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130cp at 1000 level or above or (20cp in AHIS or AHST units at 2000 level)
This unit offers and advanced study of cultural dialogue between ancient societies, by examining the material and literary records of the ancient Near East and neighboring regions, including Egypt. Western cultural stereotypes and prejudices are investigated, as well as notions of cultural identity, assimilation, rejection, and superiority. Problems to be addressed may concern, among many, cultural borrowing, funerary traditions, gift-giving, tribute, plundering, arts and coinage, trade, and dress.
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|Online Quiz||30%||No||Weeks 2 through 12|
|Short Essay (Literature Review)||20%||No||Week 7|
|Long Research Essay||50%||No||Week 13|
Answer a series of questions on the Lectures and Required Weekly Readings. Complete the Quiz using the iLearn quiz tool
Essay requiring independent research; Length: 1,000 words;
Essay requiring independent research; Length: 3,500 words
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This unit offers an advanced study of cultural dialogues between ancient civilizations by examining the material and literary records of the ancient Near East and neighboring regions, including Egypt. Western cultural stereotypes and prejudices are investigated, as well as notions of cultural identity, ethnicity, assimilation, rejection, and superiority. Amongst the themes to be addressed are: cultural borrowings, gender, funerary traditions, gift-giving, tribute, plundering, arts, trade, and dress
1. To understand through practical examples notions of cultural identity, acculturation, assimilation, rejection, and superiority amongst peoples and cultures of the ancient Near East and Egypt.
2. To understand and critically evaluate methodological approaches to the study of cultural dialogue in antiquity.
3. To acquire skills necessary for the analysis and interpretation of social and political identity in the ancient world.
4. To develop the skills to conduct independent research, synthesize acquired knowledge, and effectively plan, organize and prioritize work.
5. To communicate effectively with teaching staff and peers.
Theoretical Backgrounds to be Examined in this Unit
Black and White: Dialogue of Civilizations or Clash of Civilizations (Whose Civilization?)
Us and Them: What is Cultural Identity?
To Be or Not to Be, the mechanics of Culture: Assimilation, Rejection and Superiority
The Lure of Luxury and Comfort: Cultural Borrowings and Identity
Similarity and Difference: Ethnicity in Antiquity
Not for Everyone: To Be of not to Be Divine
Neither One nor the Other: Gender in Antiquity
Grain or Sheep: Pastoralists and Farmers
Single Constant: Migrations, Marriages and Multiculturalism
Material Wealth and Consumption: Birth of Capitalism?
"Ethnogenesis" and Acculturation
Selective Memories: Manufacturing Identities
Yin and Yang: Dialogue rather than Clash?
Observing from the Moon: Big History and the End of Differences?
2 hours of lectures per week
1 hour tutorial per week
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