This course examines the diverse arts and visual culture of Africa. The scope of this course ranges from pre-colonial to contemporary times, considering a selection of objects, concepts, and practices from across the continent. The subjects we learn about in this class take a variety of forms -- masks, sculptures, architecture, body decoration, painting, photography, film, and exhibitions -- all of which are important resources used by people to shape their lives and social worlds. The course is designed to provide you with an introduction to these art forms and the various socio-cultural, historical, critical, and aesthetic platforms from which they operate. For instance, selected objects, concepts, and practices will be discussed in the context of power relationships, constructions of gender, and the negotiation of tradition and modernity. Additionally, we will explore some of the key theoretical issues in the portrayal and interpretation of art and visual culture from this world area. This course is a Writing Intensive Seminar and students will complete three formal writing assignments and participate in writing workshops to develop their skills as writers.