Fall 2006 Course Descriptions
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203 - History of Africa to 1870
MW 3:30-4:45 Writing Intensive
What is civilization? This course examines the variety of African civilizations throughout the continent, from ancient times up to the 19th century, and how closer study of African history has prompted scholars to revise the way "civilization" is defined. We will focus on ancient civilizations in Africa, the empires and city-states of the Islamic period, and the rise of trade with Europe, especially the Atlantic slave trade and its effects on African societies.
HIS 211 - United States History to 1865
General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War.
211-01 through 04 Phyllis Hunter
211-05 Mark Moser W 6:00-8:50 p.m.
211-06 Susannah Link Online
HIS 212 - United States History since 1865
General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
212-01 through 04 Peter Carmichael
212-05 through 08 Lisa Levenstein
212-09 Thomas Jackson TR 9:30-10:45 Writing Intensive Section
212-10 Susannah Link Online
HIS 215-01 - Civilizations of Asia
History, institutions, and culture of India, China,and Japan, from earliest times to about 1700. Limited reference to Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and Korea.
HIS 218 - The World of the Twentieth Century
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00-9:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 8:00-8:50, 9:00-9:50 or 10:00-10:50
80297 218-01 - MW 9-9:50, F 8-8:50
83684 218-02 - MW 9-9:50, F 9-9:50
83685 218-03 - MW 9-9:50, F 9-9:50
83686 218-04 - MW 9-9:50, F 10-10:50
This class will examine global issues in the contemporary world, focusing mainly on the post-World War II period, from the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, to the complex, high-tech, evolving world of today. We will view this history from the point of view of those living it, including students in the class themselves. Everyone has an "historical consciousness," an understanding of the way the world became what it is today, and the main purpose of this class is to introduce students to alternative ways of interpreting history by weighing the merits of differing points of view.
HIS 220 - The Ancient World
Early civilizations: Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman to Reign of Constantine.
HIS 222 - Europe 1400-1789
Survey of major socio-economic, political, and cultural trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
HIS 223 - Modern Europe
A survey of the political, social and cultural history of Europe from the time of the French Revolution to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the political culture and the emergence of the great ideological systems of the West (e.g., liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, nationalism, and fascism).
HIS 240 - Latin America: National Period
In this introductory survey of the history of Latin America from the late eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century, we will explore the political dynamics, social transformations, and the economic evolution of Latin America. We will also attempt to keep track of three themes as they unfold over the two centuries: economic change, the evolution of democracy, and revolutionary movements. This course meets the following requirements: CNW, GHP, GMO, GN, NW.
HIS 251 - History of Western Science: A Survey
This course examines some of the major episodes in the historical development of Western science through the Scientific Revolution, which marked the effective founding of the modern scientific worldview. Primary attention will be devoted to developments in physics, cosmology, and astronomy as the fields most determinative of the character of Western science. Some of the principal questions we'll be looking at are: (1) How did people's conceptions of the structure of the cosmos and the nature of the material world change from antiquity to the Scientific Revolution? (2) What kinds of questions did scientists try to answer? What did they rule out of bounds? How did "science" come to be defined? (3) How was science shaped through its relationship to religious traditions?
HIS 301 - Race and Slavery
An examination of the African-American experience from ancient to modern times, including precolonial Africa, the Atlantic slave trade, slavery in the Americas with special emphasis on the United States before the Civil War.
HIS 311 - Darwin and the Theory of Evolution
Writing and Research Intensive
Study of the background, genesis, and the reception of Darwin's theory in its scientific and social context as the basis for an examination of the nature and scope of scientific explanations.
HIS 315 - Witchcraft and Magic in European History
Examination of witchcraft beliefs and persecution as a way of studying the social history of Europe before industrialization. Emphasizes the "Witch Craze" of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
HIS 325 - History of the American Home
TR 12:30-1:45 Writing and Research Intensive
From the frontier log cabin to the suburban cottage, the single-family home has served as one of the most powerful symbols of American culture and American identity. While homeownership has been a central goal in the fulfillment of the "American Dream," Americans have experimented with and reinvented their houses in a variety of ways that offer a deeper and more complex understanding of American life than the simplicity of the "Dream" might suggest. This course will take you from the colonial period through the twentieth century as we study houses as historical evidence of social change. Rather than a descriptive focus on stylistic or aesthetic changes in American house design, emphasis will be on analysis of the home as an idea and houses as physical and material spaces. How, for example, did the invention of the parlor document new ideas about private life, new gender roles, and developments in commerce and technology related to the home? As the semester unfolds, we will explore such subjects as the symbolism and politics of domesticity, the evolving functions of particular rooms and spaces, new technologies that reshaped houses, and the diversity of American homes based on region, ethnicity, and class.
HIS 328 - Women in American History, Part I
This course looks at the history of women and gender hierarchy in the area that is now the United States. We will begin with Native American women's lives before and during contact with Europeans, including different nations of Native Americans' relationships with French, British and Spanish colonizers in the midwest, east and southwest. We will also look at diverse topics such as colonial midwives and early medical practices, education in the early republic, the role of women in families, women and slavery, black and white women active in the abolition movement, feminism in the 1830s and the first women factory workers.
HIS 338 - Civil War, Reconstruction, and Reunion
In 338 we will look behind the legends that have influenced how Americans understand secession, war, and reunion. In doing so we will confront a number of beliefs, including that abolitionist provocateurs fomented the crisis, that slavery was not the central issue of the conflict, that northerners fought for black freedom, and that white Southerners presented a united front during the war. The focus of the course will be on the Civil War years and our attention will be equally divided between military matters and issues on the home-front. We will conclude the class with an exploration into the contested visions of freedom and citizenship that were hotly contested during Reconstruction. This class blends lectures, discussions, essays, and readings into a comprehensive survey of the period 1848 to 1876.
HIS 340-01 - United States since World War II
An in-depth examination of several important social, political and international trends and events that have shaped the contemporary U.S.: atomic weapons, the Cold War and Vietnam; the black freedom movement, radicalism and Great Society liberalism; feminism; conservative movements from McCarthyism to the New Right; mass immigration from Latin America and Asia and the nativist reaction.
HIS 347 - History of North Carolina
This is a survey course. It spans more than 400 years of state history - from colonization to the present. It is American history with the spotlight on North Carolina. Objectives of the course include an examination of:
- when, how, and why North Carolina developed as it did.
- How its actions and reactions were similar or different from the other states.
- How the development of its economic, social, and political structure determines present-day North Carolina with special emphasis on such topics as: a) the economy b) politics c) race relations.
HIS 354 - The Roman Empire, 754 BC-44 BC
Study of the social and political forces that led to Rome's conquest of the Mediterranean World - and of the transformation which world conquest wrought on Rome itself. Topics covered include: the Roman Constitution and politics, the Roman conquest of Italy and then of the whole Mediterranean, and the decline of the Republic.
HIS 359 - Sexuality in Historical Perspective
The course will examine changing categories of sex and gender from the mid nineteenth century to the homosexual and women�s right movements of the 1960s. We will focus on the emergence of nineteenth century sexual science, the impact of war and industrialization on changing notions of masculinity and femininity, Freud and bisexuality, and the often-perceived threat to society from sexual variations. Sample readings: An American Obsession: Science, Medicine and Homosexuality in Modern Society, Terry, 1999, and Trials of Masculinity: Policing Sexual Boundaries, 1870-1930. A. McLaren, 1997.
HIS 373-01 - English History to 1660
HIS 374-01 - British History, 1688-Present
In this survey lecture course, students will examine the major landmarks in the political, social, cultural, and intellectual history of Britain and the nations of the British Isles (including Scotland, Wales, and Ireland) since the late seventeenth century. Among the topics to be covered include the �Glorious Revolution� of 1688, the creation of the first and second empires, Victorianism, the two world wars, post-1945 immigration, feminism, the �punk� movement, James Bond and the �swinging sixties,� the intractable problem of Ireland, the Thatcher Revolution, Scottish and Welsh nationalism, and New Labour and �Cool Britannia� at the turn of the 21st century. This course is a continuation of History 373, but students do not have to take the first part of the sequence before taking this one.
HIS 376 - Germany History, 1914-1945
German social and political structures and their functioning during World War I, Weimar Republic, and Third Reich with attendant emphasis on cultural and intellectual themes. The years 1914-1945 were extremely difficult ones for Germany and are often referred to as the era of "the great German crisis." The experience of World War I shaped cultural, political, economic and social developments for the next decades. The resentments created by Germany's defeat in 1918 created the setting in which Hitler and the Nazi party emerged as the largest political force in the early 1930s. A major portion of the course is devoted to examining the Nazi attempt to restructure the world along racist lines in a Third Reich.
HIS 378 - Russian History since 1900
This introductory course to Russian and Soviet history is a continuation of the first half of the survey (377) that deals with pre-1900 Russian history, but the first half of the course is not required. History 378 is divided into two parts: Part I takes us "From Traditional Russia to the Stalinist Terror," focusing on the dramatic upheaval in Russian society from the late tsarist period through WWI, the revolutions of 1917, the civil war, the communists' consolidation of power, the New Economic Policy of the 1920s, Stalin's dramatic shift to "revolution from above," and finally the impact of the purges and their legacy. Part II deals with the period "From World War II to post-Soviet Russia," emphasizing the impact of WWII, postwar reconstruction, the rise of the Cold War, the reformist course of de-Stalinization pursued by Khrushchev, neo-Stalinism and the Brezhnev years, the dramatic reforms of the late 1980s carried out by Gorbachev, the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia's difficult transition in the 1990s, and the conflict in Chechnya. The course will explore several underlying themes of modern Russian and Soviet history: the role of and Russia's relationship with the West; revolution and the role of individuals in history; the relationship between state and society in the Soviet Union; the role of gender and class in history; and the role of ideology and socialism in theory and practice.
HIS 381 - The Near and Middle East
Ann P. Saab
This course deals with the history of the Israel and the Muslim Middle East in the twentieth century. After a background of events before and during the two world wars, we will examine a series of continuing controversial issues, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the revolution in Iran, and the use of oil. Student reading and discussion will be emphasized.
HIS 384-01 - The Modern Transformation of China: 1800 to Present Day
Coming of Europeans, decline of imperial institutions to 1870; Western impact and Chinese reforms, 1870-1945; contemporary China.
HIS 390 - History Internship
Field learning experience in public or applied history. Academic supervision provided by job supervisor. Assigned reading and written reports. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head.
HIS 401, 402 - Independent Study
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