PERSPECTIVES IN ART HISTORY
Art History 315                                                                    Fall 2007
Professor Denise Lugo                                                         Ticket # 10281
Class meets on Thursdays from 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Sagebrush 100
Office Sagebrush 233 (upstairs)                          Office Hours: Thursday 2-4PM (or by
appointment- please do not leave a PHONE messages)

Email: and
Course Text: Fred S. Kleliner & Christin J. Mamiya, Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, A
Concise History of Western Art. Belmont, CA: Thompson, 2008.

Catalog Description: Introduction for non-art majors. Art as a means of examining western
civilization from prehistory to the present. Comparative study of the visual plastic arts from the
historical perspective of their function in society.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: In this class, we will survey the history of art in Western culture, from
cave art to computer art, with focus on how art creates and reveals cultural values. You will learn
to think critically about art, that is, to analyze, discuss and write about art and its political, social,
and cultural contexts. You will also develop your writing and communication skills through on-line
papers and in-class discussions.

Through tests, online quizzes and writing projects, as well as in-class collaborative projects,
analysis and discussion, students will develop:
        SLO1: Familiarity with the visual languages and historical context of Western cultures.
          SLO2: Critical thinking skills.
          SLO3: Understanding of and ability to apply diverse theoretical approaches to the
           politics of representation.
          SLO4: Ability to analyze and write about how meaning is created through both form and
           content in a work of art.
          SLO5: Ability to apply information technologies to problem solving.
          SLO5: Ability to apply information technologies to problem solving
WebCT: for additional readings, weekly quizzes and periodic discussion
Please check WebCT every Tuesday for weekly assignments; also check your CSUN email for
messages from the professor.
Course Organization
The course is divided into five sections. Course assignments and activities fit into this basic
architecture. Each unit should take up approximately two week of course time.


Attendance and Tardiness Policy: Remember that this class only meets on Thursdays.
Attendance is extremely important for a successful semester. Roll will be and attendance will be
taken into consideration upon final grading. You may miss one class without penalty. After that, for
every unexcused absence, your grade will be lowered by ten per cent (10%).
Due to the nature of this course (slide presentations, lectures and discussions) it is impossible to
make up classes. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain the notes and assignments
from a fellow student.
Please be on time to class. Late arrivals disturb both your instructor and your fellow classmates
and excessive tardiness will result in a lower grade. If you foresee the need to be absent, to arrive
late, or to leave early please inform me IN WRITING via email.
Please turn off all cell phones and pagers. Please throw trash away. No iPods are allowed in
class. No recording devices are permitted in the classroom.

STUDENT EMAIL ADDRESSES: If you use an email address other than, then it is
your responsibility to have mail forwarding, this can be done by going to
and login and select mail forwarding and put in your primary email address. Students should
check their email (and Web CT) regularly for assignments, updates and changes.

STUDENT CONDUCT: As a California State University student enrolled in this course, you are
expected to show common courtesy to the instructor and to fellow students at all times. Any
personal matters should be addressed during the professor’s office hours.
GRADING: Grading will be done on a plus (+) and minus (-) basis. Your goal is to accumulate a
total of 350 points from a combination of:
          quizzes (10 quizzes @ 10 points =100 points
          5 student group activities, @ 10 points = 50 points, in class
          5 writing projects worth up to 20 points = 100 points.
          1 Museum Report –turn in class=25 points
          Midterm @ 50 points, in class
          Final exam @ 100 points, in class
Letter grades will be assigned on a strict percentage basis: 315-350 points is an A; 280-314 points
is a B; 244-279 is a C; 210-243 is a D.
Final grading will be done on the plus and minus system as follows:
A = 100-93% A- = 92-90%
B+ = 89-87% B = 86-83% B- = 82-80%
C+ = 79-77% C = 76-73% C- =72-70%
D+ = 69-67% D = 66-60% D- = 59-57%         F = 56-0%
Weekly Quizzes. You will take a 10-point quiz for each of the 15 chapters in Gardner (actually,
14 chapters and an introduction.) All of the quizzes are on WebCT; all have their due dates
posted. Be aware that three times during the semester, you are going to take two quizzes in one


NOTE: If you miss a quiz (or your computer gives you trouble), the only way to make up the
points is by doing additional writing projects.

Midterm and Final Examinations. You will take two larger tests in class: one at the end of the
ninth week of classes and one on your scheduled final date. These tests will address materials
from class and from the textbook.

Writing Projects: You are required to complete at least five (5) writing projects for this class.
Each project will require a paper that is a minimum of 400 words in length. Everyone will begin
with a selection from the Unit 1 writing projects options. After that, you are to select and discuss at
least four of the other possible topics from the following course units.

 The projects are worth up to 20 points each. Your goal will be to accumulate up to 100 points
from your writing projects.
**Your first writing project (from Unit 1) is due in class by Thursday, September 6
**Your second project is due in class on Thursday, September 27.
**Your third project is due in class on Thursday, October 18.
**Your fourth project is due in class on Thursday, November 8.
**Your fifth project is due in class on Thursday, November 29.

Museums trips:
All students are required to visit one of the following museums and write a museum report.
(instructions will be posted on WebCT) Due on WEEK 11November. 1.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 2 blocks east of Fairfax. Closed
Wednesdays. for information on admission prices, hours and parking. (There is
street parking behind the museum on 6th St.; bring quarters.)
Norton Simon Museum of Art 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, corner of Orange Grove Blvd.
and Colorado Blvd. at intersection of 210 and 134 fwys.
Closed Tuesdays.
The Getty Center, off 405 fwy. at Getty Center Dr. in the Mulholland Pass. for more
info. Closed Mondays. No reservations required with student ID. Admission is free. Parking is $7.00
per car.
Grading the Writing Projects:
Each of the writing projects will be graded with the following questions in mind. In order to receive
all 20 points on any project, you will need to: follow the directions very carefully, being sure to
address all of the questions raised; use good grammar and spelling; and organize your thoughts in
a clear and coherent manner. Further, you will need to have content that is interesting and

Here are some of the questions we will ask as we read your paper:
1. Does the project satisfy the terms of the assignment?
2. Does it address each of the questions raised?


3. Does it have at least the minimum number of words (there is no maximum number of words for
    any of the projects)?
4. Does the student employ proper grammar? Is the spelling correct?
5. Are the student’s thoughts clear and well organized?
6. Does the student bring anything interesting or insightful to this discussion?
Note In addition a Writing and Group Activity Rubric will be placed on the class Web CT.

Academic Integrity: CSUN expects its students and employees to conduct themselves in an
honest and professional manner at all times. If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing in any
form, he or she will receive a failing grade for the course and be reported to the university for
appropriate disciplinary action. (See pages 524-525 of the current University Catalog).
If you aren’t sure what plagiarism means, consult one of the many online resources that can help
you understand it better:, or, where they write: Plagiarism is using
others’ ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.

At the end of each written assignment you must write, date and sign, (signing is not necessary for
internet assignments) the following statement: “I verify that the work submitted is entirely my own,
except for any sources that have been referenced” All cases of dishonesty will result in an “F” and
referral to the V.P. of Academic Affairs.

Reading Assignments: You will be responsible for the weekly reading assignments listed below.
All reading assignments are required and should be completed before the class meeting. After
reading each chapter of your textbook, you will take the associated quiz on WebCT.

Class Schedule (all assignments are subject to change)
All quizzes open on Sundays at 10 a.m. and close the following Thursday@ 12:00 p.m.; that will
be the day of the corresponding lecture (Note: there is no way to make up missed quizzes except
by doing additional writing assignments)
Week 1. August 23. Introduction to the class.
Week 2. August 30.
        Read Introduction to Gardner, also read pages 423-432. Read one of the critical theory
        texts posted on your WebCT homepage & complete
        Project #1 due on September 6- No on-line quiz

Week 3. September 6. Prehistory & First Civilizations
              Read Gardner, Chapter 1
              *Writing Project #1 due today
              On-line quiz complete by today at noon
Week 4. September 13. Ancient Greece
              Read Gardner, Chapter 2


                 On-line quiz complete by today at noon

 Week 5. September 20. Roman Empire
              Read Gardner, Chapter 3
              On-line quiz complete by today at noon

 Week 6. September 27. Early Christianity & Islamic World
                     Read Gardner, Chapters 4 & 5
                     * Writing Project #2 due today
                     On-line quiz complete by today at noon

 Week 7. October 4. Middle Ages
                       Read Gardner, Chapters 6 & 7
                      On-line quiz complete by today at noon

 Week 8. October 11. 15th Century Europe
                      Read Gardner, Chapter 8
                      On-line quiz complete by today at noon

 Week 9. October 18. 16th Century Europe
                      Read Gardner, Chapter 9
                      * Writing Project #3 due today
                      On-line quiz complete by today at noon
Week 10. October 25. *MIDTERM EXAM

Week 11. November 1 Baroque Europe
                     Read Gardner 10
                     On-line quiz complete by today in class-noon-MUSUEM REPORT

 Week 12. November 8. Europe & America 1750-1850
                      Read Gardner, Chapter 11.
                      * Writing Project #4 due today
                      On-line quiz complete by today at noon

Week 13. November 15. Europe & America 1850-1900
                      Read Gardner, Chapter 12.
                      On-line quiz complete by today at noon
Week 14. November 22. Europe & America 1900-1945
                     Read Gardner, Chapter 13.


                     On-line quiz complete by today at noon

Week 15. November 29. Europe & America after WW II
                     Read Gardner, Chapter 14
                     * Writing Project #5 due today
                     On-line quiz complete by today at noon
 Week 16. December 6. Review for final exam

              FINAL EXAM, THURSDAY DECEMBER 13, 12:45-2:45


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