Course Number: HUM 115

Course Title: History of Western Art

John P. Bequette, Ph.D.

jbequette@holyapostles.edu

  1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides a general introduction to the history of art in the Western world. It explores the themes of western art in relation to their historical, geographical, anthropological, and sociological contexts, and will include a theological reflection upon the significance of these themes. Focus is on visual art: painting, sculpture, and architecture.

  1. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. COURSE SCHEDULE

Please note: The reading assignments were designed for you to read the chapter reading first and then my accompanying PowerPoint lectures. In addition, all quizzes and the final exam are open book

Week 1: Pre-historic Art (5/7-5/13)

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Week 2: Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt (5/14-5/20)

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Week 3: The Greeks (5/21-5/27)

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(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6S7AtukBaE)

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Week 4: The Romans (5/28-6/3)

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(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEh6W-luMKQ)

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Week 5: Late Antiquity and Byzantium (6/4-6/10)

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(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2xF3Bk70NQ&t=2414s)

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Week 6: Islam and Early Medieval Europe (6/11-6/17)                

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Week 7: Romanesque and Gothic Europe (6/18-6/24)

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Week 8: Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Europe (6/25-7/1)

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(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQdX4MbnGUg)

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Week 9: The Renaissance (7/2-7/8)

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(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ek1SI1oAwU)

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Week 10: The High Renaissance and Baroque in Italy and Spain (7/9-7/15)

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Week 11: The Baroque in Northern Europe and Neoclassicism (7/11-7/22)

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Week 12: Romanticism and Impressionism (7/23-7/29)

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Week 13: Modernism and Postmodernism (7/30-8/5)

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Week 14: Contemporary Art (8/6-8/14)

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Week 15: Finals Week (8/15-8/17)

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  1. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

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6. EVALUATION        

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

GRADING RUBRIC FOR DISCUSSION BOARD (DB) POSTINGS

Instructor Questions

3 points – Student demonstrates an acceptable understanding of the concepts and ideas in the reading.

2 points – Student demonstrates a deficient understanding of the concepts and ideas in the reading

1 point – Student fails to address the question in an intelligible manner

Student Questions

3 - points – Student’s question is thoughtful, and well-articulated

2 points – Student’s question is obtuse and somewhat difficult to understand

1 point – Student’s question is unintelligible


Student Responses

3 points – Student adequately answers the question of his/her classmate.

2 points – Student less-than-adequately answers the question of his/her classmate.

1 point – Student’s response is unintelligible

GRADING RUBRIC FOR RESEARCH PAPERS AND ESSAYS

Your essay will graded according to a 25-point scale.  I will take your cumulative score, divide it by 25 to yield a percentage. This percentage will be applied to 100 to yield your total points for the essay.

Unsatisfactory

(1 point)

Very Weak

(2 points)

Weak

(3 points)

Good

 (4 points)

Excellent

(5 points)

Understanding of Topic

Essay exhibits virtually no understanding of the topic.

Essay exhibits a weak and deficient understanding of the topic

Essay exhibits a minimal understanding of the topic.

Essay exhibits a competent understanding of the topic.

Essay exhibits a mastery of the topic.

Prose and word choice

Prose is extremely confusing, rendering the essay virtually impossible to understand.

Prose is consistently awkward, rendering the essay difficult to understand.

Word choices are wholly inappropriate, rendering the piece torturous to read.

Prose is sometimes awkward, with more than a few awkward or incoherent sentences

Word choices are often inappropriate, rendering the piece difficult to read. 

Prose is reasonably well-written, with very few awkward sentence structures.

Most word choices are effective and appropriate, rendering the piece easy to read.

Prose is well-crafted and lucid.

Word choice is consistently precise and effective, rendering the piece enjoyable to read. 

Grammar and punctuation

Essay is riddled with grammatical and punctuation mistakes.

Many grammatical and punctuation mistakes.

Very few grammatical or punctuation mistakes. 

Virtually no grammatical or punctuation mistakes.

Support and references

Essay is supported by almost no references.

Essay is supported by few references.

Essay is supported by an acceptable number of references.

Essay is well-supported by many and varied references.

Format

Essay completely fails to follow correct format.

Essay follows correct format in one of three criteria:

length, line spacing,  source citation.

Essay follows correct format in two of three criteria:

length, line spacing,  source citation.

Essay follows correct format in all three criteria:

length, line spacing, and  source citation.

7. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Robert Mish, the Disability Resource Center ADA Coordinator, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

8. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends. Plagiarism includes: 1. Directly quoting without acknowledging the source. 2. Changing a few words of a text without indicating this was done and/or not acknowledging the source. 3. Not acknowledging that the structure of ideas or logic is from another author. 4. Not acknowledging a unique image (including analogies, similes, metaphors etc.) is from a particular document or author.

Students, where applicable:

·     Should identify the title, author, page number/webpage address, and publication date of works when directly quoting small portions of texts, articles, interviews, or websites.

·     Students should not copy more than two paragraphs from any source as a major component of papers or projects.

·     Should appropriately identify the source of information when paraphrasing (restating) ideas from texts, interviews, articles, or websites.

·     Should follow the Holy Apostles College & Seminary Stylesheet (available on the Online Writing Lab’s website at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl/resources).

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students caught plagiarizing will receive a zero for the assignment, and may be withdrawn from the class and/or expelled from Holy Apostles.

9. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

10. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

11. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

My name is John Bequette. I earned my doctoral degree in historical theology at Saint Louis University.  My specialization is in the medieval theological tradition, with an emphasis on the lives of the saints. I have published articles in various theological journals and have recently published a book Rhetoric in the Monastic Tradition (Peter Lang, 2012).