2019 Art A

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Course description and aims

This is an introductory course about Western art history from Ancient Greece to 19th century art. Through appreciating masterpieces such as Parthenon, Gothic architectures, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Manet, you will understand the sense of values and the role of art in Western society. This course gives students many chances to share and discuss their impressions with other students.
This course has two aims. The first is to give students basic knowledge to understand Western culture. The other is to develop students' communication skills to convey persuasively their impressions and ideas .

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the Western art history including from a cultural and social context.
2) Enjoy and appreciate works of art and broaden their artistic experience.
3) Analytically and comprehensively convey their aesthetical impressions to others.
4) Grasp multiple meanings of works of art through discussions with others.


Art, Western art, Group work

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Topics change every lesson. Every lesson contains not only a lecture but also a 10- to 20- minute group discussion. Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Know how to compare two works.
Class 2 Ancient Greece to middle ages Explain the role of art from Ancient Greece to middle ages.
Class 3 Dawn of Renaissance Explain the meaning of Renaissance in the art history.
Class 4 Renaissance Explain the evolution of Renaissance.
Class 5 Baroque Understand the difference of Renaissance and Baroque.
Class 6 Nature Morte Explain the meaning of Nature Morte.
Class 7 Modernité Explain the meaning of Modernité.
Class 8 Presentation Overview what you have learned in the course.


No textbook is set. This course places emphasis on the active appreciation of works of art rather than studying through textbooks.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Group work : 30% Report: 70%

Related courses

  • LAH.H202 : Arts B, Esthetics B
  • LAH.H302 : Arts C, Esthetics C
  • LAH.H310 : Seminar on Humanities 3

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required.

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Office hours

Instructor’s office: West Bldg. 9, Rm 913, 9 Fl. Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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