HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 002 Writing Violence
Term: FA 2008
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:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
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)
P
21352
Open
2
1Y1
3Enrollment Management
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 001: meets with CAAS 104.002
002 (SEM)
P
25609
Open
11
12LSA Hnrs Y1
6Enrollment Management
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Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
25610
Open
9
3Y1
2Enrollment Management
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 003: meets with AMCULT 103.003
004 (SEM)
P
25654
Open
3
3Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 004: meets with ENVIRON 139.004
005 (SEM)
P
26305
Open
8
8LSA Hnrs
20Enrollment Management
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
007 (SEM)
P
28150
Open
10
3Enrollment Management
8Y1
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section 007: meets with ASIAN 253
008 (SEM)
P
28329
Open
2
2Y1
3Enrollment Management
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 008: meets with JUDAIC 150.001
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