Syllabus for ART-167

HISTORY OF WESTERN ART II


COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course History of Western Art II is a survey of Western art and architecture from 1600 CE to the present. Students will learn about the artists, architects, and social, political, and historical events and figures who formed the history of European and American art and architecture of this period. The course examines and compares the great masterworks, from Night Watch to Guernica, and examines the trends and art periods from Baroque through Pop art. This course is an excellent introduction to modern art and a good complement to the History of Western Art I course (ART-166).

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course,  you should be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss works of art that represent the greatest achievements of Western civilization and define the Western visual tradition from 1600 CE to the present.
  2. Identify key periods or movements and summarize their essential visual features.
  3. Identify important artists and political figures and associate them with their works.
  4. Discuss the social, political, and historical events that influenced art history.
  5. Discuss the technological advances that influenced art history.
  6. Compare and contrast artists, styles, and techniques.
  7. Analyze the qualities that distinguish the great works, artists, and styles.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following textbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.


COURSE STRUCTURE

History of Western Art II is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored online midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

History of Western Art II has six (6) graded online discussions, each focusing on a different subject. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum Module 1.

Communication among fellow students and with the mentor is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Written Assignments

History of Western Art II has six (6) written assignments.

All of these written assignments have three parts; Written Assignments 4 and 5 also have a 4th part. In part 1, you are asked to define terms. You will find these terms in the textbook chapter readings and glossary and in the Study Guide. Identify each term before you give the definition. In part 2 you are required to answer the one (1) essay question. Copy out the question before giving the answer. In part 3 you must select two (2) essay questions to answer. Indicate the number of each question you choose to answer and copy out the question before giving your answer.

In part 4, which is part of Written Assignments 4 and 5, you are asked to submit preliminary work associated with your final project due at the end of the semester. You can get specific information about these preliminary project submissions in the appropriate written assignment as well as in the Final Project section of the course Web site.

Your assignments should be typed, double-spaced, with a minimum of two pages for each essay answer.

Take the time to read through the written assignment questions before you begin each module. Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and convey your understanding of the course materials. Do not copy the answers word-for-word; they must be in your own words. However, when it will strengthen your answer, you may quote or paraphrase relevant facts, ideas, and theories from your course reading materials; be sure to cite these references in an appropriate manner by using footnotes or endnotes.

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

Midterm Examination

You are required to take a proctored midterm examination.

For the midterm, you are required to use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

The midterm exam is a closed-book, proctored online exam. It consists of multiple-choice questions, definitions, and essay questions. It covers all material assigned in Modules 1, 2, and 3 of the course and is two hours in duration. You will not be allowed to have any material with you.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Final Project

You are required to produce a final project in the form of a term paper that is due at the end of the semester. The final project will be worth 20 percent of your final grade for the course.

The term paper that you must produce involves comparing and contrasting any two artists featured in your textbook, any two art periods described in your textbook, or any two particular pieces of artwork.

Please note that in addition to submitting the final project term paper, you must make two preliminary submissions containing information about your project. For specific information about these two preliminary steps, see the Final Project section of the course Web site. This section of the Web site will also provide details about the final paper.

For details regarding the due date see the course Calendar.

Final Project Expectations and Grading

When producing your final project term paper, you should always keep in mind what criteria your mentor will use to grade your work and what expectations he/she will have.

  1. Writing—quality of written work. You will be assessed on how well you present your work ,including how logically you develop your thesis, how well you articulate your position, and how well you support it. You will also be judged on your grammar, spelling, etc.

  1. Research—quality and depth of research. The quality and depth of your research will be reflected by your choice of sources you use to build and support your thesis together with how well you utilize them to formulate your own critical opinions. Be selective; just because something appears in print or on the Internet does not mean it is a reputable source.

  1. Thesis proven—quality of thesis and how it is supported throughout the paper. In essence, your thesis is your opinion on the topic you have chosen to research, and you will be judged on how well you can convince others that your opinion is valid. In this case your ability to argue your opinion in writing and support your argument(s) with reputable supporting material that reflects quality and depth of research will determine how convincing your thesis will be.

  1. Use of terms—demonstrated mastery of course terminology. One way to demonstrate that you have mastered a particular subject is the ability to use correctly any specialized terminology associated with it. Conversely, the improper use of specific terms will reflect a lack of mastery that will make readers question your knowledge and detract from your work.

  1. Comparison and contrast—quality and depth of comparison/contrast points. The main point of your term paper is to compare and contrast two subjects and your grade will be determined largely on how well you do this. You will be judged not only on how well you can point out the similarities and differences between the two subjects, but also on how much insight into these subjects you can demonstrate through original and well-articulated arguments supported by well-researched and reputable sources.



Turnitin Requirement for Final Project

You are required to submit the final project in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the project within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report)  for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.

Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin FAQ Web Page

The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by semester.

Course ID and Password by Semester

This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.

Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93100

A–

=

9092

B+

=

8889

B

=

8387

B–

=

8082

C+

=

7879

C

=

7377

C–

=

7072

D

=

6069

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

 

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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