KUH3202 - Topics in older Art History: Jews and Muslims in Medieval Imagery


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

«Jews and Muslims in Medieval Imagery»: Medieval Christians met other religions through expeditions, crusades and trade, but also as religious minorities in their own towns and cities. These cultural meetings were reflected in contemporary painting and sculpture; together with written sources they make up a fascinating field of research. The course reading list takes the students on a round trip, from multicultural Spain to Norway, a country without Jewish or Muslim minorities, but with a surprising number of vivid images depicting these groups. The course discusses these images in their contemporary setting, their intention and function. How these images can be used, misused and understood post-Holocaust and post-Muhammed caricatures will also be dwelt upon.

Learning outcome


After completing this course students will achieve:

  • good insight into and understanding of the historical and ideological premises for art/architecture
  • thorough knowledge of objects/monuments central to the period/theme in question
  • deeper insight into theoretical and methodological problems relating to the course theme


After completing this course students should:

  • discuss and pose relevant questions on various objects/monuments within the framework of the course topic
  • reflect on and discuss various theoretical problems pertaining to the course topic
  • present their material orally and in writing according to academic standards.
  • (master students) be able to express independent and fruitful research questions pertaining to the course topic and show which academic texts could enlighten these questions further.

Learning methods and activities

This course has different forms of instruction. For example: Lectures and seminars, excursion(s). All activities are joint with KUH2202. Students are required to check the result of their assignments and to stay updated on any information provided by the department or course director via Blackboard. This course is taught in Norwegian only.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

The final assessment consists of a 3 day home exam, followed by an adjusting oral exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Art History (MKUH)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master's programme in Art History

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KUH2202 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • The History of Art
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies


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