Topkapi Palace

MMW 2011 Global Seminars

MMW 4: Istanbul in Summer 2011 An examination of the world from 1200 to 1750, the course focuses on the transition from medieval to modern by addressing philosophical, social, political, economic, and technological changes in Asia, Europe, and Islamic territories. Topics may include: the Mongol invasions and their impact; the European Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution; Islamic and Chinese empires; exploration and trade; and European expansion into the Americas.

MMW 5 in Berlin in Summer 2011 This quarter examines the great changes in European society occurring from the late Seventeenth Century to the time of the Russian Revolution and considers the impact of those changes on the non-Western world. Topics include absolutist states and the Enlightenment, the French and American revolutions, industrialization, the rise of nationalism and the nation-state, mass politics, Western imperialism, and the colonial experience. Developments in non-Western countries during this period will be examined from their own internal perspectives.

MMW 6 in Athens in Summer 2011 The course begins with a consideration of the causes and consequences of World War I, and then looks at the post-war crisis of liberal values and institutions. It addresses the deepening of that crisis in the 1930s, especially evident in the emergence of ideological politics and extreme nationalism in the context of world-wide depression. That period provides the background for understanding World War II. Attention is then devoted to the Cold War, the competition between capitalism and communism, and the process of decolonization. The course ends with a discussion of the collapse of communism and the emerging world order (or disorder).


MMW Global Seminars are five-week summer programs open to all students (not just those enrolled in University of California San Diego). Each program consists of two UCSD courses (8 credits total; students must enroll in both classes), taught by UCSD faculty. Lodging, museum and site-visits, transportation within the city, and many meals are included. Class usually meets three days each week from morning to the early afternoon and is often accompanied by an excursion to an historical location in the city (mosque, church, museum, bazaar, etc.). The course design includes lecture, discussion, and student presentations on city sites and historic issues. There will regularly be a fourth day of required activity each week which is dedicated to a longer site visit, but otherwise there is no class on that day. There is no required activity during the other three days of the week which you may use for course work and for exploring and enjoying the city and surrounding area.

Chora Monastery Museum

St. Anthony's Catholic Church

Class - Atik Valide

3rd course Bosphorus

Atik Valide Mosque

Walls of the City

Holy Trinity

Battle Towers








Global Seminars

Summer 2011

Note: MMWs can be taken out of sequence