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Art History II Syllabus


Georgia Highlands College

ARTS 1112: Art History II


                                                                                    Instructor:  Brian Barr

Spring Semester 2017                                                 Office: (706) 802-5656

TR 8 am – 9:15 am                                             

20526                                                                           124 (125) Lakeview bldg.


Office hoursMW 2:30-3:30 pm, TR 12-3 pm, F 11-1 pm (online), or by appointment.

Text: Art: A Brief History – Stokstad


Prerequisites: READ 0099


The second part of a two part survey of Western Art, this course covers the major periods of art from the High Renaissance to Postmodernism.  It focuses on stylistic trends, as well as, social and cultural relationships.  Students will be exposed to the subject by means of text, lecture, discussion, and use of audio/visual resources.


Goals and Outcomes:

A priority of this course will be to help students improve skills in the following areas: written communication, critical thinking, and knowledge of the humanities.  Specifically the class will examine the following learning outcomes, which reflect Highlands College general education outcomes:


  • Students will be able to place significant artists and artistic works into a historical context


  • Students will be able to analyze and contrast artistic styles and periods.


  • Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to research and format a topic for a college level term paper.


Class Policies

  • Students are required to be present and on time at each class.  By Humanities School policy, if any student accumulates 5 unexcused absences in a class that meets two days a week, he or she may not return to class without appealing to the division chair. This appeal must be made within five days after the fifth absence.   Leaving class early (without prior permission) will be considered an absence.   


  • Students are expected to take notes, as portions of the tests will come from lectures and discussions.


  • While this is primarily a lecture course, there will be time for discussion and questions.  Students are expected to keep up with the assigned readings in order to be prepared for classroom dialogue. 


  • Most readings will come from the text, but there may be some outside literature required for future discussions.  These may include books put on reserve in the library.  Advance notice will be given in regards to any outside readings.


  • Students should not talk without permission, receive cell phone calls, or leave the class during lecture time. 


  • All electronic devices must be turned off and out of sight during tests!  Any camera phones, text-messaging devices, etc. found out during tests will be confiscated until after the test.


  • Laptop computers are not to be used in class without permission.  Advance notice will be given for when and how computers are to be used in this course.


  • If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to catch up on the information!  Even if you were not in attendance when something was assigned, you are still expected to turn it in and turn it on time.  Find someone in class to inform you of any changes that might affect the next class.  And be sure to check your GHC e-mail regularly.


  • Plagiarism will not be allowed.  Any paper or test in which all or parts have been plagiarized will receive a zero (0) for that assignment.  The instructor will use procedures to check every major paper for evidence of plagiarism.  This class will use for submission of papers.


Testing and Grading:

  • Six quizzes will be given.  Each quiz will cover two or more chapters (each quiz is worth 10 points).  Quizzes will consist of Multiple-choice and true-false questions.


  • Students can only make-up 1 quiz. Make-up dates will be assigned later.


  • In addition to the quizzes, there will be a Midterm and a Final Exam.  Each test is worth 30 points and will consist of multiple-choice, true-false, and short essay questions.  These tests cannot be made up.  If you know that you will be absent on the assigned testing date, notify me beforehand and I will set up an alternative.


  • There will also be a term paper assignment worth 30 points.  Topics will be handed out later.  Look at the schedule for due date.  Late papers will only be accepted on the next class period and will automatically receive 3 points off.


  • Essay responses will be graded on the following criteria: a displayed understanding of course material, the correct use of terminology, and an evident use of introspection. 


  • There will be an IC project assigned for 15 points.  The due date will be assigned in class.


  • There will be several in-class writing projects assigned for up to 35 points.  The due dates will be assigned in class.


  • You can determine your grade by dividing the points you have earned by total possible points (200).  Grading – 1-.9=A, .89-.8=B, .79-.70=C, .69-.6=D, .59-0=F.


  • There will be a class project assigned for up to 10 extra credit points each.  The due date will be assigned in class.


Due to the subject matter and nature of this course, the syllabus and schedule may change at anytime.  Advance notice will be given whenever possible.


Policies on student conduct and academic integrity:


Disability Statement: “Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the college Access Center (706: 802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.”

This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each classStudents who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

Extended Absence Policy

         “Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.”



This course proudly supports the mission of IC @ GHC.



The mission of the Georgia Highlands College (GHC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency (IC) among students, which will be demonstrated through writing or other modes of communication.


Testing Dates


Jan 26             Quiz 1 – 10 points                                                                                                                                         

Feb 14             Quiz 2 – 10 points


Mar 02            Quiz 3 – 10 points


Mar 23           Quiz 4 – 10 points


Apr 13            Quiz 5 – 10 points


Apr 27            Quiz 6 – 10 points



Mar 07             Midterm – 30 points


May 02           Final (8am) – 30 points


Apr 06            Research Paper due – 30 points


Mar 14           Library project – 15 points


TBA                Writing Assignments – 35 points total