Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017

History 05: African Civilization
SubSaharan Africa through the millennia of the ancient world to the present. Human origins, state and nonstate systems, the external slave trade, colonialism, resistance to European rule, independence movements, and neocolonialism. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Kwame Essien
TR 1:10 – 2:25

History 21: Greek History
The development of civilization from paleolithic times to the world empire of Alexander the Great.The social, economic, religious, philosophic, artistic, and literary development of the ancient world; the origin of political institutions. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Michael Clark
MWF 10:10 – 1:00

History 25: Pirates of the Caribbean and Other Rogues of the Atlantic World
Introduction to the history of the Atlantic World, through the lens of piracy and seafaring. Interactions between Europe, Africa, and North and South America, 1442-1825. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Michelle LeMaster
MW 11:10 – 12:25

History 50: Modern Latin America
Examines the 200-year-long struggle of Latin American peoples to gain political representation, economic equality, and social justice. Explores key historical events in Latin America from the movement for independence led by Simon Bolivar and Father Miguel Hidalgo in the early nineteenth century to today's modern societies. Topics include the wars of independence, the rule of caudillos, foreign military interventions, export economies, populism, social revolutions, the Cold War era, state terror and military dictatorships, and the war on drugs. CBE Global, SS
Prof. Maria Barbara Zepeda Cortes
TR 1:10-2:25

History 90: First Year Seminar: Teenagers
What is a teenager and where did it come from? This course looks at the emergence of the adolescent in western society and its remarkable journey across the 20th century. Drawing from history, law, film, media, music, literature, psychology, geography, and anthropology this course delves into how adolescence was defined and experienced. We’ll look at how youth captured the imagination of each generation; how it was a problem and a promise. Among the topics we’ll cover: how the adolescent and teenager were conjured by social science and the media; how race, class, gender, ability, and ethnicity shaped the definition and experience of adolescence; the spaces of adolescence; sexuality; and the rights of the child. We’ll grapple with how to find and comprehend sources that reveal the representations and experiences of growing up.
Prof. Tamara Myers
MW 12:45 – 2:00

History 90: First Year Seminar: Fascism
The historical and philosophical roots of Fascism, especially those shaping reactionary movements such as Italian and French Fascism, German Nazism, American and British fascist movements.  The topic compels us to examine a unique set of images that blurred the boundaries between life and death, intellect and action, philosophy and politics, image and reality.
Prof. Nitzan Lebovic
TR 1:10-2:25 PM

History 90: First Year Seminar: Black Radical Thought
This course provides a critical historical interrogation of what is called "the Black Radical Tradition." It is designed to introduce students to some of the major currents in the history of black radical thought, action and organizing throughout the Black Diaspora. It relies on social, political and intellectual history to examine the efforts of black people who have sought not merely social reform, but the fundamental restructuring political, economic and social relations. We will define and evaluate radicalism in the shifting context of liberation struggles. We will explore dissenting visions of social organization and alternative definitions of citizenship, progress, and freedom. We will confront the meaning of the intersection of race gender, class, and sexuality in social movements.
Prof. Natanya Duncan
TR 9:20-10:35

History 96: Understanding Hong Kong
This course introduces Hong Kong, from its history as a vibrant British colony to its current status as a bustling territory mediating between China and the world. The learning objectives and outcomes consist not only of a knowledge of Hong Kong's significance for global commerce and culture but also of the ability to analyze primary and secondary sources as well as to conduct independent research. Course materials, which include wartime stories and autobiographical novellas, romantic comedies and martial arts films, are all available in English. HU
Prof. Tom Chen
MW 11:10 – 12:25

History 97: Democracy's Rise and Fall
The promise and perils of democracy, from ancient Greece to the age of Trump. This course will pose fascinating and troubling questions about majority rule. We will examine its invention in antiquity, its resurrection in Britain and America, its exportation to the rest of the world, and its troubles today.
Prof. William Bulman
MW 12:45-2:00

History 107: Technology and World History
Development of technology and its relationship to political, economic, military and cultural aspects of world civilization from pyramids to the present.
Prof. John Kenly Smith
MWF 10:10-11:00

History 110: American Military History
The American military tradition from colonial times to the present.America's wars and the development and operation of military institutions within the political, economic, ideological, and technological milieu of American society.
Prof. Gregg Pearson
TR 2:35-3:50

History 130: African American History
Blacks in America from the first importation of Africans to the implementation of civil rights laws. West African origins, slave trade, slavery, free blacks and emancipation and study of Reconstruction, segregation, urbanization, and the struggle for racial equality. CBE Diversity, SS
Prof. Natanya Duncan
TR 10:45-12:00

History 154: The Holocaust: History and Meaning
The Nazi Holocaust in its historical, political and religious setting. Emphasis upon the moral, cultural and theological issues raised by the Holocaust. CBE Global, HU
Prof. Nitzan Lebovic
TR 10:45-12:00

History 196: Does Sex Have a History?: The History of Sexuality in the U.S.
This class explores the history of sexuality in the United States from the colonial era to the present. While sexuality can appear timeless and stable, sexual ideologies, categories, and behaviors have consistently evolved, and they have transformed American society in the process. While cod pieces and white wigs enhanced upper class men's apparent virility in the early Republic, the “Playboy era” saw a reliance of stereos and cars. Friendship between nineteenth-century women included intimacies that would now more typically be found in same-sex relationships and marriages. We will also study how institutions like the law, medicine, and the media have shaped sexual identities and experiences. In so doing, the class aims to develop sophisticated readers of historical and contemporary cultures.
Prof. Monica Najar
TR 2:35-3:50

History 197: Keeping Africa and Africans Healthy: A History of Illness and Wellness
What are myths about diseases in Africa? How does the world respond to health crises, including HIV/AIDS, Ebola and others? What are African healing traditions? What is the history of global health in Africa and its implication? This course explores various health interventions and initiatives by Africans and non-Africans—missionaries, colonial officials, NGOs etc. Students final reports/papers will “perform a post-mortem” on Africa, to critically trace and analyze how efforts to control, manage and eradicate diseases have succeeded or failed. BUD, HU
Prof. Kwame Essien
TR 9:20-10:35

History 198: The Big History of Sports, Evolution, and Culture
This course will examine sport as a uniquely human invention. Close attention will be paid to the contribution of genetics and biology, on the one hand, and culture and training, on the other, in extraordinary athletic performance. Evolution will provide the conceptual framework for our inquiry. Changes in athletes’ size, strength, and speed need to be explained through both genetic change and environmental, social, and cultural variation—an evolutionary mix providing incisive markers of human embodiment, difference, learning, and creativity. Methodologies include big data and video analysis. Moving from the pre-historic origins of sport to today’s cybernetic enhancement of athletes’ capacity, the course will focus on post-1900 U.S. sport.
Prof. John Pettegrew
TR 7:00-8:15 PM

History 305: Public History
An examination of the public role of history in modern society, with focus on issues facing historians in museums, historical societies, archives, historic preservation, the federal government, and other organizations in the public sphere. SS
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
M 1:10-4:00

History 306: Internship in Public History
Professionally supervised work in a museum, historical society, archive, or other historical agency. Written journal or report evaluating the experience is required. Permission of department chair required. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. May not be counted toward the major requirement of 12 hours of courses numbered 303 or higher.
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
TBA

History 315: American Environmental History
Relationship between Americans and their natural environment from the colonial period to the present: impact of European settlement, attitudes toward wilderness, role of technological development, rise of preservation and conservation movements, establishment of national parks, recent environmental protection legislation. SS, STS
Prof. John Kenly Smith
TR 1:10-2:25

History 338: Techniques in Public History
Designed to introduce students to a variety of public history techniques. Instructor will focus on one of the following topics each term: archives, documentary film, exhibit design, historical editing, material culture, oral history. HU
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
TBA

History 351: "The Gangs of New York"
The course will use the Martin Scorcese film “The Gangs of New York” as a window to examine the social economic transformations of New York City in the middle of the nineteenth century. Emphasis will be on immigration, slum gangs and street violence, politics, the Draft Riot of 1863, and the Tweed Ring. A recurrent theme will be to compare the historical record with the film’s depiction of those events. There will be a required evening showing of the film. Not available for pass/fail. HU
Prof. Roger Simon
MWF 9:10-10:00

History 367: Rise and Fall of the Old South
Explores the American South as a region from the era before European contact to the end of the Civil War. Emphasis will be placed on exploration and settlement, Native American-European relations, the pre-Revolutionarry contest for empire, and the rise and development of the plantation complex and slavery. SS
Prof. Michelle LeMaster
MW 2:35-3:50

History 373: The French Revolution and Napoleon
Breakdown of Absolute Monarchy; rise of Enlightenment culture and decadence of the court; storming of the Bastille and creation of republican government; daily life and “Great Fear” in rural areas; invention of modern nationalism and Napoleonic military culture; role of women in political life; uses of mass propaganda, public festivals and transformation of the arts; political violence in the “Terror,” Napoleon's imperial system and warfare with Europe; impact on revolutionary movements abroad and geopolitical realignment of the Atlantic World. CBE Global, HU
Prof. John Savage
MW 8:00-9:15 PM

History 421: Readings in Topics in the Atlantic World
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member on a particular topic in the history of the Atlantic World.
Prof. Maria Barbara Zepeda Cortes
T 4:10-7:00

History 438: Techniques in Public History
Designed to introduce students to a variety of public history techniques. Instructor will focus on one of the following topics each term: archives, documentary film, exhibit design, historical editing, material culture, oral history.
Prof. Kim Carrell-Smith
TBA

History 442: Readings in Twentieth Century American History
Study in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member of the literature of the 20th century.
Prof. Tamara Myers
W 4:10-7:00

History 471: Next Generation Workshop
Prof. Tamara Myers
R 4:10-7:00

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