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ARTHIST 1AA3 WorldArt&CulturalHeritageii

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: Online

Instructor: Prof. Kristin Patterson


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 434

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23719

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 TSH 434; Chat Room, Thursdays 11:00-1:00pm

Course Objectives:

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, described below.


Course Reserves (Mills Library)

UNESCO. World Heritage Sites. 6th edition. Richmond Hill: Firefly Books, 2015.


Technical Requirements

This course will be delivered entirely online using Avenue to Learn, McMaster’s online learning management system. System and software requirements can be found at:


Technical support for Avenue to Learn in available at:

Method of Assessment:

Quizzes online x 4, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Apr. 9, 8%

Mini Analysis Papers x 3, Jan. 15, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, 30%

Short Artwork Analysis x 2, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, 12%

Midterm Test, March 4, 20%

Final Exam, TBC, 30%


Students in this course will have received 10% of their grade in this course by March 10, 2017.


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, receives 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

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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


Schedule of Weekly Readings 


Note: All assigned readings can be found in Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren. Art History. Volume II. 5th edition. New York: Pearson, 2014.


Week 1    Pages XXIII-XLIII

Week 2    Chapter 18: focus on pages 530-533, 536-542, 547-549, 551, 554-557.

Week 3    Chapters 19 & 20: focus on pages 563-585, 595-599, 607-613, 620-621.

Week 4    Chapters 25 & 26: focus on pages 793-811, 815-819, 822-823, 825-826.

Week 5    Chapters 21 & 22: focus on pages 633-642, 644-647, 666-667, 676, 678-681, 685-687, 698-700, 702-703.

Week 6    Focus on pages 591-593, 680-681, 685-686, 748-749, 756, 828-830; and Chapter 24 pages 772-773, 776-777, 785-787

Week 7    Chapter 23: focus on pages 713-714, 717-719, 722-726, 732-735, 736, 742, 744-745, 746-748, 750-751, 756-757

Week 8    Pages 757-761, 766-767, 771, 779-780, 820, 864-865; chapter 27 focus on pages 837-846, 848

Week 9    Pages 714-717, 774-776, 786-789; chapter 29 focus on pages 881-887, 890-892, 894, 896-897.

Week 10    Pages 604-605, 703, 745-746, 751-755, 757-758, 908-909, 914-915; 963, 1007-8, 1046-1049, 1104-1106, 1126-1128.

Week 11    Chapters 30 & 31: focus on pages 940-943, 953-957, 964, 966 968-971, 976-977, 980-982, 987-989, 991, 995, 998-999, 1003.

Week 12    Chapters 31 and 32, focus on pages: 1001, 1004-1005, 1012-1014, 1016-1026, 1028, 1033-1035, 1037-1040, 1067.

Week 13    Chapters 32 & 33, focus on pages: 1062-1063, 1073-1076, 1084-1085, 1091-1093, 1102.