This course explores the major processes, ideas, and events that formed societies from ancient Mesopotamia to the European colonization of the Americas: over four thousand years of human endeavor. This history influences our everyday lives in fundamental ways; our languages, living spaces, food, clothing, attitudes toward sexuality, political institutions, vales, beliefs, basic assumptions - all are rooted in this past. Students will investigate the shared and contested heritage of the West, shaped and reshaped by peoples from the ethnically and culturally diverse regions of western Asia (often called the "Near East" or "Middle East"), North Africa, and Europe. Major themes include the growth and transformation of empires; the emergence and development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; the changing status and roles of women; forms of kingship and law, and the impact of new technologies. This course also serves as an introduction to the craft of history, as both an intellectual discipline and a basic human need.
T/R 10.00-10.50 AM
Instructor: Prof. Carol Symes
Gen Eds: Humanities - Hist & Phil, Western Cultural Studies