Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 105-01 Medieval Europe
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
This survey course will study the development of European civilization during the period ca.300 to 1300. It will consider the impact of such events as the decline of the Roman Empire, the Germanic invasions, the development of Christianity and the Church, the emergence of feudalism, the expansion of Islam and the Crusades, and the creation of romantic literature.
1030:TR   DENNY 103
HIST 117-01 American History 1607 to 1877
Instructor: Christopher Bilodeau
Course Description:
This course covers colonial, revolutionary, and national America through Reconstruction. Include attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.
0830:MWF   DENNY 104
HIST 117-02 American History 1607 to 1877
Instructor: Matthew Pinsker
Course Description:
This course covers colonial, revolutionary, and national America through Reconstruction. Include attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.
1030:TR   DENNY 211
HIST 118-01 American History 1877 to Present
Instructor: Gregory Kaliss
Course Description:
This course covers aspects of political evolution, foreign policy development, industrialization, urbanization, and the expanding roles of 20th century central government. Includes attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.
1500:TF   DENNY 313
HIST 121-01 Middle East to 1750
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 121-01. The rise of Islam, the development of Islamic civilization in medieval times and its decline relative to Europe in the early modern era, 1500-1750. This course is cross-listed as MEST 121. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations distribution requirement.
1030:MWF   DENNY 211
HIST 130-01 Early Latin American History to 1800
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 230-01. Survey of pre-Colombian and colonial Latin American history. Students explore the major ancient civilizations of the Americas, the background and characteristics of European conquest and colonization, the formation of diverse colonial societies, and the breakdown of the colonial system that led to independence. The course includes both the Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas from a comparative perspective. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement. This course is cross-listed as LALC 230.
0900:TR   DENNY 313
HIST 204-01 Introduction to Historical Methodology
Instructor: Christopher Bilodeau
Course Description:
Local archives and libraries serve as laboratories for this project-oriented seminar that introduces beginning majors to the nature of history as a discipline, historical research techniques, varied forms of historical evidence and the ways in which historians interpret them, and the conventions of historical writing. Prerequisite: one previous course in history.
1330:W   DENNY 112
HIST 206-01 American Environmental History
Instructor: Gregory Kaliss
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 206-01. Examines the interaction between humans and the natural environment in the history of North America. Explores the problem of sustainable human uses of the North America environment form the pre-colonial period to the present. Also serves as an introduction to the subfield of environmental history, which integrates evidence from various scientific disciplines with traditional documentary and oral sources. Topics include: American Indian uses of the environment, colonial frontiers, agricultural change, industrialization, urbanization, westward expansion, the Progressive-Era conservation movement, changes in lifestyle and consumption including their increasingly global impact, shifts in environmental policy, and the rise of the post-World War II environmental movement. This course is cross-listed as ENST 206.
0900:TR   DENNY 212
HIST 211-01 Sex and the City: Gender, Politics, and Culture in 20th Century Urban America
Instructor: Crystal Moten
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05.In this class, we will consider the ways in which gender and sexuality have been created, contested, defined, and performed in the urban environment. We will examine several United States cities to illuminate how gender has been inscribed on the urban environment and the ways in which the gendered city reflects complex intersections of race, class, and sexual orientation. The course might include a day trip to Philadelphia; Washington, DC; or New York City.
1500:MR   DENNY 313
HIST 211-02 The Cold War and Film
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-01.Additional time slot: Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm in Denny 317 for optional film viewing.The Cold War, which dominated much of the second half of the twentieth century, was a struggle to determine which political and economic system would prevail throughout the world - that of Communist Russia or Capitalist America. These conditions also gave rise to a remarkable period of filmmaking (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Doctor Strangelove, On the Waterfront, and The Lives of Others.) This course will focus on the major events of the Cold War and the important films it inspired.
1330:MR   DENNY 21
HIST 215-01 History of Modern Japan 1800 to the Present
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-04.This course explores two centuries of successive transformations that have restructured Japanese society. Key topics include Japans transition from a feudal to a capitalist regime, the expansion of the Japanese empire, the Second World War, the post-war economic miracle, and recent political and economic anxieties as well as hope for the future. We will examine a range of engrossing primary sources and thought-provoking secondary scholarship to understand how geopolitical strategies and economic booms and busts have affected the daily lives of people in Japan, East Asia, and the rest of the modern world.
1500:TF   DENNY 211
HIST 223-01 Renaissance Europe
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
A study of prevailing conditions (social, economic, political, and cultural) in western Europe with particular attention given to the achievements and failures of the Renaissance. Offered every other year.
1500:TR   DENNY 203
HIST 253-01 Russia: Clans to Empire
Instructor: Karl Qualls
Course Description:
An examination of the early formation of multi-ethnic clans into a large multinational empire. The course explores state formation, the role of women, church power, the arts, nationality conflict and figures such as Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great.
1030:MWF   DENNY 203
HIST 273-01 African Americans Since Slavery
Instructor: Crystal Moten
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-06. Focuses on the history of Americans of African ancestry in the years following the American Civil War, which ended in 1865. The course examines several important transformations of African Americans as a people. In the first, we consider the transition from slavery to a nominal but highly circumscribed "freedom," which ended with the destruction of Reconstruction governments in the South. We consider the institution-building and community-building processes among African Americans, and the development of distinctive elite and folk cultures among various classes of black people. We examine the Great Migration north and west between 1900 and 1920, and the urbanization of what had been a predominately rural people. Fifth, we consider the differential impact of World War I, the Great Depression, and the New Deal and World War II on African Americans, and the creation of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's - 1980's. Offered every two years. This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and US Diversity graduation requirement.
1030:TR   DENNY 313
HIST 274-01 The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-04.Part of the Race and Education Mosaic. The peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa in the early 1990s was widely hailed as the "South African Miracle." This course asks why such a transition should be considered miraculous. In order to answer our question, we will begin with South African independence from Britain in 1910 and study the evolution of legalized segregation and the introduction in 1948 of apartheid. After reviewing opposition movements we will move to a discussion of the demise of apartheid and the negotiated political order that took its place. We will examine the machinery and the deliberations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and debate its accomplishments. The course ends with an examination of memory and history. This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.
1330:TF   DENNY 311
HIST 275-01 The Rise of Modern China
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-03. The history of China from the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912 to the rise of China as a global economic and political power in the twenty-first century. Topics include issues of cultural change and continuity, the growth of modern business, women's rights, urban and rural social crises, the rise of modern nationalism, Communist revolution, the political role of Mao Zedong, post-Mao economic reform and social transformation, human rights, and prospects for Chinese democracy. Offered every two years. This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.
0900:TR   DENNY 203
HIST 283-01 Latin American-U.S. Relations
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 283-01. A study of political, economic, and cultural relations between Latin America and the United States from the early 19th century to the present. The evolution of inter-American relations is analyzed in light of the interplay of Latin American, U.S., and extra-hemispheric interests. This course is cross-listed as LALC 283.
1500:MR   DENNY 110
HIST 315-01 Comparative Oral Histories
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Race and Education Mosaic.The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study and process of oral history interviewing, writing, and analysis in two communitiesthe black and white South African communities in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Oral history has been considered a legitimate form of historical inquiry in the United States since the last decades of the twentieth century. This course will focus on the following areas: the history of the in-depth interview, interview-based projects and analyses, the processing of interviews: transcribing interviews and creating archival collections, methodology, and theoretical considerations. Most of our work will focus on two forms of oral history inquiry: the individual biography, and the community-based project. Each student will be expected to create question lists and topic lists for specific narrators, to record and videotape interviews, to transcribe several interviews, and to deal appropriately with issues of legality and ethics, including issues of informed consent in cross-cultural contexts. Students are also expected to create a website that details their work in South Africa.
0900:TR   DENNY 311
HIST 358-01 19th-20th Century European Diplomacy
Instructor: Regina Sweeney
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 358-01. European diplomatic history from the Congress of Vienna through World War II. This course is cross-listed as INST 358. Offered occasionally.
0930:MWF   DENNY 311
HIST 389-01 Native Peoples of Eastern North America
Instructor: Christopher Bilodeau
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 223-01. A survey of major development among Native Americans east of the Mississippi River from approximately A.D. 1500 to the present, using the interdisciplinary methodologies of ethnohistory. Topics to be addressed include 16th and 17th century demographic, economic, and social consequences of contact with European peoples, 18th century strategies of resistance and accommodation, 19th century government removal and cultural assimilation policies, and 20th century cultural and political developments among the regions surviving Indian communities. This course is cross-listed as ANTH 223.
1330:MR   DENNY 311
HIST 404-01 US Constitution
Instructor: Matthew Pinsker
Course Description:
This seminar will explore advanced topics in US constitutional history, including questions about original intent, freedoms of the press and religion, civil rights and liberties, criminal procedure, the separation of powers and the electoral process.
1330:TR   DENNY 211
HIST 500-01 History of Apartheid
Instructor: Jeremy Ball
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HIST 500-02 Latin American Environmental History
Instructor: Marcelo Borges
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HIST 500-03 The Evolution of Soccer in American Culture
Instructor: Gregory Kaliss
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HIST 500-04 Arab-Israeli Conflict
Instructor: David Commins
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