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ARTHIST 1AA3 World Art&Cultural Heritageii

Academic Year: Winter 2016

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: Online

Instructor: Dr. Alison McQueen


Office: Chester New Hall 601

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24154


Office Hours: By appointment: Please note my office is TSH 407!

Course Objectives:

Course Description

This course is suitable for students enrolled in any program in any faculty. Whether you’re thinking about majoring in Art History, or you love to make art, or you want to understand better what you’re looking at when you go to a museum or travel the world, I look forward to working with you in this class!

The course is designed to demonstrate and teach students some of the basic tools with which they can analyze secular and religious works of art and architecture from c.1300 to the present day and to examine works as both aesthetic objects and historical documents. The course is unique in its structure and design. The tutorials incorporate resources from the collection of the McMaster Museum of Art and interviews with professionals working at galleries and museums across Ontario. Technique videos that have been specially created for this course will help students to understand how art works are made in a variety of media. Assignments will enable students to engage with their local art communities and to relate those experiences to the content of the lectures, which will present a global perspective on art and architecture.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of Art History 1AA3, you will be able to:

  • Identify a range of artistic traditions and practices from around the world
  • Place art works in their social and historical context
  • Apply key terms for studying art
  • Examine art produced in a range of media
  • Discuss current issues including: UNESCO’s roles with respect to World Heritage Sites, deaccessioning, and the roles of patrons, collectors, visual art institutions and art world professionals for fostering knowledge and preserving cultural heritage

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Course Material

Textbook: Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren. Art History. Volume II. 5th edition. New York: Pearson, 2014.

You have the option of purchasing the physical book with access to e-resources, or you can purchase only the e-text.

Besides the textbook, course materials will be available from the learning management system, Avenue to Learn (ATL), described below.

Method of Assessment:


The following is a weekly chart outlining the assessments:




Weight (points)


Jan 5-17

Mini Analysis Paper: Patron WebQuest



Jan 18-24

Quiz: Fill-in-the-blanks



Jan 25-31

Quiz: Connect works of art



Feb 1-7

Quiz: Create a timeline of works of art



Feb 8-14

Short Answer: Analyze known works of art



Feb 15-21

Reading Week



Feb 22-28

Short Answer: Analyze unknown works of art



Feb 29-March 6

Midterm test



March 7-20

Mini Analysis Paper: In Your Community: An Art Institution Near You




March 21-April 3

Mini Analysis Paper: UNESCO & World Cultural Heritage




April 4-10

Quiz: Artists’ Techniques




Final exam




Total Assessments


Midterm test 20%

The midterm test will take place on Friday March 4th. You must make available in your schedule a 50-minute period of time between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm on March 4th. The earliest start time will 9:30 am. The latest start time will be 2:40 pm.

The midterm test will cover material from Week 1 through Week 7.  The format of the questions will include: Fill-in the blanks, Connect works of art, Create a timeline of works of art, Analyze known works of art, and Analyze an unknown work of art. 

As part of your required assignments for this course, you will have an opportunity to complete quizzes during weeks 3-7 that will focus on each of the types of questions. You will have a clear understanding of how to complete each type of question that will be on the test before you write the midterm.

The test will be set for a 50-minute period. You should not expect to have time to consult your textbook or your notes during the test. Any student attempting to do so will find it difficult to complete the test in the allotted time. At the end of the 50-minute period, your access to the test will expire. A computer will randomly generate the set of questions each student receives for this test. No student should plan on consulting with others while writing the test, nor should students arrange to write the test consecutively with the intent of passing along information. No one should expect any two tests to have the same arrangement of questions or content of questions.  To create a testing environment that supports academic integrity, access to the midterm test will be connected to LockDown Browser software Respondus. Students will not be able to use their computer to access any other application or URL during the 50 minute period in which they are completing the midterm.

Final Exam 30%

The date and time of the final exam will be scheduled by the registrar’s office. The first part of the final exam will include questions that are similar in format to the midterm test and will cover material from Week 9 through to Week 13: Fill-in-the blanks, Connect works of art, Create a timeline of works of art, Analyze known works of art, Analyze unknown works of art. The final exam will also include a cumulative section that will include two essay questions. The essays must be written in full sentence and paragraph form, as with a paper assignment. Answers written in point form will not be accepted and will not be graded. The cumulative section of the final exam will focus on two significant topics that have been addressed in various parts of the course: Deaccessioning, and the Roles of Art World Professionals.

Assignments 50%

Students will complete 4 Quizzes, 2 Short Answer Questions and 3 Mini Analysis Papers.  These assignments will be available to you as part of your weekly tutorial and should be completed before you advance to the following week’s tutorial.

Quizzes and Short Answers

The Quizzes and Short Answer Questions are incorporated into your respective weekly tutorial and are designed to help you take command of the course outcomes. You will self-assess your performance on each quiz.  For the Short Answers, you will complete peer-assessment for the Analysis of Known Works of Art and your TA will grade your Analysis of Unknown Works of Art. You will receive from 2 to 6 points for completing the quizzes in weeks 3 to 7, and 13.

Mini Analysis Papers

The Mini Analysis Papers (MAP) require research, field world, and preparation and you will want to plan in advance to manage your time so that you have each analysis paper completed when required. You should submit your analysis papers to your TA through dropbox before you sign on to the tutorial for the following week. Grading rubrics for each paper will be posted on ATL and students should use the Chicago Manual of Style for formatting footnotes and bibliography (available as an e-resource through the university library system). It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their papers are received by the appropriate dropbox, and that s/he has received a confirmation of receipt. Late papers will not be accepted on the basis of later claims of difficulty with dropbox.

MAP 1: Patron WebQuest

Step 1

Using the web (or printed sources if you prefer), you will first define patron(s) and patronage and you will then discuss and analyze 2 patrons (individuals or couples – a couple does not count as 2!) who have made significant contributions to the visual arts. The patrons could have contributed to their local communities, or they may have contributed at the regional, national, or international level. The patrons may have donated works of art to a gallery or museum.  They may have created institutions in their name where visual art works are displayed, or they may have buildings or rooms in art institutions named after them. The patrons may have created foundations to support the visual arts in some way.

You will write 1-2 pages (350-700 words) with the goal of sharing with your fellow students about the patrons you have discovered. After defining the terms using your own language, outline what the patrons have contributed and why they are important.  The patrons you discuss must have been living (or live) and have made their contributions (or continue to) within the period of our course: from c.1300 to the present. You will document your sources by including the weblinks for where you found information, or citations if you used library resources. You will submit your assignment to your TA through dropbox AND you will post your assignment to your Tutorial Assignment Board (maximum 50 students).

Step 2

The second part of your assignment is to go into your Tutorial Assignment Board and read some of the findings posted by your fellow students. Find 1 posting of particular interest to you and submit a “response” to this posting.  Your response does not need to be long (75-100 words is fine) but it should indicate what you learned from your fellow students, and why this particular patron interests you.  A simple “like it” will not suffice!  You should complete the Patron Webquest assignment before accessing Presentation #1.

MAP 2: In Your Community: An Art Institution Near You

You will want to plan for this assignment well in advance because it requires you to do field work!  You will visit an art institution and write a 2 to 4 page paper (700 word minimum) that analyzes the institution (for example, museum, public gallery, commercial gallery, artist-run center).  Some of you will visit more than one institution as you prepare for this assignment (you can document that at the end of your paper), then choose one institution as the focus of your paper. You will want to consider the purpose or mission of the art institution, and how well you think it fulfills that purpose. Consider who the audience(s) is/are and how the institution communicates with its audiences. You could find out how many people work at the institution. You could also include research on the history of the institution: when was it founded and why was it founded? Your paper should document what was going on at the institution when you visited it – there could be exhibitions, events, or talks, and you should analyze what you think of what is going on. In your conclusion, you can feel free to be honest: did you know about this institution before, had you ever visited it previously, and is it a place that engages its audiences? Please take note: If you consult didactic panels, printed brochures or publications, or interview employees at an institution, be sure to cite your sources in footnotes and include a bibliography.

MAP 3: UNESCO & World Heritage Sites

Step 1

You will write a 3 to 4 page paper (1050 word minimum) that analyzes what you are learning about UNESCO and World Cultural Heritage Sites. Your paper can include information that you have learned from presentations in the class, as well as answers to questions raised in presentations. A high quality paper will go beyond the presentations.  It will demonstrate that you have explored UNESCO’s website and have learned about what is involved in designating and maintaining sites, and what happens when a site is deemed at risk. Some UNESCO documents (such as policy documents) will be made available to you through ATL and you can use those as resources. You are encouraged to also find other resources that can support your research and you must cite your sources in footnotes and include a bibliography. All papers should examine some of the World Cultural Heritage Sites that have been discussed in class and a highly-ranked paper will examine in depth at least one site that is “new” to you (not covered in course material). You will submit your assignment to your TA through dropbox AND you will post your assignment to your Tutorial Assignment Board.

Step 2

The second part of your assignment is to go into your Tutorial Assignment Board and read some of the findings posted by your fellow students. Find 1 posting that is new to you and submit a “response” to this posting.  Your response does not need to be long (75-100 words is fine) but it should indicate what you learned from your fellow students and why it interests you.  Have you ever visited one of these sites?

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Policy on Late Submission of Required Coursework

Any assignment or paper that is submitted late will be deducted one half letter grade per day, meaning a paper that would have received a B+, but is submitted a day late, would receive a B grade.

Policy on Missed or Incomplete Coursework

Students who do not complete the Midterm Test or Final Examination for this course will receive a grade of zero for that assignment. Students will only be permitted to reschedule when they take the Midterm Test or Final Exam should they encounter serious health or personal challenges, which would have to be documented by a professional. All assessments for the course (Midterm Test, Final Exam, and Assignments) must be completed in order for a student to receive a passing grade in the course. Partial completion of course requirements will not be accepted.

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

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 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 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:

Schedule of Weekly Topics

Please note: I will provide you with detailed handouts each week on ATL.

Week 1           Welcome and Introduction

Week 2           Patronage, Faith and Secular Life in 14th-Century European Art

Week 3           Art and Social Context in 15th-Century Northern and Southern Europe

Week 4           Art, Rituals and Daily Life in 13th- to 17th-Century Southeast Asia

Week 5           Inspiration and Identity in 16th-Century European Art

Week 6           Across the Globe: Innovations in Printmaking c.1500-1830;

                       Religion and Rule in South and Southeast Asia from the 12th to the 16th centuries

Week 7           Illusionism in 17th-Century European Art

Week 8           Across the Globe: Art and Grandeur in the 16th to 20th Centuries;

                       Sacred Object, Art work, Artifact, Craft: Issues for the Visual Arts in the Americas from the 1300

                        to the Present

Week 9           Across the Globe: Sacred Spaces from the 13th to the 18th Centuries;

                       Communities and Social Practices in 20th-Century African Art

Week 10        Artistic Training and the Markets for Art: From Renaissance Guilds to Art Academies and the

                         Growth of a Global Art Market

Week 11        Experimentation and Innovation in the Visual Arts of 19th-Century Europe and America

Week 12        Ruptures in the Visual Arts of the 19th and early 20th Centuries

Week 13        Artists and their Communities in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Other Course Information:

Instructor Contact Information

Dr. Alison McQueen

Office Hours: skype, telephone and in-person meetings available by appointment.

email:                  skype: alisonmcqueen1

Teaching Assistants & Contact Information

Barbara Ferguson          Matthew Gardhouse     

Arazoo Ferozan             Sean Kinnear                 

Given the online context of the course, most contact with your teaching assistants and myself will take place through email, virtual office hours and discussion forums. Each student is assigned to a Teaching Assistant (TA) and a “Tutorial Discussion Board” (maximum 50 students).  If you have questions for your TA, please post them on your Tutorial Discussion Board where your fellow students can also benefit from the discussion.  Correspondence of a personal nature (for example health or family emergencies) can be sent to your TA via email.  Your TA will confer with your professor when appropriate. 

Email Contact

Should you need to send an email to your TA, include “ART HIST 1AA3” in the subject header of your email. In the body of your email, include your full name and enough information for your TA to respond to your query. You should receive a response within 48 hours. If your TA will not be available for an extended period of time, we will note this in the “News” section of Avenue to Learn (ATL).