Cross Listed GMES Course Descriptions within Humanities

Term:

Fall Quarter (F18)

Dept/Description Course No., Title  Instructor
ART HIS (F18)100  IRAN AND IMPERIAL EXCHANGES IN EURASIAN LATE ANTIQUITYSTAFF
Emphasis/Category: Histories, Cultures, and Identities

This course explores the role of Iran in the visual, material and intellectual exchanges among the great settled, nomadic and mercantile empires of late antiquity (ca. 200-700 CE), a pivotal period of interconnection and transformation in Eurasian history. We will investigate the art, architecture, urbanism and visualities of empire in the settled empires, such as Sasanian Iran, Rome and China, and steppe powers such as the Huns and Türks, as well as smaller states on the peripheries and interstices in Western Europe, Central and South Asia, and Africa enmeshed in these imperial struggles and intrigues. Topics include the growth and competition in images and ideologies of sacred kingship; transformations of Eurasian visual cultures through long distance diplomacy and commerce; magical and astrological practices and lore; and the formation of new liturgical spaces for imperial or universalizing religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, and Iranian religions such as Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism.
Days: TU TH  12:30-01:50 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
INTL ST (F18)147CW  INTL HUMANITARIANSMLYNCH, C.

No description is currently available.
Days: T TH  11:00-12:20 PM

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