HISTORY 302 - Topics in History
Section: 002 Settler Colonialism: North America and Australasia, 1800 to the Present
Term: WN 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
May be elected three times for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Johnson,Cecilia Miranda Louisa

In this class, we will examine settler colonialism as a historical problem and phenomenon in the making of the modern world. What is settler colonialism? How is it different from other kinds of colonialism? We will pay particular attention to histories of interactions between settling and indigenous peoples in North America and Australasia (primarily Australia and New Zealand) through a number of case studies in law, politics and economics. What are the peculiar circumstances of these histories? How are they connected or comparable over time and space?

In the final section of the class, we will analyze some contemporary legal battles and political negotiations in settler societies, particularly those that concern righting past wrongs. Why has attention to the colonial past become central to rethinking the nation in some places (notably, in Australia and New Zealand and, to some extent, in Canada) and not in others (for example, the United States)? How is the practice of history itself being transformed by these politics?

Course requirements:
In class participation (10%); short writing assignments including book reviews and discussions of historical arguments, and in-class presentations (60%); final research essay (30%).

Readings will be available at Shaman Drum and listed on the course website.

HISTORY 302 - Topics in History
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 001: meets with POLSCI 389
002 (LEC)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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