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Fall 2022 Course Descriptions
100-400 Level

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

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HIS 101: The Contemporary World

101-01 80586 MWF 10:00-10:50 Jeff Jones
101-02 80587 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mark Moser

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the historical roots of the key events, issues and themes in modern world history, focusing mainly on the post-World War II period, from the use of atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, to the complex, high-tech, evolving world of today. We will examine the world with a number of themes in mind: the Cold War; the rise & fall of communism; nationalism; violent vs. non-violent resistance to oppression; the rise of terrorism; gender relations; colonialism/de-colonization; racial/ethnic/religious diversity and conflict; and the international economy.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; MFND

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HIS 203-01 - History of Africa to 1870

80588 ONLINE asynchronous
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: ADS; GHP; GN; GPM; MGIL

HIS 206-01: "Spain and Portugal: The Origin of Europe's First Early Modern Overseas Empire, 1415-1648"

80459 MWF 9:00-9:50
Jonathan Baier

This course follows the history of the Iberian powers, Spain and Portugal, from the Conquest of Muslim controlled Ceuta in 1415 to the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648 as they fought to become Europe's first overseas imperial powers. Over the course of these two centuries, Spain and Portugal competed and combined their leadership, power and resources to become the controlling empires in the Atlantic through interaction in Africa and the America while extending that influence all the way to Asia. Our focus will thematically draw from the political, social, religious, cultural, economic and military aspects of the two Iberian powers, including significant people and events of the time.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP; GL; GPM; MHFA

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HIS 206-02: "Women, Gender, and Power in the Premodern Atlantic World"

80842 ONLINE asynchronous
Jewel Parker

This course surveys women's and gender history in the Atlantic World up to 1750. This course explores how social and cultural expectations for gender roles informed concepts of power, reproductive and physical labor, family dynamics, religion, economics, and politics as exchanges of peoples, ideas, and goods circulated the Atlantic Ocean. Focusing on these themes and the lives of women living in Africa, Europe, and the Americas, this course will examine questions such as "How were women’s lives affected by European exploration and the growth of empires?," "How did women display power within their families and communities?," and "How did the lives of single women differ from the lives of married women?" Through answering these questions, learners will develop a more thorough understanding of how ideas about gender, sexuality, race, and class informed significant developments across the Atlantic, such as European exploration, intercultural interactions, the Atlantic slave trade, and the ways women worked within and pushed against societal boundaries to control their own lives and gain visibility within their communities. Learners will analyze primary sources from diverse perspectives that introduce the controversies, trends, events, and actors in the premodern period. In addition to exploring women and gender as a historical concept, learners will also learn analytical skills employed in the study of history.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP; GL; GPM; MHFA

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HIS 207-01: "Islamic Civilization, 600-1200 C.E., from Mecca to the Crusades"

80843 TR 11:00-12:15
Asa Eger

In the middle of the seventh century, Arab tribes coalesced and emerged from the Arabian Peninsula, conquering an enormous expanse of territory that reached from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the deserts of India in less than one hundred years. In the following centuries, Islamic civilization took shape, a dynamic process framed by Islamic ideals yet influenced by the many cultures this civilization embraced. The products of this civilization included magnificent monuments, extensive works of literature and science, far-flung trade routes that connected to east Asia, and new agricultural and technological innovations. This course will familiarize students with the history of the rise and spread of Islamic civilization as a complex and interdependent process that occurred throughout the Near East, North Africa, Spain, and Central Asia. We contextualize this process in the world before Islam and the rise of the Prophet Muhammad at the start of the seventh century and continue until the time of the Crusaders at the end of twelfth century. Our approach will be interdisciplinary. We will look at the history, art and architecture, archaeology, environment, literature, and religion of Islamic civilization.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GN; GPM; IGS; MGIL

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HIS 207-02 - "The Caribbean in World History: From Columbus to Haiti"

80844 207-02 ONLINE asynchronous
Linda Rupert

From Columbus's misguided attempt to find a route to Asia, to the outbreak of the Haitian Revolution (the world's only successful slave revolt) three hundred years later, the Caribbean was at the center of early modern world history. This course explores major moments in the region's history, their relationship to wider historical processes, and the impact on the lives of ordinary people. Topics include piracy, smuggling, the transatlantic slave trade, and plantation slavery.
Field: Wider World. Markers: ADS; GHP; GN; GPM; IGS; MGIL

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HIS 207-03: "Silks and Spices: History of the Silk Road in China"

80845 MWF 10:00-10:50
James Anderson

Following the prosperous Silk Road of the Northwest and the thriving spice trade of the South China Sea regions, Imperial Chinese courts remained engaged in international exchanges of goods and ideas since ancient times. This course will examine the intersection of trade and tribute in patterns of foreign relations China conducted with its neighbors through the arrival of European powers in the 16th century. Material trade, and the socio-cultural exchanges accompanying it, will serve as the central theme in this course. While remaining "China-focused," we will also explore the ways in which the various peoples have existed in the region for over two thousand years, fighting during much of this time for both political autonomy and cultural self-identity. Some of the secondary topics we will explore include the fluid, border-less nature of the frontier between South China and northern Southeast Asia, a study of Late Imperial China's "Southern Silk Road," China's tribute relations with various southern maritime kingdoms, and a broad study of pre-modern Chinese frontier management throughout the empire. Through a critical reading of recent scholarship on related topics, we will determine for ourselves the impact that global trade patterns had on the historical development of this very important region of the world.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GN; GPM; IGS; MGIL

HIS 208-01 - "European Empires & Colonial Encounters"

80846 MWF 11:00-11:50
Jill Bender

The empires of France and Britain once included nearly 1/3 of the world's population. By the 1920s, the British Empire alone covered more than 14 million square miles of the world's surface. European imperialism is a reality of the past and has significantly shaped the world in which we live. This course provides a historical survey of European imperialism from the mid-eighteenth century to the late-twentieth century. We will pay particular attention to the cultural, social, and political ramifications of colonial encounters.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP; GL; GMO; IGS; MHFA

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HIS 208-03 - "Social History of Medicine and Disease"

80848 TR 9:30-10:45 Caitlin Saraphis

Getting sick is a universal human experience. Regardless of time, place, or culture, we all know what it's like to be ill. But the meaning we ascribe to those illnesses and the ways we attempt to heal ourselves have varied greatly over time. In this class, we will investigate how ideas about medicine and disease have been constructed over time, how those ideas have been used to enforce or undercut social norms, and what impact that has had on our modern understandings of science, medicine, and wellness.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP; GL; GMO; IGS; MHFA

HIS 208-04 - "Age of Atlantic Revolutions"

80849 ONLINE asynchronous Emilee Robbins

This course provides an overview of Atlantic history during the Age of Revolutions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We will discuss the social, economic, and political consequences of these Revolutions as well as the various demographic groups they affected, including women, Africans, and indigenous people. By looking at this period as a true Age of Revolutions, together we’ll make connections between these events and individuals from the Americas and Europe to see how ideologies spread from disparate locations and remained influential for centuries to come.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP; GL; GMO; IGS; MHFA

HIS 210: Human Rights in Modern World History

MWF 12:00-12:50 and 1:00-1:50
Mark Elliott

This course provides a conceptual and historical introduction to the idea of human rights, surveying major developments in the advocacy of human rights around the globe from 1760 to the present. Focusing on a selection of important events, historical figures, and international issues of global significance, this course explores human rights in international law, transnational movements, and global causes. By understanding how claims of "humanity" arise from grassroots struggles, this course will widen the historical inquiry on this topic from a World, rather than Eurocentric, perspective. The concept of "human rights" has not remained static over time; it has been a contested idea and the subject of debate and disagreement among its advocates as well as its detractors. Placing the debates around, and the uses of, "human rights" in historical context will be the main endeavor of this course.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; IGS; MGIL

The lecture portions of HIS 210-01 and HIS 210-02 meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12-12:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at 12:00-12:50 and 1:00-1:50.

81100 210-01 meets MW at 12:00-12:50 and F at 12:00-12:50
81101 210-02 meets MW at 12:00-12:50 and F at 1:00-1:50

HIS 211-02: United States History to 1865

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Kaitlyn Williams

General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War. All sections are Writing Intensive.
Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ; CW; WI

HIS 212 - United States History since 1865

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HIS 212-01 and -03 ONLINE David Wight

General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present. Writing Intensive.
Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ; CW; WI

81107 212-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50 ONLINE Writing Intensive
81109 212-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50 ONLINE Writing Intensive

HIS 212-05 - United States History since 1865

General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present. Writing Intensive. Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ; CW; WI

81111 212-05 MW 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Ashley Gilbert

HIS 213-01 - Topics in American History: "Southern Women's History"

81180 TR 11:00-12:15 Mandy Cooper

What does southern history look like when women's experiences and actions are placed at the center? This course will seek to answer this question by exploring the history of women in the U.S. South from pre-colonial times to the present. Students will examine the changing experiences and expectations of southern women and how these experiences and expectations were continually shaped by the intersections of gender, race, and class. The course will pay particular attention to the subjects of women and slavery, the impact of the Civil War on gender relations, the changing meaning of race and class in women's lives, women's suffrage in the South, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Field: United States. Markers: Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ

HIS 213-02 Topics in American History: "American Political Parties"

81183 ONLINE asynchronous
Robert Skelton

The Founders feared the formation of permanent political parties, and George Washington warned against them in his presidential farewell address. How have they come to dominate American politics? Why do so many Americans feel the parties do not represent their interests? How and when did the current system originate? This course will reveal the origins and development of two-party political systems in American history. It will trace the rise and fall of several different two-party systems, along with attempts by third parties wishing to alter the balance of power. To better understand the evolution of the political parties, the course will look at the parties' core beliefs, membership (who's in and who's out?), and economic, social, and cultural factors that defined the parties over time.
Field: United States. Markers: GHP; GMO; MDEQ

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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; MGIL

81217 217-01 ONLINE asynchronous Felton Foushee
81219 217-02 ONLINE asynchronous Mark Moser
84087 217-03 ONLINE asynchronous Oct. 7-Dec. 2 Christopher Davis

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HIS 218 - The World since 1945

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; MGIL

81220 ONLINE asynchronous David Wight
81221 TR 8:00-9:15 Abigail Shimer

HIS 222 - Europe 1400-1789

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MWF 11-11:50 and 12:00-12:50
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; MHFA

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

81222 222-01 meets MW 11:00-11:50 and F 11:00-11:50
81223 222-02 meets MW 11:00-11:50 and F 12:00-12:50

HIS 223 - European Revolutions, 1789-1989

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81225 ONLINE asynchronous
Teresa Walch

A survey of the political, social and cultural history of Europe from the time of the French Revolution to the fall of the Berlin wall. 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.
Field: Europe. Markers: GHP; GL; GMO; MHFA

HIS 239 - Latin America, 1492-1830

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81226 TR 12:30-1:45
Denisa Jashari

The name Christopher Columbus is as well-known as is the significance of 1492. The idea that Columbus was a daring and fearless voyager into the unknown is typically embedded in our minds as a moment of European "discovery." In this narrative, Columbus also discovered the "Indians," creating a category that homogenized the diverse populations inhabiting and thriving in this so-called New World. According to this version of history, Columbus and those who followed in his footsteps conquered and pacified "naïve" and "awestruck" peoples, bringing European civilization to a so-called wild and "empty" land. This course will challenge this version of 1492 and the colonial period in Latin America. We will move past a Euro-centric understanding of the period and reconsider 1492 as a moment of encounter, followed by centuries of negotiation. We will analyze the category of "Indian" as a European construct and we will study how indigenous peoples understood this identity and how they shaped their lives, at times within the colonial system, and in other moments in resistance to it. We will follow the lives of indigenous people and African slaves, both women and men, as they struggled within and against colonialism. Students will come to understand that the simple dichotomies of the conquerors and the conquered, the victors and the vanquished, are not reflective of colonial Latin American history.
Field: Wider World. Markers: GHP; GMO; GN; IGS; MGIL

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HIS 308 - Navigating World History

81287 TR 9:30-10:45
Denisa Jashari

Pr. Social Studies Licensure candidates or permission of instructor

This course will prepare Social Studies Licensure majors to teach world history at the middle school and high school levels. The course will both introduce students to a diverse array of methods and will serve as an example of how to approach word history teaching. The course introduces students to pedagogical and historiographical debates in the world history field. It will likewise showcase some of the advantage of using transnational methods to explore connections and major historical trends in world history, from antiquity to the twentieth century.
Field: Wider World.

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HIS 315: Witchcraft and Magic in European History

81288 MW 2:00-3:15 Jodi Bilinkoff

You may have heard about the witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. But, did you realize that by that time tens of thousands of people, mostly women, had been tried and executed as witches throughout western Europe? In this course we will examine the intellectual, religious, legal, and social factors that led to a "Witch Craze" in the period between 1480 and 1700. Field: Europe. Marker: WGS

HIS 316 - Interpreting American History

81289 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.

HIS 322 - American Indian History 1840 to the Present

81290 TR 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Stuart Marshall

Explores the history of American Indians in the area now encompassed by the United States from 1840 to the present.
Field: Wider World.

HIS 329-01 - U.S. Women's History since 1865

81291 TR 2:00-3:15
Mandy Cooper

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 340 - The United States since 1945

81292 ONLINE MW 2:00-3:15
David Wight

With the end of World War II, Americans celebrated the defeat of fascism and a return to peacetime and a booming economy. In short order, however, new challenges and opportunities arose for the United States at home and abroad. In the following decades, Americans debated and acted upon these issues. The Democratic and Republican parties struggled over the direction of the country's political programs, with visions that ranged from Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society to Reaganomics. Activists contested the legal, social, and cultural standing of racial minorities, women, and the environment. And Americans grappled with how to wield US power abroad during the Cold War and the Global War on Terror. This course will look at these major events and the debates Americans had within them.
Field: United States.

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HIS 347 - History of North Carolina

81293 347-01 ONLINE asynchronous Andrew Turner

This survey course 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.

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HIS 348 - The World at War 1914-1918

81294 MW 2:00-3:15
Mark Moser

Origins, course, and impact of the First World War. Emphasis on political, social, and cultural as well as military perspectives.
Field: Europe.

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HIS 374 - British History 1688-Present

81295 MWF 9:00-9:50
Jill Bender

Major landmarks in the social, political, intellectual, and cultural history of the diverse peoples of the British Isles from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the 21st century.
Field: Europe.

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HIS 387 - History of the Chinese Frontier

81296 MW 3:30-4:45
James Anderson

While remaining "China-focused," we will explore in this course the ways in which the various peoples have existed in the frontier region of the Chinese empire throughout history, fighting during much of this time for political and cultural autonomy. Some of the topics we will explore include the fluid, border-less nature of the frontier, both north and south, Imperial China's "grand strategy" for the settlement of Inner Asia, court tribute relations with various northern and southern kingdoms, and modern China's border management as a challenge to shaping the new nation state. It is the desire of the instructor that, after the completion of this course, we will have a larger historical context in which we can more clearly evaluate the events of the last 400 years. Comparing and analyzing various scholarly works, we will write our own history of the Chinese frontier and, in the process, reveal how the present informs our understanding of the past.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GN; IGS

HIS 391 - Historical Skills and Methods

81298 HIS 391-01 TR 3:30-4:45
Thomas Jackson

Writing and Research Intensive. Restricted to history majors.

This is a required course for all history majors (except social studies concentration candidates who complete HIS 430 for research methods). It serves as a prerequisite for the capstone course in the major. Students in the course address a variety of research problems in history using different sources and methods in preparation for HIS 411. Formal goals include: analyzing varieties of primary and secondary source materials; designing a project focus; finding and evaluating appropriate sources; learning citation methods; understanding how historiography can guide us to significant questions and methods.
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HIS 393 - Medieval Church and State

81543 TR 9:30-10:45
Richard Barton

This course is about the practice and theory of politics in the Middle Ages. We will proceed along two parallel courses: first, we will look at a series of particularly dramatic and influential political confrontations in the period between 300 and 1500 (including the Investiture Contest, the murder of Thomas Becket, the struggle between Philip the Fair and Boniface VIII, the fierce debate over Franciscan poverty, and the Hundred Years War). Second, we will use those examples to explore the political legacy left to us by the Middle Ages. In other words, we'll want to investigate what these confrontations meant in terms of the growth of political institutions and political thought. While this is not a course devoted primarily to the history of ideas, we will take care to notice the growth of particularly medieval (and modern?) ideas concerning jurisdiction, sovereignty, the state, and the body politic. Since the Middle Ages witnessed a significant conflict between secular and ecclesiastical opinion on many of these issues, we will use the points of conflict between secular and religious authorities as the stepping stone for this sort of broader analysis of political events. No prior knowledge of the Middle Ages is necessary.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GL

HIS 411A - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "Reconstruction in History and Historical Memory"

81445 MW 3:30-4:45
Mark Elliott
Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisites: For social studies licensure students: HIS 430 and permission of instructor. For all other history majors: HIS 391 and permission of instructor.

No period of American history has been as revised as thoroughly as the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War. Subject to highly-politicized interpretations, Reconstruction has been grossly distorted in both popular culture and professional history. From the films Birth of A Nation and Gone with the Wind to the scholarship of William Dunning and Claude Bowers, propaganda has often overshadowed historicism in the most influential accounts of Reconstruction. During the era of the Civil Rights movement, moreover, historical debates over Reconstruction often mirrored partisan debates over the politics of civil rights. This course will explore both the history and the historical memory of Reconstruction, using this period as an example to better understand the ideological stakes that can be involved in the recounting of history. The class will examine the evolution of historical writing on Reconstruction, and the portrayals of Reconstruction in popular culture, while weighing these portrayals against original primary sources from the era. Taking a "long" perspective on this era, the course will not restrict its focus to the years 1865-1877 but rather will follow the public debate over this historical period well into the 20th century. Student research projects may examine any aspect of the history or memory of Reconstruction.
Field: United States. Markers: .WI .SI.

HIS 411C - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "Town and Country in the Medieval Islamic World"

81446 TR 3:30-4:45
Asa Eger
Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisites: For social studies licensure students: HIS 430 and permission of instructor. For all other history majors: HIS 391 and permission of instructor.

At a time when western Europe was cut off from the rest of the Mediterranean world in a post-Roman insular "Dark Ages," the Medieval Islamic world, from the 8th to 12th centuries reached a thriving pinnacle of civilization. The Islamic lands included a complex system of cities and subsidiary towns, innovative new agricultural and industrial technologies, and far-flung trading networks from the Mediterranean Sea to East Asia. It is precisely the unifying force and openness of Islamic culture superimposed over these vastly different geographies from Spain to Central Asia that allowed for an expansive yet inter-connected framework of economic and social exchanges. Over the course of several stages, you will produce a final research paper on a topic of your choosing which draws upon a synthesis of your historical and archaeological research with secondary sources. No prior knowledge of Islamic history is required for the course.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .WI .SI.

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HIS 411C - Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: "In the Wake of Columbus"

81447 TR 2:00-3:15
Linda Rupert
Writing and Speaking Intensive. Prerequisites: For social studies licensure students: HIS 430 and permission of instructor. For all other history majors: HIS 391 and permission of instructor.

Columbus's arrival in the Caribbean in October 1492 was one of the most consequential blunders in human history—and it has been interpreted in many different ways over the past 500 years. In this course we will read a range of primary sources that document the impact of Europeans' conquest, settlement, and transformation of the region, with particular attention to the usefulness, limitations, and changing interpretations of the sources that are available to us. We will also examine popular memory and depictions of key events and processes and how these have changed over time. Each student will then identify and delve into a selection of primary sources related to a specific theme in early Caribbean history, and write an original research paper based on a careful reading and critical analysis of these sources, with reference to how different historians have interpreted the material. As relevant, papers may also examine changing historical memory of the topic.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .WI .SI.

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HIS 414 - World History Topics: "Social History in Global Perspective"

81448 ONLINE asynchronous
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.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .ADS .IGS
Crosslisted with HIS 514.

HIS 440 - Principles and Practices of Teaching History

81453 MW 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.

HIS 451-01 - Gender and History Selected Topics: "Women and Politics in U.S. History"

81454 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.
Field: United States. Marker: .WGS
Crosslisted with HIS 551.

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HIS 474-01 - Modern Germany Selected Topics: "Weimar Germany"

81456 TR 2:00-3:15
Teresa Walch

In the autumn of 1918, soldiers and workers rose up in revolution all across Germany at the end of the First World War. Refusing to continue fighting a war that had already been lost, they toppled the German monarchy and established a constitutional republic, the Weimar Republic. The new state guaranteed unprecedented freedoms for previously oppressed political, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities in Germany. Many German artists, architects, musicians, actors of this era gained worldwide fame. Visitors from near and far flocked to the modern metropolis of Berlin to witness its achievements up close. But Weimar’s progressivism was not loved by all. Many Germans remained deeply bitter about the country’s defeat in the First World War, and politicians on the right inflamed these sentiments by propagating potent conspiracy theories that eroded faith in Germany's fledgling democracy. It was these tensions—between progressives and conservatives, international and national, urban and rural, promise and tragedy—that defined the Weimar Republic. At the heart of this history looms a serious question: how and why does a democracy fail?
Field: Europe.
Crosslisted with HIS 574.

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