Fall 2007 Course Descriptions
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203 - History of Africa to 1870
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 Christine Flood MWF 1:00-1:50
211-06 Susannah Link Online
211-07 through 10 William Ryan
HIS 212 - United States History since 1865
General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
212-01 Susan Thomas TR 2:00-3:15
212-02 Angela Robbins R 6:00-8:50 p.m.
212-05 through 08 Justin Nystrom
212-09 Laurinda deBeck MWF 11:00-11:50
212-10 Susannah Link Online
HIS 215-01 - Civilizations of Asia
This course is an introduction to the pre-modern history of Asia. We will focus on the following Asian countries: China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Most students in the West may only be familiar with these nations in the context of the traumatic episodes of war and violence and revolution that swept the region throughout the twentieth century. However, these countries are heirs to long histories of cultural brilliance and diversity. In this class we will first explore how the history of this region has shaped the common bonds that bring this part of the world together as a whole. Secondly, we will consider how the literary traditions of these various societies depict the social and political conditions from which modern Asian nations would later emerge.
HIS 218 - The World of the Twentieth Century
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Fridays at 9:00-9:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Wednesdays at either 8:00-8:50, 9:00-9:50 or 10:00-10:50.
80303 218-01 - MF 9-9:50, W 8-8:50
80304 218-02 - MF 9-9:50, W 9-9:50
80305 218-03 - MF 9-9:50, W 9-9:50
80306 218-04 - MF 9-9:50, W 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 221 - Medieval Legacy
221-01 through -04 Richard Barton
The lecture portion of this class meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00-9:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Mondays at either 8:00-8:50, 9:00-9:50 or 10:00-10:50.
80307 221-01 - WF 9-9:50, M 8-8:50
80308 221-02 - WF 9-9:50, M 9-9:50
80309 221-03 - WF 9-9:50, M 9-9:50
80310 221-04 - WF 9-9:50, M 10-10:50
This course explores the rich legacy of Medieval Europe. The Middle Ages lasted from the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west (around 500 AD) until the so-called Renaissance (14th to 16th centuries AD). This is an enormous time span, and I have no intention of trying to cover every event and every aspect of the Middle Ages. Rather, we will focus on several themes examined over three sub-periods of the Middle Ages. We begin with the ancestors of the Middle Ages: the civilization of Rome, its Christian overlay, and the arrival of the Germanic tribes. From there we will look in turn at the Early (c.500-950), Central (c.950-1250) and Late Middle Ages (c.1250-1500). Within each of these mini-periods we will examine several of the following themes: the nature and effectiveness of government (primarily kingship), the role of Christian belief and Christian institutions in shaping medieval life, the shape of everyday life, and the capacity of women to exercise power.
The process of our trip through the Middle Ages, however, will not merely be one of mastering names and dates (although you certainly must do a fair amount of memorization). Indeed, a major purpose of the class is to demonstrate to you the methods by which historians approach the past. Thus we will be interested in learning about the nature of the sources available to us, and, above all, in learning how to interpret them. Interpretation, after all, is the keystone of the historian�s craft, and it will be one of our purposes in this course to subject all of the material at our disposal to careful prodding, questioning, and criticism.
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 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 324 - The Frontier in American Culture
Role of the frontier as symbol and region in the development of American culture from early settlement to the twentieth century. Topics include race, gender, ethnicity, and popular culture.
HIS 329 - Women in American History, Part II
HIS 332 - Civil Rights and Black Freedom, 1940-1980
Southern and national civil rights politics in light of local and human rights dimensions of the wider black freedom movement. Special attention to leadership, economics, local movements, and white resistance.
HIS 336 - The Age of the Democratic Revolution, 1764-1789
The politics, social structure, warfare, and ideology of the American Revolution set against the background of early modern European thought and modern American constitutional development.
HIS 340 - The United States Since World War II
Selected social, political, and international trends and events: Cold War and Vietnam; conservatism from McCarthy to Reagan; black freedom, radicalism and the Great Society; feminism; mass immigration and multicultural America.
HIS 347 - History of North Carolina
347-01 Laurinda deBeck TR 9:30-10:45
347-02 Laurinda deBeck MWF 10:00-10:50 (Writing and Research Intensive Section)
347-03 Christine Flood MWF 9:00-9:50 (Speaking and Research Intensive Section)
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 351 - History of Greece, 2000 BC-31 BC
Mycenaean society, Greek "dark ages," colonization and tyranny, Athens and Sparta, flowering in the fifth and fourth centuries, conquests of Alexander, Hellenistic empires, and the diffusion of Greek civilization. (Same as CCI 351)
HIS 365 - Modern France
Any attempt to understand modern France must begin with the French Revolution. After consideration of the meanings attached to the Revolution, the focus of the course will shift to twentieth-century France. Here the major topics we will consider include: the Great War and its enormous impact upon French society and collective memory; the Popular Front; the humiliating defeat of 1940 at the hands of Nazi Germany; the Occupation and the Vichy Regime; France�s long adjustment to the postwar realities, culminating with the founding of De Gaulle�s Fifth Republic; the �Revolution� of 1968; the consolidation of �Gaullist� democracy in France of the late 20th century; and, finally, France�s recent difficulties with the integration of its large and growing Muslim population.
HIS 371 - Europe Since WWI
A survey of modern Europe with emphasis on the two world wars, political ideologies and cultural developments, and the postwar movement to European integration.
HIS 373-01 - English History to 1660
HIS 377 - Russian History before 1900
This course surveys Russian history from its beginning around 800 AD through the Kievan Rus period, the Mongol invasion, and the rise of Muscovy. The course focuses on the turbulent reigns of Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Nicholas I, and Russia's reformist tsar Alexander II. We will deal with Russia's ever-changing social, economic, and cultural development and end on the eve of revolutionary turmoil in the 20th century.
HIS 381 - The Near and Middle East
This course considers the history of the Middle East broadly defined (from Morocco to Iran). We begin with an introduction to Islam and then proceed from 19th Century colonialism to the modern day. Using a topical rather than chronological approach, the course includes discussions of nationalism and Islamic "fundamentalism," the Arab-Israeli conflict, the struggles for natural resources, the civil war in Lebanon, the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and the continuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We conclude with consideration of 20th Century Middle Eastern society and culture, including themes in literature, art, and architecture, and contemporary social issues, such as the status of women and of human rights. Student readings and discussion are emphasized.
HIS 382-01 - Crime and Punishment in 18th Century England
This course seeks to introduce students to the history of crime and punishment in 18th Century England. Using both primary and secondary sources, students will examine the transformation of English society based on the changing views of crime, punishment and attitudes of offense and individual rights.
HIS 382-02 - Globalization, 1400-1750
Hundreds of years before the Internet and cell phones, European empires linked peoples around the world through trade, communication, and migration. This course provides an overview of European overseas expansion from the end of the Middle Ages to the mid-eighteenth century. We will discuss the creation of European imperial spheres, the development of colonial societies, and the impact on people and cultures worldwide.
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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