• 19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

  • M50A. First Civilizations

    Units: 5

    (Formerly numbered 50A.) (Same as Ancient Near East M50A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of great civilizations of ancient Near East -- Egypt, Israel, and Mesopotamia -- with attention to emergence of writing, monotheism, and urban societies. Letter grading.

  • M50B. Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Units: 5

    (Same as Ancient Near East M50B and Religion M50.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of three major monotheisms of Western cultures -- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- historically and comparatively. Development, teachings, and ritual practices of each tradition up to and including medieval period. Composition and development of various sacred texts, highlighting key themes and ideas within different historical and literary strata of traditions, such as mechanisms of revelation, struggle for religious authority, and common theological issues such as origin of evil and status of nonbelievers. Letter grading.

  • 50C. Making and Studying Modern Middle East

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of modern Middle Eastern cultures through readings and films from Middle East and North Africa. Letter grading.

  • 89. Honors Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 89HC. Honors Contracts

    Units: 1

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to lower division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • 99. Student Research Program

    Units: 1 to 2

    Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.

  • M111. Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

    Units: 4

    (Same as Art History M119C and Islamic Studies M111.) Lecture, three hours. From earliest monuments of Islam in Arabia and Jerusalem to humble remains of small Egyptian port, broad focus on archaeological and standing remains in central Islamic lands (primarily Syria, Egypt, and Iraq), Turkey, Iran, North Africa, and Spain. Profound cultural transformations occurred from birth of Islam in 7th century to early Ottoman period in 16th and 17th centuries, which are traceable in material records. Assessment of effectiveness of tools afforded by historical archaeology to aid understanding of past societies. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M112. Archaeology and Art of Christian and Islamic Egypt

    Units: 4

    (Same as Archaeology M112, Art History M119D, and Islamic Studies M112.) Lecture, three hours. Culture of Egypt transformed gradually after Muslim conquest in mid-7th century C.E. According to material evidence such as ceramics, textiles, architectural forms, and building techniques, it is functionally impossible to separate pre-Islamic Christian Egypt from early Islamic Egypt. Although population may have become largely Muslim by 10th century, Egypt remained Coptic in many senses even to 14th century and retains sizeable Christian minority to present. Survey of archaeological remains and standing architecture of Egypt from 6th to 19th century, charting changes and continuities in material culture and shifts in human geography and land use. P/NP or letter grading.

  • C122. History, Memory, and Identity in Israel

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Israeli society was born in effort to reshape images of Jewish past and has been shaken by many debates over history, recent and ancient events, and how these are represented by historical scholarship as well as in popular media and public spaces. Struggles over image of past have become central (as in many other societies) to debates about identity in present and directions, goals, and hopes for future. Exploration of ways in which struggles over past have shaped Israeli present. Examination of historiographical debates and their reflections in range of media to make some sense of ever-changing past, ways in which it shapes political, ideological, and cultural identities in present, and where meeting points are between popular discourse and work historians do. Examination of conflicting readings of past and its representation in Israeli historiography and in shaping of Israeli collective memory and identity. Concurrently scheduled with course C222. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M133. Bible and Qur'an

    Units: 4

    (Same as Religion M133.) Lecture, three hours. Survey of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, and Qur'an to familiarize students with content of scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and sociocultural background from which these multifarious texts emerged, and to explore major themes and consider variety of approaches to scripture. Development of appreciation for role scripture plays in these religious systems and in American culture and society. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M142. Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

    Units: 4

    (Same as Jewish Studies M142.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of evolution of Israel -- its changing society, volatile domestic and foreign politics, and dynamic culture -- from its foundation in 1948 to present, in context of global political and cultural change and changing Jewish world. Tension between Israel's conception of itself as Jewish state and fact that it is home to wide variety of ethnic and religious groups and to great diversity of cultures; that it was envisaged as safe haven for Jewish people but has been characterized by insecurity and ongoing war; that, founded as democracy, it contends with multiple strains on its democratic system, such as tensions between Jews and Arabs, secular and religious Jews, and disparate ethnic groups. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M144. Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State

    Units: 4

    (Same as Jewish Studies M144.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. History of Zionism on backdrop of European, world, and Jewish histories from ideological origins to political, cultural, and social foundations of State of Israel. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 177. Variable Topics in Middle Eastern Studies

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Variable topics; consult "Schedule of Classes" for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M178. Variable Topics

    Units: 4

    (Same as Religion M178.) Seminar, three hours. Interdisciplinary approach to some major topics in study of religion and Middle Eastern studies. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 189. Advanced Honors Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 189HC. Honors Contracts

    Units: 1

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • 200. Bibliography and Method of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures

    Units: 4

    (Formerly numbered Near Eastern Languages 200.) Lecture, two hours. Required for M.A. degree. Introduction to bibliographical resources and training in methods of research in various areas of specialization offered by department. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

  • 201. Study of Religion: Theory and Method

    Units: 4

    (Formerly numbered Near Eastern Languages 201.) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: familiarity with at least two major world religions. Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Introduction to variety of theories and methods used in academic study of religion. In attempt to demonstrate importance that historical, cultural, and social exigencies play in development of religious traditions, discussion of theories comparatively and in their historical context, with focus on presuppositions and core concepts and implications of each theory. Letter grading.

  • 210. Survey of Afro-Asiatic Languages

    Units: 4

    (Formerly numbered Near Eastern Languages 210.) Lecture, three hours. Survey of structures of number of representative languages from various major branches of Hamito-Semitic (Afro-Asiatic) language family. S/U or letter grading.

  • C222. History, Memory, and Identity in Israel

    Units: 4

    (Formerly numbered Near Eastern Languages 222.) Seminar, three hours. Israeli society was born in effort to reshape images of Jewish past and has been shaken by many debates over history, recent and ancient events, and how these are represented by historical scholarship as well as in popular media and public spaces. Struggles over image of past have become central (as in many other societies) to debates about identity in present and directions, goals, and hopes for future. Exploration of ways in which struggles over past have shaped Israeli present. Examination of historiographical debates and their reflections in range of media to make some sense of ever-changing past, ways in which it shapes political, ideological, and cultural identities in present, and where meeting points are between popular discourse and work historians do. Examination of conflicting readings of past and its representation in Israeli historiography and in shaping of Israeli collective memory and identity. Concurrently scheduled with course C122. S/U or letter grading.

  • 241. Folklore and Mythology of Near East

    Units: 4

    (Formerly numbered Near Eastern Languages 241.) Lecture, three hours. Exploration of variety of traditions in ancient Near Eastern literature concerning creation of cosmos, origins of mankind, and boundaries between divine and human realms. Answers to questions concerning origins of evil, pursuit of wisdom, expectations for life beyond death, and quest for immortality are all sought in folklore of ancient religions. Directed readings of ancient literatures. S/U or letter grading.

  • 290. Seminar: Paleography

    Units: 4

    (Formerly numbered Near Eastern Languages 290.) Seminar, three hours. Provides students with ability to cope with varieties of manuscripts. S/U or letter grading.