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HUM 318 Global Postmodernism

Postmodernism is cultural movement that has been characterized by a radical rejection of traditional aesthetics to the extreme limit, developing new theories and aesthetics. From the blurring of high and low culture, through the use of pastiche, collage, and bricolage, to the status of the object in an era of simulacra, postmodernism is characterized by a number of distinct techniques and critical theories which we'll explore in a wide variety of art, film, new media, literature, architecture, and music. Readings will consider postmodernism in a global frame. All texts read in English or English translation.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze the influence of Postmodernism on contemporary global culture at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Apply Postmodern philosophies to an analysis of global cultural history
  • Distinguish among important Postmodern artistic and literary genres
  • Distinguish among traditional periods and geographies of Postmodern cultural history
  • Distinguish important themes and aesthetic characteristics in Postmodern literature and art
  • Know characteristic institutions and achievements of Postmodernism
  • Know the outlines of the political and cultural histories of postmodernism
  • Recognize, appreciate, and explain allusions to Postmodern attitudes and conventions

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Global Postmodernism Snyder, Sarah Books for HUM-318-50 Spring 2024 Course details for HUM-318-50 Spring 2024