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Spring 2016 Course Descriptions: 200-400 Level

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

HIS 204 - History of Africa from 1870

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16060 TR 9:30-10:45
Colleen Kriger

When, how, and why did European nations colonize the African continent? And, an equally important question, What is the legacy of European colonialism in Africa today? This course examines major themes in recent African history, and discusses theoretical debates in the history of Africa during the colonial period and since. Topics to be covered include: the imposition of colonial rule and wars of resistance; styles of colonial rule; theories of underdevelopment and the effects of colonial policies; Pan-Africanism, nationalism, and independence movements; the creation of apartheid; decolonization; and issues facing independent Africa such as neo-colonialism and the dismantling of apartheid. These themes will be studied with reference to the regions of west, east, central, and southern Africa.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .AFS.GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 206 - Topics in Premodern World History I: "Global Developments to 1500"

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206-01 through -04 Stephen Ruzicka

This course surveys premodern history (through about 1500) on a global basis. While looking at the origins and histories of distinctive societies and cultural traditions in Africa, Eurasia, China, South Asia, the Near East and the Western Hemisphere, it pays particular attention to developments of world historical scope - population movements, economic activities, trade, and cultural exchange - which constitute the common premodern human experience. Students should gain a broad and balanced understanding of the major social, political, and cultural developments of human societies up to the eve of the modern age.
Field: Europe. Markers: .GHP.GL.GPM.

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.

10023 206-01 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
14859 206-02 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
16061 206-03 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50
16062 206-04 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50

HIS 206-05 - Topics in Premodern World History I: "Survey of the Premodern World"

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.

16630 ONLINE
Richard Shelton

HIS 207-01 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Silks and Spices: History of the Silk Road in China"

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10024 MWF 12:00-12:50
Jamie 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.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 207-02 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "'The Great Sea,' The Mediterranean in the Ancient World."

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16700 MWF 10:00-10:50
Ian Michie

Drawing from the first four sections of David Abulafia’s influential work The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean this course examines the religious, economic, and political systems of the Mediterranean Sea. The course focuses on the Mediterranean as a vital cultural crossroads linking Europe, Asia, and Africa, tracing human connections and conflicts that evolved in and around this vast and dynamic region of exchange.
Field: Wider World. Markers: .GHP.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 207-03 - Topics in Premodern World History II:"Global Trade and Cultural Interaction in the Premodern World"

16757 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.GMO.GN.IGS

HIS 208 - Topics in Modern World History I: "Revolutions in Modern World History"

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208-01 through -02 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

14723 208-01 - MW 3:30-4:45
14724 208-02 - ONLINE

HIS 209 - Topics in Modern World History II: "Introduction to Islamic History and Civilization, 1200 C.E. - present"

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209-01 through -02 Asa Eger

By the tenth and eleventh centuries, Islamic civilization from Spain to Central Asia had reached its peak with a system of elaborate cities, expansive trade networks, and profound achievements in arts and architecture, science, literature, law, political and religious thought. However, by the twelfth century, contact with western European world with the onset of the Crusades and with the eastern world with the advent of Turkic nomads fundamentally transformed the course of Islamic civilization. In this course we will examine how these changes reverberated through medieval and modern Islamic history in two parts. The first part will familiarize students with the dynamic history and changes in Islamic cultural process from time of the Crusaders through the legacy of the Mongols. The second part will explore the transition of the medieval to modern Islamic world, focusing on the formation of the "gunpowder" Ottoman, Safavid, and Moghul Indian empires and the effects of nationalism in shaping the modern Middle East. Throughout the course we will focus on themes of tradition and change in Islamic society with the assimilation, influence, and conflict of non-Arab and non-Muslim cultures. 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.GMO.GN.IGS

The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00-12:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 12:00-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.

10025 209-01 - MW 12-12:50, F 12-12:50
16358 209-02 - MW 12-12:50, F 1-1:50

HIS 211 - United States History to 1865

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General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War. Sections -01 and -02 are Writing Intensive.
Field: United States. Markers: .GHP.GMO

211-01 through -02 Watson Jennison

The lecture portion of HIS 211-01 and -02 meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10-10:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 10:00-10:50 or 11:00-11:50.

10026 211-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50 Writing Intensive
16064 211-02 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50 Writing Intensive

16065 211-03 - TR 12:30-1:45 Jamie Mize
16066 211-04 - T 6:00-8:50 p.m. Justina Licata

HIS 212 - United States History since 1865

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212-01 through -06 Thomas Jackson

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 10-10:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 10:00-10:50 or 11:00-11:50.

10027 212-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
10028 212-02 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
10029 212-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
16067 212-04 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
16359 212-05 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
16068 212-06 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50

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

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

10030 217-01 ONLINE Mark Moser

14197 217-02 MWF 1:00-1:50 Mark Moser

13725 217-81D ONLINE, WINTER SESSION ONLY (DEC. 14, 2015-JAN. 22, 2016) D. Todd Miller

HIS 218 - The World in the Twentieth Century, since 1945

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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.

218-01 through -02 Charles Bolton

The lecture portion of HIS 218-01 and -02 meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9-9:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 9:00-9:50 or 10:00-10:50.

10031 218-01 - MW 9-9:50, F 9-9:50
13736 218-02 - MW 9-9:50, F 10-10:50

16069 218-03 TR 9:30-10:45 Sarah Gates
16070 218-04 TR 3:30-4:45 Brian Suttell
16071 218-05 MWF 10:00-10:50 Ethan Moore

HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy

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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.

10032 221-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Richard Barton
16442 221-02 TR 11:00-12:15 Anne Barton

HIS 222 - Europe 1400-1789

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

14728 222-01 TR 11:00-12:15
Jodi Bilinkoff
16629 222-02 ONLINE
Jason Stroud

HIS 223 - European Revolutions, 1789-1989

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10033 TR 11:00-12:15 Derek Holmgren

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.IGS

HIS 302 - Race and Segregation

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10325 MW 2:00-3:15
Watson Jennison

Race and segregation in the United States since the Civil War, including the origins of the Jim Crow laws, the civil rights movement, black urbanization, the Harlem Renaissance, black nationalism, and the African American experience in America.
Field: United States. Markers: .AFS.GMO

HIS 312 - The Crusades

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16072 TR 11:00-12:15
Richard Barton

This course offers an introduction to the social, political, intellectual, military and religious movement that is known as the crusades. It focuses on the "classic era" of crusading, namely the century and a half between the call to the first crusade at Clermont (1095) and the failure of the last serious crusade in Egypt (1250). Although close attention will be paid to the actions and achievements of the European crusaders in carving out European states in the Middle East, the course it not limited to, nor even particularly oriented around, military history. Rather, it attempts to place the crusading movement and its outcomes into a proper historical and cultural context. As a result, the class will focus intensely on the social and economic conditions that gave rise to the crusades, on the motives and ideologies of the crusaders, and on the structure of the society that they attempted to construct in the East. The course also assumes that any understanding of the crusading movement must also begin with an understanding of Islam; we will spend some time looking at Muslim society in the Near East, at Islamic notions of Jihad, at the reactions of Muslims to the crusades, and at the impact of the crusades on Muslim political, social and religious affairs. While recent events of the 21 st century lend the crusading period a natural interest, and while we will be concerned to address some of the modern concerns raised by crusading ideologies, the course will insist that analysis and interpretation of motives, causes, and impacts of the crusades respect the historical and cultural uniqueness of the Christian and Islamic civilizations of the Middle Ages.
Field: Europe.

HIS 314 - Modern British Empire 1750-Present

16073 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.

HIS 322 - American Indian History: 1840 to the Present

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16074 TR 2:00-3:15
Greg O'Brien

This course explores the history of American Indians in the area now encompassed by the United States from 1840 to the present. We will read a few books and articles, write some papers, view some films, and discuss important issues and events such as U.S. expansion and war with American Indians in the 19th century, the changing U.S. government relationship with Indian tribes, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the Wounded Knee Massacre, the rise of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.), tribal sovereignty, Indian involvement in the U.S. military, and contemporary issues. Case studies of the Lakota Sioux, the Apaches, the Navajos, and other Indian groups will add depth and texture to our understanding of Native America. Photograph shows ten Apache and Sioux chiefs, three in headdresses, wearing native clothing, at the St. Louis Exposition, 1904. Source: Library of Congress.
Field: United States.

HIS 328 - U.S. Women's History to 1865

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16075 TR 12:30-1:45
Hannah Dudley Shotwell

This course surveys women's and gender history in the United States. It begins before European-Native American contact and ends with the Civil War. We will explore gender systems, midwifery and childbirth, witchcraft, women's labor and education, families, slavery, and social reform. Students will analyze a variety of historical debates and consider how studying women and gender changes our understanding of U.S. history.
Field: United States. Marker: .WGS.

HIS 330 - American Popular Music and Social Change since 1900

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16076 TR 11:00-12:15
Benjamin Filene

Can music change the world? This course explores the connections between American music and resistance, reform, and rebellion. We will consider key 20th-century moments when change was in the air—the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and on to the present day—and will hear popular music that accompanied and energized those moments, including blues, jazz, folk music, rock 'n' roll, soul, punk, and hip hop. Throughout, we will trace the shifting sounds, the historical context from which they emerged, and their social impact. Key subjects include how music has reshaped the culture and politics of race, class, and gender. This class tells stories of people who reimagined the world and gave voice to their visions. In doing so, the course invites students to consider who makes change in America and how.
Field: United States

HIS 340 - The United States since World War II

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14732 MWF 10:00-10:50
Joseph Ross

Traces the development of human rights from 1945 to the present by focusing on American foreign relations during and after the Cold War, the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), congressional legislation, and the policies of presidential administrations.
Field: United States. Marker: .IGS.

HIS 347 - History of North Carolina

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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

10326 347-01 TR 3:30-4:45 Virginia Summey
10327 347-02 MWF 11:00-11:50 Speaking Intensive Section. Marker: .SI Christine Flood

HIS 349 - The World at War 1939-1945

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16078 MWF 11:00-11:50
Paul Mazgaj 

This course will begin with an examination of the causes of the war, which include the failure of the Peace of Paris, the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler's Third Reich, and the successive diplomatic crises of the late 1930s. Next we will focus on the narrative history of the war. This section will include the great battles that punctuate the war as well as the mobilization of the material and human resources of the home front needed to fight a war on this scale. We will also consider the attempt by Hitler to construct his "New Order," an "order" which included the forced labor of millions and the mass murder of millions more, including six million Jews. Finally, we will attempt to evaluate the impact of the war.
Field: Europe.

HIS 356 - The Making of the African Diaspora

16080 TR 12:30-1:45 Please note time change!
Omar Ali

This is a comparative world history course that explores the making of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean and Atlantic worlds from the early modern period through the present. We begin by examining sub-Saharan cultures in the centuries prior to the Atlantic slave trade. We then look at the spread of Islam across East Africa and its intersection with the African Diaspora in the Middle East and South Asia before moving into the more familiar Atlantic world; we will then focus on areas of Latin America and the Caribbean before finally moving into North America. Primary sources to be examined include letters, business records, newspaper articles, speeches, and transcribed oral histories. Crosslisted with AFS 356. Marker: .AFS

HIS 369 - History of Spain

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14783 TR 2:00-3:15
Jodi Bilinkoff

In the period between 1450 and 1700 a previously poor and isolated region of Europe emerged as a dominant political, military and cultural force. In this, its "Golden Age," Spain conquered and colonized the largest empire since the days of the Romans, dominated much of Europe, declared itself the leader of the Catholic faith, and dazzled the world with its accomplishments in art, music, literature and spiritual expression. It also grappled with intense problems of poverty, urban sprawl, racism, religious intolerance and seemingly endless wars, on both sides of the Atlantic. In this course we examine primary texts (in English translation) from the Hispanic world in the Age of Empire, and listen to the voices of people caught up in the triumphs and struggles of this complex and fascinating society. Field: Europe. Marker: .GPM.

HIS 373 - English History to 1660

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14784 TR 9:30-10:45
Caitlin Saraphis

This course will investigate the history of England, from the megaliths of 3000 BCE to the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660 CE. We will look at primary and archaeological sources, as well as historians' and archaeologists' interpretations of those sources, in order to address three overarching themes:

  1. Identity: How did the different groups that contributed to the development of the English people understand themselves and their place in the world?
  2. Power: Who was in control at any given time, and what gave them that control?
  3. Culture: What made the English English and how did that manifest itself in their material culture/'stuff'?
Field: Europe. Marker: .GPM.

HIS 378 - Russian History since 1900

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16081 TR 2:00-3:15
Jeff Jones

History 378 is divided into two parts: Part I takes us "From Traditional Russia to the Stalinist Terror," focusing on the dramatic upheaval in Russian society from the late tsarist period through WWI, the revolutions of 1917, the civil war, the communists' consolidation of power, the New Economic Policy of the 1920s, Stalin's dramatic shift to "revolution from above," and finally the impact of the purges and their legacy. Part II deals with the period "From World War II to post-Soviet Russia," emphasizing the impact of WWII, postwar reconstruction, the rise of the Cold War, the reformist course of de-Stalinization pursued by Khrushchev, neo-Stalinism and the Brezhnev years, the dramatic reforms of the late 1980s carried out by Gorbachev, the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia's difficult transition in the 1990s, and the conflict in Chechnya. The course will explore several underlying themes of modern Russian and Soviet history: the role of and Russia's relationship with the West; revolution and the role of individuals in history; the relationship between state and society in the Soviet Union; the role of gender and class in history; and the role of ideology and socialism in theory and practice. Field: Wider World.

HIS 380 - Topics in Near/Middle East: "Unearthing Islam's Past"

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16082 MW 2:00-3:15 
Asa Eger

This course will survey the monuments, material culture, and settlements left behind of the Islamic world from Morocco to the Middle East to Central and Southeast Asia. We will begin in the 7th century and continue through the Late Antique, Medieval, and Early Modern periods until the early 20th century. We will study Islamic lands through archaeology. Beyond understanding Islamic history through its physical past, we will closely examine the relationship between archaeological and historical practice, observing how archaeological evidence complements or diverges from what we consider as 'history,' and how, as archaeologists and historians, we can broaden our perspectives and utilize other categories of evidence as tools to learning history.
Field: Wider World. Marker: .ARC.

HIS 390 - History Internship

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Benjamin Filene

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. Written permission needed to register. Contact Benjamin Filene for information.

HIS 391-01 - Historical Skills and Methods

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 511. 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. Marker: .RI.

10456 391-01 MW 3:30-4:45 
Thomas Jackson 
14786 391-02 TR 12:30-1:45 
Jeff Jones 

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HIS 392 - The Holocaust: History and Meaning

16083 TR 9:30-10:45
Emily Levine

The Holocaust is central to our political, moral, and cultural world in twenty-first century America. Yet the Holocaust still confounds efforts to understand the perpetrators' motivations and the victims' experiences. How did "ordinary" Germans respond to the Nazi regime? Why did special units commit murder so efficiently and ruthlessly? What role did other countries—the US and the Soviet Union—play? In this course we will study the origins and implementation of the Holocaust, and the challenge this event poses to the study of history. Among the topics to be covered are the centrality of the "Jewish Question" and the long history of anti-Semitism in Germany; the role of the Holocaust within the larger context of World War II in Europe; and debates about Germany's aims. We will pay close attention to how the Holocaust has been remembered and memorialized and how memory aids and differs from the work of professional historians.
Field: Europe. Marker: .GL.

HIS 430 - Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers

11197 MW 2:00-3:15 
Lisa Tolbert
Writing and Research Intensive. 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

HIS 430 is an introduction to historical thinking and the research process designed to address these historical methods content standards for all social studies licensure candidates. The state of North Carolina requires that teacher candidates must demonstrate depth of content knowledge in "the process of critical inquiry in history and the social sciences used to examine change over time and develop historical perspectives," including: identifying and framing a problem, using primary and secondary resources, evaluating the credibility of sources, putting sources into historical context, investigating, interpreting, and analyzing multiple viewpoints, clearly and effectively articulating conclusions. The ultimate goal of the course is to understand the creative process of research within the discipline of history.

HIS 440 - Principles and Practices of Teaching History

10458 MW 3:30-4:45
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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