Course Syllabus


Course Description

This introductory art appreciation course surveys major artistic styles, including European, African, Asian, and American, from prehistoric times until 1500 C.E. The course focuses on the development, diversity, and interaction of art and cultural traditions and emphasizes comparisons of western and non-western visual expression as a reflection of differing cultural perspectives.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Place a work of art in its historical, cultural, and stylistic context.
2. Perform visual and critical analysis of a work of art using specialized vocabulary.

Class Meetings

Location: 1564 Emeritus (Newman Auditorium), Santa Rosa 
Days/times: MW 10:30am-12pm

Instructor Contact

Dr. Heidi Saleh 

About Instructor

Office: 4202 Doyle (Art Gallery)

Office Hours: MW 9-10:30am and by appointment via Canvas email.

Alternatively, we may schedule a mutually convenient time between M-Th 9am-5pm to video-conference through Zoom

Please email me ONLY via the Canvas page for all course related issues.     I respond to emails within 24-48 hours except on weekends and holidays.  You may address me as Prof. Saleh or Dr. Saleh.  

This class has a friendly and knowledgeable TA, Emily Martinez, who will be in the lecture with you every day.  She's here to help you succeed in the class, so please call on her!  The TA will help with general course questions/expectations, missed notes, attendance/roster questions, quiz preparation, reading drafts of papers/projects, extra credit questions, among other tasks. 

To contact me via Canvas, click on the "Inbox" icon on the far-left vertical menu.  For more information see the following guide: How to Email Instructor, TA, or Classmate in Canvas



Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Concise Global History, 4th Edition (eBook).

To purchase this eBook online, go to the "Course Textbook & Alternative Resources" Module and click on the Purchase eBook link. 

A hard-copy of this book is on reserve at the library (in Santa Rosa and Petaluma):     

Call #: N5300 .G252 2017

If you'd prefer not to purchase a textbook, I've provided links in the "Course Textbook & Alternative Resources"  Module on alternative/free textbook options.

Instructor Announcements 

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences. Students are expected to read ALL instructor announcements and will be held responsible for the content of those announcements.

Standards of Conduct

Students are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Code and Academic Integrity Policy:

SRJC's statement on Academic Integrity 

Violation of these standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or College. 

Collaborating on or copying of quizzes, papers, projects, extra credit, or any other class assignment in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that assignment. 

Acts of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cheating: Any act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means.
  • Plagiarism: Any act of submitting the work of another, in whole or in part, as one’s own without properly referencing the source. This includes use of direct quotations, paraphrases, ideas and facts which are not common knowledge, whether the sources are published or unpublished.
  • Collusion: Any act where a student knowingly or intentionally helps or is helped by another student(s) to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  • Other Academic Misconduct: Any act such as stealing, altering grades, forging, sabotaging the work of others, lying or any other acts of academic dishonesty as deemed by instructor.

Consult this link on Plagiarism:
SRJC Writing Center Lessons on Avoiding Plagiarism


There is a required multiple-choice quiz at then end of each module.  There is a study guide and review materials (found in Modules) that list all the important slides and vocabulary terms to help you focus and prepare for the quizzes.

Questions come from the textbook and class lectures. If any quiz is missed, a zero will be recorded as the score. Make-up quizzes will be given only in cases of emergency and at the discretion of the instructor.  

Due dates are subject to change based on the pace of the class- sometimes we move quicker or slower than expected, and our pace will dictate when we take the required quizzes.


Regular attendance is critical to your success.  A student may be dropped from the class when that student's absences exceed 5 class meetings. 

Attendance is also part of your grade.  Your TA will keep track of your attendance via Canvas attendance check-in quizzes.  You will receive 4 points for each day on 25 attendance check days for a total of 100 points.  Any questions or concerns about your attendance should be addressed to your TA.

Written Assignments

All assignments are submitted electronically within Canvas.  Do NOT submit your work through any website other than Canvas.  Follow the submission links within Canvas to submit your work.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure the assignment submission has gone through successfully.  A submission is not considered complete until all assignment components have been submitted correctly. Late penalty will apply to all incomplete submissions (this includes submitting a Gallery Project without a working weblink to your Gallery).

Canvas recommends using Chrome or Firefox.  Students will see a "paper" icon in the Gradebook for that assignment when the paper has been submitted successfully.  

Fully or partially plagiarized papers or recycled/reused papers (including student's own recycled papers) will receive 0 points with no chance of a re-write. All writing must be your own and unique to this class and its assignments.

Here's the guide for how to submit a written assignment: Guide to Submitting Written Assignment

Late Policy

Written assignments are due before 11:55pm PST on the due date. A late submission will receive 10 points deduction as penalty for each day it's late. Written assignments will not be accepted if they're more than 9 days late.  Late submissions are not allowed for extra credit work.

Due Dates 

Please be aware that all due dates are subject to change. Some due dates may be moved to an earlier time, while others may be pushed to a later time.  Due date changes will be announced in class and sent through instructor announcements in Canvas.

List of Course Requirements

Quizzes: 370 points

Gallery Project: 100 points

Attendance: 100 points

570 total points possible 

Grading Policy

Click the “Grades” link in Canvas to keep track of your grades. 

  Grades will be assigned as follows:


515 points or more


460-514 points


400-459 points


345-399 points


344 points or less

Course grades will not be rounded-up under any circumstance. 

Extra Credit

There are numerous ways and opportunities to earn extra credit in this class.  You can select from a wide range of options including: online quizzes, field trips, guest lectures, volunteer opportunities, virtual tours, films/movies, and articles/websites/blogs.  Refer to the Modules on Extra Credit for more details.

Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it. 

Pass‐No Pass (P/NP)

If you are taking this course on a pass/no-pass basis, then you must earn at least a C letter-grade to receive credit for the course. 

Special Needs

Every effort is made to conform to accessibility standards for all instructor-created materials. Students should contact their instructor as soon as possible if they find that they cannot access any course materials.

Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Disability Resources Department (DRD):  Disability Resources Department (Links to an external site.)





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