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Spring 2014

Medieval Art and Architecture

Professor Julia C. Fischer


Department of Art, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Lamar University Classroom: Dishman 101 Class Time: Tuesday/Thursday Ofce: Dishman 202A Ofce Hours: Virtual Ofce Hours By Appointment: Via skype (username julia.c.scher) Email: julia.scher@lamar.edu Ofce Phone: 409-880-7784 (the best way to contact me is via email) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FischerArtHistory Twitter: https://twitter.com/FischerArtHist
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES The Middle Ages was a thousand year period (ca. 400-1400 CE) during which Europe was dominated by Christianity. During this period, art was used almost exclusively in the service of the Church and illustrates the deep religious fervor of the age. This course will examine the development of architecture, painting, and sculpture during this long and fascinating period in European culture, a period which divides classical civilization from the beginnings of the development of modern culture during the Renaissance. Upon successful completion of this course, students will Analyze an artistic composition in terms of its language of visual symbolism Understand the fundamental importance of visual imagery in a largely non-literate society, and how visual imagery may serve to instruct its audience as to cultural values and norms Understand changes in artistic styles, both in terms of continuing human development and as expressions of the artistic requirements of diverse cultures Recognize masterpieces which exemplify the visual culture of the period Increase critical thinking, research, and writing REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS All readings must be completed before class. Marilyn Stockstad, Medieval Art Philip Ball, Universe of Stone: A Biography of Chartres Cathedral Carola Hicks, The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece BLACKBOARD This course has a Blackboard component which can be accessed through your https:// my.wip.lamar.edu/ account. On Blackboard, there are links to essential materials such as the syllabus, handouts, powerpoints, and announcements. Any changes to the schedule will be

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announced in class or via email. You are responsible for checking your Lamar email account and Blackboard on a regular basis! COURSE REQUIREMENTS Your grade will be based on ve weighted evaluations: 1.)! Midterm Exam 1: 20% 2.)! Final Exam: 25% 3.)! Short Papers: 30% 4.)! Research Paper: 20% 5.)! Attendance and Participation: 5% The grading scale I employ is a traditional 100% system: A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F = 59% and below. No public posting of grades will ever be made so please keep a written tally of your exams and papers. I will not respond to emails asking me what your current grade is. There will be TWO EXAMS during the course of the semester. Your exam will consist of some or all of the following: short slide identifications, slide comparisons, an objective portion (with terms, artists, movements, important historic events and people), and essays. About a week prior to the exam you will get a study guide which will have a list of works and terms for which you are responsible. There will be no make-up exams unless an extremely unusual circumstance prevents you from taking the test (i.e. medical emergency or death in the family)and even then only if you have contacted me before the test and can provide appropriate documentation. If you are granted and excused an absence for the exam (due to serious illness, for example, or a family emergency), the make-up exam will occur on the last scheduled day of class (December 3). It is your responsibility to request and make an appointment for a make-up exam if you are granted an excused absence. Students who miss an exam without being excused will receive a zero. A Research Paper (5-6 pages) is worth 20% of your grade. A list of possible topics along with further instructions for this paper will be posted on Blackboard and discussed in class. In addition to your research paper, you also will write two short papers (two pages each). Each short paper will be a response to a book you have read: Philip Balls Universe of Stone: A Biography of Chartres Cathedral and Carola Hicks The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece. This papers will be discussed further in class. Your papers can be turned in during class or uploaded to the Dropbox on Blackboard. LATE WORK POLICY: Students are expected to submit all work at the specied times. If a student knows that he/she will be absent on the day that an assignment is due, it is the students responsibility to turn in the assignment prior to their absence. For every day that an assignment is late, 10% of the assignment grade will be subtracted. For example, a paper that would have received a 100 would receive a 90, and so on. I do not accept work via email. A late paper must be uploaded to the Dropbox on Blackboard.

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Finally, Participation and Attendance is worth 5% of your overall nal grade. Throughout the semester, you are expected to participate in class discussions. Please be prepared to participate - if you do not volunteer to talk you might be asked to contribute by the instructor. ATTENDANCE POLlCY Regular attendance plays a key role in the successful completion of this course. Students are expected to attend all class meetings. However, students are allowed excused absences either in the case of a university-sponsored activity or by seeking the prior approval of the instructor. The latter excused absence is given at the discretion of the instructor in cases of personal emergency. As per university policy, approved absences call for the privilege to make up examinations and assignments without penalty; this privilege does not extend to unapproved absences or to pre-critique and critique. Therefore, a student's unapproved absences may interfere seriously with classroom performance, resulting in either a lowered letter grade or (in extreme circumstances) being dropped from the class. The following Department of Art policies apply to missed classes. Three unexcused absences will automatically result in a lowered letter grade. After that, the course letter grade will be lowered half a letter grade for each additional absence. Students will be marked present if present at time of attendance taking, marked tardy if attending the class late but within the rst half of the class, and absent if arrival is after class midpoint or student is not present. Two tardies are the equivalent of an absence. A student absent on the day of scheduled presentation/exam or other in-class work, or who fails to present on the day of scheduled presentation/exam or other in-class work while in attendance without prior instructor approval for rescheduling his/her presentation/exam or other in-class work WILL NOT be granted the privilege of rescheduling. CLASS ETIQUETTE AND DECORUM You are expected to arrive on time and not disturb those around you with private chatter, doing work for other classes, answering cell phone calls, texting, or playing games. No eating or drinking in the classrooms. All cell phones must be turned completely off when you enter the classroom. Students who participate in disruptive and inappropriate behaviors will be asked to leave the class. If you intend to take notes on your laptop, please respect the decorum of the classroom by not working on other assignments or playing games, updating your facebook status, etc. This is disrespectful not only to the professor but especially to those around you who are engaged in the class. Falling asleep, surng the internet, disrupting class, and disrespectful behavior towards the class or the instructor will negatively affect your nal grade. LAPTOP USAGE Students may use laptops in class for taking notes ONLY. Wireless connections are prohibited during class time and any student discovered to be using a laptop for any purpose other than note taking will: 1- be asked to leave class that day; 2- not be allowed to use his/her laptop for the rest of the term. RECORDINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS Course materials prepared by the instructor, together with the content of all lectures and review sessions presented by the instructor are the property of the instructor. This includes Power Point presentations, readings, and other supplemental materials posted on Blackboard. Photography,

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video, or audio recording of lectures and review sessions without the express written consent of the instructor is prohibited. ACADEMIC HONESTY All students are expected to familiarize themselves with all university policies pertaining to academic performance and conduct. As stated in the Lamar Student Handbook, all students should maintain complete honesty and integrity in their academic experiences. In this course, disciplinary action will be brought against any student found guilty of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work to be submitted, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials. Cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials are dened on page 82 of the Student Handbook. In addition, by University policy, a student cannot avoid any penalty for cheating set forth by the instructor in a course syllabus by dropping the course. Procedures for disciplinary action due to academic dishonesty shall be the same as in other violations of the Student Code of Conduct (see Student Handbook) except that all academic dishonesty cases shall rst be considered and reviewed by the faculty member. The process of appeal is located in the Student Handbook available online. The course instructor will complete a thorough and impartial investigation of any instance of academic dishonesty. A student found guilty of academic dishonesty will be notied in writing by the instructor of the violation, the penalty, and the students right to appeal the determination of dishonesty and/or the sanction imposed. Penalties for academic dishonesty in this course will result in either a lowered letter grade or failure of the course as determined by the instructor. Any occurrences of cheating and/or plagiarism will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The Ofce of Services for Students with Disabilities (SFSWD) offers a variety of services designed to provide students with disabilities (SWD) equal access to academic services. Some of the services include academic adjustments, physical access, assistive technology, priority registration, sign language interpreters, and note-takers. Documentation of disability is required to receive accommodations/academic adjustments/services. Persons with disabilities should notify the coordinator of SFSWD prior to registration in any university program. A meeting with the person and Coordinator will be arranged in order to assign appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments or services. The ofce of SFSWD is located in 101A of the Wimberly Building. Students also may write to P.O. Box 10087, Beaumont, Texas 77710, e-mail trahancf@hal.lamar.edu or call 880-8347 IMPORTANT: An impending graduation date or scholarship which requires the maintenance of a particular GPA, or the GPA requirement for admission to an academic program of study will not earn you a passing grade in this course. While it does seem to be the trend nowadays, there will be no negotiation of changing a nal grade you will meet with no success. I do not give grades your grade will be evaluated solely on the scores you earn on your exams and assignments. While I am happy to meet with you to help you nd ways to improve your scores, do not wait until the end of term to contact me as this will almost certainly be too late. If you believe I have made a mistake in my calculations, please contact me, and I will be happy to review your grade.

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This syllabus is an agreement between the professor and student to respectively provide and complete a worthy learning experience. By remaining a registered student in this course, the student has identied their understanding of the obligations set forth in this syllabus for satisfactory completion of the course. CLASS SCHEDULE

DATE 1/14 1/16 1/21 1/23 1/28

TOPIC/ ASSIGNMENTS DUE Introduction to the Course/ Italy and Italian Art The Church Triumphant: Art of the Early Christian Period Art of the Early Christian Period continued The Development of Art in the 4th and 5th Centuries in Rome SHORT PAPER #1 DUE The Development of Art in the 4th and 5th Centuries in Rome The Age of Justinian Byzantine Art in Ravenna Icons and Iconoclasm Screening: The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (The Clash of the Gods) Islamic Art in the Medieval Period The Art of the Barbarian West Renovatio Imperii Romani: Charlemagne and Carolingian Art Renovatio Imperii Romani: Charlemagne and Carolingian Art continued Ottonian Art MIDTERM EXAM

READING ASSIGNMENT

Stockstad Ch. 1 Stockstad Ch. 2 Stockstad Ch. 2

1/30 2/4 2/6 2/11 2/13 2/18 2/20 2/25 2/27 3/4

Stockstad Ch. 3 Stockstad Ch. 3 Stockstad 132-158

Stockstad 158-165 Stockstad Ch. 4 Stockstad Ch. 5 Stockstad Ch. 5 and 6 Stockstad Ch. 7

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DATE 3/6 3/10-3/14 3/18 3/20 3/25 3/27 4/1 4/3 4/8 4/10 4/15 4/17 4/22 4/24 4/29 4/31 TOPIC/ ASSIGNMENTS DUE The Church Militant: Romanesque Art in France SPRING BREAK: NO CLASS The Church Militant: Romanesque Art in France continued Romanesque Art in Italy Romanesque Art in Germany, Spain, and England Early Gothic Art High Gothic Art in France RESEARCH PAPER DUE High Gothic Art in France continued Gothic Art in England, Germany, and Spain Gothic Art in England, Germany, and Spain continued Gothic Art in Italy Screening: Novas Building the Great Cathedrals Gothic Art in Italy continued SHORT PAPER #2 DUE Late Gothic Art Catch-Up MAKE-UP EXAM DAY You do not need to come to class UNLESS you are scheduled to take a make-up exam FINAL EXAM Stockstad Ch. 11 Stockstad Ch. 12 Stockstad Ch. 8 Stockstad Ch. 8 Stockstad Ch. 8 Stockstad Ch. 9 Stockstad Ch. 10 Stockstad Ch. 10 Stockstad Ch. 11 Stockstad Ch. 11 Stockstad Ch. 11 READING ASSIGNMENT Stockstad Ch. 8

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