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Revision Date: 04-Apr-23

Summer 2023 | ARH-2020-VO01 - Art History: Visual Cultures of the Non-Western World

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Phillip Robertson
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Arts & Aesthetics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course examines visual arts produced produced in non-Western cultures from prehistory to the present. Students will follow the development of fine and popular art in select countries and geographical areas around the world, learning how to distinguish styles and movements. Social, political, religious, mythological, and economic factors will be discussed, as well as instances of contact, influence, and cross-fertilization.

Essential Objectives

1. Identify basic visual elements and different media in works of art.
2. Analyze and assess ways that visual elements are organized to express ideas, values, and emotions in works of art.
3. Identify and discuss samples of significant artistic expressions, styles, and specific art works from African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, and other traditional cultures and societies.
4. Discuss the significance of those artworks in a social and cultural context.
5. Explain effects of colonization on indigenous art forms and how indigenous motifs enter the broader artistic traditions of the colonizers.
6. Illustrate the relationship of art to religion.
7. Describe social, political, and economic factors that help determine the character of artwork.
8. Compare and contrast the artistic traditions of multiple non-Western cultures.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


ARH-2020 Visual Cultures of the Non-Western World Syllabus

Week 0 Resources-Summer 2023

Module I

Week 1: Introductions and Group Discussion

Week 2: Asia and India Slide Show Assignment

Week 3: Asia/India Video Discussion and Quiz

Module II

Week 4: Group Discussion and China Slide Show Assignment

Week 5: China Video Discussion and Quiz

Module III

Week 6: Group Discusion, Japan, Korea and The Pacific Slide Show Assignment

Week 7: Japan/Korea/The Pacific Video Discussion and Quiz

Module IV

Week 8: Group Discussion, Africa and The Americas Slide Show Assignment

Week 9: Africa/The Amricas Video Discussion and Quiz

Module V

Week 10: Final Research Paper Proposal

Week 11: Museum Visit Extra Credit

Week 12: Final Reflections, Research Paper and Final Exam

Evaluation Criteria

Students will be graded on three basic elements.

  • Weekly attendance and participation.
  • Posting before the due date for all assignments.
  • Academic quality of discussion posts and writing assignments.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.