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Fall 2016 Course Descriptions
200-400 Level

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE! Always check the University online schedule for the latest changes.

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HIS 203-01 - History of Africa to 1870

84639 TR 9:30-10:45
Colleen Kriger

What is civilization? This course examines the variety of African civilizations throughout the continent, from ancient times up to the 19th century, and how closer study of African history has prompted scholars to revise the way "civilization" is defined. We will focus on ancient civilizations in Africa, the empires and city-states of the Islamic period, and the rise of trade with Europe, especially the Atlantic slave trade and its effects on African societies.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .AFS.GHP.GN.GPM.

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HIS 206-01 - "Survey of the Premodern World"

86012 206-01 ONLINE
Richard Shelton

This course introduces world history from the dawn of civilization to the early modern era. Topics include Eurasian, African, American, and Greco-Roman civilizations and Christian, Islamic, South Asian, Chinese, and Byzantine cultures. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in premodern world history.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GPM.

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HIS 206-02 - "Mediterranean World"

86460 206-02 MWF 9:00-9:50
Ian Michie

This class focuses on the history of the Mediterranean Sea from the origins of its earliest civilizations through the Middle Ages. The class will pay particular attention to the evolution and continuity of Mediterranean culture, society, and economic networks.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GPM

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HIS 207-01 - "Global Trade and Cultural Interaction in the Premodern World"

80157 207-01 ONLINE
James Findley

This course explores global trade and cultural interaction in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe between 1200 and 1800.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GL.GMO.IGS

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HIS 207-02 - "Encountering the Sacred: A History of World Religions, 1300-1800"

80158 207-02 ONLINE
Steven Peach

This course investigates the cultural context and global nature of the world's major religions from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. It traces the impact of globalization, empire- building, and cross-cultural encounters on patterns of religious change and continuity. In order to accomplish these goals, you will evaluate several primary and conduct research on global religious history.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GN.GPM.IGS

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HIS 207-03 - "Adventures in the Pacific, 1400-1850"

86528 207-03 TR 3:30-4:45
Eric Oakley

The Pacific Ocean is the dominant geographical feature of our planet, covering more than one-third of the world's surface and a greater area than all land masses combined. Historians have described the vast expanse as an "ocean hemisphere," a "sea of islands," or a "water continent." This course examines the Pacific World as a complex site of cultural encounters, trade, and conflict in global history. Readings will introduce places as different as Peruvian mines, Hawaiian beaches, Chinese seaports, and the penal colonies of New South Wales. Students will learn about fascinating persons such as Admiral Zheng He, Captain James Cook, and King Kamehameha. Moreover, the course emphasizes an interdisciplinary understanding of the past in which history intersects with fields such as anthropology and biological sciences. Topics include indigenous societies and beliefs, ocean ecologies, scientific navigation, maritime commerce, and European imperialism in the Pacific.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GN.GPM.IGS

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HIS 208-01 - "Revolutions in Modern World History"

80159 TR 2:00-3:15
Mark Moser

This course will be a comparative overview of major "revolutions" in modern world history. Topics covered will include the Scientific Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Technological Revolution of the late 20th century, as well as important political and cultural revolutions that have taken place globally in the modern era. Major emphasis will be placed on the impact of these revolutions on the individual.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GMO.IGS

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HIS 208-02 - "Peoples of Empire"

80355 ONLINE
Jamie Mize

At their height, European empires covered most of the globe and held sway over a majority of the world's population. Despite the geographic reach of European empires, European imperial subjects were a minority. This course will focus on the non-European peoples that made up a majority of imperial populations. Students will be introduced to the perspectives, voices, and actions of the indigenous peoples in these empires through a series of case studies that will focus on particular native peoples, locales, and empires throughout the world. This perspective will encourage students to think less about specific individuals and events in terms of "conquest," and instead will introduce them to broader analytical frameworks, such as, cultural diversity, historical memory, agency, and change over time.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP.GL.GMO.IGS

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HIS 209-01 - "Women in Modern World History"

84640 ONLINE
Lisa Levenstein

This course will introduce students to major themes in the study of women and world history since 1750. Students will learn how to analyze a variety of primary sources and evaluate historical debates. They will consider how looking at women and gender changes our understanding of major topics in world history and sheds light on contemporary global politics.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS.WGS

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HIS 209-02 - "World Environmental History"

84641 TR 11:00-12:15
Greg O'Brien

This course will use an environmental history approach to better understand the past 500 years of human history around the planet. We will read and discuss books, see films, and discuss selected topics in order to better understand the relationship between humans and nature. Humans have always been limited by the natural resources at their disposal while simultaneously developing new techniques and technologies to exploit nature. Nature has impacted the general direction of human history more than any other single factor, while humans have altered and impacted nature more than any other species. It is impossible to fully understand human history without including the role of nature.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.ENV.IGS

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HIS 211-01 - United States History before 1865

General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War.
Field: United States. Markers: GHP.GMO

80163 211-01 MWF 1:00-1:50 Matthew Hintz

80164 211-02 ONLINE Justina Licata

80165 211-03 MWF 10:00-10:50 Kelsey Walker

HIS 212 - United States History since 1865

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212-01 through -06 Anne Parsons

General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present. All sections are Writing Intensive.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO.WI

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11-11:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 11:00-11:50 or 12:00-12:50.

80178 212-01 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
84644 212-02 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
84645 212-03 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
84991 212-04 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50
86029 212-05 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50
86030 212-06 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50

HIS 216-01 - Civilizations of Asia

84646 ONLINE
Joseph Ross

This course touches on key moments in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will pay close attention to the growth of nationalism, industrialization, and communism, how Asia became "modern," the impact Europe and the United States had on the region, and the development of human rights. Students will examine primary sources and practice the skills historians use in order to make sense of the past.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 217 - The World of the Twentieth Century (1900-1945)

Political, social, and economic forces affecting Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 1900-1945.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

80188 217-01 ONLINE Mark Moser

83838 217-02 TR 5:00-6:15 Mark Moser

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HIS 218-01 through -04: The World of the Twentieth Century (1945-2000)

MW 10:00-10:50 and F 10:00-10:50 or F 11:00-11:50
Jeff Jones

This class will examine global issues in the contemporary world, focusing mainly on the post-World War II period, from the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, to the complex, high-tech, evolving world of today. We will examine some of the important political, economic, social, and cultural changes of the second half of the twentieth century and how these changes have shaped the world we live in today.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS.

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00-10:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 11:00-11:50 or 11:00-11:50..

83239 218-01 - MW 10:00-10:50, F 10:00-10:50
84647 218-02 - MW 10:00-10:50, F 10:00-10:50
84648 218-03 - MW 10:00-10:50, F 11-11:50
84649 218-04 - MW 10:00-10:50, F 11-11:50

HIS 218-05: The World of the Twentieth Century (1945-2000)

86037 218-05 - MWF 1:00-1:50
Tim Reagin

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HIS 220-01 - The Ancient World

82803 TR 12:30-1:45
Stephen Ruzicka

Early civilizations: Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman to Reign of Constantine.
Field: Europe. Markers: .ARC.GHP.GPM.

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HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy

Survey of Western European history from the end of the Roman Empire to the fifteenth century exploring such varied aspects of the medieval experience as pilgrimage, crusade, peasant life, the emergence of national states, and the rise of the university.
Field: Europe. Markers:.GHP.GL.GPM.

HIS 221-01 through -04

MW 9:00-9:50 and F 9:00-9:50 or F 10:00-10:50
Richard Barton

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00-9:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 9:00-9:50 or 10:00-10:50..

83901 221-01 - MW 9:00-9:50, F 9:00-9:50
84650 221-02 - MW 9:00-9:50, F 9:00-9:50
84786 221-03 - MW 9:00-9:50, F 10-10:50
86078 221-04 - MW 9:00-9:50, F 10-10:50

HIS 221-05 - Medieval Legacy

86079 TR 9:30-10:45
Caitlin Saraphis

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HIS 222-01 Europe 1400-1789

80190 TR 11:00-12:15
Jodi Bilinkoff

Survey of major socio-economic, political, and cultural trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
Field: Europe. Markers:.GHP.GL.GPM.

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HIS 223-01 - European Revolutions, 1789-1989

80191 MWF 11:00-11:50
Emily Levine

A survey of the political, social and cultural history of Europe from the time of the French Revolution to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the political culture and the emergence of the great ideological systems of the West (e.g., liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, nationalism, and fascism) as well as how the borders and boundaries of Europe have changed over the last two hundred years with respect to class, race, gender and the nation state. This course uses technology to enhance the teaching of history in a "hybrid" learning model. Mondays and Wednesdays involve in-class lectures and group work. Fridays are organized around a "History Lab" that involves online activities and assessments.
Field: Europe. Markers:.GHP.GL.GMO.

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HIS 239-01 through -02: The First America: Latin America, 1492-1830

MW 11:00-11:50 and F 11:00-11:50 or F 12:00-12:50
Peter Villella

Introduction to the early history of Latin America. Emphasis on the clash of cultures, Indian-Spanish relations, and the structure and mechanisms of empire.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS.

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00-11:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 11:00-11:50 or 12:00-12:50..

80193 239-01 - MW 11:00-11:50, F 11:00-11:50
86080 239-02 - MW 11:00-11:50, F 12:00-12:50

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HIS 301 - Race and Slavery

84652 TR 11:00-12:15
Watson Jennison

An examination of the African-American experience from ancient to modern times, including precolonial Africa, the Atlantic slave trade, slavery in the Americas with special emphasis on the United States before the Civil War.
Field: United States. Markers: .AFS.GMO

HIS 308 - Navigating World History

80336 TR 9:30-10:45
Steven Ruzicka

Pr. Social Studies Licensure candidates or permission of instructor

Introduction to and overview of world history, ca. 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Prepares Social Studies Licensure majors to teach world history at the middle grades and high school level.
Field: Wider World.

HIS 314 - Modern British Empire, 1750-Present

86158 TR 12:30-1:45
Jill Bender

This course examines the British Empire from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Themes include: the changing nature of imperial expansion, methods of colonial rule, decolonization, and legacies of Empire. Field: Europe.

image used for decoration onlyHIS 315 - Witchcraft and Magic in European History

84653 TR 2:00-3:15
Jodi Bilinkoff

Examination of witchcraft beliefs and persecution as a way of studying the social history of Europe before industrialization. Emphasizes the "Witch Craze" of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Field: Europe.

HIS 316 - Interpreting American History

80337 TR 12:30-1:45
Thomas Jackson

Pr. Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates or permission of instructor

Examination of a broad variety of primary source evidence and historiographical methods for studying the American past from the colonial era through the twentieth century.
Field: United States.

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HIS 329 - U.S. Women's History since 1865

84654 ONLINE
Hannah Dudley Shotwell

A history of women in the U.S. since the Civil War. Topics include women's activism, labor, reproduction, public policy, race and class inequalities, and contemporary women's issues.
Field: United States. Marker: WGS.

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HIS 333 - American Indian History to 1840

80338 MWF 10:00-10:50
Ethan Moore

Explores the history of American Indians in the area now encompassed by the United States through the era of Indian Removal in the 1830s.
Field: Wider World.

HIS 334 - U.S. Environmental History

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86160 TR 3:30-4:45
Greg O'Brien

In this course you will examine the interaction of humans and nature in American history from the colonial period to today. The approach will be roughly chronological, with emphasis on selected issues, events, and persons. The course will consider two large themes: 1. The way that Americans (of different types) have thought about nature and the relationship between people and nature. 2. The history of the human impact on nature in the area now known as the United States and the role of nature in shaping American history. Grading will consist of exams, short topical papers, and quizzes.
Field: United States.

HIS 332 - Civil Rights and Black Freedom, 1940-1980

86847 MW 2:00-3:15
Brian Suttell

Southern and national civil rights politics in light of local and human rights dimensions of the wider black freedom movement. Special attention to leadership, economics, local movements, and white resistance.
Field: United States.

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HIS 347 - History of North Carolina

80339 347-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Christine Flood (Speaking Intensive Section)

85120 347-02 ONLINE Jason Stroud

This is a survey course. It spans more than 400 years of state history - from colonization to the present. It is American history with the spotlight on North Carolina. Objectives of the course include an examination of:

  • when, how, and why North Carolina developed as it did.
  • How its actions and reactions were similar or different from the other states.
  • How the development of its economic, social, and political structure determines present-day North Carolina with special emphasis on such topics as: a) the economy b) politics c) race relations.
Field: United States.

HIS 354 - Roman Republic, 754 BC-44 BC

86162 TR 2:00-3:15
Stephen Ruzicka

Study of the social and political forces that led to Rome's conquest of the Mediterranean World - and of the transformation which world conquest wrought on Rome itself. Topics covered include: the Roman Constitution and politics, the Roman conquest of Italy and then of the whole Mediterranean, and the decline of the Republic.
Field: Europe.

HIS 377 - Russian History to 1900

86163 MW 2:00-3:15
Jeff Jones

This course introduces students to issues and debates in Russian history from its origins in roughly the 9th century until the eve of the 20th century. We will examine Russia's history as much as possible through the eyes of those who lived it, trying thereby to acquire a fuller understanding of Russia today. The course is divided into two sections: Early Russia to 1700; and Imperial Russia 1700-1900. Relying largely on primary sources, we will approach the subject material from several perspectives, including political, social, economic, and cultural, with a number of themes in mind: state and society; ideology/religion; family/gender; class; and war and peace.
Field: Wider World

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HIS 389 - West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade

84658 TR 3:30-4:45
Colleen Kriger

How, why, and when did trade between Europeans and Africans along Africa's western coast become a trade in slaves across the Atlantic to the Americas? This course examines the history of this trade, how it was organized and carried out on the African side of the Atlantic, and how the slave trade and its abolition affected African societies.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .AFS.IGS

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HIS 390 - History Internship

Field learning experience in public or applied history. Academic supervision provided by job supervisor. Assigned reading and written reports. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of Director of Public History.

HIS 391 - Historical Skills and Methods

82059 MW 2:00-3:15
Richard Barton
Research Intensive. Restricted to history majors.

This course is required for History Majors, and is a prerequisite for the senior capstone course (HIS 511). As a result, HIS 391 necessarily must pursue several goals. The first major goal is to reinforce (at the least) and introduce (at the worst) some of the techniques and methods that historians practice when they devise, research, and write research papers. In other words, the first goal is to introduce or reinforce a set of skills that students can take with them to other upper-level history classes and especially to History 511. Among these skills are the following: 1) producing feasible research questions and topics from the reading of primary and secondary sources; 2) becoming familiar with the main categories of (and attributes of) primary sources pertinent to a topic; 3) becoming familiar with the locations and/or databases in which these sources can be accessed; 4) analyzing primary sources as texts, and not merely as data-mines (i.e., asking who? When? Where? Why?); 5) identifying the arguments of secondary sources and evaluating those arguments; and more.

But we cannot practice these skills in a vacuum, and so the other main goal of the course is to examine and study the rich primary source base from, and the contested historiographical interpretations of, the reign of King Stephen of England (1135-1154). To this end we will start by reading a recent modern biography of Stephen to get a handle on the main contours of the reign; while we do this, we will be talking in general about some of the research techniques listed above. From this baseline we turn first to extended analysis of types (or categories, or genres) of primary sources. Finally we will turn to an examination of some particularly thorny and/or recurring debates between modern historians over how to interpret and assign meaning to various aspects of Stephen’s reign.

HIS 440 - Principles and Practices of Teaching History

86165 TR 2:00-3:15
Lisa Tolbert
Pr. Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates who have completed HIS 308, 316, and one other 300-level History elective for a total of 9 s.h., or permission of instructor.

This course is especially designed for students who are concentrating in social studies and plan to engage in teaching as a career. As an aspiring educator, how will you instill in your students a sense of the value and relevance of thinking historically in the 21st century? How do people learn history? Is there something distinctive about learning history compared to learning other academic subjects? This course will introduce you to the growing scholarship that addresses the distinctive challenges of teaching and learning history as both a subject and a discipline.

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