• Instructor: Dr. W. Brett McKenzie
  • Office: GHH317
  • Email address: wbteach@g.rwu.edu
  • Web Site: wbteach.com/classes
  • Cell/Text:
    401 626-0806
    Office phone number

Course Lecture Hours

Section ROG94 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Section ROG95 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Section ROG94 Meeting ID: 996 6406 3191 Passcode: 4p299y
Section ROG95 Meeting ID: 958 3291 8691 Passcode: 5j788p
  • Office Hours:
    • Tues: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Wed: 9:30 - 10:30 AM
    • Thur: 9:00 - 10:00 AM
      Or by appointment
    • Drop In
      Mon 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Course Delivery: Synchronous OnLine - Zoom Meetings at Scheduled Times

CORE 105 Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse Outcomes
This course examines a variety of masterworks and artists from the western traditions of art, dance, music, and theater. The course situates art and artists in historical perspective, emphasizes Classicism, Romanticism, Modernism and relates them to contemporary modes of expression. Works of art will be presented in context, so the impact of historical circumstance and cultural expectation on the creative artist will be apparent. Students will respond through oral and written analysis to masterworks studied in class and to works experienced at outside performances. While all sections of the course will include historic masterworks from the fields of art, theater, dance, and music, specific content of individual sections will reflect the interests and expertise of the professor. Throughout the semester, we also examine the work and ideas we study in order to explore the role, meaning and implications of questions that have shaped the human experience: Who am I? What can I know? How should I act? (3 credits) Fall, Spring (RWU Catalog, 2019-20)

Core 105 Outcomes: Roger Seminars - Outcomes:
Text: all text materials will be online or on library reserve. The only required text for the class is:

Allen, Danielle
Our Declaration
May, 2015
(Electronic edition provided by RWU via Vitalsource Bookshelf)

Computing Environment:
You will be required to complete computer assignments - if you do not have access to a personal computing device, all assignments can be completed using computers in the labs or library.
No special software is required - you may be required to use university installed software.

Art materials and class support - no more than $50
Notebook: a hardbound sketch book -- 5.5 x 8 inches recommended
Writing Instrument: pencil recommended
Art crayons and larger sketch materials may be required

Dress: you may be required to wear loose fitting clothes and appropriate footwear (no slippers, flip-flops, or high heels)

NOTE: if any of these requirements cause a hardship, please speak with your professor.

Electronic Communications: (my cellular disconnect hours are between  10PM and 8 AM -- please respect my time)
You are expected to register and use the electronic learning management system.

An RWU (username@g.rwu.edu) e-mail account is required for this class.
You may forward your RWU account to a preferred account, but you will be responsible for any e-mail messages sent to your RWU account.

Begin the subject line with CORE105-ROG<Section number, either 94 or 95>,  and use the address: wbteach@g.rwu.edu
Your e-mail is important. If you use CORE105-ROG<Section number, either 94 or 95> to begin the subject, I expect to reply within 48 hours. Otherwise, I may not notice it among the other e-mails I receive.
You should include a salutation in your email, but, more importantly include your name or a signature block to close your response.

Voice: ensure that you state your name, your callback number, and context for the message.
Text: ensure you indicate your name and the context in the message.

Social Media:
You may be required to participate in a class social media account (Instagram  Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter) -- I will not use a personal account nor will I friend or connect with you personally.

Attendance Policy:

You are expected to attend class, this includes Zoom or other electronic sessions. If you cannot attend class. contact me via e-mail (wbteach@g.rwu.edu) or phone (401-626-0806) Note: There may be additional events outside the scheduled class times for which attendance may be taken. Be aware that these events are equivalent to an assignment or class attendance - students with legitimate excuses will have an alternate assignment.

You are expected to complete all assigned readings, listen to all audio files, and view all videos.
You will be required to complete assignments or quizzes and participate in forum or wikis
using the on-line course management system(s).
You are responsible for your account management.

Late Assignments/Missed Exams:

Without prior arrangement or a documented emergency, missed assignments and exams will be made up at the instructor's discretion.

Academic Integrity:

The academic integrity policy, including the new COVID-19 Pledge,  of the university will be strictly followed. Review: http://rwu.edu/academics/academic-affairs/academic-standards, and https://www.rwu.edu/reopening-roger/safe-community-students/RWU-COVID-19-Pledge


Final average incorporates class attendance, participation, assignments.

Component Weight  Due
Texts (readings, images, video, music) , Class Assignments and Quizzes 10 Weekly
Forum Postings 10 Weekly
Aesthetic Grounding 10
30 August, midnight
Dance Assignment 10 (Approx) 17 Sept
Music Assignment
(Approx) 01 Oct
Visual Art Assignment 10 (Approx) 15 Oct
Roger Assignment 10 (Approx) 15 Nov
Culminating Assignment 20 30 Nov/02 Dec
Participation 20 Each Class Meeting

Access for Students
The University has a continuing commitment to providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The need for accommodations and the process for arranging them may be altered by the impact of COVID-19 and the safety protocols currently in place that we all must follow. We also recognize that we may have students with medical conditions who weren’t previously registered with SAS, who should be encouraged to register to receive appropriate accommodations. Students with disabilities who need accommodations in order to fully participate in this class are urged to contact Student Accessibility Services, as soon as possible, to explore the arrangements needed to be made to assure access. During the fall 2020 semester, the Student Accessibility Services office can be reached at sas@rwu.edu and 401-254-3841. SAS is open Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. For more information about SAS, visit https://www.rwu.edu/undergraduate/academics/student-academic-success/student-accessibility-services-sas

Tutoring Center
The Tutoring Center, part of the Center for Student Academic Success, will provide tutoring through online platforms for the Fall20 semester. All of the services of the Tutoring Center are free for RWU students. To access tutoring for Math, Science, and Foreign Languages, students should go to Bridges and click on the course titled “RWU Online Tutoring Fall 20.” To access tutoring for writing, students should go to this website: https://rwu.edu/go/email-writinghelp .

For additional information about the Center please see the website https://rwu.edu/go/tutoring

Course Materials
During this course, artworks that contain adult content (for example: R rated films) may be viewed and discussed. Students who object should talk to the instructor about making necessary plans.

Course materials are covered by the appropriate copyright. Locally prepared course materials are the property of the faculty, which includes hand-outs, website content, and other presentation materials or assignments. Use beyond the classroom requires permission.
Course Recordings
Audio and video recordings of the course are permitted with the instructor's consent. These materials are to assist you  in completing your coursework and are not authorized for redistribution.
Student Course Materials Completed assignments, especially projects, may be used to build instructional portfolios, serve as instructional examples for future classes, or be used for assessment All reasonable attempts to remove personal identification while maintaining the integrity of the project will be made.
Title XI
Roger Williams University fosters a campus free of power-based personal violence including sexual harassment, domestic violence, relationship violence, stalking, and/or any form of sex or gender-based discrimination. If you disclose a personal experience as described above, either verbally or in writing, the course instructor is required to notify the Title IX Coordinator.  To disclose any such violence confidentially, contact one of the three resources listed below:
Additional information regarding your rights and resources are available at: https://www.rwu.edu/undergraduate/student-life/health-and-counseling/sexual-assault-and-dating-violence/title-ix-rwu

Preferred Name
Roger Williams University has an optional Preferred Name Policy that allows you to update your name in our University records without requiring a legal name change. Students who might consider using such a change include members of our trans communities. You can update your name through your Student portal, click on Student, then User Account.Preferred Personal Information should appear and you can update your name there. Should students have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Registrars
Office or Gabby Porcaro in the Intercultural Center.

Emergency Situation Contacts/Notifications

EMERGENCIES CALL 911 or Roger Williams Public Safety 401-254-3333

Campus Notifications: If you hear a fire alarm inside, proceed outside. If you hear a siren outside, proceed inside.

Additional items pertaining to COVID-19

Assignment of Students to In Person Class Meetings

Classrooms have all been reconfigured to account for necessary social distancing. Your assigned classroom may not safely accommodate your entire class in person for every class session. You will, therefore, need to divide your classes in a way as to remain below the maximum seating capacity. Please be sure to notify students ahead of time which days they will be required to attend in person to avoid overcrowding the room on the first day. You may use the mail function in Bridges to contact all your students to notify them of your plan. To enable more accurate contact tracing, it will be important to be able to identify which students were in class on any given day. Using a seating chart will be a very helpful aid to contact tracing should anyone in the class be diagnosed with COVID-19. If you are using a Classroom Technology Assistant, they will need to be included in classroom capacity.

Classroom Cleaning Expectations

Cleaning stations have been installed in each classroom. They have sanitizing spray, paper towel, and extra gloves and masks. You will be responsible for cleaning the area you use, including the technology (there are special wipes for this). Please have a student spray each flat surface used by the class – desks, chairs, etc. at the end of each class period. Extra time has been scheduled between classes to allow the solution to dry sufficiently. Students and faculty must wear face coverings throughout the class meeting and while walking inside any building on campus.

© 2020 W. Brett McKenzie