HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History

Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

The Salem Witch Trials, America’s most famous witchcraft episode, drew on a long history of witchcraft belief, accusation, and prosecution in Europe and the New World. This course explores the long context of European witchcraft belief from medieval theology to through The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and American Horror Story. Witchcraft raises questions about human society and belief, about fear and responses to fear. It reveals the gendered norms that encouraged the deadly persecution of groups and individuals. Modern responses to witchcraft range from historical and psychological analyses, to satanic and neo-pagan feminist revivals, to fantasy novels and movies. We will study them all. The topic is fun, and also deeply serious. In our current moment, when claims about “the greatest witch hunt in American history” fill the news, women’s bodies are subjects of national debate, and torture is again endorsed, the era of witch burnings offers unsettling parallels.

Course Requirements:

Assessment will be based on attendance and participation in lecture and sections, three unit assignments, two short film responses, section assignments, and a final paper. There will be no exams.

Intended Audience:

The course is open to all undergraduates and has no prerequisites.

Class Format:

Lecture and Discussions.

Schedule

HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
30129
Open
50
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Lectures are remote and will be a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous teaching. Unless otherwise noted, all sections will be online with a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous teaching.
002 (DIS)
 Online
30130
Open
7
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
  Hybrid
30131
Open
18
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Section 003: This section is in-person and will be a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous instruction. It is closed to remote-only students. Remote-only students should register for/swap into an online section.
004 (DIS)
 Online
30132
Open
10
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
 Online
30133
Open
4
 
-
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
 Online
30134
Open
1
 
-
Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
007 (DIS)
  Hybrid
30135
Open
1
 
-
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Section 007: Section 003: This section is in-person and will be a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous instruction. It is closed to remote-only students. Remote-only students should register for/swap into an online section.
008 (DIS)
 Online
30136
Open
1
 
-
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
010 (DIS)
  Hybrid
30137
Open
8
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 010: This section is in-person and will be a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous instruction. It is closed to remote-only students. Remote-only students should register for/swap into an online section.

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