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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

ARTS 111: Art And Ideas I

Course Description

Survey of world art from prehistoric through medieval periods. Course meets multicultural graduation requirement. 

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Adams, Laurie Schneider. Art Across Time. 4th edition. McGraw-Hill, 2011.
    • ISBN-978-0-07-337923-4
      • Note: CD is not required.

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Welcome to Art and Ideas I (ARTS 111), online! This course is a historical survey of art from prehistory to the Middle Ages. It is expected that the student will become knowledgeable and conversant about the works of art under study. The student will be able to explain the purpose and meaning of specific artworks, compare and contrast works of art and architecture, and develop an interest in furthering their knowledge of art history.

Each week we will focus on a different culture progressing chronologically from the prehistoric to the Middle Ages. Since we are studying the visual arts, you will be directed to related web sites to view artworks in addition to regular readings, discussions, and quizzes. This course is a great way to get acquainted with and excited about art!


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To explore the artistic styles from the Ancient World through the Middle Ages.
  • To investigate the meanings of the art works encompassed by these periods.
  • To distinguish one style from another and to discern implied meanings, given the context of a particular civilization.
  • To trace the stylistic development within a given culture.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key monuments from each cultural period.
  • Identify the stylistic characteristics from each period.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the meaning of the artifacts from each period.
  • Trace stylistic development within each given culture.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion (8) 160 16%
Quizzes (6) 480 48%
Midterm Paper (1) 180 18%
Final Paper (1) 180 18%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1A 10 Wednesday
Discussion 1B 10 Saturday
Quiz 80 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 80 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 80 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Midterm Paper 180 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 80 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 80 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Final Paper 180 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 20 Wednesday
Quiz 80 Saturday
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Each student is responsible for

• Weekly Text and Website Readings
• Weekly Discussion
• Six Quizzes
• Midterm Paper and Final Paper

Readings

Text and Website readings should be completed prior to submitting assignments or taking quizzes for the week. Become familiar with bolded terms and concepts in each week’s readings, because they may be included in quizzes and they will be essential to the completion of papers.

Discussions

Discussion postings should be complete by Wednesday (response) and Saturday (one comment to classmate) of each assigned week. Postings should be fully developed, always include image examples, and include citations. See Discussion Grade Criteria table in Content area of course.

Quizzes

Quizzes must be completed by Sunday of each assigned week (exception is Week 8 when it is due by midnight Saturday). All quizzes will be taken through the Quizzes section of the course. They are worth 80 points each, open book, consist of 40 multiple-choice questions, and have a 120 minute time limit. There are no quizzes in Week 4 and Week 7 since papers are due.

Papers

Papers will be graded on the basis of percent of completeness, correct spelling, neatness, and content.The Midterm Paper is due Week 4 by midnight Sunday and is worth 180 pts. It is a formal research paper on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Final Paper is due Week 7 by midnight Sunday and is worth 180 pts. It is a comparison and analysis of two works of art. It does NOT require a visit to a museum as art is everywhere! Both papers have a suggested minimum length of 4 pages. Specific requirements for these papers are posted in the Content section for the duration of the class. See Paper Grade Criteria table in “Rubrics” section below. All papers should be submitted to the proper Dropbox by the specified due date. The Dropbox records the date and time of submittal. Please label your files accordingly: Midterm Paper or Final Paper. Papers are expected to be submitted in Microsoft Word; any other file format should be saved as an .rtf document. Please note: Papers previously submitted to any course, may not be (in whole or in part) submitted to this course. Also, the dropbox for the Midterm paper will not be available until the Plagiarism tutorial and quiz (located in the Quizzes section) are completed within this course.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Why Do We Study the History of Art and the Art of Prehistory
Readings
Read the Introduction and Chapter 1
Class Activities

• Make sure you have thoroughly read the course syllabus and understand what is expected of you. Note that web resources are listed under Links.

• Visit the Content area each week to view the assignments and read the announcements for timely information.

• This week tour the Lascaux Cave at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnSq0c7jM-A.

• Next, watch videos and take a quick non-graded quiz about Stonehenge at: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/06/stonehenge/alexander-text.

Discussion 1A
1A) Introduce yourself in the Introductions discussion. Please give us more than your name. Include your profession, hobbies, interest or background in art, and any other information that can help us get to know you. You will receive 10 pts for introducing yourself in Discussion 1A and 10 pts for completing Discussion 1B. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday.
Discussion 1B
In Discussion 1B, respond to the following in your own words based on your reading from Chapter 1: What do you believe was the most likely purpose of the small female figurines? Who produced these art works? Why weren’t images of males depicted? While there are no wrong answers, please give this some thought based on what you have learned in your readings. Please post your response and your comment to a classmate’s posting by midnight Saturday.
Quiz
Quiz 1 must be completed by midnight Sunday.
Week 2: The Ancient Near East
Readings
Read Chapter 2.
Class Activities
• Begin work on the Midterm Paper assignment.

• Visit http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/Mesopotamia-Contracts.html and view ancient contracts involving slaves, marriages, and divorce.

• Then visit www.mesopotamia.co.uk/ziggurats/explore/exp_set.html and click on “Story” in the left hand side column and then view as many images as possible.
Discussion 2
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Can the extravagance and costs, both of currency and lives, be justified in the opulent architecture commissioned by “divinely empowered” individuals of ancient cultures? Name a comparable example from today’s society. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and your comment to a classmate’s posting by midnight Saturday.
Quiz
Quiz 2 must be completed by midnight Sunday.
Week 3: Ancient Egypt
Readings
Read Chapter 3.
Class Activities
• Continue working on the Midterm Paper assignment.

• Visit www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid and click on “Explore the pyramids.” Make sure you take in the view from the top of the pyramid using your mouse. Also click on “Hot Science – Scaling the Pyramids,” then click on “Passageway” and take a virtual tour. Next, click on “Mysteries of the Nile,” then click on “Explore Ancient Egypt,” then click on the images for another tour.

• Last, visit http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/05/photogalleries/tut_mummy/photo4.html in relation to this week’s discussion. Click on “The Face of King Tutankhamun” under Egypt Fun.

Discussion 3
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Study the figural images and canons of Egyptian art closely in this chapter and consider the geographic location of Egypt. What do you believe was the ethnicity of the Ancient Egyptians? Why? Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and your comment to a classmate’s posting by midnight Saturday.
Quiz
Quiz 3 must be completed by midnight Sunday.
Week 4: The Aegean and the Art of Ancient Greece
Readings
Read Chapters 4 and 5.
Class Activities

• Reminder Midterm Paper is due this week by midnight Sunday!!

• We’re going to visit some sites that address the legend of the “Lost City of Atlantis!” Most scholars believe the island of Santorini (ancient name was Thera) is the most likely location. However, the South China Sea is a possibility, as is Cuba. Go to http://www.greeka.com/cyclades/santorini/santorini-volcano/atlantis.htm and read the article on Santorini being Atlantis.

• Next go to http://www.atlan.org/articles/checklist/ to read about Atlantis in the South China Sea.

• Finally, go to www.crystalinks.com/atlantiscuba.html and read the article on Cuba being Atlantis. Note that this is a relatively new theory so the site is somewhat weak. Feel free to surf the net for yourself on this topic.

Discussion 4
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: After reviewing the websites listed in this week’s activities, which location (South China Sea, Santorini/Thera, or Cuba) do you feel is the best candidate for “The Lost City of Atlantis?” Give three reasons to support your choice. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and your comment to a classmate’s posting by midnight Saturday.
Midterm Paper
Midterm Paper due by midnight Sunday.
Week 5: The Art of the Etruscans and Ancient Rome
Readings
Read Chapters 6 and 7.
Class Activities
• Continue working on the Final Paper; the requirements are listed in the content section under week 7 or the course home page in the announcement box.

• Visit http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Pantheon.html and view the great pictures.

• Next go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/colosseum_01.shtml and read the arena and spectator experience.
Discussion 5
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Based on the monuments depicted in our text (chapters 6 & 7), how would you characterize these societies – peaceful or war centered? Give an example of how we honor war and peace today. How would future scholars view our society based on our monuments? Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and your comment to a classmate’s posting by midnight Saturday.
Quiz
Quiz 4 due by midnight Sunday. (Since there was no quiz required last week, this week’s quiz will include some questions from chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7).
Week 6: Jewish, Early Christian, and Byzantine Art
Readings
Read Chapter 8.
Class Activities
• Continue working on the Final Paper; the requirements are listed in the content section under week 7 or on the course home page in the announcement box.

• This site shows the Early Christian burial practices before Christianity was legalized:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/ancient/photo/rome-catacombs.html. Then go to http://www.sacred-destinations.com/turkey/istanbul-hagia-sophia.htm and view the images of Hagia Sophia.
Discussion 6
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Citing images from the corresponding chapter, how is a spiritual being shown in art? What symbols are used to convey divinity? Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and your comment to a classmate’s posting by midnight Saturday.
Quiz
Quiz 5 must be completed by midnight Sunday.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: The Early Middle Ages and Romanesque Art
Readings
Read Chapters 9 and 10.
Class Activities
• Reminder – The Final Paper is due this week by midnight Sunday!

• Course Evaluations - Please evaluate the course. You will be able to submit your course evaluation between Sunday of Week 5 and Thursday of Week 7. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation.

• This week visit http://www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/ and view pages of the famous Book of Kells.

• Next, go to http://www.airpano.com/360Degree-VirtualTour.php?3D=Pisa-Tuscany-Central-Italy and view the panoramic tour by clicking on the play button.
Discussion 7
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: How were works of art utilized in different cultures’ burial rituals? Why? Since we are near the end of class, my intention is for this thread to be comprehensive. Feel free to use examples from any of the chapters we have covered. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and your comment to a classmate’s posting by midnight Saturday.
Final Paper
The Final Paper is due by midnight Sunday.
Week 8: Gothic Art
Readings
Read Chapters 11 and 12.
Class Activities
• Our last week!! Visit www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Salisbury_Cathedral.html. There is not a lot of information at this site but the images are great! Click on the 3 photo images.

• Then go to http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/making/ and click on the videos if you have the capability.
Discussion 8
Now that we’re at the end of class, I hope you realize how much art and history are intertwined and the benefits that we can gain from its study. In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Since speculation is a key ingredient when studying ancient cultures, decide which was the most interesting to you and why, and then post a related website (not currently used in the class) that provides good information about your chosen culture. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday.
Quiz
Quiz 6 due by midnight Saturday. (Since there was no quiz required last week, this week’s quiz will include some questions from chapters 9, 10, 11, and 12).


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.



The only way to conduct a productive discussion online is to reply promptly. There will be one Discussion each week. If you miss deadlines you will receive a “zero” for that particular Discussion topic. A standard deduction of 45 pts (25%) will be applied for each late paper submitted. However, assignments submitted after one week late will not be accepted and will receive a “zero” grade. Quizzes may be taken early or re-opened only if special circumstances apply and arranged with the instructor.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


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