Course Information
Course title
Introduction to the Arts of China, Japan, Korea 
Designated for
Asian Art Program  
Curriculum Number
Curriculum Identity Number
Tuesday 3,4,5(10:20~13:10) 
The upper limit of the number of students: 20. 
Ceiba Web Server 
Course introduction video
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Association has not been established
Course Syllabus
Please respect the intellectual property rights of others and do not copy any of the course information without permission
Course Description

This course introduces the distinctive yet intimately related pre-modern visual art traditions of China, Japan, and Korea through a handful of important works of art and cultural sites. It aims at giving students the basic skills of looking, thinking, and writing about East Asian art from the perspectives of an archaeologist, a craftsman, a connoisseur, and an art historian. Organized chronologically, the course is divided into ten segments, each focusing on a major type of material, format, genre, or theme of the visual arts in East Asia. No prior knowledge of East Asian art, culture, and languages is required, although such knowledge would be useful.

Each week, students will attend a two-hour background lecture given by the instructor or occasional guest speakers, and a one-hour discussion section on critical issues pertaining to the works of art introduced in the lecture led by a TA.

IMPORTANT: There will be two mandatory museum trips to the National Palace Museum (NPM) and the National Museum of History (NMH). As highlights of the class, these trips give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in class to the examination of actual works and displays of art. In addition to the two museum trips above, students need to make 1-2 additional trips on their own to the NPM or NMH to complete an object analysis paper. Students are responsible for their own transportation and admission fees for all trips to the museums.

Course Objective
1.To offer a sampling of the diverse forms of visual arts in East Asia;
2.To introduce the socio-historical context within which these representative works were created and received;
3.To give students a basic understanding of the technical properties of the works;
4.To introduce some of the key English-language research that has been done in the field;
5.To introduce some of the important art historical issues raised by the works of art featured;
6.To give students the basic vocabulary, knowledge, and skills for looking at, thinking about, and writing about East Asian art.
Course Requirement
See Evaluation and Grading.  
Student Workload (expected study time outside of class per week)
Office Hours
Appointment required. Note: By appointment. Please email: 
Designated reading

Each week, selections from the following textbooks will be assigned to provide background for the lectures. These textbooks will be on reserve in the NTU Main Library.

• Thorp, Robert L. and Richard Ellis Vinograd. Chinese Art and Culture. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall; New York: H.N. Abrams, 2001.
• Mason, Penelope E. History of Japanese Art, New York: Abrams, 1993.
• Portal, Jane. Korea: Art and Archaeology. London: British Museum Press, 2000.

B. Weekly Readings

Other short topical articles will be assigned each week. See syllabus distributed on the first day of class.
Explanations for the conditions
Student profile and reflection paper 
One group presentation 
For the group presentation, students should form 4-5 person teams to present a 20-minute oral report on an approved topic.Groups must post approved presentation outlines on the course website two weeks before the scheduled presentation, and submit scripted powerpoint slides plus a short group paper on the day of their oral presentation.  
Museum Talk and Catalogue Entry 
Students will (1) prepare a 3-5 min gallery talk on an object from one of the permanent collections to be visited at the NPM during one of the two museum trips; (2) submit a 1-2 page catalogue entry on the object to be compiled into a class pamphlet. The grade will depend upon how well the student describes visual properties of the object, grounds it within the historical context under which the object was created and received, relates it to lectures and assigned readings, and pays attention to how it relates to other works in the gallery.  
Attendance and class participation 
Attendance and active articipation in class is expected of every student in this course. Students earn this grade by completing readings and by speaking up in class. In the case of illness, family emergency, or other legitimate incidents, students can be excused from class when a formal notice and necessary documentation (eg. doctor’s note), is submitted to the instructor within a week of the incidence. More than four absences starting from Week 4 will seriously hurt your attendance and class participation grades.  
Week 0
0000/00/00  Museum Object List (National History Museum) 
Week 1
2015/09/13  INTRODUCTION 
Week 2
2016/09/20  NEOLITHIC POTTERY - Fragments of Prehistoric Life 
Week 3
2016/10/04  Typhoon Holiday 
Week 4
2016/10/04  BRONZES - Vessels of Power and Prestige 
Week 5
2016/10/11  BUDDHIST ART - Sites of Politics and Piety 
Week 6
2016/10/18  LATER CERAMICS (I) - Playing with Earth and Fire 
Week 7
2016/10/25  LATER CERAMICS (II) - Products for Global Trade 
Week 8
2016/11/05  Guided Tour (II)—National Palace Museum, Northern Branch (故宮北院@士林)
Week 9
2016/11/08  LANDSCAPE PAINTING - Nature as Metaphor 
Week 10
2016/11/15  University Holiday 
Week 11
2016/11/22  RULLING CLASS TOMBS - Furnishing the Afterlife 
Week 12
2016/11/29  CALLIGRAPHY — Writing as High Art 
Week 13
2016/12/06  Student Gallery Talk (I) - National History Museum 
Week 14
2016/12/13  Student Gallery Talk (II) - National Palace Museum, Northern Branch  
Week 15
2016/12/20  Student Group Presentation (I) 
Week 16
2016/12/27  Student Group Presentation (II) 
Week 18
Week 19
  FIGURE PAINTING - Telling Stories with Images