Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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 this course is to develop students' ability to examine the history of art, design, media, and architecture from a global perspective.
  • Students will understand art, design, media, and architecture as they relate to diverse societies.
  • Students will become familiar with and aware of the extent to which contexts shape the understanding of the arts.
  • Students learn to identify and understand the terminology and concepts that lie behind a broader understanding of culture and its role.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 19.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tuija Peltomaa, Sanna Lehtinen, Tuula Jääskeläinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):


Administrative person:

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course develops students' ability to understand cultural diversity, and how images, objects, media, and architecture have shaped the world, both in the past and in the present. The course emphasizes a comparative, transdisciplinary approach in analyzing specific works of art, design, media, and architecture. Students study selected examples of both historical and contemporary work from different cultures and societies. Students are introduced to various forms of art, among them painting and sculpture, architecture, objects, performance, photography, film, dress and bodily adornment. Their interaction, connections, and differences are studied focusing on themes and methods that are relevant for understanding the history of the arts, as well as exploring major theoretical approaches to culture and its role in the world.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course comprises aesthetics and art history parts (3+3 meetings), in which the themes and the contents of the course are opened comprehensively from different perspectives.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of six themes illustrated by examples from different periods: Culture; History and Memory; Representation; Style; Power; Imaginaries and Narrative. Each of these themes is studied, analyzed and discussed from stylistic, historical a

  • applies in this implementation

    The course is graded on a scale of 0-5. The lowest approved grade is 1.

    The successful completion of the course requires students to participate in 80% of the pre-scheduled Zoom meetings, the completion of the given assignments in Art History and Aesthetics, as well as taking part in group work and Graduate Teaching Assistant led discussions including familiarization with given texts and other online material.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    24 h contact teaching including discussion sections, 57 h independent work

  • applies in this implementation

    24 h synchronous online teaching including discussion sections, 57 h independent work according to instructions.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Literature and articles during the course and in MyCourses.

    Course supplement: Marilyn Stokstad - Michael W. Cothren, Art History. Prentice Hall, 2005 (or later edition)

  • applies in this implementation

    The course material consists of a selection of articles and other online material distributed via MyCourses course page during the course.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:


    Students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS) are prioritized. 

    A minimum of 10 students is needed for the course to be held.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course is conducted entirely online learning due to the COVID-19 situation. Course meetings are arranged via the Zoom connection and other communication takes place via the MyCourses course page.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    14.9.-19.10.2021 on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (13-17)