Art History Courses

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Summer 2021

ARTH577A Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH577C Directed Reading - DIR READING Sections

ARTH599 Master's Thesis Sections

ARTH649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections


Winter 2021

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): Orell, Julia

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): Salgirli, Saygin

ARTH225 Art, Patrons, and Audiences in the Middle Ages Sections

A thematic study of the relationship between patrons and audiences in painting, sculpture, and architecture through the 15th century.

Instructor(s): Salgirli, Saygin

ARTH227 What is Modern Art? Sections

Select issues in 20th-century art and the visual and built environment.

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.


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.

Instructor(s): Mansoor, Jaleh

ARTH320 Entangled Worlds: Spain and Colonial Latin America (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.

ARTH322 Early Modern Italian Art and Culture (ca. 1550-1700) Sections

Focus primarily on Rome as the center of artistic, cultural, economic, and religious power in the seventeenth century.

ARTH325 Ancient Egypt: The Archaeology of the Land of the Pharaohs Sections

The material remains of the ancient Egyptians from monumental tombs and temples to the artifacts of daily life; the development of Egyptian civilization from the rise of the first rulers to its incorporation into the Roman Empire.

ARTH331 Greek Art and Architecture Sections

Visual culture of the ancient Greek world in the second and first millennia BCE, especially from c. 1000 to 30 BCE.

ARTH332 Roman Art and Architecture Sections

Visual culture of the ancient Roman world from the 8th century BCE to the 4th century CE.

Instructor(s): MCCARTY, MATTHEW

ARTH339 19th-Century Art and Social Space Sections

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

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): Smith, T'ai

ARTH342 Latin American Art: Modern and Contemporary Sections

Analyses of specific works and texts will emphasize visual inventions and meaning in the light of recent theoretical debates

ARTH343 Inventing Canada Through Art Sections

The institutions and art movements that constructed a view to the country now known as Canada, from colonial contact, to Confederation, through the mid-1900s. Emphasis on the significance of locality and situated approaches to understanding the land.

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.

ARTH351 Art and Urban Culture in the Islamic World Sections

A thematic and comparative study of visual arts and architecture in their urban contexts.

ARTH355 Modern and Contemporary India: Art in Colonial and Independent India Sections

The development of a new Indian art during the colonial period and nationalist movement; the construction of India's contemporary visual culture.

ARTH358 Chinese Art for the Afterlife Sections

Close analyses of Chinese tomb objects and tombs as spatial constructs in their historical, ritual, and social context.

ARTH368 Art in Japan: Print Media Sections

Historical and theoretical questions concerning the development of print media in Japan, from Edo period woodcuts to the advent of digital technologies.

ARTH380 Art as Technology Sections

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

Instructor(s): Mansoor, Jaleh

ARTH410 Seminar in African Art Sections

Key debates in the art of Africa and the African diaspora

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

ARTH440C Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art - MOD & CONTEM ART Sections

ARTH450 Seminar in Art in the Islamic World Sections

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

ARTH455 Seminar in the Art of South Asia Sections

ARTH459 Seminar in Chinese Art Sections

ARTH476 Seminar in North American Indigenous Art Sections

ARTH480 Visual and Digital Media Theory Sections

A thematic examination of key arguments in visual and digital media theory, focusing on developments in lens-based and digital media in relationship to twentieth-century and contemporary artistic practice.

Instructor(s): Smith, T'ai

ARTH499 Honours Essay Sections

ARTH533B Studies in Medieval Art - MEDEVAL ART Sections

ARTH535A Early Modern: Renaissance - RENAISSANCE ART Sections

ARTH540C Studies in 20th Century Art - 20TH CENT ART Sections

ARTH543B Studies in Canadian Art - CAN ART Sections

ARTH553A Studies in Japanese Art - JAPANESE ART Sections


ARTH571 The Methodology of Art History Sections

Required of all art history graduate students.

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