Major Works of Western Art (HUM 202)

2023 Summer
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
6/5 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Sinem Erdoğan İşkorkutan,
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Field work/field study/on-the-job,Recitation,Other
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This course deals with groundbreaking achievements in art and architecture. It is designed to be more comprehensive than the typical "art appreciation" courses offered elsewhere. Each lecture focuses on one work that is paradigmatic of an epoch, but will include comparisons with related works and a treatment of the historical, intellectual, and aesthetic background of the major work. Through lectures and discussions, students are given the opportunity to consider the intricacies of human creativity and the complex factors that come into play in a work of art. The course aims to assist students in developing criteria for their appraisal of the arts, as well as to stimulate them to reconsider their systems of values and to pursue their interests in the arts and humanities. In addition to the existing pre-requisite " to have completed 23 credits" for this course , a new condition will be added as "to complete SPS 101 and SPS 102 courses at least with D grade" as of the Fall semester of 2015-2016 Academic Year. Students who failed from SPS 101 and SPS 102 courses, do not have right to take this course.


This course presents a general overview of art history, roughly spanning from the Bronze Age (ca. 3000–1500 B.C.E.) to the turn of the twentieth century. Following the western art historiographical canon, the course aims to criticize this Euro-centric methodological framework by drawing cross-cultural parallels for each week's theme that demonstrate contact and/or artistic transfer. Each week, the course will focus on certain works of art that are regarded to be representative of a particular period in art history or artistic style. While focusing on the iconographical aspects of these masterpieces, they will also be assessed within their historical context to explain the cultural aspects of representation as well as the social aspects of the production and commissioning of the chosen work(s). Moreover, each week, by drawing cross-cultural comparisons with some contemporary works of art from the east, the course aims to challenge and question the dominant position of these major art works within the western European art historiographical canon.


  • The ultimate goal is to impart to students a critical understanding of western art and its historiography.
  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to develop a contextual assessment of certain works of art and architecture from the western culture


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. 3

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. 1

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 1

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. 1

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. 1

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

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. 1

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

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 2

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 4

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4


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



-Required weekly readings will be provided in the form of a source-pack.
Suggested readings:
- Ernst Hans Gombrich: The Story of Art, Phaidon Press Inc. (16th edition), 1995.
-Robert S. Nelson and Richard Shiff, eds. Critical Terms for Art History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.