Art History (ARHI) 202

A Survey of Western Art II: Looking at Art from the Renaissance to Present Day (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with optional online video components.*
*Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None; however, we strongly recommend successful completion of ENGL 255; ARHI 201 provides a good historical background.

Precluded Course: ARHI 202 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with HIST 204. ARHI 202 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for HIST 204.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ARHI 202 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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ARHI 202 is a continuation of ARHI 201. The course introduces students to the developments in artistic expression from the Renaissance to Contemporary art. The course introduces the basic premise of art history and teaches students how to critically view historical works and artistic practices.

Course Objectives

1. Improve the critical tools and communication skills acquired in Art History 201/History 203: Survey of Western Art I

2. Learn how to look at art in terms of its visually descriptive aspects and corresponding materials of production.

3. Understand the functions of visual art in the periods covered in the course.

4. Examine and understand the iconographical significance of important historical works.

5. Within the historical parameters of the course, achieve a general overview of the history and developments of western visual art, its major periods, movements, concepts, and artists.

6. Acquire an art and architecture vocabulary and be able to use it in relation to specific works.

7. Initiate a critical discussion on how works of art form part of a larger set of relationships that include artist and society.

8. Learn how to write a University level research essay.


The course consists of the following.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Art History

Lesson 2: Northern Europe and Italy in the Renaissance

Lesson 3: Art and Religion in Sixteenth-century Europe

Lesson 4: The Baroque in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands

Lesson 5: Rococo and Neoclassical influences in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century

Lesson 6: Art Movements in Nineteenth-century Europe

Lesson 7: Birth of the Avant-Garde and Modernism in Europe

Lesson 8: Art Since the Interwar Period


To receive credit for ARHI 202, 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 exam. The weighting of the composite mark is as follows:

Self-Assessment Study Questions 15%
Essay Assignment (1000 words) 20%
Term Paper (1750 – 2000 words) 30%
Final Exam 35%
Total 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.

Other materials

There is the Companion website to Janson's History of Art: The Western Tradition and an ARHI 202 website.

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 202 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)
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, January 03, 2013.

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