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ART 2020 (formerly ARTH 2020) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

ART 2020 (formerly ARTH 2020) - Art History Survey II (formerly Survey of Art History II)

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a survey of the visual arts in world cultures from the Renaissance through the present.

Note:  Course title and course number changes are effective Fall 2018.

Course Outcomes:

At the end of this course the student will be:

  • familiar with the visual arts, as seen in world cultures, from prehistory up to the Renaissance
  • aware of the context of the historical period and cultural framework in which these works were produced
  • able to recognize and decipher and discuss the iconography of various works of art
  • able to analyze the formal structure of an art work
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:

The course is divided into and Introduction and 12 lessons

Introduction: The Elements & Principles of Design/ The Nature of Art

Lesson 1: The 14th century in Europe (proto Renaissance)
Lesson 2: The Northern Renaissance (15th & 16th century)
Lesson 3: The Renaissance art in Italy (15th & 16th century)
Lesson 4: The Baroque (17th century)
Lesson 5: Art of Southeast Asia and the Orient after 1200
Lesson 6: Art of the Americas, the Pacific Cultures and Africa
Lesson 7: 18th Century Art in Europe and the Americas
Lesson 8: Early 19th Century Art in Europe and the United States
Lesson 9: Later 19th century art
Lesson 10: Modernism, the early 20th century
Lesson 11: Later 20th Century Art
Lesson 12: Contemporary Directions in Art 

Specific Course Requirements:
  • This course is broken into an introduction,12 lesson modules
    • In a full semester term we will spend about a week on each lesson.
  • Each lesson includes
    • a reading assignment, from the text
    • history links, to give a broader view of the cultural or political environment
    • a list of key terms, people, places you should be able to recognize.
    • a slide lecture
    • a research assignment
      • you research a list of people or places, relevant to the lesson, and write a two paragraph response to one of them
    • a class discussion topic.
  • There are 4 tests(they are multiple choice, and matching (column a to column b) and include slides)
    • Test 1 will cover the introduction and 3 lessons,
    • Test 2 will cover lessons 4-6.
    • Test 3 will cover lessons 7-9
    • Test 4 will cover lessons 10-12
    • Study sheets and images will be available for each of the tests, in the resource folders, which are placed after every 3 lessons.
  • There are three 500 word essays.(instructions also listed in the resource folders)

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There are 4 tests each worth 15 points of your grade. They are timed for an hour and you will take them from within the course. They are 50 question multiple choice and matching tests which include images. 

Grading Procedures:

Each test and one essay will cover 1/4th of the material covered for the class. Your final grade will be based on your test and essay scores, and your participation in each lesson's discussion and the submission of the research projects.

30 points for 3 essays (10 pts. each)
60 points for 4 tests (15 points each)
10 points for a group research project.
12 points for discussions (one point for each discussion topic)
12 points for the research paragraphs (one point for each research paragraph assignment.)

124 points total.

Your grade will be shown as a percentage of a possible 124 points

Grading Scale:


Assignments and Projects:

Each Lesson will have a reading assignment, vocabulary review, a slide lecture, a research project and a discussion topic. There will be four multiple choice tests, each worth 15 points of your grade, three short (500 word) essays, each worth 10 points and a group research project worth 10 points. 

Essay #1 
Listed below are four themes, choose one and write a 500 word essay about it. Be sure to cite specific examples of art work to illustrate your points. 

  1. The role of humanism in the Renaissance (and how it is reflected in the art) 
  2. A comparison of the Italian and the Northern Renaissance.
  3. 15th century technology and art. 
  4. Patronage and art

Essay #2
 Listed below are four themes, choose one and write a 500 word essay about it. Be sure to cite specific examples of art work to illustrate your points. 

  1. The use of art in the Counter-Reformation 
  2. Light in Baroque painting. 
  3. Neoclassical ideas and their expression in art and architecture.
  4. The Romantic imagination

Essay #3
Listed below are four themes, choose one and write a 500 word essay about it. Be sure to cite specific examples of art work to illustrate your points. 

  1. The development of photography 
  2. The influence of technology on 20th century art.
  3. Formalism 
  4. Post Modern approaches

Note: Be sure to cite specific examples of art work to illustrate your points. The amount of words assigned is a minimum. There is no maximum amount of words. While you may use your text and any other source for information, the essay must be entirely in your own words, except for relevant quotes, for which you must cite your source. Please spend time looking at the art, comparing works, and making your own observations. Be sure to reference illustrations from the book or include images or links from other sources with your essay.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. (Plagiarism = presenting someone else's thoughts, ideas or words as your own.) Any essay containing plagiarized material will be given a 0.

Group Project: You will choose one of the topics below and work with them to research the contemporary global art world and prepare a slide presentation to share your findings with the class. The groups are self-enrolling. To join one, go to the class list tab, choose groups, self-enrolling, and the available groups will appear as choices. Only join one group. 

Contemporary directions in: 

  • architecture 
  • film
  • painting
  • printmaking 
  • sculpture 
  • Projects are due during lesson 12 (check the calendar) 
  • Students should work together, to research and compile information about their topic. Please list the participating group members on the presentation and submit it via the dropbox. One person would upload the finished presentation and everyone else should upload a statement that they participated in whichever project they did. 
Class Participation:

The course is broken into an introduction and 12 lessons. Each lesson includes a reading assignment, vocabulary words, a powerpoint lecture, a research assignment (in which you research a list of people or places, relevant to the lesson, and write a two paragraph response to one of them), and a discussion topic. You are expected to participate in all assignments.

Late Policy:

A calendar and checklist are provided to help keep us all on track.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


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Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 12, 2021