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UNDERGRADUATE COURSES - 2017 / 2018 - II. Semester Course List

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CORE PROGRAM

 

HIST 102 Historical Method and Thought II (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

An introduction to historiography and to the methods of historical writing through the study of a wide variety of authors, past and present. The aim is to expose the students to a selection of texts that illustrate the evolution of the discipline, the wide range of approaches used in history, and the interdisciplinary nature of research in the humanities and the social sciences.

HIST 106 The Making of the Modern World II (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

A comparative exploration of the political, social and economic worlds of the three major Islamic empires of the early modern age; the Renaissance and the Reformation; the making of the absolutist states of Europe; science and commerce; the English Revolution and the Enlightenment; the American, French and Russian Revolutions of the modern age; the Industrial Revolution; nationalism and imperialism; World Wars I and II; the decline and transformation of China, Japan, India, the Ottoman world, Iran and Egypt in the modern age. Weekly discussion sessions and the study of audio- visual materials required.

HIST 210 Research Methods in History II (4 Credits, 5 ECTS)

Introduction to the practice and skills of research in history with emphasis on methods of oral history and visual and material data. Quantitative methods in history, developing skills in handling, visualizing, mapping and interpreting social science data in printed and digital formats. Critical tools and basic techniques used in historical research and writing. Exposure to historical materials from written material and visual evidence to oral accounts, and from archival, library, and archaeological materials to audiovisual and web-based sources through discussions, presentations, research projects and papers.

Prerequisites: HIST 101 and HIST 102

HIST 222 Ottoman History 1300-1600 (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

Survey of Ottoman history between ca. 1300 and ca. 1600. The formation and subsequent transformations of the polity; the key issues in Ottoman social, economic and cultural history. Frontier society and the emergence of the Ottomans, conquest, consolidation and resistance to state-building, formation of the centralized empire and its institutions, imperial ideology and its representations, urban order and disorder, gender, communal relations, and the late sixteenth-century crisis and transformations. Discussion of historiographic issues; focus on a comparative perspective on Ottoman historical patterns.

HIST 242 Western European Societies Politics and Cultures 1750-1890 (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

European History between 1750 and 1890. The French Revolution and its impact, modernizing development of Europe in the nineteenth century. The revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1848, economic modernization, artisans, gender, the development of political consciousness, new ideologies of liberalism, socialism, and nationalism, religion and popular culture, literacy and the public sphere, economic development, the development of class struggle, movements for the unification of Italy and Germany, the Second Republic and Second Empire, and Imperial Germany. Debates and historiography alongside primary sources.

HIST 310 History of the Americas, 1750 to the Present (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

HIST 322 History of Modern Turkey (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

Late Ottoman and Republican history up to the 2000's. Discussion of the Ottoman legacy and the making of the nation-state, followed by a study of the evolution of the political and social structures during the Republican era in a comparative perspective. Wars and mass violence in the late Ottoman Empire, reforms and nationalism in the early republican period, political currents, role of the army, social transformations and cultural developments since the 1950's. Emphasis on the notions of nation, citizenship and identity, and the historiographic debates surrounding them.

HIST 336 History of the Byzantine Empire, 9th-15th centuries (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

A survey of Byzantine history from the struggles and transformations of the 8th and 9th centuries to the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. Major political, social, economic, and cultural developments, focusing on topics such as social and economic structures, religion as institution and practice, and arts. Developments in the Byzantine world in the context of the medieval world, including the Muslims, the Slavs, the Latin West, and the Crusaders.

HIST 338 Byzantine Art and Architecture II (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

HIST 342 Aegean History and Archaeology II (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

This course is a survey of the archaeology, art, and architecture of the cultures of the Aegean from the Neopalatial to the so-called “Dark Ages” at the end of the Late Bronze Age (covering ca. 1700 - 1000 BCE). Main issues addressed are urbanization processes in the Aegean; questions regarding the nature of power and the types of socio-economic mechanisms that facilitate a growing level of centralization on the island of Crete, as well as the Greek and Anatolian Mainlands; control of maritime routes within the Aegean and beyond; cultural, technological, ideological transfers of knowledge between the Aegean polities. This class aims to go beyond a recounting of the material culture. Rather it will focus on interpreting the data within its social, cultural, economic, political context. Special emphasis will be given to understanding the outstanding issues related to the material culture and how a general historical narrative can be constructed for the Aegean sphere during its prehistory.

HIST 354 Renaissance, Baroque Art and Architecture (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

HIST 354 is an introduction to the major art and architectural trends characterizing European and Mediterranean geographies between the early XV and the mid XVIII century. Its major objective is to provide knowledge, materials, and conceptual tools for an understanding of visual culture in its historical, formal, social and geopolitical dimension. Every week a main topic is addressed in the two hour lecture with a visual presentation, while the one hour meeting is devoted to discussion and short student presentations. Students will base their study and work on three kinds of materials, reflecting and elaborating on their interconnected nature: 1. works of art and architecture; 2. published primary sources and literature by XV to XVIII century authors; 2. recent critical and historiographical literature on Renaissance and Baroque visual culture. Active participation is strongly encouraged.

HIST 402 Historiography II (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

A critical and comparative review of Western and Eastern historiography and literary methods. Special attention will be given to the relationship between the historian and his era.

HIST 438 Korean History II (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

HIST 483 Special Topics in Culture as a Topic of Historical Inquiry, Based on European Early Modern Popular Culture (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

This course considers approaches to the study of culture in the past. So to understand the topic, the course will focus on popular culture in its broadest sense in the early modern period. Therefore, both concepts of culture and interdisciplinary methods will be explored, as developed and applied to an important period in history for the development of cultural studies. In so doing the course will lead to an understanding much about popular culture itself, its forms, practices, and representations.

HIST 486 Religion and Society in Ancient Greece (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

In the ancient Greek world, religion was an integral part of all aspects of life and worship of the divine, both gods and heroes, was a regular activity. The influence of religion can be seen repeatedly in Greek society and it provided the backdrop for the performance of many of the extant works of Greek literature (drama, epic, choral lyric). In this advanced undergraduate course, we shall ask: ‘what is Greek religion?’ and ‘how does religion play out in Greek society?’. To answer these questions, we shall examine original documents and monuments, as well as modern scholarly discussions. We shall consider the relationships between the individual and the divine and the community and the divine. We shall also look at the various roles of both men and women and also of larger community groupings.

HIST 48C Introduction into Modern Greek History, Part II, early 19th-20st cent. (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

This course focuses on the history of Modern Greece from the early 19th to the 20th cent. by introducing the major political, socio-economic and cultural aspects that shaped Modern Greek History. Contextualizing the history of Modern Greece within a frame of a broader history of the Balkans, it will investigate the Greek nation state formation, issues of nation-building, major military conflicts and the of the end of the 19th and the 20th cent. including the Balkan wars, World War One as well as German occupation in the 1940s and the Greek Civil war. It will explore political and socio-economic developments, cultural representations within times of political tension and conflict, but also look at aspects and processes of change and political and socio-economic transformation.

HIST 48W SP. TP. Reading in Greek Religion (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

In the ancient Greek world, religion was an integral part of all aspects of life and worship of the divine, both gods and heroes, was a regular activity. The influence of religion can be seen repeatedly in Greek society and it provided the backdrop for the performance of many of the extant works of Greek literature (drama, epic, choral lyric). In order to understand Greek society, then, we need to understand how the Greeks worshipped the divine and what it entailed. In this course, we shall ask: ‘what is Greek religion?’ and ‘how does religion play out in Greek society?’. To answer these questions, we shall focus especially on reading selected ancient sources in the original ancient Greek. In addition, we shall also read further sources in translation, as well as modern scholarly discussions. Using this material, we shall consider the relationships between the individual and the divine and the community and the divine. We shall also look at the various roles of both men and women and also of larger community groupings.

HIST 48Z SP. TP. Introduction to Classical Archaeology (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

In this course, how the Ancient Greek culture developed during the formative archaic and classical periods. We shall focus on the archaeology and material culture of ancient Greece between about 1000 BCE. and about 300 BCE. We shall look at the development of communities and sanctuaries, life in the city and in the countryside, as well as at architecture, sculpture, and pottery. We shall also consider the intersections between material evidence and different human activities. The course serves as an introduction to classical archaeology and does not assume any previous coursework in archaeology, art, or material culture.

HIST 495-496 Thesis I, II (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

Analysis of a particular problem in history. Emphasis will be placed on sound methodological approach and comprehensive bibliographical research.

HIST 49D SP. TP. In Art and Beauty (3 Credits, 5 ECTS)

In this course the role of the arts and artists in society will be questioned and the relation between the aesthetic and the artistic in the European art world from Classical Greece to the 19th century will be discussed. We will focus on the aims and limits of both, art history and aesthetics. Questions such as “what is art”, “who is an artist”, “what is beauty”, “are there universal elements of beauty” have been answered throughout history on the basis of different aesthetic theories. We will explore these theories and will relate them to the visual material concerning each period under discussion. It is crucial to examine works of art drawing on the histories of both disciplines -History of Art and Aesthetics- to define art and beauty. The course aims to provide the students the tools to evaluate an aesthetic experience and to respond to the works of art.

 

GRADUATE COURSES

HIST 502 Historiography II (3 Credits, 9 ECTS)

The agenda of the historian: Historiographical problems involved in studying social history and social change. A review of the methods of major social historians.

HIST 533 Seminar in Byzantine History - Early and Middle Periods (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

The main aim of the course is to introduce students to the Byzantine literature of the early and middle periods. Major issues of Byzantine writing, and representative samples of the major genres that were written in the period from the fourth to the twelfth centuries will be studied in order to present an overall view of Byzantine literature and culture, and to address the relationship between reality and text. In the first part of the course, we will study the development of medieval Greek language in view of archaic and classical Greek, focus on the major issues of Byzantine writing, such as diaglossa and archaism, and examine the modern literary theories applied to the study of Byzantine literary texts. In the second part, students will be introduced to the study of individual genres, among which historiography will occupy a prominent place. Students will be required to read major historical works of the periods of the late antique, the Macedonian and the Comnenian periods.

HIST 559 Research in the History of Performing Arts (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

HIST 572 Seminar on Japan since 1868 (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

HIST 583 Selected Readings in Classical Ottoman History II (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

A detailed analysis of selected readings of the early Ottoman era in history and historiography.

HIST 584 Selected Readings in Late Ottoman History II (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

Students taking this seminar are expected to have a good knowledge of the Ottoman script and language, including handwritten material. Ideally, they should have successfully completed TKL 101, 102, 215, and 216 or passed TKL 504 with a BB grade or more. The seminar will focus on the theme of autobiography and ego documents, almost exclusively in unpublished and handwritten format. Documents will be selected mostly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and distributed to students beforehand so as to combine a paleographic study with the contextual discussion of the material the following week. Apart from attendance, requirements consist of a paper to be submitted at the end of the semester, and of a take-home examination based on the transcription of assigned documents. As the seminar will follow an interactive pace depending on the student’s responses, there is no formal week-by-week syllabus. Instead, you will find an extensive reading list of works likely to help the students and inspire them with their own research project.

HIST 58F SP. TP. Material Culture and Its Production in Ottoman Lands (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

This course ranges widely over the basic human needs of food/drink, clothing, bedding and housing, but also discusses some of the items by which wealthy people and particularly the state elite both demonstrated their power and rendered their lives more enjoyable. The course will concentrate on the pre-Tanzimat period, even though occasionally the later 19th century will be looked at as well. Although the limitations of sources oblige historians to fore-ground the rich or at least the well-to-do, material culture and the closely allied notion of consumption to some extent permit access to people not much discussed in Ottoman written sources, including artisans, women and non-Muslims. Special attention will be paid to these often-neglected groups.

HIST 58J SP. TP. Greece and World War One (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

Recent debates on the memory of the Great War in Greece have characterized it as a „neglected“ or rather „forgotten“ war. Accordingly, research interest has been marginal and focused mainly on diplomatic or military history. However, since Greece maintained until late 1917 - at least officially - political neutrality, while “hosting” at the same time a great number of Allied soldiers in the country and at the Balkan front, the history of Greece in World War One represents a thrilling example for exploring the global and transcultural dimensions of the conflict. The seminar will thus provide a basic outline of the diplomatic and military history of Greece in World War One, including the developments in the Southern Balkans, but mainly focus on cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of the war in Greece, as aspects connected to „homefronts“, soldier‘s experiences and remembrance.

HIST 58K SP. TP. Readings on Medieval Anatolian Architecture (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

HIST 58N SP. TP. Spatial History (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

HIST 597 SP. TP. In Aegean History & Archeology (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

This course is a graduate seminar dealing with the interchange of goods and ideas in the eastern Mediterranean. Focus will be on the third and second millennium BCE, but earlier incipient networks will also be considered. Main issues addressed are development of interaction networks between the polities of eastern Mediterranean; control of these routes within the Aegean and beyond; technological and cultural transfers of knowledge and their impact on socio-economic mechanisms; related questions regarding how trade and exchange can engender elites, the nature of power and the role of ideology these interactions play into and how they manifest themselves within the material culture will be considered.

HIST 59A SP. TP. Reading Anatolian Hieroglyphs and Luwian (3 Credits, 6 ECTS)

This course aims to teach to the beginners the Anatolian hieroglyphs and the basics of the Luwian grammar. Topics include the origins and development of the Anatolian hieroglyphs, the sign repertory of the Anatolian hieroglyphs, nominal and verbal structure of Luwian, some simple texts and excerpts from inscriptions.

HIST 59S SP. TP. Ottoman Armenians: From Empire to Republic (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

This graduate seminar examines the history of the Ottoman Armenians in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first part of the course will focus on the social, economic, political and cultural history of the Ottoman Armenians, which was abruptly disrupted during the World War I. In the last three weeks of the class we will trace the history of the destruction of the Ottoman Armenians and the experiences of survivors in Republican Turkey. The class will highlight the social, cultural and economic achievements of Ottoman Armenians’ while addressing various problems they faced in the global age of the mid-nineteenth century. We will also tackle with various methodological and source-based problems in the study of Christians in the Ottoman Empire.

HIST 59T SP. TP. Women's History in China (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

HIST 601 History Seminar (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

Discussion and critique of Ph.D. Dissertation. Students are expected to choose a sponsor from the department and decide on their area of specialization upon their admittance to the program. Students are expected to present a dissertation proposal in their second year with HIST 601 seminar.

HIST 604 Seminar in Social History (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)
A seminar on sources and methodology in history designed in a flexible way so as to combine a general evaluation of recent historiographical and methodological developments in the field.

HIST 633 Readings in Byzantine History (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

HIST 635 Seminar in Byzantine Institutions (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

HIST 690 Master Thesis (0 Credits, 60 ECTS)

HIST 69X SP. TP. Visual Culture of Iron Age Anatolia and Syria (3 Credits, 7 ECTS)

HIST 790 Ph.D. Thesis (0 Credits, 30 ECTS)