Course Expectations and Regulations

Wine Dark Sea Expectations and Regulations

Required Texts:

  1. Marc Bloch, The historian’s craft (Manchester University Press, 1992).
  2. Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world in the age of Philip II, vol. 1 (University of California Press, 1995)**.
  3. Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world in the age of Philip II, vol. 1 (University of California Press, 1995)**.
  4. Iain Chambers, Mediterranean crossings: the politics of an interrupted modernity (Duke University Press, 2008).
  5. Amitav Ghosh, In an antique land (Random House Digital, Inc., 1993).
  6. S. D. Goitein, A Mediterranean Society: The Jewish Communities of the Arab World as Portrayed in the Documents of the Cairo Geniza, Vol. I: Economic Foundations, 1st ed. (University of California Press, 2000).
  7. William Vernon Harris, Rethinking the Mediterranean (Oxford University Press, 2005).

**All of these books are available at the bookstore except the Braudel in two volumes.  This text has been so ubiquitous over the past 50 years, that there are hundreds of used copies out there on Abebooks, Powells, Amazon, or other sites.  You can choose whatever copy you would like at the price you want (they range from $2.00 each to $40.00 each).


This is a reading and discussion intensive course.  As such, attendance at all classes and solid preparation for discussion are required.  In the section on assignments, it should be noted that discussion and attendance are 20% of the final grade.  After the first absence, I will dock the grade 2% per missed class; as such, if a student misses 6 classes over the semester, it will be impossible to get an A.

Late Papers:

Because the majority of the work for this class is group work, in general, no late papers will be accepted of any kind.  All group projects should be handed in and will be graded as is.  Every member of the group will receive the same grade on each assignment.  The exception will be the video presentations and subsequent historiography paper.  Since the presentations are due in class, and the written version due one week after the in class discussion, students should have ample time to complete the written version.  No work will be accepted after Monday, May 10th at Noon.

Paper Style and Academic Integrity:

The standard historical citation form in historical research is the Chicago Manual of Style.  I am willing to accept other formats if you are more familiar with other forms.  However, whichever form of citation you use, I would prefer the use of footnotes with clear references to the work and page numbers for any idea, argument or direct quote which is not your own.  The only exception to this will be the citation style for a book review, which I will discuss in class.  If you want to use Chicago Manual, Ohio State has a reasonable online summary of many of the basic styles.  If you have any questions about when to cite and how to cite, feel free to ask me at any time.

Variable Credit:

Again, because of the group work required in the course, reduced credits will be diffilcult to arrange.  However, if a student consults with me and has a compelling reason, I am willing to offer this course for a variable amount of credits.  However, the number of credits can only be Lowered until March 1st, after that time, no further adjustment of credits for the course will be possible.  Students should also be warned that taking the course for less than 4 credits can often make transfer of the course to other schools difficult.

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