Introduction to the History of Art: Ancient to Medieval
An introduction to art and architecture from Antiquity to the late Middle Ages, including non-Western traditions. The course gives an overview of key monuments and works of art from diverse historical periods, regions, and cultures and introduces students to the basic interpretative tools of art historical research as well as to the history of the discipline.
Christina T. Halperin (Class: 10:00 – 10:50 am MW)
Ancient Egyptian Archaeology
Everyone knows of Ancient Egypt's monumental pyramids, temples and tombs. Yet it also had cities, fortresses, palaces, potters, and even trash. The archaeological record informs us greatly about Egyptian daily life, craft and economy. In this class students will study the archaeology of Egypt to learn about their history, culture, religion and society. Students will grapple with original material in their presentations of objects, tombs, houses and sites. Moreover students will engage with the collection of the Princeton Museum of Art in a semester long, hands-on project to identify scarab-shaped amulets. The class may also travel to museums.
Kate Liszka (Class: 10:00 – 10:50 am TTh)
Court, Cloister, and City: Art and Architecture in Central and Eastern Europe
Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, and Russia, ca. 1450-1800. Special emphasis is placed on the changing roles of court, city, cloister, and aristocracy and the relation of local styles to international trends, including art elsewhere in Europe.
One three-hour seminar.
Thomas D. Kaufmann (Seminar: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W)
Seminar in Roman Art: The Historated Columns
The seminar will analyze the great historical columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius.
Michael Koortbojian (Seminar: 1:30 – 4:20 pm M)
The Roman Empire, 31 B.C. to A.D. 337
To study the Roman Empire at its height; to trace the transformation of government from a republican oligarchy to despotism; to study the changes wrought by multiculturalism on the old unitary society; to trace the rise of Christianity from persecution to dominance; and to assess Rome's contributions to western civilization.
Edward J. Champlin (Lecture: 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm MW)
Topics in Ancient History: The Fall of the Roman Republic
The decay of republican government came in one of the best attested periods in the history of Rome and has fascinated commentators and historians from ancient times to the present. This course will cover Roman politics and society over the century from 146 BC (the destruction of Carthage) to 44 BC (the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March). Students will be able to research a chosen topic in detail.
Harriet I. Flower (Class: 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm MW)
Homer: The Odyssey
We will read through the Odyssey, sampling recent critical approaches and commentaries on the poem. Basics of meter, language, style and transmission will be covered.
Andrew L. Ford (Seminar: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W)
Historical/Comparative Grammar of Greek
Introduction to Greek historical/comparative grammar, based in significant part on early epic and with special attention to Homeric linguistics and poetics. There will be ample time to explore whatever topics in the history of the Greek language are of particular interest to whoever is enrolled.
Joshua T. Katz (Seminar: 9:00 am – 11:50 am M)
Greek Rhetoric: Theory and Practice
An introduction to Greek oratory, with attention to social context and technical artistry. We will focus on several orations by Lysias, a speech-writer known for his lively style and vivid depiction of character, supplementing these with other examples from the forensic arena of fifth and fourth century Athens.
Janet D. Downie (Seminar: 11:00 am – 12:20 pm TTh)
The Classical Roots of Western Literature
An introduction to comparative literature, this course will investigate the many forms of cultural transmission: literary, historical, intellectual, political, religious. Readings of major works of the Greek, Roman, Arabic, and European traditions. From Greeks and barbarians to the Library of Alexandria, the foundation of Rome, the sacred texts of Christianity and Islam, and the traditions of learning in medieval Europe, we shall examine the different ways in which pagan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures of Europe and the Near East have understood themselves as products of transmission.
Daniel Heller-Roazen (Class: 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm MW)
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture I: History, Philosophy, and Religion
In combination with HUM 216, this course explores the landmark achievements of European civilization from antiquity to the middle ages. Students must enroll in both 216 and 217, which constitute a double-course. The lecture component for HUM 217 is listed as TBA because all meetings are listed under HUM 216. There are no separate meeting times for HUM 217.
Constanze Güthenke, Daniel Heller-Roazen, Matthew M. McCarty (Class: TBA)
The World of the Middle Ages
An introduction to medieval culture in Western Europe from the end of the classical world to ca. 1400. The course focuses on themes such as the medieval concepts of self, humanity, and God; nation-building, conquest and crusade; relations among Christians, Jews, and Moslems; literacy, heresy, and the rise of vernacular literature; gender, chivalry, and the medieval court. Material approached through various cultural forms and media; some lectures by invited guest lecturers. Seminar discussion format with some lecturing.
Helmut Reimitz (Lecture: 11:00 am – 12:20 pm MW)
Comparative Ethnic Conflict
This course introduces students to the study of ethnic conflict. We will examine different theories of ethnically-based identification and mobilization; cover different types of ethnic conflict such as riots, genocide, hate crime and war; and study past and present cases of ethic conflict around the world.
Deniz Aksoy (Class: 11:00 am – 11:50 am TTh)
Turning Points in European Culture
Multi-disciplinary seminar on turning points in European culture from the late middle ages to the present. Gateway course for ECS and Contemporary European Politics and Society. Seminar draws on expertise of guest faculty from Princeton and elsewhere and includes topics in Literature, Art, Music, Philosophy, Political Theory and History of Science.
Thomas A. Trezise (Lecture: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm M)
Topics in Country and Regional Economics:
Economics of the European Union and Economies in Europe
This course studies the economies of current and prospective European Union (EU) members and economic integration in Europe after 1945. It explores the political motivation for, and the economic implications of, the European Union's moves towards ever deeper integration and enlargement. Topics include policy-making in the EU, adoption of common policies including European Monetary Union and the Euro and their implications for fiscal and labor market policies, problems raised by an EU enlargement to the East, and economic transition in EU applicant countries. The course uses economic analysis to study policy issues.
Silvia Weyerbrock (Lecture: 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm)
Language Transfer and Cultural Communication
What is translation? What is a language? So essential and widespread is translation today that it has become a central analytic term for the contact of cultures, and a paradigm for studying many different aspects of our multilingual world. This course will consider translation as it appeared in the past, but especially as it constructs everyday life in the contemporary world. It will look at issues of anthropology, artificial intelligence, diplomacy, film, law and literature that involve interlingual and intercultural communication. Students should acquire an understanding of the problems and practices of modern translation.
Sandra L. Bermann (Lecture: 11:00 am – 12:20 pm T)
Senior Seminar in Translation and Intercultural Communication
A required course for students taking the certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication but open to all who are interested in translation or any of its aspects, that is in movements between languages of any sort. Readings will focus on recent contributions to the emerging disciplines of translation studies across a wide spectrum of thematic fields (science, law, anthropology, literature, etc.). The seminar will incorporate the individual experiences of the students in their contact with different disciplines and idioms and, where relevant, in developing their senior theses. One three-hour seminar.
David M. Bellos (Seminar: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm M)
Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): The Eurozone Crisis and Beyond
WWS 593 H
In the second half of 2011, the crisis in the eurozone threatened to run out of control. This course will discuss four themes: 1) the critiques of the concept of the eurozone prior to January 1999; 2) why the eurozone appeared a major success at its 10th anniversary, which coincided with the beginning of the global economic crisis; 3) the interconnected nature of the crisis, weak sovereigns, weak banks, and weak growth prospects; and 4) the domestic and multilateral measures to deal with the crisis. The course will also consider the future of the eurozone.
Ashoka Mody (TBA)