Courses in History (Division 390)

100-Level Courses are Survey Courses and Introductory Courses for Freshmen and Sophomores

110. Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Europe. (3). (SS).

What civilization did our European ancestors create? How did they render it so powerful? And why is it so different from its neighbors? This course, with lectures, slides, cinema, and class discussion, addresses these matters topically. You may expect to read and view a number of original sources (biographies, travel accounts, monumental art, and doodles) in order to study the rise and rivalry of Christianity and Islam; changing notions of the hero from swordsman to scientist; comparative treatments of minorities (Jews) and majorities (women); the relationship between church and state; the management of loyalty and love; shipping, printing, and technological superiority; why Columbus reached Japan and Galileo discovered Neptune; the relation between art and autobiography; and other topics that illustrate European history without excessive boredom. There will be two hour examinations in addition to the final. Cost:2 WL:4 (Lindner)

122/Asian Studies 122. Modern Transformation of East Asia. (3). (SS).

The course treats the modern experience of the societies of China, Japan, and Korea. We shall discuss comparatively the social and political orders in each country in their Asian context, before the advent of a powerful Western intrusion, and then explore the ways that these old civilizations handled the new calculus of power in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will attempt a broad look at the many sources of change and the varieties of their expression in the modern period. Topics will include reform and revolution, colonialism and liberation, racism directed both against and by Asians, the changing roles of women, and the economic transformation of recent decades. Readings will be drawn from historical narratives and translated expressions of East Asian voices. There will be a midterm exam, a term paper, and a final exam. Cost:2 WL:4 (Young)

161. United States, 1865 to the Present. (3). (SS).

This course is an undergraduate survey of American history from 1865 to the present. It examines the major social, political and economic events that shaped America after the Civil War (Reconstruction, Industrialization, Progressivism, the New Deal, WWI and II, McCarthyism, Feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, the Turbulent Sixties, Great Society Liberalism, Reagan Republicanism, etc.) This survey acquaints students with the urban, labor, African-American, and women's history of this period through both primary and secondary sources. Cost:4 (Thompson)

200-Level Courses are for Sophomores and Upper Class Students

213/MARC 213. The Reformation. (3). (HU).

A survey of European history from about 1450 to about 1600. Themes touched on or explored in greater depth include the population rise and price inflation of the "long sixteenth century"; international relations; politics and political thought; and religion. Students will read a general textbook as well as primary sources, with special emphasis on humanism and the reformation of religious institutions and beliefs. There will be a midterm, two or three very short essays on the reading, and a final. (T.Tentler)

300-Level Courses and Above are for Juniors and Seniors

368/Amer. Cult. 342/Women's Studies 360. History of the Family in the U.S. (3). (SS).

See American Culture 342. (Bass-Rivera)

391. Topics in European History. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.
Section 101 Europe in WWII.
This course will focus on the politics of World War II in Europe. Thus after a rapid survey of the course of the war it will focus on the political issues, in particular resistance movements and their relations with the three allied powers. Countries focused on for case studies will include France, Italy, Yugoslavia, and Greece. Requirements are an essay type hour exam, a course paper (with flexibility of topic) and an essay final. (J.Fine)

397. History Colloquium. History concentrators are required to elect Hist. 396 or 397. (3). (HU). May be elected for a total of 12 credits.

Enrollment limited to history concentrators and by override only. Apply for overrides at 4633 Haven Hall Monday, March 27, 1-5 p.m. Students may be dropped for non-attendance at the first meeting of History 396 or 397. All students must take action through CRISP to make sure that their official schedule of courses matches the courses they are attending.

Section 101 Northern Ireland Since 1969. The history of that part of Ireland that forms a constituent part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has frequently been marked by internal conflict, and especially so in recent times. The course undertakes to comprehend the course of events in the Six Counties and to study the several sorts of analysis (political, economic, psychological, socio-anthropological) that have been proposed in the most frequently used attempts to understand those events. Here the course will be most interested to discover to what extent theories of ethnicity and race can be viewed, in a comparative way, as explanatory ideas for conflict in Northern Ireland. A colloquium, the course will be engaged in discussion of the literature of our subject, with written and oral presentations in the reading of that literature and the writing of an extended term paper. Cost:2 WL:2 (McNamara)


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