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Course Descriptions

Course descriptions can be found in the catalog.  However, each semester we might offer experimental "special topics" courses as well as differing topics for our 400-level seminars and tutorials.  The undergraduate catalog will not include those descriptions.  Instead, you can find the course descriptions for such courses on the bottom of this page.  

You will see listed below the Spring 2022 New or Special Topics Courses and Seminar/Tutorial Descriptions

For the rest of the courses offered this semester, see "pre-registration information" in the menu or HOMER.

Professor Lin, HIST 19500-01: Chinese Artifacts MWF 9:00-9:50 AM

This course introduces students to the cultural history behind Chinese artifacts, especially those found in major museums, including bronze vessels, mortuary objects, Buddhist statues, ceramics, scroll paintings, etc. Through the examination of these objects and documents related to them, students explore critical themes in the formation of the "Chinese culture": the diverse origins of the civilization, indigenous beliefs and religious practices in ancient China, the incorporation of Buddhism into Chinese culture, interactions between elite and popular cultures, and China's participation in global exchanges in the premodern period.

Professor Lin, HIST 21600-01: Revolutions in 20th Century China MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

This course examines the historical path of China from an empire to a republic and a communist regime through three revolutions: the 1911 revolution that transformed the people from subjects of a dynasty into citizens of a republic, the communist revolution that redefined class and agency and turned the people into revolutionary masses, as well as the cultural revolution that left a “lost generation” with ambivalent attitudes toward what the regime had shaped their lives.
While exploring the goals, means, and impacts of these revolutions, the course focuses on themes including modernization, de-colonization, nationalism, gender, and the meanings of revolutions to people of various classes and interests.

Professor Breuer, HIST 28700-01: Microhistories: Religion, Gender, and Agency in Europe, 1350-1650 MWF 1:00-1:50

This course focuses on microhistories, a type of historical writing that examines an individual's life in connection with larger social, political, and cultural issues. Over the course of the semester, we will explore themes of religion, gender, and sexuality in early modern Europe. Readings cover individuals who would typically be left out of traditional historical narratives (e.g., women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of the lower and middling classes).

Professor Lin, HIST 34500-01: Gender and Family in Imperial China, 221 BCE to 1911 MWF 3:00-3:50 PM

Were women always and universally devalued and miserable throughout pre-modern China? How were gender relations and family dynamics intersected with philosophical ideals, religious values, political agendas, and economic developments? How did individuals, both male and female, navigate available choices to construct meaningful lives? This course explores these questions by investigating the changing nature of gender relations and family dynamics across China’s imperial period, from roughly 200 BCE to the early twentieth century.

Professor Ablard, HIST 48200-01: Global Research Seminar: Americans in Latin America During the Cold War TR 1:10-2:25 PM

This course examines a complex period in Latin American history, the so-called "Cold War," through the lens of US Citizens who were involved in the region. There are a number of reasons, scholarly and practical, that moved me to teach this course. First the scholarly reasons. The US is the most formidable and pervasive foreign presence in the region. Little, be it trade, diplomacy, military policy, social policy, drugs, etc. does not have some imprint of the United States. Moreover, in the context of the ideological conflict of the world, the US government and many aspects of civil society had a deep involvement. And there is the practical reason to focus on the United States. Thetopic affords excellent opportunities to conduct primary research using newspapers, diplomatic cables, films, memoirs, etc. of people who lived and worked during this period.

Professor Trotti, HIST 48300-01: US Research Seminar: America's Greatest and Gravest Generation, 1939-55 TR 4:00-5:15 PM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This will be an intensive exploration into the United States at high tide.  During and just after World War II, the United States had more power and authority – domestically and internationally, economically and militarily and according to every sort of measure – than ever before or ever since.  How did this “greatest” generation accommodate themselves to the tremendous range of fears in this age as well as the tremendous possibilities that the future seemed to be unfolding before them? In what ways are “grave” problems that we now face (internationally, politically, economically, environmentally, and others) due to the choices we made in this peculiar moment of power and authority?  We will be exploring those questions and more in this focused seminar.