SPRING 2013 UPPER-DIVISION COURSES
|Course #||Sec. #||Course Title||Date & Time||Instructor|
|HIS 206||D01||Historical Inroduction to East Asia
||MWF 11:00-11:50 AM||Dr. Carter|
|HIS 303||D01||History of Modern Mexico
||MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
|HIS 336||D01||The Weimar Republic & Nazi Germany
||MR 2:30-13:45 PM
||MWF 9:00-9:50 AM
|HIS 344||D01||Environmental History of Africa
||TR 8:30-9:45 AM
|HIS 348||D01||Witchcraft, Law and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe||TR 10:00-11:15 AM||Dr. Close|
||D01||Pages of Irish History: the Place of a Small Country
||TWF 2:00-2:50 PM
||Modern South Asia
||TWF 1:00-1:50 PM
|HIS 384||D01||Civil rights Movement in America
||TR 8:30-9:45 AM
|HIS 386||D01||American Environmental History
||MWF 12:00-12:50 PM||Dr. Hyson
||Seminar in American History
||TR 8:30-9:45 AM
|HIS 472||D01||Seminar in European History||M 3:00-5:54 PM
HIS 340 Stalinism: Terror and Transformation in the Soviet Union, 1920's-7950's: Dr. Chakars
This course examines the Soviet Union under the leadership of Joseph Stalin from 1928 to 1953. This period was repressive, but also transformative. The course will address not only the suffering inflicted by Stalin's steep repression, but also the social, cultural, and economic impact of his policies. Course readings will focus on the experiences of ordinary people to demonstrate that Stalin’s rule brought both opportunity, as well as great tragedy. Stalinism, historians argue, was more than a political ideology such as Marxism and Leninism, but a way of life and civilization distinct from anything the modern world had yet experienced.
HIS 344 The Environmental History of Africa: Dr. Hooper
This course will focus on the relationship between African societies and their environments from the pre-colonial period to the present-day. We will examine diverse African strategies for surviving in frequently harsh surroundings. We will also analyze the impact of colonial policies and “Western” science on these strategies. Finally, we will use this historical background to study the problems that currently face African communities, including desertification, conflicts over land use, and arguments about conservation.
HIS 348 Witchcraft, Law and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe: Dr. Close
This course will examine popular and educated belief in the supernatural during the early modern period in Europe, beginning with late medieval concepts of magic and finishing with the end of witchcraft trials during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It will focus especially on the “witch-craze” that occurred across Europe and its American colonies during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We will first investigate the cultural aspects of witchcraft belief, analyzing how both certain men and women came to be viewed as witches. We will then study witchcraft as a legal crime by analyzing the judicial machinery of witchcraft prosecutions, as well as the influence that witch trials exerted on the process of legal reform in the seventeenth century. Readings will include trial records, journals, demonology tracts, as well as secondary sources treating witchcraft as a crucial component of early modern beliefs about law, religion, and culture.
HIS 349 Pages of Irish History: the Place of a Small Country: Fr. Wrynn
This will be a survey of historical Ireland from the introduction of the European history to the island by traders and monastic missionaries in the fifth century to the generation of Ireland’s joining of the European Community (Union). It will not pretend to be a continuous narrative, but will highlight moments in terms of four weeks concentrated to each “Page”. 1. Ireland’s mission to the continent in the early middle ages. 2. Ireland as target of Viking and Norman expansionism 3. Her second exodus to the Old World and the New 4. The healing of Ireland’s wounds.
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HIS 356 Modern South Asia: Dr. AbbasContemporary South Asia—the nation-states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldive Islands (and sometimes Afghanistan)—comprises incredible diversity of language; culture; religion; art; dress; architecture; and cuisine. This makes for dynamic histories! As the economies of the region develop and change, the importance of South Asia’s role in a global system continues to grow. In addition, the anti-colonial politics that guided the independence movements of the twentieth century have inspired activism worldwide. This course places the region into historical, political and socio-economic context: local and global. The course offers a thematic and chronological study of modern South Asia with thorough examinations of the British colonial period and the movements for independence that it spawned. The course will then examine selected topics in contemporary South Asia: gender, minorities, territorial/ sovereignty conflicts, popular culture and film, development economies, and the South Asian diaspora, among others. Students will examine primary, secondary, and literary sources.
HIS 471 Seminar in American History The 1960s: Dr. Sibley
The Kennedys and The Beatles, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, and the Space Race. Free Speech, Counterculturalism, Nixon and Wallace, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Stonewall and Alcatraz. These were revolutionary times, and not only in America, with uprisings in Prague, student protests in Paris, Warsaw, and Mexico City, and the end of colonialism in Africa. This seminar will look closely at this decade that rocked the worlds of so many, and students will acquaint themselves with the literature, art, archives, and artifacts of this era, scholarly and otherwise, in weekly discussions. They will also research and write a seminar paper exploring some aspect of the year’s events and culture.
HIS 472 Seminar in European History: Legitimacy, Justice and Rights in Europe:500-1527: Dr. LewinFew people realize that medieval theorists and jurists thought and wrote extensively on the legitimacy and extent of legal authority; they also articulated, often imprecisely, ideas of equity and rights. Some of this exploration arose from the clashes in the European West between sacred and secular authorities (church/state struggles, though we must understand that neither the church nor the state existed in any complex, institutionalized sense of modern usage). Some came from conflicts within each authority; and still more arose from the bottom up, as, with words and deeds, commoners claimed what they thought was right and fair. Finally, theories of legitimacy and authority took a new turn with the radical theories of Machiavelli, who proposed that in certain circumstances, the exercise of power and moral principles could and should stand apart from one another. This course is certified as both Ethics Intensive and Writing Intensive.