HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Section: 005 The Christian Conversion: From Roman Contexts to Modern Interpretations
Term: FA 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Course Note:
Each section of "The Writing of History" will study a different era and topic in the past, for the common purpose of learning how history is written and how to write about it. Students will read the work of modern historians, documents and other source materials from the past. The goal will be to learn how to construct effective arguments, and how to write college-level papers.
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
10
Other Course Info:
This course may not be included in a History concentration. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is designed as an introduction to the main historical aspects of the early Christian conversion in the Roman and Byzantine empire as well as to modern scholarly debates and approaches in studying this multifaceted phenomenon. Some of the broad questions that will guide this course are:

  • What is conversion, and how does it affect ones sense of identity and belonging?
  • Do men and women experience conversion differently?
  • How does age affect decisions of conversion?
  • Is mass conversion different from the process of cultural assimilation, social change or other forms of acculturation?
  • How was conversion imagined and narrated by ancient authors, and how is it studied, understood, and presented today and for what contemporary reasons?

The assigned readings will ask students to evaluate critically seminal conversions mostly from the first to the tenth centuries within the changing social, political, and cultural conditions of the Roman and Byzantine state. We will also look comparatively at Christians converting to Islam and will study briefly the complicated relationship between these two monotheisms. As a point of conclusion, we will address the question of the Christian conversions legacy for our own contemporary worldviews and specific cultural imaginations.

HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
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14233
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WF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 195 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS.
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14235
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6Y1
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
003 (REC)
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39541
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7Y1
 
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WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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14237
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5Y1
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (REC)
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48613
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11Y1
 
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WF 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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