Course Syllabus

Course Description
A selective history of the western European tradition of art. Students learn about the development of Western civilization through the study of works of art and architecture from the Renaissance to Modern periods, and acquire skills for analyzing and interpreting works of art in relation to their historical and cultural context.

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives
Upon completion of this course you will be able to

  1. SLO 1:  Demonstrate knowledge of selected Western European works of art and architecture from the 15th to the early 20th century
    • Recognize/Identify selected works of art and architecture by artist, title, and period/movement
    • Demonstrate knowledge of art historical concepts, terms, iconography, formal conventions, and period styles
  2. SLO 2:  Describe, analyze, and compare selected works of art on the basis of subject matter, style, and cultural/historical meaning
    • Analyze and describe a selected work of Renaissance art and place it in its historical context
    • Compare/contrast selected works on the basis of subject matter, style, and cultural meaning in relation to historical context
  3. SLO 3:  Integrate knowledge from multiple resources to formulate a well-reasoned essay about selected works of art in relationship to the development of Western civilization
    • Compose an essay on a work of art found in a museum, and locate it in its artistic and historical context by examining its relationship to major Western civilization themes

Course Textbook
The textbook for this course is entirely online.  Chapters are embedded in weekly Learning Modules on Blackboard

The course textbook will be supplemented by assignments from the Smarthistory/Khan Academy multimedia web-book, as well as other online resources:

Your performance will be evaluated through the following graded activities:

chat Discussion Forum
You are required to participate in class discussion each week using the Blackboard Discussion tool.  Discussion topics will open on Mondays, and close on Sunday nights.   You are expected to participate in the Discussion Forum throughout the week.

Quiz2 Quizzes
There will be a multiple choice quiz at the end of each learning module.  Quizzes will open on Monday, and close on Sundays, and will generally consist of 20-35 questions.

Quiz2 Exams
There will be a final exam administered during the final assessment period. The first part will be a cumulative multiple choice exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions.  Unlike the weekly quizzes, the final exam will be timed.  The second part of the exam will consist of essay questions, focusing on content from the second half of the semester.

Learning_Journal Homework Assignments
There will be weekly homework assignments that will challenge you to summarize your learning

Orange_document_icon Essay Assignments:
There will be two written assignments for this class.

    • Visual Analysis Essay:  For this assignment you will summarize the achievements of the Renaissance by describing the rise of Humanism and its impact on art.  You will then compose a detailed description and analysis of a work of art found online, using online research skills
    • Museum Paper:  A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (or an equivalent survey museum) is a course requirement.  For this assignment you will compose an essay on a work that you saw in-person in a museum.

Course grades will be based on the following:

Quiz 15%
Discussion 20%
Homework 20%
Visual Analysis Essay 15%
Museum Paper 15%
Final Exam 15%

Late Submission Policies

There will be no opportunity for a make-up or late submission for Discussion Forum posts.  If you are not present for the discussion, you will not earn credit.

Quizzes and Homework Assignments:
Upon request, the closing date for a quiz or homework assignment can be extended for a maximum of three days.  It is your responsibility to contact me if you need to extend a closing date, but please be aware that you should have a valid reason, and that it should not become a habit.

Written Assignments:
Written assignments will be accepted up to one week past the posted deadline.  Late submissions will be penalized by a grade deduction.

NOTE:  It is your responsibility to complete ALL course assignments. Failure to do so will likely result in a failing grade

Students with Disabilities
Westchester Community College provides services for students with documented learning disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, physical disabilities, visual, hearing, and other health impairments.  To learn more about support services available visit:

Academic Standards, Policies, and Procedures
This class will be conducted in accordance with the college’s academic standards for class conduct and academic integrity. For more details about the college’s standards and policies visit:

What Happens if I Plagiarize?
If you submit an essay that is plagiarized (or that is predominantly a paraphrase of another resource) you will receive an “F” for the assignment, and you will be reported to Professor Ruben Barato, the Director of Counseling, who will add your name to his file.  After meeting with Professor Barato, you will be given an opportunity to make the assignment up under the following conditions:

  • You will be required to attend a plagiarism workshop with one of the college librarians
  • You will be required to re-submit the paper, but you will not be able to earn a grade any higher than a “C”

Online Course Etiquette

“Like all professional endeavors, successful performance in an online course depends on following certain standardized rules to achieve clear communication . . .”
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Where to go for help

  • You are responsible for your own learning, so seek out help if you need it – and do it before it is too late!
  • Make an appointment to meet with me, or drop by during my office hours
  • Visit the Academic Support Center (LIB G 31), or attend a study skills workshop
  • Make an appointment with the Writing Center for assistance with essays
  • Ask your classmates for help, or set up a study group