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Courses - Fall 2018
ARTH
Art History & Archaeology Department Site
ARTH200
Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Examines the material culture and visual expressions of Mediterranean and European societies from early times until ca. 1300 CE, emphasizing the political, social, and religious context of the works studied, the relationships of the works to the societies that created them, and the interrelationship of these societies.
ARTH201
Art and Society in the West from the Renaissance to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Examines representative European and American works of art from the later Middle Ages to the present, highlighting the dynamic exchange between artistic and cultural traditions both within periods and across time.
ARTH230
Symbolic Images: The Theory and Practice of Iconography in European Art, 1400-1850
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Iconographic interpretation of visual narratives, signs and symbols has long been a topic of art-historical inquiry. In early modern European art, images were often conceived with the deliberate intent of posing a 'puzzle' or 'problem' for the beholder to solve; yet in most cases we have little or no evidence of how contemporary beholders solved such enigmas. Provides students with the opportunity to take command of these research methods and source materials, addressing a genuine iconographic problem, researching the relevant literature, identifying the essential primary source evidence, making contextually appropriate assumptions, and producing a valid result.
ARTH260
Art and Activism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Can art effect social change? How may we use the history of radical and avant-garde art to inform present-day movements and models of artistic and creative activism? This course explores the modern and contemporary history of political art and arts activism on local, national, and global scales.
ARTH292
Discovering Japan: How the Arts Shaped a Nation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Explores the origins and creation of Japan from ancient to contemporary times through East Asian and European exchange. Acquaints students with painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, gardens, and other art forms in relation to the various cultural contexts within which they were produced and used.
ARTH305
Archaeological Methods and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: ANTH240, ARTH200, or CLAS180.
Also offered as: ANTH305, CLAS305.
Credit only granted for: ANTH305, ARTH305, or CLAS305.
A team-taught, interdisciplinary course discussing theories, methods, and ethical issues in the practice of archaeology.
For Fall 2018: Also offered ANTH305, CLAS305, and JWST319Y. Credit will only be granted for ANTH305, ARTH305, CLAS305, or JWST319Y.
ARTH321
Northern European Art of the 16th Century: Art in the Age of Renaissance and Reformation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Painting in France, Germany, England, and the Low Countries during the Renaissance and Reformation.
ARTH324
Leonardo's World: Art and Experience in Renaissance Italy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts of the sixteenth century in Italy.
We will examine the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts in Italy from the late fifteenth through the sixteenth centuries.
ARTH350
Twentieth-Century Art to 1945
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARTH201.
Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and America from the late nineteenth century to the end of World War II.
ARTH359L
Film as Art; Film Noir Style and Neo-Noir
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARTH362
Twentieth-Century African-American Art
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Surveys and evaluates the art and visual culture of African Americans from 1900 to the present.
ARTH386
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Art History & Archaeology department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Supervised internship experience in diverse areas of art historical, archaeological, and museological work.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH389A
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; The Art of Drawing: A Left and Right Brain Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARTH389B
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; The Art of Color: A Left and Right Brain Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARTH389L
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Visual Cultures of Islam
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST298B, HIST219E, PERS298E, and RELS219E. Credit only granted for HIST219E, AAST298B, ARTH389L, PERS298E, or RELS219E.

Visual Cultures of Islam is part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (digitalislam.umich.edu). This course is taught by renowned University of Michigan instructor, Christiane Gruber, an expert in the field of Islamic Art, and digitally shared with the University of Maryland. In this course, Professor Gruber explores definitions of "Islamic" art and investigates various visual cultures of Islam around the world from the 7th to the 20th century. The course meets twice a week in real time using video conferencing technology and students are able to enroll directly at Maryland for course credit.
ARTH389M
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Towards a History of the "Selfie": Artist's Portraits, Renaissance to Contemporary
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARTH389R
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; World Science Fiction Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as FILM359G The goal of this introductory course is, through intensive viewings, readings, and discussions of representative examples of world science fiction film (from Asia, Europe, and the Americas) to examine and understand the critical relevance of science and technology to human conditions.
ARTH488C
Colloquium in Art History; Contemporary Chinese and Chinese American Cinema on Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as FILM429C and WMST498J. Through a transnational study of major filmmakers from mainland China to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diapora, the course is intended to consider issues of female cinematic authorship, gender and sexuality in cinematic representation, power and knowledge, negotiations of local and global cultural politics.
ARTH488E
Colloquium in Art History; The Dutch Maritime Empire During its Golden Age
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
In the seventeenth century, the Dutch Maritime Empire stretched across the globe, not only with its mighty warships but also with its massive fleet of cargo ships from the East India and West India Companies.
ARTH489E
Special Topics in Art History; Race, Sexuality, and Gender in Early Modern Italian Art
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will investigate the issues of race, sexual orientation, and gender in Early Modern Italian art, considering these categories in works of art, their patrons, and their creators.
ARTH498
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Art History I
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH692
(Perm Req)
Methods of Art History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Methods of research and criticism applied to typical art-historical problems; bibliography and other research tools.
For all non-Art History and Archaeology majors, permission of the department is required.
ARTH708C
Seminar in Ancient Art and Archaeology; Painting the Wine-Dark Sea: Mural Traditions in Bronze Age Greece
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course explores the earliest traditions of wall painting in ancient Greece, focusing on the period from 1600-1100 BC. Discussions will investigate murals in their archaeological contexts and address issues including iconographic choice and transmission, tools and technology, and modern reconstructions.
ARTH779C
Seminar in Japanese Art; Meiji's Modernity: History and Revolution in the Japanese Visual Arts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARTH798
(Perm Req)
Directed Graduate Studies in Art History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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ARTH898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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ARTH899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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