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This lecture course is a critical exploration of issue-based approaches to art and design studio practice from a thematic and global perspective. Students examine the visual representation of ideas such as spirituality, colonialism, the body, race, gender, industrialization, mass reproduction and technology. Studio Practice in the Global Context manifests a growing concern with the destructive and alienating consequences of globalism itself: ecological deterioration, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the constant state of war. The artists deploying these methods often form collectives that mirror the structures of corporate and political organizations, combining aesthetic methods and media with political activism in defense of human agency, and against corrupt economic, political and military systems.