This course will teach you how to appreciate major works of art of the 21st century. By examining such various art forms as painting, popular song, literature, and film, you can become more acquainted with what selected 21st-century artists have valued, an inquiry that can help you understand your own values. By the end of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of various art forms. You will have the confidence and the ability to criticize and analyze any work of art. At the same time, the course will emphasize connections. It will suggest that a longing for paradise is a common theme in many works of art of the 21st century.
On the practical side, your writing and your interpersonal skills and your powers of observation will be developed as you describe your responses to the art that you encounter. Two field trips will be included in the course. These vary each semester and consist of visits either to the Art Gallery of Ontario, a theatre, a movie theatre, the ballet, or the opera. The course will also feature classroom visits by distinguished Canadian writers.