Course Descriptions

MIE 501 History of World Civilizations
This course will be a comparative reading of the history of different world civilizations, starting with how they were founded, and how they advanced and spread throughout the centuries. The foundational principles of Indian, Chinese, Islamic and Western civilizations will be examined through their distinguishing features and interaction. The course also aims to provide an introduction to the changing historical background, and its respective politics, arts and architecture. The course will also include discussions of civilization as a historical unit.

MIE 503 History Of Comparative Thought
As the heritage of human history, products of thought have gained popularity through different civilizations. The course aims to examine different products of thought across civilizations within a comparative framework. The students will be encouraged to research how philosophers of different cultures approached the fundamental questions of human reason, what kind of answers they produced, and how the knowledge that was produced was disseminated to become public knowledge.

MIE 504 Ethics of Global Civil Society and Politics
In a globalizing world, the borders of the nation state, along with the borders between identities and groups become more complex. Civil society presents itself as a new unit of analysis, which needs to be factored into domestic and international political analysis. The course will explore to what extent norms, interests, identities and cultures can use the tools of civil society to have an impact on global politics. Within this framework the students are expected to observe and assess the changes in theories of international relations and contemporary social theories.

MIE 505 Theory and Method in Civilization Studies
This course will focus on modern methods in cultural analysis. Interdisciplinary research methods including that of anthropology, political science, sociology, literature and history will be introduced. The students will concentrate on questions of method and theory such as ‘What is civilization?’ ‘With which scientific methods can one study a civilization?’. The course will include an introduction to both qualitative and quantitative research methods.