Fall 2009 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 206 - Topics in Premodern World History I
This course surveys the origins, developments, and interactions of the distinctive societies of the pre-modern period in Eurasia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the western hemisphere. Through representative texts and material remains, it considers the formation, transmission, and dissemination of these societies' characteristic cultural traditions as well.
206-01 through 04 Stephen Ruzicka
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Fridays at 9:00-9:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Wednesdays at either 9:00-9:50 or 10:00-10:50.
80093 206-01 - MF 9-9:50, W 9-9:50
80094 206-02 - MF 9-9:50, W 9-9:50
80095 206-03 - MF 9-9:50, W 10-10:50
80096 206-04 - MF 9-9:50, W 10-10:50
HIS 207 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Silks and Spices: A History of the Silk Road in China"
Following the prosperous Silk Road of the Northwest and the thriving spice trade of the South China Sea regions, Imperial Chinese courts remained engaged in international exchanges of goods and ideas since ancient times. This course will examine the intersection of trade and tribute in patterns of foreign relations China conducted with its neighbors through the arrival of European powers in the 16th century. Material trade, and the socio-cultural exchanges accompanying it, will serve as the central theme in this course. While remaining �China-focused,� we will also explore the ways in which the various peoples have existed in the region for over two thousand years, fighting during much of this time for both political autonomy and cultural self-identity. Some of the secondary topics we will explore include the fluid, border-less nature of the frontier between South China and northern Southeast Asia, a study of Late Imperial China�s �Southern Silk Road,� China's tribute relations with various southern maritime kingdoms, and a broad study of pre-modern Chinese frontier management throughout the empire. Through a critical reading of recent scholarship on related topics, we will determine for ourselves the impact that global trade patterns had on the historical development of this very important region of the world.
207-01 through 04 Jamie Anderson
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Fridays at 1:00-1:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Wednesdays at either 12-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.
80097 207-01 - MF 1-1:50, W 12-12:50
80098 207-02 - MF 1-1:50, W 12-12:50
80099 207-03 - MF 1-1:50, W 1-1:50
80100 207-04 - MF 1-1:50, W 1-1:50
HIS 207 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Islamic History and Civilization, 600-1200 C.E."
In less than one hundred years, Islamic civilization emerged from the Arabian Peninsula and conquered an enormous expanse of territory that reached from the Atlantic Ocean to India. This course will familiarize students with the history of the rise and spread of Islamic civilization throughout the Near East, North Africa, and Central Asia. We begin our focus on the world before Islam and the rise of the Prophet Muhammad at the start of the seventh century and continue until the time of the Crusaders at the end of twelfth century. Our approach will be interdisciplinary, looking at the history, art and architecture, archaeology, environment, and civilization of the Islamic period.
HIS 207-05 Asa Eger TR 12:30-1:45
HIS 207-06 Asa Eger TR 3:30-4:45
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 through 08 Mark Elliott
211-09 Laurinda de Beck TR 9:30-10:45
211-10 Todd Miller T 6:00-8:50
HIS 212 - United States History since 1865
General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
212-01 through 04 Tom Jackson
212-05 through 08 Lisa Levenstein
212-09 Natasha Thompson R 6:00-8:50 pm
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
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 examine some of the important political, economic, social, and cultural changes of the second half of the twentieth century and how these changes have shaped the world we live in today.
HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy
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.
222-01 through -04 Jodi Bilinkoff
The lecture portion of this class meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:00-12:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Mondays at either 12:00-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.
80134 222-01 - WF 12-12:50, M 12-12:50
80136 222-02 - WF 12-12:50, M 12-12:50
80137 222-03 - WF 12-12:50, M 1-1:50
80138 222-04 - WF 12-12:50, M 1-1:50
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 310 - Daughters of Eve
This course offers an introduction to the experience of women in the Middle Ages through close examination of writings by and about women. In so doing we will be less concerned with the more traditional elements of medieval history and more interested in how such elements came to shape women's lives and opportunities. One of the central themes will be the importance of gender as a category of cultural difference; with this in mind we will spend a fair amount of time considering the ways in which medieval society defined femininity, appropriate female behavior, and the female body, as well as the ways in which those definitions and understandings changed over time.
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 320 - Central American History
81609 320-01 Online
Writing and Research Intensive
An investigation of the political structure and economies of the Central American republics from independence in 1821 to the beginning of the twenty-first century with particular attention to the 1980s, when Central Americans took the debate over land, resources, income inequality, and a host of other issues that had divided them for centuries into the battlefield. Only Costa Rica and Panama stood apart from the violence. Why did violence come to dominate? What role did the United States play in supporting or alleviating the crisis? Any number of questions arose out of "the lost decade" of the 1980s. This course fulfills the following requirements: GN, RI, and WI.
HIS 329 - Women in American History, Part II
This course explores the dramatic changes in women�s experiences in the U.S. from 1865 to the present. We will explore these transformations from multiple perspectives, looking at famous women as well as ordinary women, liberal women and conservative women, middle-class women and poor women, African American women and white women, Asian American women, Native American women and Mexican American women. Questions that we will address include: How did women�s experiences differ along race and class lines? How did ideas about gender and race change over time? To what extent did women shape their own history? How does women�s history change our understanding of United States history in general?
HIS 333 - American Indian History to 1840
Research Intensive Section
This course will expose students to American Indian history in what is now the United States from prior to European contact through the Removal era of the 1830s. The format is a combination of lectures, documentary films, and class discussions. We will read approximately 4-5 books, write some papers, and take a couple of exams. Students will gain an entirely new understanding of American history from American Indian perspectives that will provide a counter narrative to the standard portrayal of American history.
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 347 - History of North Carolina
347-01 Laurinda deBeck TR 8:00-9:15 (Writing Intensive Section) 80174
347-03 Christine Flood MWF 9:00-9:50 (Speaking Intensive Section) 80176
347-04 Christine Flood MWF 1:00-1:50 (Speaking Intensive Section) 80177
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 383-01 - Chinese History to 1800
The Western world�s interest in China has long followed two paths, one material and one spiritual. While Western traders and government leaders debated various routes to the elusive �China Market,� artists and philosophers deliberated tenets of Confucianism, Daoism (Taoism) and Buddhism, the schools of thought that flourished in traditional Chinese society. The end result was a representation of China still popular in the West, as full of Western dreams and ambitions as it is of Chinese realities. The current debates regarding Chinese trading privileges and human rights abuses are clearly shaped by this Western profile of China. Our course will hold up this picture to scrutiny, while introducing and illuminating both the remarkable and the commonplace from China�s past.
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
HIS 493 - Honors Work
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