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Viewing: CLAS 1001 : Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

Last approved: Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:13:23 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:15:33 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (CLAS)
Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
Ancient Mediterranean Civs
Fall 2017
Course Type
Discussion Group
Default Grading Method
Letter Grade
freshmen and sophomores


Eric Cline
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Overview and brief introduction to the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world ca. 6000 BCE through ca. 476 CE. Aspects of the political, social, cultural, economic, diplomatic, military, artistic, and religious history of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome.

By the end of this course, students should:

- have a general understanding of the ways that archaeologists, art historians, ancient historians, and philologists collect and interpret physical evidence (material culture, including literary evidence) at ancient sites and elsewhere;
- have a specific understanding of how ancient historians and others utilize the evidence we have for the past;
- understand how to use that evidence to interpret what the past was like at a specific time and place


This course will contribute to student competence in:

- critical thinking skills, where critical thinking is defined as analyzing and engaging with the concepts that underlie an argument and in which the logic and evidence underlying an interpretation is evaluated in terms of the conclusions reached. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate abstract information; understand and analyze scholarly literature and arguments, and formulate a logical argument based on that analysis.

It will additionally contribute to student competence in:

- scientific reasoning, in which interpretations that are founded on evidence are understood as distinct from speculation (legitimate or otherwise);
- cross-cultural perspectives, which are given an important time depth by including knowledge of past societies;
- creative thinking, in which new scholarly arguments are created which are based on a set of findings;
- and written expression and communication skills, in which these ideas are communicated in an effective and coherent way.

Course Attribute
CCAS - History Pre-1750
This course was approved for GPAC Critical Thinking by the GPAC Committee.

Requesting GPAC for Critical Thinking
candaceg (Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:46:15 GMT): Rollback: Hello, please update the syllabus to include univeristy policies such as amount of time out of class and grading percentages. The required syllabus template is attached as a reference. Sent by Candace Gnahoui
echacko (Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:50:34 GMT): Rollback: Rollback at the request of the instructor.
mwweeks (Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:22:14 GMT): revised syllabus and GPAC form attached
echacko (Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:40:32 GMT): Course approved as a GPAC course in the Humanities with a Critical Thinking attribute.
gharris (Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:17:54 GMT): Rollback: Please provide a bulletin-style course description, i.e., 1-2 lines covering only the main themes/topics of the course. See, e.g., CLAS 2803.
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