Major Works of Art: The World Before Modernity (HUM 322)

2023 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Sinem Erdoğan İşkorkutan,
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HUM201 HUM202 HUM207 SPS101 SPS102
Formal lecture,Seminar
Interactive,Communicative,Case Study
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This course examines the arts of the pre-modern period from a cross-cultural perspective. One of the main objectives of the course is to thoroughly analyze the shared visual and artistic vocabularies of various works of art and/or art mediums across cultural geographies. Another objective is to help the students develop a critical understanding of the often-used concepts in art history – style, provenance, and appropriation. While the lectures are thematically organized, the selected artworks will be evaluated chronologically against the backdrop of historical and cultural contexts. The course covers art analysis, both stylistic and iconographical, as well as critical reading and writing.


While providing a deep stylistic and socio-historical analysis of selected art works that display cross-cultural interaction, the course intends to challenge ethnic, religious, and national perspectives on art history. This method also puts into question Eurocentric classifications of artistic styles and artworks.


  • One of the main objectives of the course is to familiarize students with certain masterpieces of art in the pre-modern period from various cultural geographies.
  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to assess cultural interconnectivity and artistic dialogue in pre-modern period.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 3

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 2

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems.

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively.

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose.

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas.

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development.

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions.

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 3

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 5


  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 25
Assignment 10
Participation 20
Presentation 10



Weekly readings from the below-mentioned books as well as other sources will be made available on SuCourse+.

Jardine, Lisa and Jerry Brotton. Global Interests: Renaissance Art between East and West.
London, 2000.

Critical Terms for Art History, Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff, eds. Chicago, 1996.

Ars Orientalis 39 (2010): Globalizing Cultures: Art and Mobility in The Eighteenth Century.

Steven Leuthold. Cross-Cultural Issues in Art: Frames for Understanding. Routledge, 2010.

Herman Roodenburg, ed. Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe. Volume 4. Forging European Identities, 1400–1700. Cambridge University Press, 2013.