Fall 2012 Course Descriptions
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HIS 206 - Topics in Premodern World History I: "Global Developments to 1500"
This course surveys premodern history (through about 1500) on a global basis. While looking at the origins and histories of distinctive societies and cultural traditions in Africa, Eurasia, China, South Asia, the Near East and the Western Hemisphere, it pays particular attention to developments of world historical scope - population movements, economic activities, trade, and cultural exchange - which constitute the common premodern human experience. Students should gain a broad and balanced understanding of the major social, political, and cultural developments of human societies up to the eve of the modern age.
206-01 through 04 Stephen Ruzicka
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00-11:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 11:00-11:50 or 12:00-12:50.
80254 206-01 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
81228 206-02 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
81229 206-03 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50
81230 206-04 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50
HIS 206 - Topics in Premodern World History I: "Encounters in Premodern World History"
HIS 206-05 Angela Robbins Marritt MWF 10:00-10:50
This course is a survey of interactions between and among people and societies in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas through the 16th century. Students will explore social and cultural traditions such as marriage and gender roles, political and religious institutions, and economic activities up to the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Columbian Exchange to gain an understanding of the human experience and everyday life before the modern era.
HIS 207 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Islamic History and Civilization, 600-1200 C.E."
In the middle of the seventh century, Arab tribes coalesced and emerged from the Arabian Peninsula, conquering an enormous expanse of territory that reached from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the deserts of India in less than one hundred years. In the following centuries, Islamic civilization took shape, a dynamic process framed by Islamic ideals yet influenced by the many cultures this civilization embraced. The products of this civilization included magnificent monuments, extensive works of literature and science, far-flung trade routes that connected to east Asia, and new agricultural and technological innovations. This course will familiarize students with the history of the rise and spread of Islamic civilization as a complex and interdependent process that occurred throughout the Near East, North Africa, Spain, and Central Asia. We contextualize this process in 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. We will look at the history, art and architecture, archaeology, environment, literature, and religion of Islamic civilization.
HIS 208 - Topics in Modern World History I: "European Expansion and Empires"
HIS 208-01 Jill Bender MWF 11:00-11:50
This course examines the rise and fall of European empires from the mid-eighteenth century to the late-twentieth century. We will pay particular attention to the cultural, social, and political ramifications of this imperial expansion. Specific topics will include new imperialism, the role of empires in both World War I and World War II, and decolonization.
HIS 209 - Topics in Modern World History II: "World Environmental History"
HIS 209-01 Greg O'Brien TR 12:30-1:45
This course will use an environmental history approach to better understand the past 500 years of human history around the planet. We will read and discuss books, see films, and perhaps take a field trip in order to better understand the relationship between humans and nature. Humans have always been limited by the natural resources at their disposal while simultaneously developing new techniques and technologies to exploit nature. Nature has impacted the general direction of human history more than any other single factor, while humans have altered and impacted nature more than any other species. It is impossible to fully understand human history without including the role of nature.
HIS 209 - Topics in Modern World History II: "Awakening Giants: China and India"
HIS 209-02 Eric Oakley MWF 12:00-12:50
This course investigates the awakening of China and India as contemporary superpowers. However, the roots of this transformation are found in their histories since early modern times. Topics will include Chinese and Indian empire-building, cultural encounters, foreign imperialism, transnational migration, statehood, and current challenges. Moreover, students will encounter these societies through frameworks of ethnicity, nationalism, and modernity. Finally, the course will introduce a wealth of primary sources related to the intellectual development of China and India, with close attention to the development of national ideologies.
HIS 209 - Topics in Modern World History II: "Africa and Globalization"
HIS 209-03 Ian Michie MWF 9:00-9:50
This course will study the influence of Africa on globalization addressing themes such as nationalism, race, class, gender, imperialism, and the transatlantic slave trade. The goal of the course is to evaluate the role of African regions in the development of global exchanges.
HIS 209 - Topics in Modern World History II: "Women in World History"
HIS 209-04 Lisa Levenstein ONLINE
This course will introduce students to major themes in the study of women and world history since 1750. Paying particular attention to themes of labor and politics, we will explore how women’s experiences changed over time and differed according to location. Students will learn how to analyze a variety of primary sources and evaluate historical debates. They will consider how looking at women and gender changes our understanding of major topics in world history and sheds light on contemporary global politics.
HIS 211 - United States History to 1865
General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War.
211-01 through 06 Mark Elliott
211-07 Phyllis Hunter TR 2:00-3:15
211-08 Monica Ward M 6:00-8:50
211-09 Sarah McCartney TR 3:30-4:45
HIS 212 - United States History since 1865
General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
212-01 through 06 Charles Bolton
212-07 Margaret Williams T 6:00-8:50
212-08 Deborah Russell MW 3:30-4:45
HIS 216 - Civilizations of Asia
HIS 216-01 James Anderson MWF 10:00-10:50
This course is an introduction to the modern history of East 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 in the twentieth century or their rising economic clout in more recent years. However, these countries are also heirs to long histories of cultural brilliance and diversity.This term we will examine political change, specifically the emergence of anti-colonial nationalist and communist movements, as well as related economic, intellectual and social developments in East Asia since ca. 1800.
HIS 217 - The World of the Twentieth Century (1900-1945)
Political, social, and economic forces affecting Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 1900-1945.
HIS 218 - The World of the Twentieth Century (1945-2000)
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.
218-01 Jeff Jones MWF 10:00-10:50
218-02 Mark Moser MW 3:30-4:45
218-03 Mark Moser ONLINE
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.
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 239 - Latin America: Colonial Period
Introduction to the early history of Latin America. Emphasis on the clash of cultures, Indian-Spanish relations, and the structure and mechanisms of empire.
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 308 - Navigating World History
Pr. Social Studies Licensure candidates or permission of instructor
Introduction to and overview of world history, ca. 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Prepares Social Studies Licensure majors to teach world history at the middle grades and high school level.
HIS 316 - Interpreting American History
Pr. Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates or permission of instructor
Examination of a broad variety of primary source evidence and historiographical methods for studying the American past from the colonial era through the twentieth century.
HIS 320 - History of Mexico and Central America
This course will explore the social, economic, and cultural histories of today’s Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Topics will include the indigenous civilizations of Mesoamerica, the establishment of Christianity and colonial rule, race-mixing and transculturalism, the struggles for independence and nationhood, development and foreign relations, and the modern experiences with revolution, dictatorship, democracy, and liberalization.
HIS 329 - U.S. Women's History since 1865
W 6:00-8:50 p.m.
This course will explore how women experienced life in the U.S. from 1865 to the present. We will look at the lives of poor women and middle class women, radical women, liberal women and conservative women, African American women, Native American women, Asian American women and white women, famous women and ordinary women. Questions that we will address include: What obstacles did women face and how did they react? What were some of women’s achievements? What effect did women have on life in the U.S.? How does looking at U.S. history through women’s lives change our understanding of the past?
HIS 333 - American Indian History to 1840
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 338 - Civil War, Reconstruction, and Reunion, 1848–1896
American history from the end of the Mexican War to the Bryan campaign, centering on the slavery controversy, Civil War and Reconstruction, industrialization, urbanization, and agrarian problems.
HIS 347 - History of North Carolina347-01 Christine Flood MWF 1:00-1:50 (Speaking Intensive Section)
347-02 Laurinda deBeck MWF 9:00-9:50
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 348 - World at War, 1914-1918
Few events in world history have had as profound an impact on political institutions, society, and culture as the “Great War.” This course will begin with an examination of prewar European society and an analysis of the stress zones--diplomatic, political, and cultural--that brought Europe to war in 1914. Next we will examine the course of the war, focusing not only on the battlefield but on the mobilization of the enormous human and material resources that were required to fight a “total war.” Attention will be paid to the impact of total war on society, an impact that included challenging gender traditional roles, rapid technological changes, an increased role for the state, and an intensification of ideological conflicts. Finally, we will attempt to evaluate the consequences of the war for Western societies. These consequences extended beyond the peace treaties--which ratified the breakup of empires and reconfigured European power relations--to world historic events such as the Russian Revolution, the rise of Fascism, a misfired attempt to bring a new order to the Middle East, and, not least, a major sea change in Western intellectual and cultural attitudes.
HIS 354 - Roman Republic, 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. (Same as CCI 354)
HIS 369 - History of Spain
In the period between 1450 and 1700 a previously poor and isolated region of Europe emerged as a dominant political, military and cultural force. In this, its "Golden Age," Spain conquered and colonized the largest empire since the days of the Romans, dominated much of Europe, declared itself the leader of the Catholic faith, and dazzled the world with its accomplishments in art, music, literature and spiritual expression. It also grappled with intense problems of poverty, urban sprawl, racism, religious intolerance and seemingly endless wars, on both sides of the Atlantic. In this course we examine primary texts (in English translation) from the Hispanic world in the Age of Empire, and listen to the voices of people caught up in the triumphs and struggles of this complex and fascinating society.
HIS 374 - British History, 1688-Present
Major landmarks in the social, political, intellectual, and cultural history of the diverse peoples of the British Isles form the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the 21st century.
HIS 376 - German 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.
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 Director of Public History.
HIS 391 - Historical Skills and Methods
Research Intensive. Restricted to history majors.
This is a required course for all history majors (except social studies concentration candidates who complete HIS 430 for research methods). It serves as a prerequisite for the capstone course in the major. Students in the course address a variety of research problems in history using different sources and methods in preparation for HIS 511. Formal goals include: analyzing varieties of primary and secondary source materials; designing a project focus; finding and evaluating appropriate sources; learning citation methods; understanding how historiography can guide us to significant questions and methods.
Through a series of case studies in the public culture of the United States since the Civil War, students will gain practical experience identifying significant, focused, and researchable questions in history.
HIS 430 - Historical Methods for Social Studies
T 6:00-8:50 pm
Writing and Research Intensive
HIS 430 is an introduction to historical thinking and the research process designed to address these historical methods content standards for all social studies licensure candidates. The state of North Carolina requires that teacher candidates must demonstrate depth of content knowledge in “the process of critical inquiry in history and the social sciences used to examine change over time and develop historical perspectives,” including: identifying and framing a problem, using primary and secondary resources, evaluating the credibility of sources, putting sources into historical context, investigating, interpreting, and analyzing multiple viewpoints, clearly and effectively articulating conclusions. The ultimate goal of the course is to understand the creative process of research within the discipline of history.
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