Courses

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Winter 2020

  • AN N EA 12W - Jerusalem: Holy City

    Instructor(s): Jeremy Smoak

    Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 10W. Survey of religious, political, and cultural history of Jerusalem over three millennia as symbolic focus of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Transformation of sacred space as reflected by literary and archaeological evidence through examination of testimony of artifacts, architectural monuments, and iconography in relation to written sources. Study of creation of mythic Jerusalem through event and experience. Development of advanced writing skills and critical thinking. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • AN N EA 14W - Medicine, Magic, and Science in Ancient Times

    Instructor(s): Catherine Bonesho

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: English Composition 3. Overview of history of medicine and sciences, focusing especially on Ancient Near East, China, and Meso-America. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • AN N EA 15 - Women and Power in Ancient World

    Instructor(s): Kathlyn CooneyMarilyn Love

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of how feminine power confronts masculine dominance within complex social systems in ancient world. To gain political power, some female rulers used their sexuality to gain access to important men. Other women gained their position as regents and helpers of masculine kings who were too young to rule. Others denied their femininity in dress and manner, effectively androgynizing themselves or pretending to be men so that their femininity would not be obstacle to political rule. Many women only gained throne at end of dynasties after male line had run out entirely, or in midst of civil war when patrilineal successions were in disarray. Women were sometimes only effective leaders left in drawn-out battles against imperial aggression. No women were able to gain reigns of power through their bloodlines alone. Women's power was compromised from outset. Examination of root causes and results of this political inequality. P/NP or letter gra

  • AN N EA M50B - Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Instructor(s): Carol Bakhos

    (Same as Middle Eastern Studies M50B and Religion M50.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of three major monotheisms of Western cultures--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--historically and comparatively. Development, teachings, and ritual practices of each tradition up to and including medieval period. Composition and development of various sacred texts, highlighting key themes and ideas within different historical and literary strata of traditions, such as mechanisms of revelation, struggle for religious authority, and common theological issues such as origin of evil and status of nonbelievers. Letter grading.

  • AN N EA M104A - History of Ancient Mesopotamia and Syria

    Instructor(s): Barbara Cifola

    (Same as History M104A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Political and cultural development of Fertile Crescent, including Palestine, from Late Uruk to neo-Babylonian period. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA M110B - Iranian Civilization: History of Arsacid (Parthian) Empire

    Instructor(s): Seyed-ali Mousavi

    (Same as History M110B and Iranian M110B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). From Hellenistic rule in Persia to Sasanian conquest. Emphasis on political history, state structure, empire's religions, interactions with Hellenistic and Roman worlds. Further accent on Parthian conquest of Iran and Mesopotamia, Seleucid demise and Arsacid hegemony in East, Arsacid-Roman wars, rise of Sasanians. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA 162 - Archaeology, Identity, and Bible

    Instructor(s): Aaron Burke

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction of archaeological record of southern Levant (ancient Israel) from Bronze Age through Achaemenid Period (ca. 2500-332 BC) in combination with current understandings of genre, authorship, and historical value of Hebrew Bible. Ancient Israelite identities are traced through combination of archaeological and textual sources. Social, religious, and political traditions of ancient Israel and Judah are interpreted in context of both earlier Bronze Age traditions and Israel's Iron Age neighbors. Archaeological and textual data for identities, such as Amorites, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Assyrians, and Babylonians, form basis for evaluating construction and maintenance of various biblical identities. Introduction to theoretical and methodological issues involving historical archaeology of ancient Israel and Levant, and possibilities for investigating negotiation of identity in archaeological record. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA 175 - Conceptions of Race in Ancient Egypt

    Instructor(s): Jonathan Winnerman

    Lecture, three hours; discussions, one hour. Exploration of how racial hierarchies are created and maintained within context of ancient Egyptian culture. Race of ancient Egyptians is still at stake and tied to larger issues of racial and ethnic inequalities, prejudices, and oppression. Examination of modern issues invites comparison with conception of race in ancient world, which was not necessarily equivalent to our own. By consulting diverse group perspectives, including those of early scholars, contemporary anthropologists, Afrocentrist scholars and artists, Hebrew Bible, ancient Egyptian evidence, and ancient Nubian evidence, conception of race is revealed to be complex, fluid, and contradictory. These conceptions were and are used to construct variety of equally contradictory hierarchies, often based on same evidence. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC 1B - Elementary Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Azza Ahmad

    Lecture, six hours. Enforced requisite: course 1A. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Arabic. Introduction to formal Arabic (modern standard Arabic), including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC 102B - Intermediate Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Abeer Hamza

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 102A. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Intermediate formal Arabic, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC 103B - Advanced Arabic

    Instructor(s): Abeer Hamza

    Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisites: courses 102A, 102B, 102C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Advanced formal Arabic, including grammar, composition, and readings from classical and modern texts. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC 181 - Translating Arabic

    Instructor(s): Michael Cooperson

    Seminar, three hours. Preparation: advanced proficiency in English and Arabic (at least three years of Arabic instruction or equivalent). Open to both native and nonnative speakers of English and Arabic. Training of students in methodology of translation from Arabic into English, with focus on producing accurate and readable English versions of Arabic texts from variety of fields. Close reading and written translation of Arabic texts, with review of linguistic and cultural difficulties that arise in course of translation. Texts may include classical Arabic literature (religion, historiography), modern writing (literature, media), and spoken Arabic (television, radio), based on student interest. Letter grading.

  • ARABIC 177 - Variable Topics in Arabic

    Instructor(s): Michael Cooperson

    Lecture, three hours. Variable topics; consult schedule of classes for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 101B - Elementary Modern Western Armenian

    Instructor(s): Hagop Kouloujian

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 101A. Students with knowledge of Armenian should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Armenian grammar, conversation, and exercises. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 102B - Intermediate Modern Western Armenian

    Instructor(s): Hagop Kouloujian

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 1C. Students with knowledge of Eastern or Western Armenian (from elementary or high school) should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Reading of selected texts, composition, and conversation. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 104B - Elementary Modern Eastern Armenian

    Instructor(s): Hrachik Martirosyan

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 104A. Students with knowledge of Western Armenian should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Eastern Armenian, official idiom of Republic of Armenia. Introduction to basics of grammar and conversation. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 105B - Intermediate Modern Eastern Armenian

    Instructor(s): Hrachik Martirosyan

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 4C. Students with knowledge of Eastern or Western Armenian (from elementary or high school) should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Continuing introduction to Armenian grammar, with greater attention to readings from short stories and simple newspaper articles and film viewing on video. Emphasis on improving students' self expression in idiom, both orally and in written form. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW 1B - Elementary Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Nancy Ezer

    Lecture, four hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 1A or Hebrew placement test. Not open to native speakers. Introduction to modern Hebrew, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW 102B - Intermediate Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Nancy Ezer

    Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 102A or Hebrew placement test. Not open to native speakers. Amplification of grammar; reading of texts from modern literature. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW 110B - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew: Readings of Biblical Prose Texts

    Instructor(s): Jeremy Smoak

    Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 110A. Continuation of course 110A. Readings of biblical prose texts. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 1B - Elementary Persian

    Instructor(s): Banafsheh PourzangiM Shayegan

    Lecture, six hours. Enforced requisite: course 1A. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Persian. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 20B - Accelerated Elementary Persian

    Instructor(s): Latifeh Hagigi

    Lecture, four hours; discussion two hours; laboratory, 30 minutes per day. Preparation: some knowledge of spoken Persian. Enforced requisite: course 20A. Intensive and thorough study of fundamental structure of Persian grammar; reading from a wide range of classical and modern poetry and prose compositions. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 55 - Aesthetics of Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Iranian Arts and Literature: from 11th-century Central Asian Palaces of Delight to Instagramming in Tehran

    Instructor(s): No assigned instructor
  • IRANIAN 102B - Intermediate Persian

    Instructor(s): Latifeh Hagigi

    Lecture, six hours. Requisite: course 102A. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 103B - Advanced Persian: Introduction to Classical Persian Prose

    Instructor(s): Domenico Ingenito

    Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 102C. Students who do exceptionally well in course 20C may be permitted to enroll with consent of instructor. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN M105B - Bahá'í Faith in Iran: Survey of Bahá'í Scriptures and Thought

    Instructor(s): Nader Saiedi

    (Same as Religion M105B.) Lecture, three hours. Readings in English. Analysis of major writings by Báb, Bahá'u'lláh, and 'Abdu'l-Bahá. Emphasis on mystical and social principles. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN M110B - Iranian Civilization: History of Arsacid (Parthian) Empire

    Instructor(s): Seyed-ali Mousavi

    (Same as Ancient Near East M110B and History M110B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). From Hellenistic rule in Persia to Sasanian conquest. Emphasis on political history, state structure, empire's religions, interactions with Hellenistic and Roman worlds. Further accent on Parthian conquest of Iran and Mesopotamia, Seleucid demise and Arsacid hegemony in East, Arsacid-Roman wars, rise of Sasanians. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN M178 - Introduction to History and Culture of Iranian Jews

    Instructor(s): Nahid Pirnazar

    (Same as History M178 and Jewish Studies M178.) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to political, intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic status of Iranian Jews. Exploration of history of Iranian Jews from ancient period throughout history, with focus on post-Middle Ages to present time. Topics, studied from perspective of Iranian cultural and intellectual history, include identity and status, religious tolerance versus forced conversion, Iranian Jewish emancipation, and dynamic symbiosis between Iranian Jews and other Iranians. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 150A - Survey of Persian Literature in English

    Instructor(s): Domenico Ingenito

    Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Persian not required. May be taken independently for credit.

  • ISLM ST M20 - Introduction to Islam

    Instructor(s): Asma Sayeed

    (Formerly numbered M110.) (Same as Religion M20.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Genesis of Islam, its doctrines, and practices, with readings from Qur'an and Hadith; schools of law and theology; piety and Sufism; reform and modernism. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ISLM ST M111 - Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

    Instructor(s): Katherine Burke

    (Same as Art History M119C and Middle Eastern Studies M111.) Lecture, three hours. From earliest monuments of Islam in Arabia and Jerusalem to humble remains of small Egyptian port, broad focus on archaeological and standing remains in central Islamic lands (primarily Syria, Egypt, and Iraq), Turkey, Iran, North Africa, and Spain. Profound cultural transformations occurred from birth of Islam in 7th century to early Ottoman period in 16th and 17th centuries, which are traceable in material records. Assessment of effectiveness of tools afforded by historical archaeology to aid understanding of past societies. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ISLM ST 151 - Islamic Thought

    Instructor(s): Luke Yarbrough

    (Formerly numbered Islamics 151.) Lecture, 90 minutes; discussion, 90 minutes. Recommended requisite: course M110. Based on original writings of major Islamic thinkers in English translation, provides balanced picture of enormous ideological variety found in contemporary Muslim world. Examination of representative writings from wide spectrum of modern Islamic intellectuals and writers. Letter grading.

  • JEWISH M144 - Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State

    Instructor(s): Scott Abramson

    (Same as Middle Eastern Studies M144.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. History of Zionism on backdrop of European, world, and Jewish histories from ideological origins to political, cultural, and social foundations of State of Israel. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M150A - Hebrew Literature in English: Literary Traditions of Ancient Israel--Bible and Apocrypha

    Instructor(s): Jeremy Smoak

    (Same as Comparative Literature M101.) Lecture, three hours. Study of literary culture of ancient Israel through examination of principal compositional strategies of Hebrew Bible and Apocrypha (read in translation). May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M178 - Introduction to History and Culture of Iranian Jews

    Instructor(s): Nahid Pirnazar

    (Same as History M178 and Iranian M178.) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to political, intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic status of Iranian Jews. Exploration of history of Iranian Jews from ancient period throughout history, with focus on post-Middle Ages to present time. Topics, studied from perspective of Iranian cultural and intellectual history, include identity and status, religious tolerance versus forced conversion, Iranian Jewish emancipation, and dynamic symbiosis between Iranian Jews and other Iranians. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH 19 - Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

    Instructor(s): Jonathan Zasloff

    Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

  • M E STD M50B - Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Instructor(s): Carol Bakhos

    (Same as Ancient Near East M50B and Religion M50.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of three major monotheisms of Western cultures--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--historically and comparatively. Development, teachings, and ritual practices of each tradition up to and including medieval period. Composition and development of various sacred texts, highlighting key themes and ideas within different historical and literary strata of traditions, such as mechanisms of revelation, struggle for religious authority, and common theological issues such as origin of evil and status of nonbelievers. Letter grading.

  • M E STD M111 - Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

    Instructor(s): Katherine Burke

    (Same as Art History M119C and Islamic Studies M111.) Lecture, three hours. From earliest monuments of Islam in Arabia and Jerusalem to humble remains of small Egyptian port, broad focus on archaeological and standing remains in central Islamic lands (primarily Syria, Egypt, and Iraq), Turkey, Iran, North Africa, and Spain. Profound cultural transformations occurred from birth of Islam in 7th century to early Ottoman period in 16th and 17th centuries, which are traceable in material records. Assessment of effectiveness of tools afforded by historical archaeology to aid understanding of past societies. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M E STD M144 - Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State

    Instructor(s): No assigned instructor
  • TURKIC 101B - Elementary Turkish

    Instructor(s): Beyza Lorenz

    Lecture, five hours. Requisite: course 101A. Grammar, reading, conversation, and elementary composition drills. P/NP or letter grading.

  • TURKIC 102B - Advanced Turkish

    Instructor(s): Beyza Lorenz

    Lecture, five hours. Requisites: courses 101A, 101B, 101C. Continuing study of grammar, conversation, and composition. Readings in modern literature and social science texts. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.