Mediterranean Culture and History

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mediterranean Culture and History

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    History, International Studies, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Number of sessions: 30
    Length of each session: 1,5 h
    Total length of the module: 45 hours

    INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
    The goal of this course is to offer a wide introduction to the main evolution of the Mediterranean using not History but its cultures, religions and peoples. The main topics covered are: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greece, Rome, Germanics, Byzantines, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Renaissance, the Mediterranean family and the Modernization of the Mediterranean Societies.

    The treatment of these topics will not be covered chronologically but by item. Each of the classes will maintain a chronological structure but not the whole course, that is, each session will be independent from each other trying to cover all the important elements of a given topic.

    CONTENTS
    1 Introduction and Syllabus
    2 Physical Geography
    3 Ancient Civilizations in the Mediterranean
    4 Judaism in Ancient Times
    5 Ancient Greece
    6 Philosophy and Political Thought
    7 Ancient Rome
    8 Germanics, Slavs and Byzantines
    9 Christendom in Ancient Times
    10 TEST
    11 PRESENTATIONS: A Faithful Sea
    12 PRESENTATIONS: Secularity and Religiosity in the Mediterranean
    13 PRESENTATIONS: Secularity and Religiosity in the World
    14 Islam and the Arabs
    15 Judaism since the Diaspora
    16 Christendom in Modern Times
    17 America and the Mediterranean
    18 The Renaissance
    19 Mediterranean Families: Balkans and Africa
    20 TEST
    21 Mediterranean Families: Andalusia and Sicily
    22 The Mafia and the Mediterranean State
    23 The Mediterranean Today
    24 PRESENTATIONS: The Modernization of the Mediterranean
    25 PRESENTATIONS: Mediterranean Culture
    26 PRESENTATIONS: The Mediterranean Family
    27 FINAL EXAM

    GRADING
    30% Mid Term Exam
    This exam consists of a 60 multiple choice exam. Each question will offer four possible answers, only one of them is correct. The exam will take place in the session established in the syllabus.

    Example. Capital of the Eastern Roman Empire
    a. Jerusalem
    b. Athens
    c. Constantinople
    d. Istanbul
    Example. Battle of Lepanto
    a. 1871
    b. 1771
    c. 1671
    d. 1571

    30% Presentations
    Students will give a presentation in groups of five or six. They will use the time of one session to explain to their classmates the things they consider important in a presentation given by the professor. The reading will be provided for the professor and the topics covered by the text will not be explained in class, so students need to teach a full session.
    At the end of the presentations it?d be good to come up with questions for the audience or allow them to ask questions since the topics presented will be part of the final exam.

    PRESENTATIONS: Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar, Secularism, Women and the State
    PRESENTATIONS: Secularity in the world
    PRESENTATIONS: A Faithful Sea
    PRESENTATIONS: Mediterranean Culture
    PRESENTATIONS: The Modern Mediterranean
    PRESENTATIONS: The Modernization of the Mediterranean

    10% Final Exam
    This final exam will consist of four questions. Each of these questions will be answered using a specific number of lines given by the professor. The answer needs to be clear and direct, which means that students need to answer the question with ?objective? knowledge.

    This exam is not an essay, that is, the students is not supposed to create a narrative to answer but to give all the information covered in class.
    Example. The Formation of a specific Mediterranean Modernization