Study guide's FHum - Art History, 2019-20 information (E)

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Art History

Address: Art History, PL 1000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland

Telephone: +358 29 448 3334 (Lecturer), +358 29 448 3313 (Service Point)

E-mail:), (Lecturer), (Service Point)

Website: (In Finnish

Admission Requirements

Any student presently registered and enrolled at the University of Oulu is entitled to study Art History.

Study Guidance

Study guidance is provided by the Lecturer of Art History, tel. +358 29 448 3334. The office hour is on Thursdays 2-4 PM, but an appointment can be made to meet at other times.

The updated versions of the teaching materials are published every autumn and can be obtained from the lecturer. The materials include useful information, for example guidance and pictures necessary for completing the courses.

Art History

Why is Paavo Nurmi depicted running naked, but Eero Mäntyranta is portrayed skiing dressed? Why is the ornamentation on the ceiling and dome in Oulu Cathedral similar to that in the Pantheon in Rome? What is an academic icon like? These are good questions for Art History.

Art History is the history of images (visual arts) and architecture (the art of construction). Art History is interested in history from prehistory to modern times and cultures inside and outside of Europe.

Of course Art History examines pictures and architecture also from other perspectives than historical. Recently, questions regarding the observer of the picture or the work of architecture have become increasingly common in the research in the field.

Despite the name, Art History can also examine contemporary art. However, without knowing the past, especially the myths of Classical Antiquity and Judeo-Christian tradition, Art History could not be studied.

Studies in Art History add to our knowledge of our European roots, from the perspective of both Western and Eastern traditions. Therefore Art History also bears notable cultural significance.

At the University of Oulu, Art History can only be studied as a subsidiary subject, comprising courses worth 60 ECTS credits in total. As a subsidiary subject, Art History is useful to many subjects in the Faculty of Humanities (for example, History, Literature, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, languages, and so on).

Additionally, there are always people outside the Faculty of Humanities interested in completing the Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits).

The lecturer of Art History is responsible for the programme. In addition to basic conventional lectures and examinations, the studies consist of different projects, lecture diaries, analyses, essays, seminars and excursions.

Practical Information

Book exams are taken on the examination dates of the Faculty of Humanities by signing up for them in WebOodi. The picture and lecture exam for the course Elementary Course in Art History will be taken on a date agreed on during a lecture instead of the usual exam dates.

The Elective studies as well as the essays in the Intermediate Studies package have to be separately agreed upon with the lecturer.

It is recommended that students complete the Basic and Intermediate Studies in the given order. Thus the understanding of the subjects will be developed coherently. On the other hand, after starting the studies different topics progress side by side.

Courses in the Basic Studies and the Intermediate Studies packages are assessed by the Lecturer of Art History.

Often courses provided by other subjects (such as History, Ancient Languages and Culture, Literature) can be used in the students’ Art History studies. A suitable course may support the development of Art History knowledge, and therefore it may be accredited as an elective course.

Study Packages and Learning Outcomes  

Basic Studies

Upon completion of the Basic Studies package in Art History, students will have informational and conceptual expertise and the skills needed to critically examine visual arts and architecture and related research. They will understand the nature of thinking in Art History and acknowledge the characteristics and approaches of scholarly research on Art History.

Intermediate Studies

Upon completion of the Intermediate Studies package, students will have a versatile understanding of the perspectives, methods and sources of research as well as an understanding of the scope of the field and complexity of research in Art History. Additionally, students will be aware of the most essential conventions and methodological approaches of Art History, and they will understand the methodological fundamentals of research in Art History.

Upon completion of the Intermediate Studies package, students will have the skills required for Master Level studies, scholarly problem formulation, use of information resources and source materials, for documentation of information as well as academic problem solving, argumentation, critique and dialogue. Students will have the skills needed to plan and conduct independent projects concerning research and application of scholarly knowledge. In addition, students will have the skills to compose small theses and presentations as well as other written and oral projects based on their expertise.


Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits)

687600P Introduction to Art History (5 ECTS credits)

687608P Elementary Course in Art History, Lectures (5 ECTS credits)

687609P Elementary Course in Art History, Book Exam (5 ECTS credits)

687610P Excursion in Finland (5 ECTS credits)

687611P Elective Studies (5 ECTS credits)


Intermediate Studies (35 ECTS credits)

687612A Art History, Book Exam (6 ECTS credits)

687613A Art History, Essay (5 ECTS credits)

687614A Art History of Finland, Book Exam (6 ECTS credits)

687615A Art History of Finland, Essay (5 ECTS credits)

687606A Seminar (8 ECTS credits)

687616A Elective Studies (5 ECTS credits)