Art History Courses

Please refer to the program guides found on this website or contact an advisor for more information about program requirements and questions regarding registration.

For Undergraduate Art History program information, please visit Introduction to Art History Undergraduate Programs.

For Graduate Art History program information, please visit Introduction to Graduate Programs.


Summer 2017

ARTH577A Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH577C Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH599 Master's Thesis Sections

ARTH649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections


Winter 2016

ARTH101 Ways of Seeing: Introduction to Visual Studies Sections

Drawing on examples from across history and around the world, this course deals with the role of the visual in society, culture, and everyday experience.

Instructor(s): Smith, T'ai

ARTH102 Crisis and Contradiction in Art and the Built Environment Sections

Concepts and issues critical to the understanding of art and its histories in a global context.

Instructor(s): Carr, Geoffrey

ARTH226 Art in Europe and North America: 1500-1900 Sections

A selective survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Instructor(s): Ryan, Maureen

ARTH227 Art and the Visual Environment in the Modern and Post-modern Periods Sections

A selective survey of visual art, architecture and other visual media since 1900.

Instructor(s): Smith, T'ai Roy, Marina

ARTH251 Asian Arts: From Chinese Warriors to Bollywood Posters Sections

A thematic examination of Asian arts, such as historic, religious, and secular painting and sculpture to contemporary visual culture.


ARTH253 Asian Architecture: Sacred and Urban Spaces Sections

Select built forms in Asia, such as temples, tombs, palaces, cities and gardens, and their relations to cultural, social and political systems.

Instructor(s): Hacker, Katherine

ARTH300 Seminar on Methods and Approaches in Art History Sections

Theories, problems, and literature in the study of art history. Required of all Major and Honours students in art history.

ARTH313 Art, Church, Society and their Margins in the Later Middle Ages Sections

Diversification of the arts and architecture with the expansion of patronage in late medieval society. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 313 or ARTH 333.


ARTH319 The Archaeology of Ancient Iraq and Syria: Babylon and Beyond Sections

An overview of the archaeology of the ancient Near East, with special emphasis on the civilizations of Mesopotamia, from the appearance of the first cities (c. 3400 BCE) to the end of the Persian period (c. 330 BCE).

Instructor(s): COOPER, ELISABETH

ARTH320 Art and Architecture in Spain and the New World (1500-1700) Sections

Role of visual art and culture within Catholic Spain and colonial Latin America is surveyed, with emphasis on transculturation from mudejar to mestizaje.

Instructor(s): Chehab, Krystel

ARTH324 Northern European Art and Culture II (1600-1700) Sections

The role of visual art within Early Modern court cultures, commercial urban centres, and emergent nation states.

Instructor(s): Monteyne, Joseph

ARTH338 Visual Culture in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution (1715-1830) Sections

Art, architecture, and social space in Europe and America: redefining gender, identity and nation in the era of industrialization and political change.

Instructor(s): Ryan, Maureen

ARTH339 19th-Century Art and Social Space Sections

Ideologies of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and economics in 19th-century European and American visual culture.

Instructor(s): Ryan, Maureen

ARTH340 20th Century Art and Culture: The Triumph and Demise of Modernism Sections

A critical survey of western art and cultural production from the turn of the century to the development of Pop Art.

Instructor(s): Mansoor, Jaleh

ARTH341 20th Century Art and Culture: The Postmodern Sections

A critical examination of international visual art and culture from the 1950s to the present; the role of art in consumerist society and the emergence of postmodernism.

Instructor(s): Carr, Geoffrey

ARTH344 Art and Photography in Canada, 1920 to the Present Sections

Art movements and art institutions from the landscape paintings of the Group of Seven to the photo-conceptualist practices of the Vancouver school.

Instructor(s): O'Brian, John

ARTH345 History of Photography: Archive, Spectacle, Reality Sections

History and theory of photography, from the competitive context of invention in the 1830s to contemporary uses in social media.

Instructor(s): Lerner, Jillian

ARTH350 Grounding the Islamic Image Sections

Contextualizing the complex language of images in the Islamic world.

Instructor(s): Salgirli, Saygin

ARTH353 Nepal and Tibet: Art, Ritual and Performance Sections

Art of the Himalayan region situated within social and religious practices, festivals, and performances.

Instructor(s): Hacker, Katherine

ARTH362 Art in Japan: Objects and Spaces Sections

Changing relationship between art objects and the built environment in the Japanese archipelago, in its social and historical context.


ARTH369 Art in Japan: Modern Visual Culture Sections

Self and community in the art and visual culture of modern Japan.


ARTH376 Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The North Sections

The histories, historiography and cultural diversity of the Northern Northwest Coast region; persistence and innovation in the arts in communities, and in cross-cultural and market spheres.

Instructor(s): Duffek, Karen

ARTH380 Art as Technology Sections

Relationship between artistic practice and media, examined through a history of paradigm shifts in technology.

Instructor(s): Mansoor, Jaleh

ARTH397A Special Topics - SPECIAL TOPICS Sections

Instructor(s): Mansoor, Jaleh

ARTH410 Seminar in African Art Sections

Key debates in the art of Africa and the African diaspora

Instructor(s): Porto, Nuno

ARTH436 Seminar in Early Modern Art Sections

Instructor(s): Monteyne, Joseph

ARTH439 Seminar in 18th and 19th-Century Visual Culture Sections

Instructor(s): Ryan, Maureen

ARTH440B Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art - MOD & CONTEM ART Sections

Instructor(s): Mansoor, Jaleh

ARTH445 Film and the City Sections

The complex interrelations between film and the city; dominant urban theories, film technologies and viewing practices and the intersections between them.


ARTH450 Seminar in Art in the Islamic World Sections

Key debates in the field of art and architecture in the Islamic World.

Instructor(s): Salgirli, Saygin

ARTH455 Seminar in the Art of South Asia Sections

Instructor(s): Hacker, Katherine

ARTH479 Performance Actions and Approaches Sections

Advanced performance art practices and research methodologies.

Instructor(s): Soussloff, Catherine

ARTH540A Studies in 20th Century Art - 20TH CENT ART Sections

Instructor(s): Smith, T'ai

ARTH543B Studies in Canadian Art - CAN ART Sections

Instructor(s): O'Brian, John

ARTH551A Studies in Chinese Art - CHN ART Sections

Instructor(s): Orell, Julia

ARTH553A Studies in Japanese Art - JAPANESE ART Sections


ARTH555A Studies in South and Southeast Asian Art - SE ASIAN ART Sections

Instructor(s): Hacker, Katherine

ARTH571 The Methodology of Art History Sections

Required of all art history graduate students.

Instructor(s): KNICELY GUILBAUT, CAROL Salgirli, Saygin

ARTH577A Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH577B Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH577C Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH599 Master's Thesis Sections

ARTH649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections