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ARTHIST 3Z03 Silk Road In 1st Millenium

Academic Year: Winter 2016

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Angela Sheng

Email: shenga@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 425

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23156

Website:

Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-2 pm



Course Objectives:

This level-three course aims to examine the pluralistic achievements in the arts by peoples of different cultures along the Silk Road in the first millennium. The Silk Road refers to a network of overland routes across Inner Asia, stretching eastward to the East China Sea and westward to the Mediterranean Sea. Archaeological finds at various points greatly supplement extant texts as sources for understanding a complex past of interculturality. This course aims to show the significant contributions made by mobile nomads, itinerant travelers of all kinds, and sedentary peoples who spoke different languages, held different belief systems, and survived in different environmental, political and socio-economic conditions. The focus is on the impact of Central Asia on China.

By the end of this course, students should be able to

  1. Discuss key themes and theoretical constructs of the Silk Road in the first millennium,
  2. Analyze art works produced along the Silk Road in their intercultural context, and
  3. Write an essay of 3,500 to 4,000 words to this effect.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Foltz, Richard. 1999. Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century. BL 1050.F65 1999

Hansen, Valerie. 2012. The Silk Road: A New History (Oxford University Press).

DS 33.1 .H36 2012

Liu, Xinru. 2010. The Silk Road in World History (Oxford University Press).

Additional required readings will be available on reserve at Mills Library or accessed online through JSTOR.


Method of Assessment:

First assignment (map, chart, and writing) due January 14, 2016, details in class, 15%

Essay title and bibliography due February 1, 5%

Midterm (identification of art works and short essay questions) on February 29, 20%

Essay due March 23, 25%

Take home final exam (cumulative knowledge of the whole course) due April 18, 35%

Full Attendance, 5% All details to be discussed in the first class.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

A late assignment will be penalized, 2% of the grade for the assignment each day beyond the due date.

In the case of a self-reported McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) due to minor medical situations that last up to 5 days, an extension of 5 days will be given if the student alerts Dr. Sheng immediately: shenga@mcmaster.ca (see http://mcmaster.ca/msaf/).

No extensions for the Take home final without a timely medical certificate.

 

To get A+ requires correct spelling and grammar on all written work.

 

Grading Scale:

A+ 90-100       B+  77-79        C+  67-69            D+       57-59

A   85-89         B    73-76        C    63-66            D         53-56

A-  80-84          B-   70-72        C-   60-62           D-       50-52

                                                                            F           0-49


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Topics are based on the archaeological and historical sources—material and textual evidence, art works—that reflect the intercultural exchange among different peoples who held different belief systems, ranging from shamanism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Mazdaism, Manichaeism, the Eastern Church (Nestorianism) of Christianity, to Islam.

Detailed reading list will be posted on Avenue to Learn.

Week 1            January 6, 7     Introduction: Context and Methodology                                 

Week 2            January 11, 13, 14       Nomads, “Animal Style” and Shamanism

Week 3            January 18, 20, 21       Ancient Rome and Qin-Han China

Week 4            January 25, 27, 28       Pre-Kushan Nomadic Elite at Tillya Tepe

Week 5            February 1, 3, 4           The Kushan Empire and Buddhism

Week 6            February 8, 10, 11       The Kroriana Kingdom

READING WEEK

Week 7            February 22, 24, 25     The Arrival of Buddhism in China

Week 8            Feb. 29 and March 2, 3           Early Northern Wei

Week 9            March 7, 9, 10             Southern Dynasties

Week 10          March 14, 16, 17         Chinese and Sogdian Cultural Integration

Week 11          March 21, 23, 24         The Cosmopolitan Tang Dynasty

Week 12          March 28, 30, 31         Impact on Korea and Japan

Week 13          April 4, 6, 7     Conclusion


Other Course Information:

Useful websites:

http://idp.bl.uk/

http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/

References will also be uploaded onto Avenue to Learn.

For all citations in the written reports, please consult Chicago Manual of Style

Mills ONLINE Z253 .C53.

Please also consult http://library.mcmaster.ca/guides/art-history

All written work is to be typed in font-size 12, double-spaced with a header that includes the student’s family name, number, and pagination.

Communication by Emails

It is the policy of the School of the Arts that all email communication
between students and instructors (including TAs) must originate from
their official McMaster University email accounts. This policy protects
the confidentiality and sensitivity of information and confirms the
identities of both the student and instructor. The School of the Arts'
instructors will delete messages that do not originate from McMaster
email accounts.

Academic Integrity Policy

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process.  Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage.  This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads:  "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty:
For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/univsec/policy/AcademicIntegrity.pdf

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained.
2.  Improper collaboration in group work.
3.  Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

PLEASE NOTE:

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term.  The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances.  If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the
opportunity to comment on changes.  It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.

When necessary, additional information and references will be posted on Avenue to Learn.