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Fall 2020 Graduate Course Descriptions
500-700 Level

The History Department has changed many of our classes to online and hybrid formats to give our students a wider access to our classes should they not be able to attend campus classes in Fall 2020. Some classes will continue to meet online at the originally scheduled time. Classes that meet face-to-face have been moved to larger rooms in order to facilitate social distancing. Please check Genie for updates. Changes continue to be possible as our world changes.

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

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HIS 502 - Topics in African American History: "Housing and the Politics of Urban Space on the Southern Landscape"

81016 R 2:00-4:50
Torren Gatson

Since the inception of America, shelter has been a fundamental principal of survival and simultaneously a marker for citizenship. This course discusses the turbulent history of African Americans and housing on the American landscape. Students will journey through the episodic history of African Americans and housing beginning at the conclusion of the Civil War and spanning the better part of the 20th century. At its core, this is a course designed to examine aspects of citizenship, sustainability, equity, and civil rights.
Crosslisted with HIS 403.

HIS 510 - Historiography

81017 T 2:00-4:50 ONLINE
Teresa Walch

Development of the historical profession and perspectives on historical methodology. Selected readings by philosophers of history and practicing historians.

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HIS 514 - World History Topics: "Social History in Global Perspective"

81018 ONLINE
Colleen Kriger

Students in this course will examine selected readings in social history as windows onto what is useful and distinctive about the 'new' global history. The mid-twentieth century saw transformations in scholarship and teaching of history which brought to the fore important thematic approaches such as social history, gender, area studies, slavery, environmental history, and others. Overarching and incorporating such themes brought new kinds of historical perspective and practice. World historians focus on comparisons, connections, and networks viewed in large scale or over long time periods. Over the semester we will explore and understand the 'global' as an alternative to Eurocentric and 'presentist' conceptions of the human past.
Crosslisted with HIS 414.

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HIS 524 - U.S. 20th Century Topics: "U.S. - Middle East Relations"

81019 MW 3:30-4:45 ONLINE
David Wight

This course is centered on two key questions: how did relations between the United States and the Middle East, which were largely peripheral to each other's interests and concerns at the end of the 18th century, change to become so important and intertwined in the present, and what have been the consequences of this process of interaction and change? While the questions are simple, the answers are rich and complex, involving issues that include military and geopolitical power, economic interests, culture, religion, ideology, transnational communities, and historical memory.
Cross-listed with HIS 424.

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HIS 543 - Historic Preservation: Principles and Practices

82168 R 1:00-3:50 ONLINE
Jo Leimenstoll

Study of change in historic preservation theory and practice since the 1800s with emphasis on preservation of built environment. Development of philosophical approach for designers to contemporary preservation projects.
Crosslisted with IAR 443/543.

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HIS 546 - Topics in American Cultural History: "Doing Spatial History: Spaces of Consumption"

81020 MW 3:30-4:45 ONLINE
Lisa Tolbert

On the afternoon of February 1, 1960 four African American students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College sat down at the Woolworth's whites-only lunch counter in downtown Greensboro and sparked a national movement to desegregate public spaces of consumption. This course will apply methods of spatial analysis to explore how power relationships have been constructed and contested in physical consumer landscapes of the twentieth century, with particular attention to race and gender. From the machine age chain stores of the early twentieth century to our contemporary age of surveillance capitalism, we will study how landscapes designed for mass consumption were created as a social process that reshaped consumer behaviors and identities. The struggle for democracy has played out not only in the voting booth but also at the lunch counter and in the shopping line.
Crosslisted with HIS 446.

HIS 547 - History Museum Curatorship: Collections Management

81021 R 4:00-6:50
Kimberly Terbush

This course will explore the legal, ethical, and practical issues associated with the development, management, and care of museum collections. This course will examine the legal duties and ethical obligations placed on those who manage museums and their collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping, collection policies and procedures, deaccessioning, copyright, collection care, handling, and housing. Students will investigate and analyze contemporary issues within the field of Collections Management through readings, discussion, site visits, hands on project(s), and presentations from Museum professionals. Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program in history or written permission of instructor. Same as IAR 547.

HIS 551-01 - Gender and History: "Women and Politics in U.S. History"

81023 TR 3:30-4:45
Mandy Cooper

This course examines the history of women's involvement in politics in the United States from the founding to the present. Women of all ethnicities, races, classes, and sexualities have always been involved in politics through a wide range of political activities - as citizens, voters, activists. This course will examine women's historical role in the political process, the different ways that women have engaged as political actors (even when disenfranchised), and the issues that became defined as women's issues.
Cross-listed with HIS 451.

Prerequisite for all 600- 700 level History courses: Admission to a graduate program in history or interior architecture, or special permission of instructor.

HIS 627 - Museum and Historic Site Interpretation: Principles and Practice

81024 T 2:00-4:50
Anne Parsons

Who makes history and how? This seminar seeks to answer this question by exploring the relationship between history and the public, and the tools that public historians use to interpret the past. The class focuses on the theory and practice of telling stories through museums and historic sites, while examining issues of ownership and power in interpretation and community collaboration. Students will also study contemporary models of engaging with audiences and projects that make history more meaningful to people. Finally, the class will merge theory and practice with the creation of a local history project, produced by the students for a public venue. Same as IAR 627.

HIS 633 - Community History Practicum

81025 M 2:00-4:50
Torren Gatson

Prerequisite: HIS/IAR 626

In this hands-on course, students work collaboratively and engage community partners as they research, design, and complete public projects - previously planned in HIS/IAR 626 - that engage audiences in local/regional history. These projects involve original research and draw on a range of sources that drive public history work, including public records, oral interviews, images, and artifacts. Final products may involve exhibitions, web-based products, public programs, curricula, or other formats that engage public audiences in issues emerging from the past around us.

This course is restricted to graduate students in History and Interior Architecture who have completed HIS/IAR 626 (The Practice of Public History) unless permission is granted by instructor.

See the M.A. FAQ for more information about the following:

HIS 690 - Internship

HIS 692 - Advanced Topics

HIS 697 - Independent Study

HIS 699 - Thesis

Faculty permission is required to register for these courses.

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HIS 701 - Colloquium in American History

81028 701-01 W 5:30-8:20
Mark Elliott

81029 701-02 M 2:00-4:50 ONLINE
Warren Milteer

Issues of historical interpretation from the colonial era through the Civil War.

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HIS 710 - Colloquium in the Atlantic World

81030 W 2:00-4:50
Linda Rupert

This course introduces students to the variety of approaches and themes that comprise one of the most dynamic fields in our discipline. The Atlantic World provides a useful conceptual and methodological framework in which to analyze the development of European overseas empires; the creation of colonial societies; and the flow of people, commodities, and ideas between the Americas, Europe, and Africa in the early modern period (roughly 1400-1800). We will read a selection of major works that have defined the field, identify different perspectives and approaches, and trace the development of the historiography. We will also consider the challenges involved in comparative, cross-cultural historical research; the limits of an Atlantic approach; and its relationship to regional and world history approaches.

HIS 720 - Public History Capstone I

81031 W 2:00-4:50
Torren Gatson

This course is part of a two-semester sequence in which students design and execute original, research-driven, independent-study history projects for public audiences, usually with a community or institutional partner. In the first half of the course sequence, students solidify the goals and contours of the project, complete project research, and finish preliminary development. Restricted to graduate students in the history department's Museum Studies program who have completed at least 15 hours of graduate-level course work.

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HIS 722 - Topics in Early American History: "Revolts & Rebellions in Early American History"

81148 R 5:30-8:20
Greg O'Brien

Early North America after contact was a contentious and frequently violent place. We will investigate several major episodes of violent rebellion (or feared rebellion) initiated by diverse groups of people in colonial America and the early national United States. Students will learn about the issues and conditions that drove indentured servants and small farmers to seek redress of their grievances through violent means, Indians to resist colonial encroachment, and African slaves to rebel against their enslavement. Students will read books, discuss readings, write analysis papers and produce a lengthy historiographic or research paper at the end.

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