HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 002 Writing Violence
Term: FA 2007
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
Honors, FYSem
Waitlist Notes:
If the class is full, students should email Sheila Coley at Sheilaw@umich.edu to get on the waitlist.
Cost:
50-100
Advisory Prerequisites:
Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In a world in which violence seems endemic — from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2003- and 2001-, respectively), “militia” violence in the Darfur region of Somalia (2003-), pogroms in Gujarat, India (2002), ethnic cleansing in Kosovo (1999), to genocide in Rwanda (1994) … — this course examines the ability of history, as a discipline, to represent violence. This course is concerned, in particular, with the limits of the existing historiography of violence, and gauges whether other disciplines or genres (specifically anthropology, literature, and film) have been more successful in capturing the multifaceted — and often elusive — causes of violence, and its impact on society.

While this course addresses a broad theme, it will focus, principally, on a single historical event: the partition of India in 1947. Due to this historical event, which accompanied India’s independence from British colonial rule, some 12 million people migrated, 1 million people were killed, and perhaps as many as 75,000 women were victims of sexual violence. The study of the partition has produced a rich and diverse body of scholarship that helps address the broader theoretical questions about violence and history that this course engages.

This course has no prerequisites.

Evaluation in this course will be based on participation, two 3-4 page essays, and a final exam.

Required texts:
Gyanendra Pandey, Remembering Partition (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002)

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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22570
Open
1
3Y1
6Enrollment Management
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (SEM)
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28625
Open
4
12LSA Hnrs Y1
6Enrollment Management
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Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
28626
Open
2
3Enrollment Management
1Y1
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with AMCULT 103.004
004 (SEM)
P
28697
Closed
0
2Y1
3Enrollment Management
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with CAAS
005 (SEM)
P
30310
Open
3
4Y1
3Enrollment Management
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with ASIAN 253.001
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