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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP9086238, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IA0280, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EARLY ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge VALENTINA CANTONE L-ART/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-ART/01 History of Mediaeval Art 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: No previous knowledge is required. Students are expected to participate actively and constantly to the lessons, asking questions, working in-group, offering their personal experience if relevant to the argument discussed during the lessons.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will learn Aesthetic in Islamic Art by discussing in classroom Arab sources translated in English. After considering a series of case studies presented by a lecture of the teacher, students will understand the relation among Pre-Islamic Art in the Arabic peninsula and the adoption of other artistic languages at the origin of Islamic Art thanks to the contact with Byzantine and Sassanid Art. Students will understand the Western approach to Islamic Art compromised by colonial and postcolonial thinking. They will appreciate the diffusion of Islamic ornament and objects in Byzantine Empire and Norman Sicily.
Writing short texts about case studies chosen at the beginning of the course, students will improve their personal skills in reading visual documents, in writing scientific papers with a selected bibliography, using the main disciplinary data bank.
Examination methods: The examination of knowledge will be organized in different steps:
1) One written exam will be done to verify the comprehension of the methodological approach to Islamic Art.
2) During the second part of the course, the students will present a research about an artistic document assigned at the beginning of the course. The research will be written and presented with a power point.
3) One oral exam will be done to discuss a paper chosen among those shared in Moodle (peer review).
Assessment criteria: Will be assessed the factual (notions) and procedural competences acquired by students during the course. Will be appreciate their active participation to the lessons, the use of a disciplinary language, and the completion of a fine written paper in which they are expected to have considered a large bibliography with a critical approach.
Course unit contents: The course begins from the Pre-Islamic sources in the Arabic Peninsula. After some lessons to offer a methodological approach to students, we will analyze some case studies from 8th century to the year 1250.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is done by 42 hours of lessons held in English, structured in part as lectures by the teacher, in part as active-learning and cooperative-learning-based lessons. In this part of the course students will prepare a written text to present using power point to the class. The teacher will correct each phase and evaluate this part of the learning process in order to assess the complete contribution offered by each students in the learning activities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: We will use constantly the digital platform Moodle to share the material to study.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Richard Ettinghausen, Oleg Grabar, Marilyn Jenkins-Madina, Islamic Art and Architecture, 650-1250. New Heaven-London: Yale University Press, 2001. Tutte le edizioni vanno bene Cerca nel catalogo
  • Oleg Grabar, Arte islamica. La formazione di una civiltà. Milano: Electa, 1989. SOLO LE PARTI INDICATE A LEZIONE Cerca nel catalogo
  • Alireza Naser Eslami, Architettura nel mondo islamico. Dalla Spagna all'India (VII-XV s). Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2010. SONO LE PARTI INDICATE A LEZIONE Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Art Based methods
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Students peer review
  • Reflective writing

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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