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ARTHIST 2Z03 Art/Vis Clture in East&So Asi

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Angela Sheng

Email: shenga@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 425

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23156

Website:

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 am or by appointment



Course Objectives:

This course surveys the arts and visual culture of South Asia and East Asia from antiquity to early modern times. The emphasis will be on the intercultural artistic development in ancient India, China, Korea, and Japan. This course aims to challenge students to make intercultural comparisons of art works.

This course is also designed to encourage active learning. Students will work in small groups to make presentations and lead discussions on specific topics, where appropriate. Students will learn how to look at and write about art works that allow them to better understand how art and society are integrated.

This course is designed for students with little or no proficiency in the original languages and with minimal or no cultural background. The course will begin with a familiarization of the systems of romanization and general chronologies in relation to the geographies.

Please note that this seminar will be taught by two instructors with some overlap. Dr. Monolina Ray will teach the first section focusing on South Asia, from September 5 until October 3, 2017. After the midterm break, Dr. Sheng will start teaching on October 17 until December 5, 2017. Dr. Sheng will introduce Dr. Ray in class on Septemebr 5th.

Students doing a minor in Japanese Studies: please email Dr. Sheng as soon as classes begin so that she can guide you on writing an essay with a focus on Japan as early as possible.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Neave, Blanchard, and Sardar. 2015. Asia Art. Pearson Education Inc. AND

Barnet. 2015. A Short Guide to Writing about Art. Pearson Education Inc.

Lopez, Jr., Donald S. (ed.). 1999. Asian Religions in Practice (Princeton University Press).

Please note that the two texts by Neave and Barnet are sold together for a cheaper price.


Method of Assessment:

Students in this course will have received 10% of their grade in this course by November 10th.

Reading and mapping assignment on religions, due September 15, 2017       10%

In-class quiz on South Asia, October 6, 2017                                                15%

In-class quiz on China, October 31, 2017                                                      15%

In-class quiz on China and Korea, November 21                                           10%

Essay on Japan with China, Korea, South Asia, Nov. 24, 2017                     20% 

Take Home Final Exam , December 15, 2017                                                 25%

Class participation                                                                                              5%

Please note: Students taking this course as a minor in Japanese Studies will emphasize Japanese works in their assignments. Please email Dr. Sheng as soon as classes begin.

To get A+ requires correct spelling and grammar on all written work.

Grading Scale:

A+ 90-100      B+ 77-79         C+  67-69        D+       57-59

A   85-89         B    73-76        C    63-66        D         53-56

A-  80-84        B-   70-72        C-   60-62        D-       50-52

                                                                       F          0-49

 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

If for a valid reason (if sick, with medical note) a student must be absent for the class, it is the student’s responsibility to email the instructor as early as possible.

No extensions without a timely medical certificate.

Late penalties: for every day past the due date, 5% of the assignment’s grade.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

The topics follow the order of the chapters in the text of Asian Art, beginning with an introduction and an overview of how to take notes on art works. Each section begins with an overview of the religions pertinent to the geographic area and cultural history.  

PART ONE South Asia:

Week 1            September 5, 6, 8        Introduction and Overview of Note-taking on Art Works

Neave et al. Asian Art, pp. XII-XXII.

Week 2            September 12, 13, 15  Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism in India

Davis, Richard H. 1999. “Religions of India in Practice,” and Donald S. Lopez, Jr., “Buddhism in Practice.” In Asian Religions in Practice ed. by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. Princeton University Press: pp. 8-87.

Week 3            September 19, 20, 22

Ch. 1 of Asian Art: The Rise of Cities and Birth of the Great Religions: Early Indian Art

Week 4            September 26, 27, 29

Ch. 2 of Asian Art: Religious Art in the Age of Royal Patronage: The Medieval Period

Week 5            October 3, 4, 6

Ch. 3 of Asian Art: India Opens to the World: The Early Modern Period

October 9-13 Midterm Break

PART TWO: China

Week 6            October 17, 18, 20

Ancestral cult, Confucianism and Daoism practiced in China

Teiser, Stephen F. 1999. “Religions of China in Practice.” Asian Religions in Practice ed. by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. Princeton University Press: pp. 88-122.

Ch. 6 of Asian Art: Ritual and Elite Arts: The Neolithic Period to the First Empires

Week 7            October 24, 25, 27      Chinese Buddhism

Chinese Buddhism and

Ch. 7 of Asian Art: Looking Outward: The Six Dynasties and Sui and Tang Dynasties

Week 8            October 31, November 1, 3

Ch. 8 of Asian Art: Art, Conquest, and Identity: The Five Dynasties Period and Song and Yuan dynasties

Week 9            November 7, 8, 10

Chapter 9 of Asian Art: The City and Market in the Chinese Art: The Ming and Qing Dynasties

PART THREE: Korea and Japan

Week 10          November 14, 15, 17 

Religions practiced in Korea and

Ch.11 of Asian Art: An Unknown Land, A People Divided: Korean Art from Prehistory to Present

Week 11          November 21, 22, 24

Tanabe, Jr., George J. 1999. “Religions of Japan in Practice.” In Asian Religions in Practice ed. by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. Princeton University Press: pp. 154=75.

Chapter 12 of Asian Art: The Way of the Gods and the Path of the Buddhas: Japanese Art from the Prehistory to the Asuka Period

Week 12          November 28, 29, December 1

Chapter 13 of Asian Art: External Influences and Internal Explorations: The Nara and Heian Periods

Week 13          December 5, 6,

Ch. 14 of Asian Art: Strife and Serenity: Kamakura, Muromachi, and Momoyama Periods

Please note that there might be some adjustment to the above topics and dates depending on the progress of the class. If so, such adjustment will be announced in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.

 


Other Course Information:

Please note that Dr. Monolina Ray's office is located TSH 432 and her email bhattacm@mcmaster.ca

Attendance of all classes is mandatory. Lectures will cover supplementary materials.

REFERENCES, all on reserve at Mills Library:

General:

BL 80.2 .C334 2002 Bowker, John W. The Cambridge illustrated history of religions.

BL 1032.A85 1999 Donald S. Lopez, Jr. (ed.), Asian Religions in Practice, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press).

N7260.L48 Lee, Sherman E. A History of Far Eastern Art (Fifth edition).

N 8193.A4 F57 1993 Fisher, Robert E. Buddhist Art and Architecture.

N 8193 .M39 2002 McArthur, Meher. Reading Buddhist Art.

ONLINE ACCESS

BL1033.I43 2004 EB Shinohara, K. and Granoff, P. E. Images in Asian Religions Texts and Contexts.

India:

N 5300.P4 V. Z2 1977 Rowland, Benjamin. The Art and Architecture of India: Buddhist, Hindu, Jain.

N 7301 .H86 1985 Huntington, Susan. The Art of Ancient India: Buddhist, Hindu, Jain.

DS 436.N44 v. 1 pt. 7. Mitchell, George. Architecture and art of the Deccan Sultanates.

China:

DS 706.E37 1996 Ebrey, Patircia. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China.

N 5300.P4 v. Z10 1971 Sickman and Soper. The Art and Architecture of China

N 7340 .C59 1997 Clunas, Craig. Art in China.

NX 583.A1 T49 2006 Thorp, Robert and Richard E. Vinograd. Chinese Art and Culture.

Japan:

N5300.P4 v. Z8 Paine and Soper. The Art and Architecture of Japan.

N7350.M26 1993. Mason, Penelope. History of Japanese Art.

N7350.S72000. Stanley-Baker, Joan. Japanese Art.

Korea:

N7360.M3 1962 McCune, Evelyn. The Arts of Korea, an Illustrated History.

N7360.P67 2000 Portal, Jane. Korea: Art and Archaeology.

 

Communication by Emails

It is the policy of the School of the Arts that all email communication
between students and instructors (including TAs) must originate from
their official McMaster University email accounts. This policy protects
the confidentiality and sensitivity of information and confirms the
identities of both the student and instructor. The School of the Arts'
instructors will delete messages that do not originate from McMaster
email accounts.

Academic Integrity Policy

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty:
For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/univsec/policy/AcademicIntegrity.pdf

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained.
2. Improper collaboration in group work.
3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

PLEASE NOTE:

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the
opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.

When necessary, additional references will be posted on Avenue.