HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Frenemies: The Russian/American Encounter, 1850s to Present
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Other Course Info:
This course may not be included in a History major. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This writing-intensive course introduces first-year students to the fundamentals of composition and argumentation through a thematic focus on the entangled histories of Russia and the United States. We will cover every stage of the writing process, from outlining to drafting to revision to submission. Students will have opportunities to work with peers and the instructor on defining and achieving their writing goals. Although this course emphasizes writing about history, the skills and strategies developed here will be applicable across a variety of academic and non-academic contexts.

Although Russia and the United States are often presented as polar opposites with incompatible values (collectivism vs. individualism, authoritarianism vs. democracy, cynicism vs. optimism), the two nations have in many ways followed parallel historical trajectories. Both were frontier empires on the periphery of Europe that maintained systems of legal bondage well into the nineteenth century. Both fought against Nazi Germany and emerged from World War II as nuclear-armed superpowers with global ambitions. Moreover, both share a long history of reciprocal fascination and paranoia, a combination evident once again in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This course explores the social, cultural, economic, and geopolitical forces that have shaped encounters between Russians and Americans over the past century and a half. When and where did our mutual (mis)understandings first arise? How and why did we become the “frenemies” that we are today? In search of answers to these questions, we will go beyond the framework of international relations to examine the meanings of historical events for the ordinary people who experienced them.

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Schedule

HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
11333
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6Enrollment Management
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 195 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS.
002 (REC)
 In Person
11334
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3Y1
6Enrollment Management
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
 Online
18681
Closed
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8Y1
6Enrollment Management
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WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 003: This class will be remote until further notice. Please refer to Aug 31 email from the instructor for Zoom instructions.

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