Joel T Walker
Political, social, economic, and cultural history of the eastern Roman Empire from the fourth to fifteenth centuries.
This course explores the history of the Byzantine Empire between the sixth and fifteenth centuries C.E. It thus provides a sequal to HISTAM 314, The World of Late Antiquity. Students who complete all assignments for the course will gain a better understanding of many different aspects of Byzantine history and culture. They will also sharpen their skills of historical analysis. Students in this course will receive W-credit for writing.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is a small lecture class, but students will also be expected to participate in class discussion.
One previous course in ancient or medieval European history, esp. HIST 111 or HIST 112; or previous courses in Classics, art history, or religious studies.
Class assignments and grading
The quizzes will consist of a map section, multiple choice, and analysis of excerpts from primary sources. The final exam will be similar in design. Topics for the first papers are fixed. There will be suggested topics for the final research paper, but students will also have the option of designing their own topic in consultation with the instructor.
Class participation (10%); Two quizzes (30%; 15% each); First paper, 3-4 pages (15%); Second paper, 6-8 pages (20%); Final exam (25%).