LET-ACWB101
History of the Western Arts 1: From Antiquity to the Renaissance
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ACWB101
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Cultural Studies;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
dr. J.D.M. Baetens
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Lecturer
dr. C.C.J. van Eecke
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Lecturer
dr. S.W. Gusman
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Examiner
dr. D. Kersten
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Contactperson for the course
dr. D. Kersten
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Academic year2020
Period
PER 1-PER 2  (31/08/2020 to 24/01/2021)
Starting block
PER 1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
After completing the course, students are able to:
  • situate works of art in their historical context;
  • describe and characterize individual works of art on four levels: the artistic (works of art, stylistic characteristics and techniques); the mental (world view and ideology); the societal (politics and society); the economic (technology and the economy);
  • analyze the interaction between works from different art disciplines from the period under scrutiny, from the perspective of a theme relevant to that period (e.g. “democratization”, “subjectivity”, “secularization”)
  • write individual reports and give group presentations
Content
This chronologically as well as thematically structured course focuses on the history of the Western arts from Classical antiquity to the Renaissance. Students will reflect on the place works of art in their cultural and historical contexts; they will examine how works of art from different art disciplines were shaped by these contexts and how art disciplines interacted within a particular period or art movement. Thus, students will study the historical development of literature, music, theatre, visual art and architecture, paying special attention to the intertextual and intermedial relations between specific works of art. Throughout, they will apply and further develop their analytical skills in their description and explanation of works of art as products of the artistic, mental, societal and economic conditions of their time.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Book
Title:European Literary History: An Introduction
Author:Depourcq, Maarten and Sophie Levie (eds.)
Publisher:London/New York: Routledge, 2018.
Book
Please make sure you buy the right edition (i.e. the 15th), which combines volumes I and II in one book. Check the ISBN number if you have the correct edition, indeed.
ISBN:9781305970113
Title:Visual art: Gardner’s Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective
Author:Kleiner, Fred S.
Publisher:Belmont: Wadsworth, 2016.
Edition:15
Book
Title:Music: A History of Western Music
Author:Burkholder, J. Peter, Claude V. Palisca and Donald J. Grout
Publisher:New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print.
Edition:8
Book
Title:Theatre: . The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre.
Author:Brown, J.R., ed
Publisher:Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001. Print.

Instructional modes
At-home PER1 gel1
Attendance MandatoryYes

At-home PER2 gel2
Attendance MandatoryYes

Lecture + film
Attendance MandatoryYes

Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
Lectures and seminars with weekly assignments, discussions and presentations.

Tests
Portfolio
Test weight30
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade
5,5

Written exam (AT HOME)
Test weight70
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade
5,5