2020 Area Studies: Europe

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Course description and aims

This course offers an overview of the European Art History from the Renaissance to the 20th Century.
The purpose of the course is to understand all historical periods in the most important regions of Europe and thus to comprehend the various contexts of creation of works of art. Throughout the lecture students will also have a chance to learn, how to interpret visual sources.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain history and culture behind works of art.
2) Name important painters and their works.


Europe, History, Culture, History of Art

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

By lecture.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance and Renaissance Art 1 To be announced in each class.
Class 2 Renaissance Art 2 and Baroque Art 1 To be announced in each class.
Class 3 Baroque Art 2 and Rococo Art To be announced in each class.
Class 4 Neoclassicism and Romanticism To be announced in each class.
Class 5 Realism and Impressionism To be announced in each class.
Class 6 Symbolism and Post-Impressionism To be announced in each class.
Class 7 Late 19th-Century and 20th-Century Art To be announced in each class.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required. Course materials are provided during class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

S. Takashina, A. Miura (ed.), Handbook of Fine Art, Sinshokan, 1997.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course grades are based on the final reporting paper (60%) and attendance (40%).

The final reporting paper requires an individual museum visit. It is not advised to take this course if it is not possible to visit the museum.

Related courses

  • LAH.A502 : Area Studies: East Asia
  • LAH.A503 : Area Studies: Latin America
  • LAH.A504 : Area Studies: Middle East and Africa
  • LAH.A505 : Area Studies: South and Southeast Asia
  • LAH.A506 : Area Studies: North America and Oceania

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

Knowledge of the European history is indispensable. In addition to referring to the reference book, students are recommanded to visit museums to see works of art. The Tokyo Institute of Technology is a member of the Campus Members of National Museums. Students can visit the museums for free or at a reduced fee.


No classes will be given on April 8 (Wed).
Seven total classes will be held for this course: April 15 (Wed), April 22 (Wed), ※May 6 (Wed), May 13 (Wed), May 20 (Wed), May 27 (Wed), June 3 (Wed).
※Please take note that this class will be given on May 6 (Wed) during the holiday.

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