2012 Spring/Summer Courses

Ancient Americas Metallurgy: L. Deleonardis (History of Art).  Undergraduate course. This course addresses the technology, iconography and social significance of metals and draws on case studies from Colombia, Peru, Hispaniola and Panama. Collections study in museums. May also be used as credit toward the Archaeology major. Cross-listed with PLAS.

Ancient Israel: In their Own Words: H. Parker (Near Eastern Studies).  Undergraduate course.  Focusing on the inscriptions of Israel and its neighbors from the first millennium BCE, learn what texts reveal about cultures and experience hands-on history writing, using primary sources in translation. Cross-listed Jewish Studies.

Discover Hopkins Health Studies: The Hospital: A. Puglionesi (History of Medicine).  Course for high school students.  You were probably born in one, will sooner or later find yourself being treated in one, and might just spend your career in one. This course will look at the history, economics, technology, and public policy debates surrounding the modern hospital. We will explore the hospital’s role in health care delivery in rural and urban settings, in medical schools, and in mental asylums and other specialized hospitals. Special attention will be paid to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, America’s top-ranked for 20 years and counting.

Examining Archaeological Objects: S. Balachandran (Near Eastern Studies).  Undergraduate seminar.  This course considers the role of materials in the production, study and interpretation of objects by examining artifacts from the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Students will consider materials such as ceramics, stone, metal, glass, wood and textiles, and visit artists’ studios to gain an understanding of historical manufacturing processes. M&S practicum course. Cross-listed with Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, Classics, and History of Art.

Gender and Sexuality in Early Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean: E. Anderson (Classics).  Undergraduate course. In this course we will explore evidence and interpretations of gender and sexuality in the region of the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean during the third and second millennia BCE. Material investigated will include the “snake goddess” figures from Minoan Crete, anthropomorphic figurines from the Cyclades and Cyprus, wall paintings, etc. In each case we will consider the history of interpretation as well as investigate the objects’ archaeological and sociocultural contexts. Discussion topics will include representational ambiguity, the specific materialities of objects, and their possible roles in activities construing gender. The course will incorporate material from the JHU Archaeological Museum. Cross-listed with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program.

Intermediate Middle Egyptian: A. Arico and M. Fraser (Near Eastern Studies).  Undergraduate course.  A second year reading course in Middle Egyptian. In the course, students read a variety of Middle Egyptian hieroglyphic compositions and documents.

Introduction to Archaeology: G. Schwartz (Near Eastern Studies).  Undergraduate course.  An introduction to archaeology and to archaeological method and theory, exploring how archaeologists excavate, analyze, and interpret ancient remains in order to reconstruct how ancient societies functioned. Specific examples from a variety of archaeological projects in different parts of the world will be used to illustrate techniques and principles discussed. Cross-listed with Anthropology.

Myth in Classical Art: A. Shapiro (Classics).  Undergraduate course. The course traces the representation of the principal gods and heroes of Greek myth in the visual arts (sculpture and vase-painting), as well as later reflections in Roman painting.

Roman Sculpture: P. Tucci (History of Art).  Undergraduate course. The course examines all the major public and private monuments, in Rome and in the provinces, from the Republican age to the end of the Roman empire. It considers their cultural, political, and social contexts, and of course the original architectural setting. New light is shed on the reception of statuary and reliefs by the Roman viewer, using primary texts as well as the sculptures themselves. The course illustrates the different types of sculpture that an ancient Roman would have encountered, explaining the nuances of meaning in the different words used by Roman and Greek authors in their descriptions. Sculpture was an integral part of Roman life: indeed the Romans placed statues and reliefs in their houses, villas, gardens, and tombs, as well as in their temples and public buildings. While Rome remains a focus for the course, western and eastern provincial examples are also offered to help further understand the role of Roman sculpture. May also be used as credit toward the Archaeology major. Cross-listed with Classics.

Victory and Defeat in Ancient Rome: E. Schwinge (Classics).  Undergraduate course. The Romans are known for their success at war which made it possible to build an empire. This course will explore two aspects of this success story: victory and defeat. Dean’s Teaching Fellowship course.