Mediterranean Connectivity


Course Objective

Students who will have successfully completed this course will
- have acquired an in-depth knowledge of recent ideas about
Mediterranean interconnectivity and of key analytical tools and
theoretical concepts that are used to study Mediterranean
- have developed the ability to implement these tools, theories and
concepts to case studies related to the second and first millennia BC;
- have developed a clear insight into the long-term history of
Mediterranean interconnectivity during the second and first millennia
- be able to relate these insights to the wider debates about
globalization and inter culturality.

Course Content

Centre-stage stand long-term developments in Mediterranean
interconnectivity during the second and first millennia BC and,
especially, the models and theories that have been used to study these

The course starts with an introductory lecture that reflects on the
historical and cultural definition of the Mediterranean and provides an
outline of the historiography of Mediterranean studies, with a focus on
developments over the last 20 years. In each of the following seven
sessions, we will discuss a set of theoretical concepts on the basis of
key literature and a number of case studies. The theoretical issues and
case studies are arranged in such a way that they together will give you
a diachronic overview of important phases of interconnectedness (and
disconnectedness) in the second- and first-millennium BC Mediterranean.

Each week has two sessions (Monday and Thursday). During the Monday
session, one of the tutors introduces the topic by discussing relevant
theoretical concepts, illustrated with the help of particular
archaeological cases. At home you prepare an assignment on the basis of
two or three articles or book chapters. This has to result in a short
essay of about three pages (max. 1500 words) which you submit at the
beginning of the week’s second session on Thursday. In the Thursday
session we go through the literature that you have read in detail and
discuss the outcomes of your essay.

During the course’s last two weeks you will work on an essay in which
you present your views on long-term developments in Mediterranean
interconnectivity. This final essay needs to be based on one of the
assigned key-texts. In addition, the bibliography made available during
the course and additional literature can be used.

Teaching Methods

Seminars, 2 x 2 hours per week

Method of Assessment

- The weekly written reports are aimed at course objectives 1 and 2. The
papers will be judged on the degree they reflect the Monday class and
the assigned literature, on their quality/originality and on language
and grammar. (40%)
- Group discussion of the written report and participation in the
general discussions are aimed at course objectives 1 and 2. The
participation will be judged on the degree in which they indicate
understanding of the issues at hand (20%)
- The final paper is aimed at course objectives 3 and 4. They will be
judged on the degree to which they show an understanding of the
Mediterranean interconnectivity, on the degree to which a coherent
argument is formulated and on presentation and grammar (40%)


Pdfs will be made available during the course.

Target Audience

This course is accessible for (Research) Master students Archaeology;
Ancient History, Classics and Ancient Civilisations and Historical

Custom Course Registration

This module is taught at the UvA by dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden (UvA) (UvA subject code 140412246Y). Module registration with a UvaNetID at the UvA is required. Please note that course registration periods at the UvA and VU differ. For a ‘step-by-step guide to course and exam registration’ and the ‘dates for course and exam registration’ please consult the ‘course and exam registration’-page via the ‘A-Z list’ of your MA programme on

General Information

Course Code L_AAMAARC017
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden
Teaching Staff dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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