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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 170 Art, Morality, and the Limits of Expression

"Morally offensive...", "A danger to society..." Contemporary artistic creations sometimes elicit strong negative reactions, especially when they provoke moral, religious, or other cultural sensibilities, or when they are perceived as potentially influencing people's behavior in undesirable ways. In this seminar we will focus on such issues as freedom of expression and censorship, the status and role of propaganda, and the interpretation and reception of art, examining them from philosophical, legal, and social points of view.