Course Descriptions

History Courses: Fall 2014

 

HIST 10100-01 Foundations of Western Civilization 1 G H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Klemm, Muller 405, Ext. 4-1306

ENROLLMENT: 32 per section

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: This is a beginning level survey course. As such it is designed for first year students and sophomores. Not open to seniors except by permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide an overview of "western" (i.e., primarily European) history from Ancient Greece to the Reformation. The focus will be on

those aspects of this history that we judge to have shaped modern notions of western mentalities and western civilization. Topics covered include Ancient Greek culture and

the development of democracy, the diffusion of Greek culture, the evolution of Roman government, the Christianization of Europe, the reclamation of ancient learning in the

 Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Age of Religious Wars.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Primarily lecture, some discussion

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Three examinations, two short essays, one longer essay, class participation. Based on class participation, examinations, and essays.

 

HIST 11100-01 UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865 1 H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Pearl Ponce, Muller 406, Ext. 4-3606

ENROLLMENT: 32

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Usually first-year students and sophomores of all majors.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Survey of historical development, 1492-1865. Stress will be placed on political and social developments through the end of the American Civil War.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and Discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: 1) Mid-term; 2) final; 3) 2 short papers; and 4) weekly reading. Based on discussion, papers, and exams.

 

HIST 11200-01, 02 United States History Since 1865 1 H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Heather Furnas, Rothschild 122, Ext. 4-7398

ENROLLMENT: 32

PREREQUISITE: None.

STUDENTS: Primarily first and second year students from all majors. Open to students of all majors. This class is not open to seniors.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to U.S. history that will trace trends and transformations in American political and cultural life over the last 140 years. We will cover topics such as: the effects of the Civil War, the undermining of Reconstruction, western and international expansion, industrialization and urbanization, the impact of immigration, both world wars, and the Cold War. We will outline politics and major “events,” but also discuss private life and popular culture. This course will utilize a variety of sources, such as film, cartoons, music and art, as well as written works. Some of the major themes we will touch on will be the role of gender, race relations, class and labor struggles, protest and conflict, the relationship between politics and culture, the role of government and local struggle, and consumerism. This course follows a chronological structure, but the focus is not just on dates and facts, but on the problem of how to understand events within their historical context.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion of readings (primary and secondary sources), in-class writing and essays, and some lectures.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Readings from a foundation text (Give Me Liberty! 3rd ed. by Eric Foner and supplemental other readings on-line and through handouts. Also regular attendance, regular writing assignments, and 3 essays.

 

HIST 18100-01 World Civilization I 1 G H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Jason Freitag, Muller 423, Ext. 4-5798

ENROLLMENT: 32

PREREQUISITE: None.

STUDENTS: Primarily freshmen and sophomores: seniors require permission of instructor. Not open to students who have completed HIST-10100; The Development of Western Civilization.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is the first in a two-semester World Civilizations sequence, and in it we will cover the period from the beginnings of human society until 1500 CE. The course will proceed chronologically, but has the objective of exploring certain crucial themes in the development of human history. Issues of migration, urbanization, tradition, family and social structure, identity (caste, class, race, sex ethnicity), authority and resistance, globalization and cultural encounter will help to guide out thinking as we move through the early millennia of history. The course will introduce the world’s major religions – Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and discuss their growth and impact. Finally, the course will look critically at “historiography,” or the writing of history, as we try to understand how writers in the past have tried to understand their world historically.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussion of readings. Each class one student will be responsible for making a brief, thematic presentation of the day’s readings.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Readings, response papers, class attendance and participation, midterm and final. Based on performance on each of the above requirements.

 

HIST #18600-01 ST: From the Margins: European Social History HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Karin Breuer, Muller 418, Ext. 4-1489

ENROLLMENT: 32

PREREQUIESTIES: None.

STUDENTS: This is a beginning level history course. As such it is designed for first year students and sophomores. Not open to seniors except by permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines European history “from below” from the fifteenth century to the twentieth century.  In particular, we will examine the history and experiences of marginalized groups and people within modern Europe.  Individuals discussed will include a transgender soldier in the New World, a lesbian nun in Counter-Reformation Italy, and a woman accused of witchcraft in early modern Germany.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion and lecture.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Two examinations, analytical essays, class attendance and participation.

 

HIST #19400-01 ST: The Islands: The History of the Caribbean H

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Ablard, Muller 403, Ext. 4-3558

ENROLLMENT: 32

PREREQUISTIES: None.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the complexity of Caribbean history, taking into consideration the ways in which Caribbean identity is a multi-layered phenomenon where race, language, cultural identity, national identity, and transnationality all operate simultaneously. While not the sole focus of the course, we are interested in how Caribbean identities were formed from this a rich set of cross-currents.

 

HIST 20400-01 Jews in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds LA HU 1 G H

3 CREDITS (CROSS-LISTED COURSE)

INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Lesses, Muller 307, Ext. 4-3556

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or social sciences

STUDENTS: Open to all students interested in history

This course is an introduction to Jewish history and the varieties of Jewish cultures and religious traditions in the ancient and medieval worlds. We will explore Jewish history from the period of the Second Temple (sixth century B.C.E.) to the Expulsion from Spain in 1492. The first part of the course will cover ancient Jewish culture and civilization in Palestine, the Mediterranean basin, and Mesopotamia, exploring such issues as Jewish responses to foreign domination (by the Persian, Greek, and Roman empires), Jews and other cultures (Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Persian), Judaism and Christianity, the rise of rabbinic Judaism and rabbinic culture. In the second part of the course, we will discuss the development of Jewish civilization in Spain, Italy, and northern Europe, Jews under Islamic rule, Jews under Christian rule, medieval Jewish philosophy and mysticism, medieval antisemitism and expulsions from Western Europe and Spain.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: To learn how ancient and medieval Jewish history is important for understanding what is going on today – among Jews, Christians, and Muslims

To know the history of their early relations

To understand how Judaism has been changed by interactions with other groups of people and religions/philosophies (e.g., the encounter between Jews and Greek thought)

To know how much has changed over the centuries of Jewish history (e.g., Jewish-Muslim relations today in the Middle East are very different from what they were in the High Middle Ages).

To learn how to engage in critical thinking about the historical sources of Jewish history, how to use textual and material culture sources together, and to exercise our creative imagination about how people lived in the past.

NOTE: This course is cross-listed with JWST 20100 Jews in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Students cannot register for JWST 20100-01 if they are registered for HIST 20400-01.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: class discussions, lectures, student presentations, and films

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: attendance and participation, short analysis papers, class presentation, midterm and final exam, and short research paper. Grading: A-F.

 

HIST 20500-01 History of Modern Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Sanford Gutman,

ENROLLMENT: 20

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HIST 22200-01 The USSR: History and Legacies 1 G H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Zenon Wasyliw, Muller 427, Ext. 4-1587

ENROLLMENT: 27

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or social sciences and sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: Open to all students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a comparative, analytical survey of Soviet history. We begin with pre-revolutionary conditions at the turn of the century, appraise the 1917 revolutions and then proceed through the varied stages, policies, leaders and both their internal and global impact through 1991 and beyond. An interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on interpreting historical primary sources is the foundation of analysis and critical appraisal. Political, social, cultural, economic and other modes of evaluation are implemented as are varied historical interpretations. Soviet history is complex yet extremely fascinating. We will engage in an interesting journey and evaluation of the Soviet past and its influence on the present and future.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions and presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Examinations, a comparative book critique, interpretations of primary sources and class participation. (GRADING: A-F).

 

 

 

HIST 23400-01 MODERN LATIN AMERICA 1 G H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Ablard, Muller 403, Ext. 4-3558

ENROLLMENT: 27

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or social sciences; sophomore standing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course analyzes major political, economic and social developments that have shaped Latin America since the late colonial period. Important frameworks of analysis will include, class, race and gender. Emphasis will be placed on integrating different forms of historical scholarship in order to gain a more synthetic picture of modern Latin America. Throughout the course, we will pay close attention to Latin America’s relationship with the United States, in terms of trade, foreign relations, and immigration.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion and presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Two exams, three short papers and a research paper.

 

HIST 24500-01, 02 ST: The American Civil War HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Pearl Ponce, Muller 406, Ext. 4-3606

ENROLLMENT: 27

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or social sciences and sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: All

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examination of how this crucial conflict in American History, from the election of 1860 to the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865,
transformed the nation. Although military strategy and tactics will be considered, this course will emphasize the American Civil War as a revolutionary experience.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and Discussion

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: 1) 6 books; 2) midterm exam; 3) 2 short papers; and 4) final exam. Based on discussion, papers, and exams.

 

HIST 27300-01 Twentieth-Century Global Revolutions in the 20th and 21st Centuries 1 G H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Zenon Wasyliw, Muller 427, Ext. 4-1587

ENROLLMENT: 27

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or social sciences; sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: Sophomore standing and up.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers a survey of twentieth and twenty-first century world history through the comparative thematic study of global revolutions. We shall evaluate the following, 1) the evolution of a world system of development and liberal democracy; 2) comparative communist revolutions; 3) anti-colonialist and non-aligned revolutions and revolutionary movements in the post Second World War era; 4) comparative cultural revolutions of 1968 and 1979; 5) The revolutions of 1989 and the end of the cold war; 6) globalization, current and future revolutionary movements.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Interactive lectures, discussion of assigned readings, collaborative presentations, implementation of revolutionary models.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Tentative reading list: De Fronzo, James, Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements; Huntington, Samuel, et al. The Clash of Civilizations? The Debate; Kapuscinski, Ryszard The Soccer War; Zhenhau, Zhai Red Flower of China; Sharp, Gene From Dictatorship to Democracy; Satrapi, Marjane Persepolis Kenny, Padraic 1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War’s End. Essay examinations, book critiques, class participation.

 

HIST 29200-01 ST: Studies in Global History: History and Global Environmental Change 1 G H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Smith, Muller 320, Ext. 4-1290

ENROLLMENT: 27

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities and/or social sciences; sophomore standing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Key Course Questions: What is environmental history? What has been nature’s role in world history? How have human systems of energy, agriculture, resource extraction, trade, and transportation affected the environment over time and vice versa? What can we learn from history that might be useful in confronting 21st century  environmental challenges? This course will primarily focus on the historical impacts of environmental change around the world since the start of the industrial revolution (c. 1750).For part of the semester you will explore the environmental history of different regions of the world.  You will also have an opportunity to research a global environmental history case study as part of a research team.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Mix of discussion and lecture, with a group project in the second half of the semester.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Attendance and full participation in all course activities; standard A-F grading scale.

 

HIST 29204-01 ST: Studies in Global History: From Sugar to Oil in the Americas: A History of Commodities 1 G H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Ablard, Muller 403, Ext. 4-3558

ENROLLMENT: 27

PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities and/or social sciences; sophomore standing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: From Sugar to Oil examines the ways in which commodities have shaped the Western Hemisphere from the arrival of Columbus to the BP oil spill. Students will gain an understanding of the way in which commodities fit into the larger fabric of world history since the 15th century. Our focus will not just be on what was produced and traded throughout history, but also on how historians, economists, and other social scientists have interpreted the social, political, environmental, and economic significance of particular commodities. Thus, while the course might appear to be about inanimate objects, it is in fact a course that focuses our attention on how these objects have shaped the human experience.

 

HIST 30300-01 The Colonial Period of American History: 1607-1763 HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Vivian Bruce Conger, 408 Muller Center, Ext. 4-3572

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences; sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors of all majors

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the complex relationship between a wide range of people and institutions in early America from initial settlement to the eve of the American Revolution. By exploring the many ways in which people interacted with each other and with other groups of people, you will gain a better understanding of the foundations upon which Spanish, French, Dutch, and English colonists settled North America. In addition, you will gain an appreciation of the historical process by looking at the questions scholars address and why. Through primary and secondary sources, we will explore issues of race, gender, religion, the family, the economy, politics, and the meaning of community.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: In-depth analysis of (that is, reading and discussion of) major books and journal articles in the field—which will be supplemented by primary source readings, videos, or student presentations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: In addition to the readings assigned, you will have two take-home exams and a major research paper on the topic of your choice. Grading is based on attendance, class participation, and the above requirements.

 

HIST 35300-01 Ancient Greece 1 G H HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Matt Klemm, Muller 405, Ext. 4-1306

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences; sophomore standing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study of topics in the history of ancient Greek civilization, from the archaic age through the time of the Hellenistic monarchies. Both ancient and modern sources are sampled extensively.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture and discussion

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class participation and essays

 

HIST 39200-01 ST: STUDIES IN GLOBAL HISTORY: THE MUGHAL EMPIRE HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Jason Freitag, Muller 423, Ext. 4-5798

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Three course in the humanities and/or social sciences; sophomore standing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Occasional courses of an experimental nature are offered under this number and title. These may be of lecture and/or discussion format, of great breadth, or highly specialized. Any additional prerequisites are announced when printed descriptions of the study topic are distributed. This course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. This course counts toward the global requirement for history department majors.

 

HIST 48100-01 History Seminar: European: French Revolution HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Karin Breuer, Muller 418, Ext. 4-1489

ENROLLMENT: 10

TOPIC: The Origins of the French Revolution

PREREQUISITES: Permission of instructor and senior standing or equivalent.

STUDENTS: Senior history and social studies majors and minors with instructor’s permission.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce you to numerous interpretations of one of the most significant events of European history, the French Revolution of 1789. In this course, you will come to understand not only conflicting interpretations of the Revolution, but also the evolution of the historical profession from the nineteenth century to the present. At the course’s completion, your understanding of historiography should inform a research project based on primary and secondary sources.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Readings, active participation, and a 25 page research paper.

 

HIST 48200-01 HISTORY SEMINAR: GLOBAL: How the world has done history: Historiography in cross-cultural perspective HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Jason Freitag, Muller 423, Ext. 4-5798

ENROLLMENT: 10

PREREQUISITES: Senior standing or equivalent; permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: True to its title, this class will explore the nature of historical work across a broad range of cultures and time periods, apart from the Hegelian, progressive historical grand narrative. Our objective will be to identify and understand the many ways that other cultures have, and in some cases still do, construct and understand their past. We will examine the role of bards in cultural history, lineage as a vision of the past, the epic as history and cyclical thinking as a representation of temporal consciousness. Texts include Herodotus’ The Histories, South Asian vamsavali texts, The Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun and Cheikh Anta Diop’s The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: discussion, student presentations, research paper

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Readings, weekly discussion, response papers, major research paper.

 

HIST 48305-01 History Seminar: United States: The Frontier and History HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Smith, Muller 320, Ext. 4-1290

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Senior standing or equivalent; permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Through this seminar you will: better understand history as a both a scholarly discipline and as a way of understanding the world around you; be able to identify good history, especially but not only written history; develop a scholarly understanding of some of the issues and problems historians are studying in the field of frontier history: e.g., how has the frontier as both a physical and conceptual space shaped the history of Americans and numerous other cultures? How has the historiography of the frontier evolved over the past 100 years or so (especially since Frederick Jackson Turner’s “frontier thesis” in 1893)?; and do original research into some topic in frontier history and write a substantial scholarly paper (20-25 pp.) based on your research.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Fulfillment of all seminar expectations, especially full participation in discussions and completion of research paper. Grading is standard scale.

 

HIST 49500-01 History Internship NLA

1/6 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Klemm, Muller 405, Ext. 4-1306

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Four history courses; junior standing or above; permission of instructor and chair. Available for variable credit; only 6 credits may be counted toward the history major.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An opportunity for practical experience in a variety of history-related activities in the United States, under the joint supervision of the sponsoring agency and a history department faculty member. Internships are arranged individually and must be approved by the chair of the history department.

 

HIST 49900-01 Independent Study: History LA

1/3 CREDIT

INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Klemm, Muller 405, Ext. 4-1306

ENROLLMENT: 1

PREREQUISITES: Senior standing, or equivalent.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Special research on an individual project arranged by a student with a particular faculty member. The project may include reading books and/or writing papers under the guidance of the faculty member, with a performance expectation of senior-level work. Offered on demand only.

 

HIST 58300-01 History Seminar: United States: The Frontier and History HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Smith, Muller 320, Ext. 4-1290

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: M.A.T. program student; permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Through this seminar you will: better understand history as a both a scholarly discipline and as a way of understanding the world around you; be able to identify good history, especially but not only written history; develop a scholarly understanding of some of the issues and problems historians are studying in the field of frontier history: e.g., how has the frontier as both a physical and conceptual space shaped the history of Americans and numerous other cultures? How has the historiography of the frontier evolved over the past 100 years or so (especially since Frederick Jackson Turner’s “frontier thesis” in 1893)?; and do original research into some topic in frontier history and write a substantial scholarly paper (20-25 pp.) based on your research. Finally, as part of the MAT program you will be thinking carefully and intentionally about how to teach the theme of the frontier at the secondary level.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Fulfillment of all seminar expectations, especially full participation in discussions and completion of research paper. Grading is standard scale

 

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