Early cities and states

Vakbeschrijving Early cities and states
Collegejaar: 2017-2018
Studiegidsnummer: 1042EC4Y
Docent(en):
  • Dr. B.S. Düring
  • M.K. Termeer Ph.D.
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 200
Periode: Semester 1, Blok II
Onderwijstijd in uren
(excl. zelfstudie):
30:00 uur
  • Wel Keuzevak
  • Geen Contractonderwijs
  • Wel Exchange
  • Wel Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Description

The contents of this course are complex societies, which formed cities and states, as they occur in the Near Eastern and Mediterranean world between about 4000 BC and 300AD. During the class we will discuss the processes that were important for the development of these early societies. This will be achieved through the discussion of different theories and their relevant archaeological data.

In both regions there are site-specific and broader methodological differences. These result in some interesting discrepancies but also some striking similarities.
In this class we will not only focus on tracing the development of complex societies but also on the inherent archaeological difficulties that arise from the study of these processes. Topics that will be covered are: urbanisation, central places, state formation, trade, collapse, multiculturalism and imperialism.

Course objectives

  • Ability to critically evaluate the themes mentioned above, on the basis of a number of examples from the archaeology of the Near East and the Mediterranean;
  • Ability to understand the different explanatory models that exist for the creation of (and trends in) complex societies in all their facets.

Timetable

Course schedule details can be found in the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

Lectures.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:
- 14 hours of lectures (2 ects);
- 420 pages of literature (3 ects).

Assessment method

Written exam.

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA2 examination schedule.

Reading list

  • R. Matthews, The Archaeology of Mesopotamia: Theories and Approaches. London: Routledge (2003) (204 p.);
  • This will be supplemented with additional articles. A reading list will be provided 2 weeks before class.

Registration

Registration for the course or the exam is not required.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Contact

For more information about his course, please contact dr. B.S. Düring or M.K. Termeer PhD.

Remarks

Compulsory attendance.

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