Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The aim of the course is to develop fresh perspectives in the history of art, by looking at art and art historical debates outside Western contexts and from the point of view of ethnic minorities. During this course, students will become familiar with the extent to which contexts shape our art historical thinking, as well learn to identify and understand the terminology and concepts that lie behind our current art historical thought. The course will increase the students ability to examine the history of visual culture from the global perspective. We will ask, for example, in what ways globalization or multiculturalism is visible and expressed in our visual surroundings; and how does cultural referencing, interaction or blending manifest itself in art history and contemporary art. 

Credits: 4

Schedule: 10.01.2019 - 04.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Paula Hohti Erichsen, Tuija Peltomaa

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tuija Peltomaa

Contact information for the course (valid 24.08.2018-21.12.2112):

  • Responsible teacher: Tuija Peltomaa,
  • Study coordinator: Sanna Väisänen,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    We will look at selected examples from different continents and cultures (for example South America, Africa, India, China, Japan, Near East). We will study global art history and contemporary visual arts, as well as cultural meanings that are associated with a broad range of material artefacts, dress and bodily adornment. We will use a set of keywords to approach the complex questions that relate to the relationships between indigenous cultures, minorities and dominant cultures, as well as address problems of cultural dominance (such as colonialism, exoticism, orientalism, primitivism, otherness, cultural identity, diaspora, boundary, intercultural relations, and cultural changes in conflict areas). We will discuss how both otherness as well as shared experiences of humanity have been discussed.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and presentations. Group work, individual assignments, and role tasks in the class. Discussions based on examples, key words, concepts and texts introduced in the course. Successful completion of the course requires students to participate in 75% of the classes, as well as to complete a process-oriented independent assignment, where we examine how otherness and foreign cultures have been represented in Western art, and how cultural identities have been built in art and art history.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Successful completion of the course requires students to participate in 75% of the classes, as well as to complete all the given assignments.

    • The process-oriented independent assignment consists of 4 separate parts. These are given as the course proceeds and published in MyCourses. See Assignments
    • In addition you may be asked to prepare for the classes by reading short texts or making annotations on a given theme.
    Evaluation 0 – 5.

    • The evaluation is based on the student's personal progress, active participation in lectures, group work, collaborative tasks and discussions, as well as the ability to utilize and express verbally the lessons learned.
    • It is possible to give a grade for each assignment to a 0.25 decimal point. The final grade of all the four assignments is based on the average, rounded to the nearest whole number (f.ex. 3,25 = 3 and 3,5 = 4). 
    • One of the factors affecting grades is returning assignments within the required time.
    • Active participation in the classes each Thursday and taking part in the discussion is counted for your benefit.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 36 h, independent work 72h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    During the course and in MyCourses

  • Applies in this implementation:

    See Learning resources

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Not required

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    See Announcements and Schedule


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