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Core Curriculum: World Art and Beyond


Admission requirements

Same as admission requirements for the BA Art History/BA Arts, Media and Society.
This course has replaced the course Core curriculum: World Art Studies (2022-2023).


Over the past few decades, the field of art history has expanded its scope to become more global. This is inseparable from a growing trend in the Humanities called the "global turn," which challenges the dominance of Western cultural norms and Eurocentrism. This course aims to explore a diverse range of perspectives on art and artistic traditions from around the world. It examines sources and debates on artistic and cultural exchanges between Europe and the rest of the world in the contexts of exploration, mercantile expansion, colonialism, imperialism, and their legacies.
The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, we will examine the role of museums and exhibitions in shaping global art history. We will explore how non-Western art objects and other cultural artifacts have been presented in Western cultural institutions. Additionally, we will examine contemporary art projects that challenge Eurocentric and colonial traditions.
In the second part, we will delve into some of the core concepts and ideas related to the global turn in art history. Among other things, we will examine the relationship between art, maps, and borders (or the lack thereof), and the relevance of concepts such as "Opacité", "Relation," and "anthropocentrism" in the global art world.

Course objectives

  • Students gain insight into the history of art from a global perspective.

  • Students acquire tools for approaching, interpreting, and appreciating art of different times, places, and cultures.

  • Students become familiar with diverse theoretical, methodological, and historiographical approaches and concepts related to the study of global art.

  • Students develop a position in current theoretical and institutional discourses around global art history, decolonization, and Eurocentrism.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Assessment method

  • Mid-term: written assignment

  • Final: written exam Remindo


  • Mid-term: written assignment: 40%.

  • Final: written exam Remindo: 60%

The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be a passing grade as well as both seperate examinations.


A resit/ rewrite can be done for constituent examinations which are failed. As far as applicable all resits/ rewrites take place at the same time, after the final (constituent) examination.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg, Peter Wiebel (eds.). The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art World. Karlsruhe and Cambridge: MIT, 2013.

  • Readings will be made available via Brightspace.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.

General information about MyStudyMap is available on the website

Registration Exchange

For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.


For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact : Humanities Student Information Desk