Art History and Archaeology
Art History and Archaeology
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Chinese and History
Exclusive Majors
(Students who study the following majors are not allowed to choose this minor)
Chinese and History (Cultural Heritage Stream, History Stream & History and Cultural Heritage Stream)
Note: The following curriculum information is subject to periodic review and changes.

Aims of Minor

With its self-consciously interdisciplinary character, the minor programme is dedicated to the study of the art, material culture and history of China and Asia as well as ancient and contemporary through teaching, research, exhibition, visit and community education.

Generally speaking, the disciplines of art history and archaeology provide a vivid understanding of how the past informs our present through its focus on the archaeological/historical/artistic remains including jade, pottery, bronze, sculpture, painting, calligraphy of the human past. With references to archaeological/historical/artistic productions and materials, our courses focus on the major issues in human history, discuss theories related to archaeology, anthropology, aesthetics etc, and examine the most updated techniques for investigating, reconstructing, interpreting and preserving the archaeological sites and findings as well as artistic productions. In addition, by imparting essential analytical and integrating knowledge to students, the minor courses equip students with the ability to think critically and improves their reading and writing skills, which are essential at the workplace today. Site visit and museum tour are also the most important teaching activities. By exploring closely at objects within their artistic, historical, social, and technological contexts, students will develop skills of visual perception and of relating the objects and theories.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Minor (MINILOs)

Upon successful completion of this minor, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate what art history and archaeology are and their development into the scholarly discipline;
2. Demonstrate the concepts, theories and methods of art and archaeology; 
3. Analyse the various categories of archaeological discoveries and artistic productions, as well as the scholarly viewpoints
4. Explain and criticize the current academic arguments, as well as reflect the hypothesis related to art and archaeology.
5. Apply the artistic and archaeological methods to investigate, analyse and interpret the objects.

Minor Requirements (15 credit units)Catalogue Term : Semester A 2022/23

1. Core Courses (6 credit units)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
CAH2865History of Chinese Art3
CAH3852World Archaeology3

2. Electives (9 credit units)
    Any 3 courses from the following courses

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
CAH2501Art and Visual Culture3
CAH2503World Art and Culture3
CAH2505Arts and Aesthetic Criticism3
CAH2509History and Heritage3
CAH2812Early and Imperial China3
CAH2545Texts in Chinese Art and Culture3
CAH3538Patronage and Art Market3
CAH3541Archaeology and Cultural Heritage3
CAH3542Museum Studies3
CAH3832The Study of Dunhuang3
CAH3853Contemporary China from an Anthropological Perspective3
CAH4507Critical Approaches to Art and History3