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ARTHIST 1AA3 World Art&Cultural Heritage

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: Online

Instructor: Prof. Kristin Patterson


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 434

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23719

Office Hours: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm & Wednesday morning by appt.

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:

Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren. Art History. Volume II. 6th edition. New York: Pearson, 2018.

Method of Assessment:

Mini Analysis Papers, (Jan. 12, 6%), (March 18, 12%), (March 29, 12%), total percentage of course grade 30%

Online Quizzes, (Jan. 24, 2%), (Jan. 31, 2%), (Feb. 7, 2%), (Feb. 14, 6%), (Feb. 21, 6%), (April 9, 2%), total percentage of course grade, 20%

Midterm Examination, March 3rd (as scheduled in computer labs at university), 20%

Final Examination, TBA (Final Exam Period), 30%

Students in this course will have received 10% of their grade in this course by March 16, 2018.


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. Late assignments are only accepted for three days after the due dates specified.

No extensions are given for quizzes or exams without appropriate medical documentation.


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)

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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: Detailed handouts for each week will be available on Avenue to Learn indicating the reading sections in each chapter and key terms for study.


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:


The copyrights of all materials in the course belong exclusively to the copyright owner, unless otherwise indicated. You may create a copy of materials (e.g. printed copy, take a screenshot or download) for the purposes of personal study only, according to the “Fair Dealing” exception of the Copyright Act. You must not distribute any personal copy by any means, including email or a shared folder (e.g. Dropbox or Google Drive).


Use of Learning Management System (Avenue to Learn)

This course will be delivered entirely online through Avenue to Learn. Students should be aware that access to ATL involves disclosure of private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster email accounts, and program affiliation to all students in the same course. Participation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to your teaching assistant.