HISTART 253 - The Mediterranean: Art History
Winter 2019, Section 002 - Art and Exchange
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art


Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course offers an innovative cross-disciplinary approach to the Mediterranean, with lecture and seminar components. There is a weekly lecture, covering the broad history and culture of the Mediterranean region from late antiquity to the present, delivered by faculty in the University’s cluster “The Mediterranean Perspective on Global History and Culture.” Students also meet twice a week in smaller seminars. This seminar focuses on the Early Modern Mediterranean. The emphasis is on the political, social, and cultural history of the eastern and western shores of the Mediterranean, considered in a comparative and connected manner. Through a close reading of literary and archival sources, such as travelogues, ambassadors’ reports, soldiers’ tales, and captivity narratives, the seminar explores salient features of the Mediterranean in the pre-modern period. These include the rise of empires, commercial networks, experiences of conversion and expulsion, travel and migration, piracy and captivity, and inter-confessional relations. All readings and discussion will be in English.

Course Requirements:

Assessment is based on the midterm and final examinations, two papers, class participation, and attendance. The mid-term, worth 20% of the grade, covers the first half of the course, with in-class and take-home components. The final exam, worth 20% of the grade, covers the second half of the course. The first short paper (3-4 pp.) is worth 15% of the grade and the second longer paper (5-6 pp.) is worth 25% of the grade. Class participation will make up the final 20% of the grade, based on attendance, informed discussion about the weekly readings, and performance on in-class group work during the session at the Kelsey Museum.

Class Format:

The course is linked with seminars offered by the Departments of the History of Art (HISTART 253) and Classical Civilization (CLCIV 253), with students from all three seminars attending the weekly lectures presented by the joint faculty from the cluster.


HISTART 253 - The Mediterranean: Art History
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 12:00PM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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