Art History (ARHI) 201

A Survey of Western Art I: Looking at Art from Ancient Times to the Middle Ages (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with optional online video components.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None; however, we strongly recommend successful completion of ENGL 255.

Precluded Course: ARHI 201 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with HIST 203. ARHI 201 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for HIST 203.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ARHI 201 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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ARHI 201 is a survey course designed to introduce developments in artistic expression from cave drawings and the monuments of the ancient world to the paintings, sculpture and architecture of 15th-century northern Europe. Students learn to look at art and see it within the social and political context of the time in which it was created.


Lesson 1: Introduction to Art History

Lesson 2: Prehistoric and Near Eastern Art

Lesson 3: Art and Architecture of the Ancient Egyptians

Lesson 4: Aegean and Greek Art

Lesson 5: Art and Architecture of the Etruscans and Romans

Lesson 6: Early Jewish, Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art

Lesson 7: Early Medieval and Romanesque Art

Lesson 8: Gothic and Italian Art and Architecture


To receive credit for ARHI 201, you must achieve a course composite mark of at least a “D” (50 percent) and a mark of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite mark is as follows:

Self-Assessment Study Questions Essay Term Paper Final Exam Total
15% 15% 35% 35% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Davies, Penelope J. E., Walter B. Denny, Frima Fox Hofrichter, Joseph Jacobs, Ann M. Roberts and David L. Simon. Janson's History of Art: The Western Tradition. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2011.

Online materials

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ARHI 201 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on each part of the examination.

Part 1 Exam (Take Home Essay) Part 2 Exam (Written Exam) Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, August 29, 2012.

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