, functions and culture specific nature.
Content: Definition of Art, Art and Craft, Origins of Art, Art and Society, Art and Culture Formation, Art and Its functions
Recommended Readings:  Fisher, Ernest.1963. The Necessity of Art, Pelican, Harrington, Austin. 2004. Art and Social Theory. Cambridge: Polity Press, Hobsbawm, Eric, and Terence Ranger. 1983. The Invention of Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge, University Press. Meecham, Pam and Julie Sheldon. 2000. Modern Art: A Critical Introduction. London & New York: Routledge. Jane, Sandra. Understanding Art. 2000. Harcourt College Publishers.

AFAC 11023 APPRECIATION OF ART
Objective: This is to understand the structure of each art form in relation with their craft, Character, behavior, material, technical and expressional possibilities.
Content: Architecture, sculpture, painting, photography, film, music, dance, theatre and literature.
Recommended Readings: Mark Getlein. 1997. Living with Art. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies. Acton,   Mary. 1997. Learning to Look at Paintings. London & New York; Routledge. Carlson Allen. 2002. The Appreciation of Nature, Art and Architecture. London & New York: Routledge. Bone, Jan, Mc Graw Hill, Ron Janson. 2001. Understanding the Film: An Introduction to Film Appreciation.New York. Ngy ngyh];> 1996. rpdpkh Nfhl;ghL> nrd;id> nrd;id Gf;];.

AFAC 12013 UNDERSTANDING ART HISTORY
Objective: This is to understand the narration of art history by familiarizing it’s objects, approaches, and methods. It introduces art history as a discipline that engaged with the inquiry on work of art and its context.
Content: Politics of Art History, Art history and its assumptions, Notion of style, Art institutions, Art History and art theory, Art history and art criticism.
Recommended Readings: Harris,Jonathan. 2001. The New Art History, London and New York. Routledge.Harris,Jonathan. 2006. Art History: The Key Concepts, London and New York. Routledge. Preziosi, Donald(ed). 1998. The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, Oxford: Oxford University Press

AFAC 12023 HUMAN HERITAGE IN ART
Objective: This paper is to understand the local and global or national and regional character of artistic achievements and how these constitute a unity and universality of human aspiration.
Content: Brief out line history of artistic achievement of South and South East Asia, China, Japan, Europe, America and Africa.
Recommended Readings: Gardner Hellen.1995. Art through the Ages, Florida, Harcourt Brace & Company, Gombrich.E.H.1995. The Story of Art. Phaidon Press Ltd. Jansen. H.W, Anthony F. Jansen. 2001. History of Art, London, Thames and Hudson.

 

2nd Year

 

AFAC 21013 : Art in the Early Civilizations
Aims and Objective: This paper is to identify the nature and meaning of visual art in the pre art era and its -social significance. This course is to understand
-birth of art as birth of civilization, the significance of visual as symbol, magic, language, skill and ritual. -the multitude and similitude of meaning of art in ancient societies.
Course Content: Art in relation to mode of production, political system, social structure, religious beliefs and material conditions. Study of objects and images from Pre history, Egypt, Crete, Mycenae, Greek, Rome, Assyria, Summer, Babylon, Indus Valley, China and Japan. Meanings, functions and techniques of object making and patterns of consumption.
Teaching and learning methods: Illustrated Lectures, discussions and presentation
In course Assessment: Presentation (10%), mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words) (10%), and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning outcomes:  At the completion of the course students will be able to identify the changing notions of art, - social history of art, - appreciate and talk about art objects, - compare patterns of production and consumption of object in early civilizations, - understand the sources of writing art history.
Recommended Readings:
•    Gardner Hellen. Art Through the Ages, Florida, Harcourt Brace & Company.1995
•    E.H.Gombrich.  The Story of Art. Phaidon Press Ltd.1995
•    H.W.Jansen. Anthony F. Jansen. History of Art, London, Thames and Hudson.2001
•    Hugh Honour, John Fleming ,A World History of Art, Laurence King Publishing.2002
•    Marilyn Stokstad,  W. Cothren ,Art History, Combined Volume, Prentice Hall,.2010

AFAC 21023 : Pre Modern Indian Architecture
Aims and Objective: This paper is to understand the cultural context of built environments and the meaning of architecture in Indian culture from 1st Century BC to 17th century AD through the selective critical investigation of built environments belongs to different periods and styles. This is to understand -architecture as an art form in pre colonial India, multiple stylistic manifestations and regional variations. -social history of Indian Architecture, art historical narration and Architecture
Course Content: Concept of space division in Indian canonical literature and interpretations. Indian art historical narration and architecture. Patrons, philistines, architects and craftsmen. Architectural identity and dynasties, migrations, influences and hybridity. 
Stylistic categories of temple architecture and contemporary critique.  Religious and secular architecture under Mauryan, Sunga, Kushan, Gupta, Chalukya, Rastrakuta,Chandella, Pallava,Chola,Hoysalas,  Mughal,Vijayanagar, Nayaka.
Teaching and learning methods:  lustrated Lectures, Documentary film screening, discussions and presentation.
In course Assessment: presentation (10%), mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words) (10%), and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning outcomes: At the completion of course students will be able to understand the different notions of architecture in pre colonial India,- will be able to read art object as text.- graph inter disciplinary approaches involved the art historical narration. - identify, appreciate, compare and talk about important architectural projects, styles and aesthetics
Recommended Reading:
•    V.S.Pramar.  A Social History of Indian Architecture, USA, Oxford University Press.2006.
•    Yatin Pandya .Concept of Space in Traditional Indian Architecture. Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd.2005
•    Juneja Monica(Ed), Architecture in Medieval India: Forms Contexts Histories, Delhi: Permanent Black.2008.
•    B.L.Nagarch, K.M. Suresh, D.P. Sharma and Dulari Qureshi (Ed) Encyclopaedia of Indian Architecture: Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic, Vol. I& II New Delhi, Bharatiya Kala Prakashan.2008
•    Giles Tillotson,  Henry Rupert. Paradigms of Indian Architecture : Space and Time in Representation and Design, New Delhi, Vedams Books.1998


AFAC 21033    Pre Modern Indian  Sculpture
Aims and Objective: This unit is to familiarize the students with various forms of Indian sculpture from 1st century BC to 17th Century AD, in different mediums and belongs to different system of beliefs through  -cultural history and mode of patronage- iconographic identifications of various sculptural forms.- contemporary art historical debates on the issues of traditional Indian sculpture.
Course Content: Colonialism and the category of Indian sculpture, Art historical pedestals of Indian sculpture and there cultural politics. Role of cannons,patrons,guilds,materials and factions in the making of sculpture. Stylistic and iconographic study of selected works belong to Mauryan, Sunga, Kushan, Gupta, Chalukya, Rastrakunta, Chandella, Pallava,Chola,Hoysalas, Vijayanagar, Nayaka.
Teaching and learning methods: Illustrated Lectures, Documentary film screening, discussions and presentation
In course Assessment: presentation (10%), mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words) (10%),and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning outcomes: At the completion of course students will be able to engage with all the important sculptures, styles of these historical periods, will be able to appreciate and describe stylistic features of pre modern Indian sculpture.-  will be able to read sculptural object as text, able to articulate inter disciplinary approaches in reading and narration of art work.
Recommended  Readings:
•    V. Ganapati . Sthapti. Indian Sculpture & Iconography. Ahmadabad: Mapin. 2006.
•    S. K. Ramachandra. Encyclopedia of Indian Iconography Hinduism-Buddhism-Jainism(3Vols. Set).Delhi :Indian Books Centre. 2010
•    Alice Boner. Principles of composition in Hindu sculpture: Cave Temple period, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publication.1990.
•    Micheael Meister W (Ed) Discourses on Shiva: Proceedings of a Symbosium on the Nature of Religious Imagery, Philadelphia:University of Pennsylavaniya.1984.
•    Stella Kramrisch. Indian Sculpture, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas.1993.

AFAC 21043 Introductions to Visual Culture Theory
Aims and Objective: This paper is to understand and explore the visuals in a broader socio cultural context, through evolving an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the art object. -questions about Visual rhetoric - what is made visible, who sees what, how seeing operates,  -understanding of relationship between knowing and power
Course Content: The Emergence of Visual Culture Studies, Shifting relations of image, text and reader. Performing the visual and spectatorship vision, visual and visuality, visual rhetoric and representations.Theories on textuality. Imagism and gaze, Feminist theories - gender, queer and performative, Psychoanalysis approaches of Freud, Jung and Lacan. Post colonialism. memory and trauma.
Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures, students’ seminars and discussions.
In course Assessment: presentation (10%), mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words), (10%), and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning Outcome: At the completion of the course students will be familiar with major issues and debates in visual culture studies, able to identify the aesthetics biases of the art history, will have capability to critically engage with surrounding visuals, will be familiar with important texts and authors
Recommended Reading:
•    Davis Wnitney. A General Theory of Visual Culture, Princeton, Princeton University. 2010
•    Hawells Richard. Visual Culture, UK, Polity.2003.
•    Sturken Marita . Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture ,USA, Oxford University Press.2001
•    John Berger. Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series USA: Penguin.1990
•    Mirzoeff Nicholas .The Visual Culture Reader, London. Routledge.2002

AFAE 21013    Heritage: Survival and Revival
Medium of instruction: English
Aims and Objective: This paper is to understand, heritage as living past, identity and memory its implication with present, revival and change in cultural meaning, local and global policies and the reconstruction of heritage.
Course Content: Natural and cultural heritage, tangible, intangible and virtual heritages. The socio cultural and historical importance of heritage. Heritage as identity, Heritage as knowledge, Heritage and development. The national and international strategies for safeguarding, role of ICOMS, ICCROM and national bodies, with special reference to Sri Lanka.
Teaching and Learning Methods: Illustrated Lectures, presentations, discussions and field visits.
In course Assessment: Presentation (10%), mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words) (10%), and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning Outcomes: By carrying out the course unit the students will be able to understand the importance and significance of heritage. - will be having an understanding of its socio psycho implications.- will be able to identify the cultural economy of heritage property.- will familiar with local and global policies
Recommended  Reading:
•    Marie Sørensen  Louise Stig. Heritage Studies: Methods and Approaches, London: Taylor & Francis.2009.
•    Harrison Rodney. Understanding the Politics of Heritage (Understanding Global Heritage) Manchester: Manchester University Press.2010.
•    Laurajane Smith  The Uses of Heritage, London :Routledge.2006.
•    Graham Fairclough , Rodney Harrison John Schofield John H. Jameson Jnr. The Heritage Reader. London. Routledge.2008
•    Laurajane Smith ,Natsuko Akagawa . Intangible Heritage (Key Issues in Cultural Heritage) UK: Routledge.2008.

AFAE 21023 Art and communication
Aims and Objective: This paper is to understand the art as a mode of communication through the discussions on following issues, ways and means of communication, differentiating every day language from artistic language , work of art as text, art and symbolic meaning, suggestion, narration and narrativity
Course Content: Means and methods of communication, Process of communication, medias, media and message, Media is message, media and culture, art as a method of communication, communication patterns of different forms of art, Indian theories of meaning, Structuralist and Post structuralist interpretations of art.
Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures, audio visual presentations and discussions.
In course Assessment -presentation (10%) mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words) (10%),and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning  Outcomes: At the completion of prescribed activities  of the course students will be able to read works of art as text and understand the methods of coding. Students will know the relationship between the signifier and signified, will be able to read art through symbols and patterns of narrations.
Recommended Readings:
•    Chandler Daniel.  Semiotics: The Basics (The Basics) .UK:Routledge.2001.
•    Smith Kenneth Louis . Handbook of visual communication: theory, methods, and media. London: Routledge. 2005.
•    Crow David. Visible Signs: An introduction to semiotics in the visual arts, UK: Ava Publishing.2010
•    Melville Stephen  , Bill Readings. Vision and Textuality ,Durham ,Duke University Press Books .1995
•    K. Kunjunni Raja.  Indian theories of meaning, Chennai : Adyar Library and Research Centre. 1969

AFAE 21033 Art through the Religious perspective
Aims and Objective: This paper is to understand the role of religious patronage in the production and conception of art in historical periods. The role of ritual and philosophy in the origins of art, contemporary issues and readings on religious arts  
Course Content: Art in relation to religious discourses, rituals, mythology and philosophy. Issues on representation, symbols, narrations , magic, splendor and community. Tracing the growth of religious art forms from ancient to modern period in India, Asia, South East Asia, Greek, Rome, Africa and the Europe. Comparison among various forms of the arts of world religions.
Teaching and learning methods: Lectures, discussions, presentations.
In course assessment - presentation (10%),mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words) (10%),and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning outcomes; At the completion of course students will be able to understand art object on the religious perspective - understand the relationship between the work of arts and the mode of production.- read art objects as text.
Recommended Readings;
•    F.R.Weffer. Church Symbolism: U.S.A Kessinger Publishing
•    Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. Elements of Buddhist Iconography Harvard,
•    Harvard University press.1935
•    Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art
•    Courier Dover publications. New York, 1945

AFAC 22013 European Art - from Early Christian to Baroque
Perquisite: AFAC 21013
Aims and Objective: This course unit is to make acquainted the student with important works of art, artists, and artistic styles belong to the period between 1st century to 18th century AD by probing the role of Christianity in shaping art worlds of these historical periods. Change in patterns of patronage and the art worlds of different periods, formal changes as changes in the material.
Course Content: Study of text and the context of selected works of art belong to the Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque periods. Changing notions of art and artists. Multiple art historical approaches of understanding and narrating art belong to these periods.
Teaching and Learning Methods: Illustrated Lectures, presentations, and discussions.
In course Assessment: 1x presentation (10%),1x mid semester exam (10%), 1x semester paper in 2000-3000 words (10%),and 2x student centered activity - (10%), End semester written exam - 60%
Learning Outcomes At the completion of the course students will be able to identify the changing notions of art, - social history of art, appreciate and talk about art objects, compare patterns of production and consumption of object in historical periods, and able to understand sources of writing art history.
Recommended Readings:
•    Gardner Hellen. Art Through the Ages. Florida: Harcourt Brace & Company.1995
•    E.H.Gombrich. The Story of Art. Phaidon Press Ltd.1995.
•    H.W.Jansen. Anthony F. Jansen. History of Art, London, Thames and Hudson.2001.
•    Hugh Honour, John Fleming .A World History of Art, Laurence King Publishing.2002
•    Marilyn Stokstad,  W. Cothren ,Art History, Combined Volume, Prentice Hall.2010.

AFAC 22023 Pre modern Indian Painting
Aims and Objective: This course unit is to read/ reread Indian painting beyond the colonial and nationalist constructions and engage with the cultural politics, symbolism, narration and techniques of painted bodies belongs to various schools, styles, canons and the makers of pre colonial era.
Content: An overview of written history of painting in India and its preoccupations. Contemporary approaches in writing painting history in India. Early reference of paintings in literature, cannons on paintings. Frescos of Ajantha,  Ellora and South India. Palm leave decorations and miniature schools. Folk paintings, Paintings on wood and glass.
Teaching and Learning Methods: Illustrated Lectures, presentations, discussions.
In course Assessment: 1x presentation (10%),1x mid semester exam (10%), 1x semester paper in 2000-3000 words (10%),and 2x student centered activity - (10%), End semester written exam - 60%
 Learning Outcomes: In the completion of this course unit the students will be familiar with different styles and schools of Indian painting, will be able to appreciate qualities of Indian painting, will be able to compare and critically asses various trends and aspects of Indian Painting.
Recommended Readings:
•    Mira Seth.Indian painting the Great Mural tradition.New york, Harry N. Abrams.2006
•    B.N.Goswami, Usha Bhatia. Indian Painting; essays in the honor of Karl J. Kanddalavala. New Delhi,Lalit Kala Akademy .1995.
•    C.Sivarmamoorthy. Indian painting. New Delhi; National Book Trust. 1997
•    Roy C Craven. Indian Art-A Concise History,London: Thames and Hudson, 1976
•    Vidya Dehejia. Indian Art .London: Phaidon.1997
•    Partha Mitter. Indian Art .Oxford: Oxford University Press.2001

AFAC 22033 Indian Canonical Literatures on Visual Representation
Aims and Objective: This is to introduce the important canonical literature that discuss about the visual representation. It is to read theses text as rules, methods and poetic imagination of space and form relations.
Course Content: Schools of canonical literature. Textual analysis of Vishnudharmotra Purana, Samarangan sutradhara,. Manasarm, Sukranitisara, Silparthna, Vastu sastra, Sadanga Mayamatha,Agamas and pathati texts, Thalamanas of visual representations. Relating the visual art with the textual sources.
Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures, presentations and discussions, field visits.
In course assessment - presentation (10%), mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words) (10%),and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning Outcomes: In the completion of this course unit the students will be familiar with the important canons of Indian art. will be able to relate with the contemporary practice. will be able to compare visual style and the textual descriptions.
Recommended Readings:
•    S.P.Gupta, Shashi Prabha Asthana. Elements of Indian art-Including Temple architecture and Iconography and iconometry, New Delhi,DK Printworld (P) Ltd.2007.
•    Kapila Vatsyaya. Concepts of Space: Ancient and Modern, Delhi Abhinav Publicaions.1994
•    Kapila Vatsyayan . Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts.  Delhi Abhinav Publicaions.2003
•     Kathleen Cox .Vastu Living: Creating a Home for the Soul,  Cambridge,Da Capo Press.2000
•    Bruno Dagens. Mayamatam(2Volumes),Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass. 2007.
 
AFAC 22043 Meaning of Art: Visual, Viewership and Visuality
Aims and Objective: This paper is to understand how the meaning of an art object is controlled by its context.
Course Content: Based on the case studies of selected world art object the course reads how changes in location, ownership, viewership and discourses on appropriate art object differently. Case studies on selected pieces of art work.
Teaching and Learning Methods:  Lectures, film screening, presentations and discussions, field visits.
In course assessment -presentation (10%), mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words) (10%),and 2x student centered activity - (10%)
Learning Outcomes: At the end of the prescribed course content students will be able to understand the complexities of understanding art through the social theory, to rethink aesthetic biases, read consumption and production of art as cultural politics.
Recommended Readings:
•    Malathi De Alwise. Sexuality in the Field of Vision: The Discursive Clothing of Sigiriya. In Embodied Violence: communalizing women’s sexuality in south Asia. Edited by Kumari Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwise.Delhi: Kali for Women.1996
•    Pradeep Jaganathan. Authorizing History, Ordering Land: The Conquest of Anuradhapura.In Unmaking the Nation:The politics of Identity and History in Sri lanka.Edited by Pradeep jaganathan and Quadri Ismail. Colombo: Social Scientist Association.1995
•    Jonathan S Walters. History of Kelaniya. Colombo: Social Scientist Association.1996
•    Guha –Thakurta, Thapti.Monuments, Objects , Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Post Colonial India. Delhi: Permanent Black.2004
•    Richard Davis.  Lives of Indian Images, Princeton, Princeton University Press.1997

AFAE 22013  Heritage Protection :Issues and Methods
Prerequisites: AFAE21013
Medium of instruction: English
Aims and Objective: This paper is to explore the multiple approaches and possibilities of safeguarding heritage properties in broader scientific, cultural and legal perspectives. Focus on the strategies of protections from social and natural conditions, legal support and education
Course Content: Documentation and classification of Heritage property. Principles and methods of conservation, preservation and restoration. Heritage education. Role of Museums and archives, Legal arrangements in international and national level.
Teaching and Learning Methods:  Illustrated Lectures, demonstrations, discussions and field visits.
 In course assessment -presentation (10%),mid semester exam (10%),  semester paper (in 2000-3000 words), (10%),and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning  Outcomes: In the end of the course students will be able to document artifacts and monuments in the form of photography, drawing or in written form.- familiar with major conservation, preservation and restoration methods, familiar with the various functions and roles of museums.- aware of legal arrangement for heritage protection.
Recommended Readings
•    Aplin Graeme.  Heritage: Identification, Conservation and Management, USA Oxford University Press.2002
•    David Baker. Managing Historic Sites and Buildings: Reconciling Presentation and Preservation. London: Routledge.1999.
•    Artioli Gilberto.  Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage: An introduction to the application of materials science to archaeometry and conservation science Wiley .2007
•    Stanco Filippo , Sebastiano Battiato, Giovanni Gallo(Ed). Digital Imaging for Cultural Heritage Preservation Analysis, Restoration, and Reconstruction of Ancient Artworks  Taylor and Francis.2011
•    Barbara T. Hoffman (Ed). Art and Cultural Heritage: Law, Policy and Practic:Cambridge University Press.2005.




AFAE 22023 Social Theories and Art
Aims and Objective: This is to provide a comprehensive introduction to sociological studies of art to examine sociological questions about place of art in society, social significance of aesthetics, politics of value, class and taste, meaning of art and socio economic structure and cultural institution.
Course Content:Classical sociological theory and interpretations of art. The social production and consumption of art. The artist. Museums and the social construction of high culture. Aesthetic form and the problem of specificity.
Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures, film screening, presentations and discussions, field visits.
In course assessment - presentation (10%),mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words )(10%),and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning Outcomes: At the end of the prescribed course content students will be able to understand the complexities of probing art through the social theory, to rethink about aesthetic bias, read consumption and production patterns of art in relation with social structure.
Recommended Readings
•    Jeremy Tanner. The Sociology of Art-A Reader. London: Routledge.2003
•    Austin Harrington. Art and Social Theory. UK: Polity.2004
•    Walter  Benjamin. The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. In Illuminations: Essays and Reflections. NewYork: random House.1973(1936).
•    Bourdieu. P. Distinction; a Social Critique of Judgment of Taste. London: Routledge.1984.
•    Janet Wolff Janet. The Social Production of Art. London: Macmillan.1981
•    V.L.Zolberg. Constructing a Sociology of Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge University press.1990

AFAE 22033 Packaging the Craft: Ideology, Discourse and Practice
Aims and Objective: This course unit is to unpack the popular notions, craft to understand the meaning of craft in contemporary world and the relevance of art and craft binary, through studies of discourse around craft objects. This course interrogates various ways and means of construction of the category of craft. It is also read craft from feminist and subaltern perspectives. Critiquing the Orientalist and Nationalist constructions.
Course Content: Genderizing Craft. Craft and Cast identity, Colonialism, industrial revolution and the discourse of craft. Craft as national Identity, Nationalist interventions and revivalism. State patronage, souvenir culture, tourism and changing notion of art. Validity of art and craft binary. 
Teaching and Learning Methods:  Illustrated lectures, field visits, debates, and discussions.
In course assessment - presentation (10%), mid semester exam (10%), semester paper (in 2000-3000 words) (10%), and 2x student centered activity - (10%),
Learning Outcomes: At the end of the teaching of prescribed course content and readings students will be able to problematize the category of craft, engage with the feminist and subaltern views, identify the issues in nationalist imagination, locate the discursive space of craft in its cultural dynamics.
Recommended Readings
•    Fariello M. Anna, Paula Owen (2005),Objects and Meaning: New Perspectives on Art and Craft, Scarecrow Press
•    Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, The Indian Craftsman. New Delhi: Munishiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd. 1987(1909)
•    Adamson Glenn.The craft reader , Oxford, Berg Publishers.2010
•    Sandra Alfondy. Neo Craft: Modernity and the Crafts ,The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
•    Maria Elena Busze. Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art, Durham, Duke University Press Books.2011.

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