Special Topics courses for 2013-14
Fall term: CL390f Ancient Music & Magic in Science - T/R 8:30-9:50 - Dr. Nirmal Dass
Everything is connected. Life is a web. The grain of sand contains the universe. All things, on the earth and in the cosmos, exist in harmony. This ancient way of thinking persists in the modern world. Just as we use science to understand how things word today, early civilizations used the principle of harmony to grasp the nature of physical reality. This course will explore how both music and magic were integral to science in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Iraq, Chine, India, Greece and Rome. Primary and secondary sources will be read in order to comprehend how ancient people viewed, organized and manipulated the natural world through music and magic.
Winter term: AR390c Archaeological Collections Management - T 1:00-3:50 - instructor: Ms. Meagan Brooks
This course will explore the field of collections management with particular reference to archaeological materials. Students will be introduced to collections management history, theory and current standards as practiced in museums, institutions and the private (consulting archaeology) sector. A detailed examination of the nature, strengths and weaknesses of archaeological collections management will follow. Students will gain practical skills in the following areas: organizational and storage strategies for archaeological collections, preventative conservation, collection remediation, appropriate use of archaeological collections and collection-based planning structures. Hands-on activities using existing collections will form part of the curriculum as will seminars and possible field trips.
Winter term: CL390e Meaning of Images in Greek Art - M/W 2:30-3:50pm - Dr. G. Schaus (pre-req. CL/AR214)
Greek myth has provided a very rich assortment of images used by Greek artists to express beliefs in the gods, ideals in Greek life, and rationales for the unknowns in human existence. This course examines a wide selection of these images and attempts to understand their meaning in the context of ancient Greek culture.