MMW-11, Track B, Fall 2015 Abbreviated Syllabus of Readings

MMW-11, Track B, Fall 2015
Abbreviated Syllabus of Readings & Lectures
(The full version of this syllabus —available at—
lists optional recommended readings plus links to pre-lecture previews and
post-lecture summaries, to on-line copies of all Sourcebook items, and to
interactive review quizzes for all readings. Information on office hours,
sections, grades, academic integrity and other logistic information may also
be found at the same web address, as well as study hints, exam previews, &c.
Although this syllabus version is accurate as of September 15, the on-line
version may reflect later changes and takes precedence.)
Week 0: Session 0: Friday, September 25, 2015
Lecture: Welcome and Sequence Overview (Matthew Herbst)
Week 1: Session 1, Monday, September 28, 2015
Sourcebook §A Evolution: Introduction
Sourcebook §A Evolution: Essay 3 (Early Theory)
Sourcebook §A Evolution: Essay 4 (Genes)
Web: Essential Fossils (Introduction)
Lecture: Australopithecus Bipedalism & Why It Matters
Week 1: Session 2, Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Sourcebook §A Evolution: Essay 6 (Birth)
Sourcebook §A Evolution: Essay 7 (Bipedalism)
Sourcebook §A Evolution: Essay 8 (Last Common Ancestor)
Lecture: Homo naledi, H. habilis, H. erectus, & H. neanderthalensis
Week 1: Session 3, Friday, October 2, 2015
Sourcebook §A Evolution: Essay 10 (Mitochondrial Eve)
Sourcebook §B-1 Theory: Definitions
Sourcebook §B-2 Theory: Models
Lecture: Upper Paleolithic Hunting Innovations
Week 2: Session 4, Monday, October 5, 2015
Sourcebook §C-1 Neolithic Essay 1
Lecture: Upper Paleolithic Art Innovations
Week 2: Session 5, Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Sourcebook §C 2 Neolithic Essay 2
In-Class Film: “Nanook of the North” (Cold Climate Foragers)
Week 2: Session 6, Friday, October 9, 2015
Haywood Pp. 22-25: Ancient Near East: First Farmers, Towns
Sourcebook §C-3 Neolithic Essay 3
Sourcebook §B-5: Theory: Conflicting Loyalties & Cross-Cutting Ties
Lecture: The Upper Paleolithic, Foragers, and Ethnographic Analogy
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Week 3: Session 7, Monday, October 12, 2015
Haywood Pp. 26-27: Ancient Near East: Sumerians
Sourcebook §C-4 After the Neolithic: The Metal Ages
In-Class Film: “Ongka’s Big Moka” (Tribalism & Big Men)
Week 3: Session 8, Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Haywood Pp. 94-95: Europe: Neolithic Europe
Haywood Pp. 96-97: Europe: Bronze Age Europe
Lecture: Fermentation, Beer, & the Neolithic
Week 3: Session 9, Friday, October 16, 2015
Sourcebook §C-5 Epidemic Disease
Sourcebook §B-4: Theory: Motivation
Lecture: Neolithic & Metal Age Villages
Week 4: Session 10, Monday, October 19, 2015
Haywood Pp. 28-39: Ancient Near East (Empires)
Sourcebook §F-1 The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: Mesopotamia & the World of Gilgamesh
Week 4: Session 11, Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Sourcebook §C-6 Writing
Sourcebook §F-2 Hammurabi’s Code
Lecture: Writing: Triumph of the Nerds (or their Employers)
Week 4: Session 12, Friday, October 23, 2015
First Midterm
Week 5: Session 13, Monday, October 26, 2015
Sourcebook §B-6 Theory: Symbols, Sumptuation, & Mystification
Sourcebook §D-1 Egyptian Origins
Lecture: Management, Monsters, & Mystification
Week 5: Session 14, Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Sourcebook §E-1 Egyptian Popular Tales: Procursus
Sourcebook §E-2 The Eloquent Peasant
Sourcebook §E-3 Taking Joppa by Ruse
Lecture: The Ancient Egyptians
Week 5: Session 15, Friday, October 30, 2015
Sourcebook §E-4 Prince Setna & the Magic Book of Thoth
Lecture: Egyptian Spells, Halloween, & Vernacular Religion
Week 6: Session 16, Monday, November 2, 2015
Haywood Pp. 40-49: Ancient Near East: The Iron Age of the Near East
Sourcebook §G-1 Hebrew Popular Tales: Jonah & the Great Fish
Sourcebook §G-2 Hebrew Popular Tales: Tobias & the Angel
Lecture: Hebrews & Their Stories
Week 6: Session 17, Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Sourcebook §G-3 Hebrew Popular Tales: The Story of Judith
Haywood Pp. 50-53: The Persian Empire & the End of the Ancient Near
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Lecture: The Indo-Iranians: Persia & India
Week 6: Session 18, Friday, November 6, 2015
Haywood Pp. 76-81: Asia: India
Sourcebook §H-1 The Story of Rama & Sita (North India)
Sourcebook §H-2 The Story of the Anklet (South India)
Sourcebook §H-3 A Jataka Tale: Prince Vessantara
Lecture: India
Week 7: Session 19, Monday, November 9, 2015
Sourcebook §H-2 Life of the Buddha
Lecture: Brahmins & Their Critics: Buddhism
Week 7: Session 20, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
University Holiday in Honor of Veterans Day
Week 7: Session 21, Friday, November 13, 2015
Second Midterm
Week 8: Session 22, Monday, November 16, 2015
Haywood Pp.82-89: Asia: China
Sourcebook §I-1 Master Sūn: The Art of War
Lecture: (1) Chinese Geography; (2) The Expansion of Warfare &
Chinese Responses
Week 8: Session 23, Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Sourcebook §I-2 Confucian Analects
Sourcebook §I-3 Master Zēng: The Great Learning
Sourcebook §I-4 Master Xún: Men Are Evil
Sourcebook §I-5 The Dàodé Jīng: Scripture of the Way and Its Virtue
Sourcebook §I-6 Master Zhuāng: Daoist Tales
Lecture: Confucianism, Daoism, and Human Suffering
Week 8: Session 24, Friday, November 20, 2015
Sourcebook §I-7 Sīmǎ Qiān: The First Emperor of Qín
Lecture: Iron, War, and the Triumph of Bureaucratic Totalitarianism
Week 9: Session 25, Monday, November 23, 2015
Sourcebook §J-1 Guide to the Iliad
Lecture: The Aegean World
Week 9: Session 26, Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Haywood Pp. 98-105: Minoans, Mycenaeans, & Greeks
Lecture: Lecture: Art and the Lonely Trojan
Week 9: Session 27, Thursday & Friday, November 26-27, 2015
University Holidays in Honor of Thanksgiving
Week 10: Session 28, Monday, November 30, 2015
Sourcebook §J-2 Plato: Charmides
Sourcebook §J-3 Xenophon: Œconomicus: Estate Management
Sourcebook §J-4 Xenophon: Memorabilia
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Sourcebook §J-5 Plato: Phaedo on the Death of Socrates
Lecture: The Brief Florescence of Classical Greece
Week 10: Session 29, Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Sourcebook §J-6 Hippocrates: Comments on Medicine
Lecture: Greek Thinking: Plato & Socrates
Week 10: Session 30, Friday, December 4, 2015
Haywood Pp. 68-69: Africa: Carthage
Sourcebook §J-7 Aristotle: Selections from Meteorology, Poetics
Lecture: Aristotle & Alexander
Week 11 (Exam Week): Session 31, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Track B Final Examination, 3:00-6:00 pm
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