Courses

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Winter 2021

  • 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): Alberto Diaz RuvalcabaEmilie NordhuesJulianna SmithJennifer ManoukianAndrew BockAaron CashAzeem MalikCatherine BoneshoElizabeth Vandyke

    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 15W - Women and Power in Ancient World

    Instructor(s): Saad ShaukatMohsin AliEvan MetzgerVera RondanoAtiyeh TaghieiMaryan RaghebJeremy WilliamsAnatolii TokmantcevCeyda SteeleJordan GalczynskiKathlyn CooneyHolly RobinsRobyn Price

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: English Composition 3. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 15. 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. 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. Satisfies Writing II req

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

    Instructor(s): Carol BakhosRory MacdonaldAaron SamuelsMegan Remington

    (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 M60 - Achaemenid Civilization and Empire of Alexander

    Instructor(s): M ShayeganHong Yu ChenJeffrey Newman

    (Same as History M60 and Iranian M60.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of period from circa 600 to 300 BCE, rise and fall of Achaemenid Persia, first world empire of antiquity, which was ended by Alexander the Great, whose campaigns were as transformative as they were violent. Alexander connected ancient Mediterranean and Near East as never before, ushering in new era and forever changing cultural landscape of ancient world. Focus on themes of ancient kingship and political ideology; comparative study of empires; administration and institutions; and religious and ethnic diversity in large, heterogeneous states. Students gain broad knowledge of Achaemenid and Macedonian empires, facility with ancient primary sources, and development of analytical skills central to discipline of history. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA 120B - Elementary Ancient Egyptian

    Instructor(s): Jonathan Winnerman

    Lecture, five hours. Requisite: course 120A. Verbal system and syntax of verbal sentences of Middle Egyptian. P/NP or letter grading.

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

    Instructor(s): Andrew Danielson

    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 CM163 - Archaeology of Iran

    Instructor(s): Seyed-ali Mousavi

    (Same as Iranian CM163.) Lecture, three hours. Designed to introduce students to Iranian archaeology from prehistoric through Achaemenid times. Concurrently scheduled with course CM259. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA M185D - Religions of Ancient Near East

    Instructor(s): Gina Konstantopoulos

    (Same as History M185D and Religion M185D.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Main polytheistic systems of ancient Near East, with emphasis on Mesopotamia and Syria and with reference to religion of ancient Israel: varying concepts of divinity, hierarchies of gods, prayer and cult, magics, wisdom, and moral conduct. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC 1B - Elementary Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Kinda Al RifaeMichael Cooperson

    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 HamzaMichael CoopersonMolly Courtney

    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 140 - Readings in Modern Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Abeer Hamza

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 103A, or consent of instructor. Development of reading, speaking, and writing abilities in modern standard Arabic, as well as cultural knowledge, through film screenings, discussions, written compositions, verbal presentations, and reading authentic literary texts from across Arabic-speaking world. Prepares students for more advanced literary Arabic courses. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC M148 - Contemporary Arab Film and Song

    Instructor(s): Nouri Gana

    (Same as Comparative Literature M148.) Seminar, three hours. Exploration of conjunctions between contemporary Arab film and song and between popular cultures and cultures of commitment (Iltizam), with possible focus on specific genres such as realist/neorealist Arab film; feminist Arab film or popular Arab film and song; topics such as nation, gender, and representation or democracy and human rights or censorship, reception, and resistance. Possible examination of various national cinemas such as Tunisian, Egyptian, Moroccan, Algerian, and Palestinian. Various musical genres such as Rai, Mizoued, and Hip-hop also examined in relation to emergence not only of national cinemas, national music industries, and iconic singers but also of video clip, satellite TV, star academy, and reality shows--all products of transnational and pan-Arab mass media. 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.

  • 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 188FL - Special Studies: Readings in Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Jeremy Smoak

    Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 102C. Students must be concurrently enrolled in an affiliated main course. Primary readings and advanced training in Hebrew. Additional work in Hebrew to enrich and augment work assigned in main course, including reading, writing, and other exercises in Hebrew. 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 M60 - Achaemenid Civilization and Empire of Alexander

    Instructor(s): Jeffrey NewmanM ShayeganHong Yu Chen

    (Same as Ancient Near East M60 and History M60.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of period from circa 600 to 300 BCE, rise and fall of Achaemenid Persia, first world empire of antiquity, which was ended by Alexander the Great, whose campaigns were as transformative as they were violent. Alexander connected ancient Mediterranean and Near East as never before, ushering in new era and forever changing cultural landscape of ancient world. Focus on themes of ancient kingship and political ideology; comparative study of empires; administration and institutions; and religious and ethnic diversity in large, heterogeneous states. Students gain broad knowledge of Achaemenid and Macedonian empires, facility with ancient primary sources, and development of analytical skills central to discipline of history. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 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 CM163 - Archaeology of Iran

    Instructor(s): Seyed-ali Mousavi

    (Same as Ancient Near East CM163.) Lecture, three hours. Designed to introduce students to Iranian archaeology from prehistoric through Achaemenid times. Concurrently scheduled with course CM259. 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 187 - Variable Topics in Iranian Studies

    Instructor(s): Robert Steele

    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.

  • IRANIAN 189HC - Honors Contracts

    Instructor(s): Nader SaiediSeyed-ali Mousavi

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. 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.

  • JEWISH M80 - Jewish American Experience through Music

    Instructor(s): Ciera OttJeffrey JaneczkoMark Kligman

    (Same as Musicology M80.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. In synagogue and on stage, and from LP recordings to YouTube, Jews in America have varied musical experiences. Music of synagogue, celebrations at home, in community, and theater are all interesting developments of Jewish music. New Opportunities in entertainment industry brought new possibilities for Jews in popular music, rock, and film scores. Exploration of various examples of Jews responding and adapting to their American context and becoming American through music. Exploration of different music genres and contexts. Presentations by guest composers and performers. Letter grading.

  • JEWISH M142 - Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

    Instructor(s): Menachem Hofnung

    (Same as Middle Eastern Studies M142.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of evolution of Israel--its changing society, volatile domestic and foreign politics, and dynamic culture--from its foundation in 1948 to present, in context of global political and cultural change and changing Jewish world. Tension between Israel's conception of itself as Jewish state and fact that it is home to wide variety of ethnic and religious groups and to great diversity of cultures; that it was envisaged as safe haven for Jewish people but has been characterized by insecurity and ongoing war; that, founded as democracy, it contends with multiple strains on its democratic system, such as tensions between Jews and Arabs, secular and religious Jews, and disparate ethnic groups. 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 M155 - Angels, Demons, and End of World: Magic, Mysticism, and Apocalypse in Jewish Traditions

    Instructor(s): Catherine BoneshoMegan Remington

    (Same as Religion M155.) Lecture, three hours. Focus on popular Jewish traditions of magic, mysticism, apocalypse, and various contours of Judaism's textual and material traditions in antiquity. Examination of texts and objects from Hebrew Bible to modern discussions of Kabbalah and end of world, concentrating on Jewish antiquity. Discussion of texts, including Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, extra-biblical Jewish texts, New Testament, and rabbinic and later Jewish literature. Discussion of sociohistorical context in order to decipher features and functions of magic, mysticism, and apocalypse in antiquity and modernity. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M162 - Israel Seen through Its Literature

    Instructor(s): Ethan Pack

    (Same as Comparative Literature M162.) Lecture, three hours. Attempt to impart profound understanding of Israel as seen through its literature. Examination of variety of literary texts--stories, novels, and poems--and reading of them in context of their historical backgrounds. 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 M182C - Modern Jewish History

    Instructor(s): David Myers

    (Same as History M182C.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Survey of early modern Jewish history beginning with enormously repercussive expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, followed by transformations in Jewish society and identity over five centuries in Europe and Middle East, and concluding with nationalism. P/NP or letter grading.

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

    Instructor(s): Aaron SamuelsRory MacdonaldCarol BakhosMegan Remington

    (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 M142 - Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

    Instructor(s): Menachem Hofnung

    (Same as Jewish Studies M142.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of evolution of Israel--its changing society, volatile domestic and foreign politics, and dynamic culture--from its foundation in 1948 to present, in context of global political and cultural change and changing Jewish world. Tension between Israel's conception of itself as Jewish state and fact that it is home to wide variety of ethnic and religious groups and to great diversity of cultures; that it was envisaged as safe haven for Jewish people but has been characterized by insecurity and ongoing war; that, founded as democracy, it contends with multiple strains on its democratic system, such as tensions between Jews and Arabs, secular and religious Jews, and disparate ethnic groups. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M E STD 177 - Variable Topics in Middle Eastern Studies

    Instructor(s): Scott AbramsonScott Abramson

    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.

  • M E STD M178 - Variable Topics

    Instructor(s): Carol Bakhos

    (Same as Religion M178.) Seminar, three hours. Interdisciplinary approach to some major topics in study of religion and Middle Eastern studies. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M E STD 189HC - Honors Contracts

    Instructor(s): Scott Abramson

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • SEMITIC 140B - Elementary Akkadian

    Instructor(s): Barbara Cifola

    Lecture, three hours. Elementary grammar and reading of texts in standard Babylonian.

  • 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.