An introduction to the visual expression of a variety of times, places and cultures, from the prehistoric times to the contemporary world. Technical processes involved in the creation of various forms of art and architecture, historical circumstances surrounding the production and consumption of visual culture, investigation of recent methodologies from anthropology, cultural history and the history of art which are currently used to analyze visual culture.
Broad introduction to the study of visual expression in different world cultures and time periods. Case studies about specific works of art are used to instruct students about the different ways that art historical theory can be applied to the analysis of a work of art/architecture. Research and academic writing skills are a key component.
Introduction to the discipline of archaeology. Emergence of archaeology as a discipline and its historical evolution, methods of discovery and research, major excavations and discoveries that are critical for understanding ancient civilizations.
Introduction to the ancient civilizations of Anatolia. Important human social developments in the prehistoric periods, such as the establishment of first temples in the world, origins of agriculture, emergence of cities, extensive use of metals and long-distance, international trade.
Study of the later periods of the ancient civilizations of Anatolia. Important human social developments in the past, such as settlement organization and architecture, religion, economy, trade and artistic expression in the Middle, and Late and Late Bronze Age and Iron Age.
Introduction to the material culture of the Hellenistic and Roman periods of Anatolia. Settlements and settlement patterns, architecture, art, religion, trade and cultural interactions. The most important archaeological remains of these periods.
Study of the material culture of the Byzantine period of Anatolia. Settlements and settlement patterns, architecture, art, religion, trade and cultural interactions. The most important archaeological remains of this period.
Introduction to the origins, development and enduring legacy of Late Antique and Byzantine civilization. The course traces the transformation of the ancient world and the emergence and role of Byzantium as a major political, economic and cultural power in Europe and Near East. Topics covered include the spread of Christianity, the development of imperial ideology and the institutions of state, warfare and diplomacy, social and economic life, literary, artistic and architectural achievements, and cultural interaction with Western Europe and the Islamic states of the Near East.
Introduction to the history of architecture and urbanism. Development of the city in Anatolia, the Mediterranean basin and the Near East.
Art, architecture and the visual culture of the Ancient Near East, the Classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods in Europe. The political symbolism of art and architecture, the nature of patronage, how art and architecture inform our understanding of the past.
Introduction to the ancient civilizations of Anatolia. Important human social developments in the past, such as the establishment of first temples in the world, origins of agriculture, emergence of cities, extensive use of metals and long-distance, international trade. Settlement organization and architecture, religion, economy, trade and artistic expression in ancient Anatolia. The period from 8000 BC to 600 BC including the prehistoric and protohistoric times and the Assyrian colonies of Anatolia, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians, Lydians and the Persian conquest of Anatolia in 550 BC.
From frontier principality to world empire: the construction of the Ottoman State, 1299-1566. Examines the history of the Ottoman State from its origins as a tiny frontier principality to its transformation into a world empire, and the social, political and cultural changes that accompanied this process. Students are also introduced to the principal historiographic debates on this period.
Examines the complex changes the Ottoman State and society underwent from the end of the reign of Suleyman to the beginning of the Tanzimat. Crisis of the central state, the rise of the ayan in the provinces, changes in urban society and culture, and changing relations with and perceptions of Europe.
Emergence of a distinctive western European civilization out of Christian, Greco-Roman and Germanic institutions, the formation and transformation of medieval European society, the Renaissance and the Reformation, and state building and social change in the early modern era.
This course introduces the major themes of the early modern European cultural history from the late middle ages to the French Revolution. In addition to providing a general survey, it aims to familiarize the students with the historiography, that is, the writing of history, of this period. Topics will include the crisis of the late Middle Ages; the Renaissance of the Italian humanists; popular culture and social control; science, magic, and wonders; women and their world; witches and witch hunts; discovery of the Americas; and the Reformation and Counter Reformation.
This course introduces some of the major issues in the history of the Ottoman Empire with a focus on the cultural life. Topics will include: life at the frontiers; relations between Ottomans and their neighbors; imperial ideology; the social fabric, gender, and ethnic structure; social unrest and religious movements; the new world order and the Ottoman response. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast academic approaches to Ottoman History with its representation in historical novels and film.
Studio practice in classical and contemporary drawing. Learning to look and sketch. Convey the illusion of light, depth and texture on paper. Building skills for composition, expression and abstraction. Experimenting with various materials.
Introduction to museum studies in theory and practice. Beginnings of museums and their historical evolution, the changing roles and purposes of the museum, collection management, exhibition design, interpretation and communication, conservation issues, public outreach and community involvement.
Conservation, interpretation, communication and management of all archaeological and historical resources that are regarded as cultural heritage. Theoretical and methodological approaches, social and political factors, which shape our understanding and management of the cultural heritage. Examination of local and global, international and national institutions which deal with cultural heritage, the relevant legislation and conventions that impact the management of these resources.
Examination of the first cities and states in the world and the earliest written records of human history. Study of the civilizations of the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians through archaeological remains and historical sources.
An archaeological survey of ancient Egyptian civilization. Prehistoric Egypt, Old and Middle Kingdom periods, the Hyksos invasions, the New Kingdom era and the Amarna diplomacy, decline of Egypt, Hellenistic period and Alexander the Great, Roman control and the rise of Coptic Christianity.
The origins of the Hittites, their relationship with the Assyrian merchant colonies, local kingdoms and cities in Central Anatolia. The Hittite expansion and their international relations, particularly with Egypt, reasons of decline at the end of the second millennium BC, Neo-Hittite kingdoms and the legacy of the Hittite culture.
A comprehensive chronological survey of the various monuments of Early Christian and Byzantine art, spanning from the earliest surviving traces of Christian art and architecture in the city of Rome and the eastern provinces of the Late Roman Empire to the art and architecture of the Late Byzantine Empire in Constantinople and the Balkans.
Introduction to the history and culture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Topics include archaeology, art, architecture, politics, religion, and literature. Students will study ancient Greek and Roman texts such as theater plays, myths, epics, laws, and historical accounts.