Pre-Modern and Ancient World Studies - Spring 2014
ART 275H 1W– Greek and Roman Art
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: Art 110H or Art 120H or permission of instructor.
An introduction to the art and archaeology of Greece and Rome. The course explores the origins and meanings of the Classical style, surveying art and architecture from the Minoan to the Hellenistic periods, followed by a consideration of Roman art and architecture from the Etruscans to the beginnings of Christian Art. Artistic production is considered from the point of view of the cultures that produced them. A $10 materials fee will be charged for the course.
ENGL331A 1W: Shakespeare
(4 semester hours)
Prerequisites: ENGL majors: 200 or 280A recommended; non-ENGL majors: Junior standing & completion of one 100-level ENGL course required
Shakespeare survives as the only ‘single-author’ course regularly offered in the English Department at Wittenberg. This version of English 331 is not, however, designed primarily as a Shakespeare survey to introduce students to a writer they surely have already met many times before. The course will endeavor, rather, to build on the knowledge students have already accumulated from previous encounters with Shakespeare to pursue goals broadly in keeping with those of all advanced courses in the English major. The goals of the course, in descending order of importance, include the following: To develop skill in writing and constructing sophisticated arguments. To analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view. To broaden a student’s understanding of literary and aesthetic judgment by extensive reading in the work of one author. And finally, to acquire a basic knowledge of Shakespeare’s life, his plays and their genres, and the culture in which he lived. The various classroom activities and writing assignments have been designed to meet these goals. Students will be expected to prepare for class faithfully, take part in a number of collaborative activities, compile a “commonplace book” of their reading responses, take a midterm exam, and write two papers and a film review
HIST 105 C/H 1W. Pre-Modern World History
Brooks Hedstrom, Darlene
Notes: FIRST YEAR ONLY; Supplemental Instruction Available
This course considers how in the world ancient history matters in shaping the modern world. We will discard memorization of dates to consider real questions that have historical importance in thinking about the past. We will develop skills in reading, debating and argumentation as we consider issues such as how telling stories about the world reflect core values of society, what medical beliefs about the body tell us about gender roles in the past, what beliefs were foundation to the Islamic empire, how Genghis Khan ushered in the modern age, and to what degree ancient religious beliefs predetermine the political and ethical history of a community. We will read primary sources from period, examine archaeological remains of material culture and read historical fiction as a way to engage with these questions and establish skills in thinking critically about the past. Reading and writing intensive.
HIST 202H 1W Children of the Past
Prerequisites: ENGL101E and sophomore standing. NOTES: SI Available
What was it like growing up in the past? Did pre modern people have a “childhood?” Historians have recently turned their attention to investigating the private lives of medieval and early modern people. In this class we will explore what historians have uncovered about growing up in the past. We will examine the experiences of children in medieval London and Florence, Reformation Germany and sixteenth-century France. This course will also examine how historians “do” history. What methods, theories, philosophies inform how historians have approached examining the history of childhood? What are the issues that confront historians in regard to the use of primary sources and historiographic traditions? Should historians be objective? Can they be objective? Each of those questions is fundamental to the task, vocation and obligation of the historian. To address such issues, students will read, analyze and critique primary sources. The “history” of historical interpretation, or historiography, will also be explored through a series of monographs and articles. Students will write several short analytical essays, as well as a longer historiographical paper, and participate in discussion and debate. This course counts toward the PAST minor. Writing intensive.
HIST 240H 01 TOPIC: Medieval England
Prerequisites: One History Course or P\permission of instructor.
From the grubby peasant to men in tights to corpulent kings, images of “Merrie Olde England” abound in popular culture. This course will examine the history of England from the time of King Arthur through the fourteenth century (roughly 500-1400 AD) through novels and film. These modern interpretations will provide entry into the history of these centuries and will be paired with medieval sources to examine the authenticity of their depiction of England’s medieval centuries. Students will be expected to master the history of medieval England, but also to sharpen and develop their critical thinking skills as they interact with popular depictions, the interpretations of scholars and the voices of medieval people. This course counts toward the PAST minor.
HIST 302 1W: Archaeology: Ancient Near East
Prerequisite: HIST 105C/H or HIST110H or HIST210C/H or permission of instructor.
Notes: Junior Class Standing
This writing-intensive course examines the history and great discoveries of the ancient Near East including the Neolithic Age settlements, the empires of ancient Mesopotamia and Syria-Palestine, and the Persian Empire that unites all these territories together in the sixth-century BCE. Through a study of archaeology, ancient literature, and documentary evidence, we will explore the distinctive cultural attributes of the Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Hebrews, Hittites, Mitanni, Persians, and Sumerians. We will also learn how who discovered the most important archaeological discoveries of these communities and how archaeological science has changed the study of the region. "Archaeology of the Near East" will expose students to the numerous first developments that emerge in this region such as urbanism, agricultural development, and imperial identities. Students will write a research paper that explores one of the great empires of the Near East or write a biography of one of the archaeologists who specialized in Near Eastern archaeology and history.
Latin 112: Intermediate Latin
(4 semester hours)
Prerequisite: Latin 111 or permission of instructor
Continuation of grammar, exercises, and selected readings in classical Latin and discussion of Roman culture.
MUSI 304H 1W: History of Western Music to 1750
Phil 311 1W. Modern Philosophy
Prerequisite: PHIL 310 or permission of instructor.
Modern philosophy (1600-1900) is one of the most fascinating time periods philosophy. It is during the modern period that philosophy began to be concerned with the kinds of methods and ideas that we think of today as philosophical. Perhaps the most interesting thing about modern philosophy is that it is a period of radical scientific and social upheaval. The beliefs we have in democracy and the faith we have in scientific method, for example, developed during the modern period, as did navigation methods and optics. The modern period was one of the most hopeful times for social reform, but it also was a period of imperialism and colonialism, which did not have social reform for Others in mind. We will study Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Wollstonecraft, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche as well as contemporary texts critiquing these readings.
The goals of this class are for you to engage texts from the modern period, to think critically about these texts and to understand the socio-political climate that lead to the development of these beliefs. You will be assessed through your writing of a book review and a final paper, as well as a midterm, final, and reaction papers. Writing intensive.
RELI 121 R Art of Biblical Literature
(4 semester hours)
This course is intended to help readers appreciate the artistry of biblical prose and poetry. We will examine texts from the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha, paying special attention to plot structure, word-plays, imagery, repetition, characterization, themes, parallelism and aetiology. Throughout the term, we will consider reinterpretations of biblical literature in the music, literature, and film of our own culture. Class sessions have a lecture/discussion format. There will be three or four exams and regular written responses to readings.
RELI 222 R 1W Understanding the New Testament
(4 semester hours)
No prerequisites, but Religion 221 (OT) recommended.
This course is designed for religion majors, pre-theological students and other serious students of religion. Throughout the term we will attempt to understand the historical context of the New Testament literature, discover the religious perspectives which shape the New Testament texts and appreciate the richness of the New Testament writings. Students will be required to read the New Testament and some non-canonical texts, write a paper and take three exams. The class has a lecture/discussion format. Writing intensive.
RELI 241 R Christian Tradition
(4 semester hours)
Historical survey of the development of Christian thought and doctrine in the West. Students will be introduced to the work of major theologians (classical and modern) and to issues of perennial debate such as the tensions between reason and revelation, the humanity and divinity of Christ, nature and grace, justification and sanctification, spirit and structure, church and state, and differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant doctrine. Lecture/discussion format. Midterm and final examinations. No prerequisite though students should be aware that the course requires careful reading of primary texts, many of which are quite challenging.
Religion 321 – Biblical and Modern Prophets
(4 semester hours)
In this seminar students will investigate the historical setting, rhetorical techniques, messages, and continuing relevance of biblical prophets from Amos of Tekoa to John of Patmos. Students will also consider the possibility of prophetic voices in contemporary society. In this upper–level seminar, participants will frequently offer short presentations and papers, complete a research paper, write an essay on a modern prophet, and take one or two exams. Writing intensive.