Courses

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found Student Information Services (SIS) website.

Please consult the online course catalog for information on courses offered within the past five academic years.

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"Egyptomania": A Consumer's Guide to Ancient Egypt
AS.130.149 (01)

Chances are you’ve heard of Cleopatra and the curse of King Tut’s tomb. You may have even met a mummy or two, whether in the flesh or on the silver screen. Even today, 5,000 years after the dawn of Egyptian civilization—and half-way around the globe—the land of the pharaohs continues to fascinate the Western world. But, how is it that ancient Egypt came to be so deeply entrenched in Western culture? This course considers the history of Western interaction with ancient Egypt and examines the consequences of laying claim to a culture that is not one’s own. We will approach our study through the lens of consumption, both material and cultural, situating these phenomena within their historical and contemporary contexts. By engaging with both primary and secondary sources, we will consider the power relations embedded in Egyptian archaeology and the writing of history as well as the ethics of collecting and displaying ancient Egyptian material culture. We will also investigate the popularization of ancient Egypt known as “Egyptomania,” focusing on the commoditization of ancient Egyptian culture in Western media and merchandise. By the end of the class, students will be able to engage with the complex, yet fundamental, question of who owns culture and what is at stake when we uncritically consume an image of the past.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Swaney, Margaret Mary
  • Room: Bloomberg 172  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/18
  • PosTag(s): NEAS-HISCUL, ARCH-ARCH

Hands on History: Material Cultures of Knowledge from Antiquity to the Digital Age
AS.389.165 (01)

This hands-on course deals entirely with JHU’s collections of rare books and manuscripts as a springboard to build skills in the close visual and physical examination of rare books and manuscripts. You will investigate the technological and aesthetic transformation of textual artifacts from ancient papyri to Gutenberg imprints to digital surrogates, and contribute to the accumulation of historical clues about their meaning and significance as material cultural objects. You will learn what goes into curating and conserving book and manuscript collections today, and how to evaluate the quality and significance of collections. Materials/topics will include ancient Babylonian cuneiform and Egyptian papyri; medieval illuminated manuscripts; incunabula; Renaissance illustrated books of the Scientific Revolution and Spanish Golden Age; cheap print and unique ephemera; early books by and about women; forgeries; and “digital humanities” initiatives at JHU. Students will make regular visits to the Special Collections Reading Room in the BLC throughout the semester.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Havens, Earle Ashcroft, II.
  • Room: BLC Macksey  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/7
  • PosTag(s): PMUS-INTRO

Introduction to the Museum: Past and Present
AS.389.201 (01)

This course surveys museums, from their origins to their most contemporary forms, in the context of broader historical, intellectual, and cultural trends including the social movements of the 20th century. Anthropology, art, history, and science museums are considered. Crosslisted with Archaeology, History, History of Art, International Studies and Medicine, Science & Humanities.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
  • Room: Hodson 303  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/25
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, ARCH-ARCH, PMUS-INTRO, MSCH-HUM, INST-GLOBAL

Landscaping Baltimore: Designing and Interpreting JHU's Neighborhood
AS.389.347 (01)

This course will explore the landscape history and current arrangement of the area around JHU’s Homewood campus, including Evergreen Museum, coinciding with the bi-centennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted whose design firm played a central role in developing plans for and around JHU. The course will culminate in a student-produced exhibit for a public audience.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Finkelstein, Lori
  • Room: Gilman 277  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Curatorial Seminar: Ancient Art
AS.389.420 (01)

Course focuses on the theory, ethics, issues, and practice of curatorial work. This semester we will curate a new, more global, installation of ancient art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Applied work will include finalizing the list of artworks to include, working with lead curator Kevin Tervala on the installation plan and design; developing new interpretations for the Antioch mosaics and for artworks drawn from collections that span Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas; and writing and workshopping labels.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P, Tervala, Kevin Dixon
  • Room: Hodson 301  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): PMUS-PRAC, ARCH-RELATE

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.130.149 (01)"Egyptomania": A Consumer's Guide to Ancient EgyptTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMSwaney, Margaret MaryBloomberg 172
 
NEAS-HISCUL, ARCH-ARCH
AS.389.165 (01)Hands on History: Material Cultures of Knowledge from Antiquity to the Digital AgeT 3:00PM - 5:30PMHavens, Earle Ashcroft, II.BLC Macksey
 
PMUS-INTRO
AS.389.201 (01)Introduction to the Museum: Past and PresentTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMKingsley, Jennifer PHodson 303
 
HIST-EUROPE, ARCH-ARCH, PMUS-INTRO, MSCH-HUM, INST-GLOBAL
AS.389.347 (01)Landscaping Baltimore: Designing and Interpreting JHU's NeighborhoodMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMFinkelstein, LoriGilman 277
 
AS.389.420 (01)Curatorial Seminar: Ancient ArtF 1:30PM - 4:00PMKingsley, Jennifer P, Tervala, Kevin DixonHodson 301
 
PMUS-PRAC, ARCH-RELATE