GBST 216
Urbanism in the Ancient World
Last Offered Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed ANTH 216 / GBST 216
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This is a course on cities in the ancient world, which will examine four major ancient urban centers (Nineveh and Nimrud, Iraq; Teotihuacan, Mexico; and Angkor, Cambodia) and end with a sustained, in-depth exploration of urbanism in prehispanic Maya civilization. As more and more people move into cities across the world, human societies are becoming forever transformed. This transformation into an urban globalized world has ancient roots at the beginning of the first civilizations in Euroasia and the Americas. We will delve into the nature of the urban transformation by first exploring sociological and anthropological definitions of urbanism, and recent studies of modern urbanism. We will look at Nineveh, Nimrud, Teotihuacan, and Angkor to consider how ancient urbanism was distinct from modern cities, while at the same time, ancient urbanites had to deal with similar issues as residents of modern cities. We will then examine in more depth the cities of prehispanic Maya civilization, answering such questions as: how different were Maya cities from other premodern ones? Is there one type of Maya city or many? How different was life in Maya cities from life in Maya villages? What were the power structures of Maya cities? How common were immigrants and slaves in these ancient cities?
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3041
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 5-page papers every other week, oral responses on alternate weeks; tutorial attendance is required
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores; or majors in Anthropology or Sociology
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ANTH 216 Division II GBST 216 Division II
Attributes: GBST Urbanizing World Electives

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