Cross Listed GMES Course Descriptions within Humanities

Term:

Fall Quarter (F18)

Dept/Description Course No., Title  Instructor
ART HIS (F18)42D  ARTS OF ISLAMPATEL, A.
Emphasis/Category: Histories, Cultures, and Identities

This course examines the past and present of Islam through its art and architecture, spanning 1500 years and encompassing the Americas through Indonesia. The course emphasizes that, since its emergence on the Arabian peninsula in the early 7th century, Islam has been a force for connecting different world regions and their people in commercial, ideological, artistic and religious dialogues – globalization, in the modern sense. At the same time that we examine what is “Islamic” about objects labeled as such, we will also address their regional specificities, confronting and redefining the very idea of what is “Islamic” in the process.
Days: MO WE  12:00-01:20 PM

HISTORY (F18)131B  ANCIENT PERSIADARYAEE, T.
Emphasis/Category: Histories, Cultures, and Identities

How does the legacy of human evolution affect our world today?  How have technological innovations shaped human societies?  How have human societies explained the natural world and their place in it?  Given the abundance of religious beliefs in the world, how have three evangelical faiths spread far beyond their original homelands?
This class follows the major themes of world historical development through the sixteenth century to consider how developments in technology, social organization, and religion—from the origins of farming to the rise of Christianity—shaped the world we live in today.
(Satisfies Pre-1800 Requirement)
(IV, VIII)
Days: TU TH  02:00-03:20 PM

HISTORY (F18)134A  AFRICA SOC&CULTURESMITCHELL, L.
Emphasis/Category: Histories, Cultures, and Identities

Overview
This course explores the complexity of African societies and historical events. It is an introduction to the variety of cultures, political organizations, social structures, and artistic expressions created by Africans over a broad time span, beginning with human origins in Africa and ending at the turn of the eighteenth century. This course does not seek to be comprehensive or to construct a complete chronology of events across an entire continent. Instead we will explore a series of issues that highlight themes and processes important for understanding the History of Africa. This course assumes no prior knowledge of Africa and has no prerequisites.

Objectives
1. To introduce students to the great time depth and complexity of human history in Africa .
2. To give students a holistic understanding of the historical processes in Africa .
3. To introduce various approaches to analyzing and interpreting past events.
This quarter we will pay particular attention to the differences between “popular” and “scholarly” knowledge, and the conduits for distributing that information.
4. To encourage students to engage with the fundamentals of history as a discipline.
5. To enhance critical reading and thinking skills, as well as to acquire new skills for analysis and interpretation.

Major Themes
1. What constitutes society? Culture? Does it change over time or across space?
2. What are distinguishing features of Africa societies and cultures?
3. What role do environmental and geographical factors play in society?
4. What connects various regions of the continent? What factors make various regions distinct?
5. Consider the interaction of race, class, gender and generation in social, economic, and political relationships.
Days: MO WE  01:00-01:50 PM

Courses Offered by Global Middle East Studies or other Schools at UCI

Fall Quarter (F18)

Dept Course No., Title   Instructor
GLBL ME (F18)60A  HUM&ART PROB&METHODLE VINE, M.

No description is currently available.
Days: Tu Th  09:30-10:50 AM

INTL ST (F18)179  DEMOCRACY AND ISLAMPETROVIC, B.

Same as SOC SCI 189 (71222).
Days: T TH  03:30-04:50 PM

INTL ST (F18)189  ARAB UPRISINGSPETROVIC, B.

Same as SOC SCI 189 (71060) & POL SCI 149 (67375).
Days: T TH  02:00-03:20 PM