HISTORY 196 - First Year Seminar in Social Sciences
Section: 002 History of Our Own Times
Term: FA 2017
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

As we enter a new, potentially exciting, and unpredictable historical period, the younger generations face seemingly insoluble problems. Among the issues that they will face are the costs and benefits of economic globalization, the rise of religious conflict, the potentially waning power of the United States and the rise of China, the failure of the transitions to democracy in much of the world, and the tragedies of war, genocide, and poverty endemic to the underdeveloped world. This course will explore the roots and evolution of political philosophies and social and political formations that have established the structures and discourses in which our world operates at the present time. There will be a historical dimension to the lectures and discussions, but each topic will be brought up to the present time. Readings will be both historical and contemporary. The topics of the lectures and discussions will be the following:

I. HISTORY
II. MODERNITY
III. CAPITALISM
IV. THE STATE
V. REVOLUTION
VI. LIBERALISM
VII. CONSERVATISM
VIII. SOCIALISM
IX. NATIONALISM
X. IMPERIALISM
XI. WAR
XII. DEMOCRACY
XIII. GLOBALIZATION
XIV. AMERICA
XV. OUR OWN TIMES

Among the readings will be primary sources in the various political philosophies (e.g., Locke, Burke, Mazzini, Marx) as well as secondary works that have shaped the discussions of some of these topics (e.g., Benedict Anderson on nationalism, Joseph Stiglitz on globalization, Anatole Lieven on American nationalism).

Class Format:

This section will be taught through lectures and discussions. A normal pattern might be a lecture on Tuesday and a discussion based on the reading on Thursday.

HISTORY 196 - First Year Seminar in Social Sciences
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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25424
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
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29738
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1Y1
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
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30066
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4Y1
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
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32299
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 9780140135848
What is history?, Author: E.H. Carr., Publisher: Penguin Books 2nd ed. 1987
Required
ISBN: 9780805083231
Empire's workshop : Latin America, the United States, and the rise of the new imperialism, Author: Greg Grandin ; [with a new afterword]., Publisher: Owl Books 1st Owl Bo 2007
Required
ISBN: 0199283273
A brief history of neoliberalism, Author: Harvey, David, Publisher: Oxford University Press 2011
Required
ISBN: 1101223707
Ill fares the land, Author: Judt, Tony., Publisher: Penguin Books 2014
Required
ISBN: 9780231125376
Man, the state and war : a theoretical analysis, Author: Kenneth N. Waltz., Publisher: Columbia Univ. Press Repr. 2001
Required
ISBN: 9780199897551
America right or wrong : an anatomy of American nationalism, Author: Anatol Lieven., Publisher: Oxford University Press Second edi 2012
Required
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