Joel T Walker
Examines the transformation of the ancient world from the third-century crisis of the Roman Empire to the rise of Islamic civilization. Explores the manifold political, cultural, and social changes that transformed Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East between the third and the eighth centuries CE.
Students in this course will learn about the transformation of the ancient world during the period of late antiquity. We will read and discuss a wide range of primary sources written by "pagans," Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and also investigate the geography, art, and archaeology of the Mediterranean world and the Middle East between the second and eighth centuries C.E. Students in this course will receive W-credit for writing.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is a small lecture course that combines lecture with discussion.
There are no prerequisites for enrollment, but prior studies in one or more of the following areas is recommended: Classics or ancient history, medieval European history, Islamic studies, Jewish studies, or the history of Christianity.
Class assignments and grading
One 3-4 page paper (with an optional rewrite), one 6-8 page page, 2 quizzes, and a final. Students will also be expected to complete assigned readings before class to facilitate discussion
Class participation 10% Two quizzes 20% First paper 20% Second paper 25% Final exam 25%