Spring 2005 Course Descriptions
HIS 204 - History of Africa since 1870
204-01 TR 9:30-10:45
204-02 TR 2:00-3:15 (Writing Intensive Section)
When, how, and why did European nations colonize the African continent? And, an equally important question, What is the legacy of European colonialism in Africa today? This course examines major themes in recent African history, and discusses theoretical debates in the history of Africa during the colonial period and since.
Topics to be covered include: the imposition of colonial rule and wars of resistance; styles of colonial rule; theories of underdevelopment and the effects of colonial policies; Pan-Africanism, nationalism, and independence movements; the creation of apartheid; decolonization; and issues facing independent Africa such as neo-colonialism and the dismantling of apartheid. These themes will be studied with reference to the regions of west, east, central, and southern Africa.
HIS 211 - United States History to 1865
General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War.
HIS 212 - United States History since 1865
General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
212-01 Kevin Crowder TR 12:30-1:45
HIS 216 - Civilizations of Asia
Is Modern East Asia really �modern�? What do we mean by this term? Can we understand the modern history of the region, if we focus exclusively on the Asian response to the arrival of Western powers in the region? This course will examine political change, specifically the emergence of anti-colonial nationalist and communist movements, as well as related intellectual and social developments in East Asia since ca. 1800. The focus of this course is on Viet Nam, China, and Japan in nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
HIS 220 - The Ancient World
Early civilizations: Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman to Reign of Constantine. (Same as CCI 220)
HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy
Anne C. Barton
Survey of Western European history from the end of the Roman Empire to the fifteenth century exploring such varied aspects of the medieval experience as pilgrimage, crusade, peasant life, the emergence of nation states, and the rise of the university.
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. Both sections of this course are offered as writing intensive for Spring 2005.
HIS 302 - Race and Segregation
This course examines social movements in African American history since the mid-nineteenth century to the present. One central concern is with the dialectical relationship between mass movements, their leaderships, and specific historical conditions. At the end of the course, students should have a better understanding of the multiple ways in which social movements can be defined as well as an appreciation for the wide range of local, regional, national and international liberation struggles waged by people of African descent in the modern world.
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 326 - Using Photographs as Historical Evidence
Writing and Research Intensive
Case study approach using photographs as historical evidence from the Civil War to the Great Depression. History and interpretation of specific print materials. Identification, care and handling of historic photographs.
HIS 329 - Women in American History, Part II
Writing and Research Intensive
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?
In spring 2005, this course will be both writing intensive and research intensive. Students will write 4-5 page papers based on class materials (not research papers) and gain experience looking for primary sources in the library and online.
HIS 332 - Civil Rights
Writing and Research Intensive
This course considers the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s as more than simply the battle against southern segregation and disfranchisement, more than a series of dramatic confrontations organized by towering personalities. We will place the familiar southern movement in national and international contexts, where northern movements, anti-colonial struggles, and issues of human rights and economic justice were integral and equally important to the African American freedom movement. Specific topics include: the impact of the New Deal, World War II, and 1940s civil rights trade unionism; the importance of the Cold War and the inspiration of African and Asian independence movements; national politics and policies, from McCarthyism to the Civil Rights Acts to Lyndon Johnson�s war on poverty and later policies of affirmative action; northern movements, including Black Power and the �ghetto revolts� of the 1960s; white resistance; the contributions of black women and the impact of the black movement on other movements, such as feminism and the anti-war movement. We will also consider the controversial impact of Martin Luther King�s �symbolic� leadership and radicalism. Our texts include scholarship, biographies, memoirs, oral histories, documentary films and primary documents. I require short response papers on primary and secondary sources, several interpretive essays, and a final revised essay that builds on previous writing along the lines of a theme you select, such as nonviolence, black nationalism, economic justice, or gender and local activism.
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 MWF 12:00-12:50
347-02 TR 11:00-12:15
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 355 - The Roman Empire, 44 BC-337 AD
Survey of politics and society at Rome under the Empire, when Rome dominated Western Civilization. Topics covered include: Augustus and the rise of one-man rule at Rome, the long "Roman Peace" and the civilizing of Europe under the Emperors, the rise of Christianity, and the transformed Empire of Constantine the Great. (same as CCI 355)
HIS 373-01 - English History to 1660
From 55 BC to the restoration of Charles II in 1660, this course surveys all the major developments- Roman, Britain, the Anglo-Saxons, Normans, and Medieval England, the Reformation and the Puritan Revolution. Within each period the main political, intellectual, religious, social, and economic themes are examined.
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
381-01 Ann P. Saab T 4:00-6:50
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 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 392 - The Holocaust: History and Meaning
This course examines the history of the Nazi Holocaust during World War II and explores the variety of understandings and meanings -- historical, political, intellectual, artistic, and theological -- that have been proposed as possible explanations for how such a horror was possible. The Holocaust raises questions about the nature of good and evil, the nature of human beings, and the powers of the divine. No event of the 20th century has so shocked and unnerved the human consciousness.
The immediate focus of the course is upon the Nazi efforts to exterminate the Jewish people in its entirety, although other victims -- Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), mentally and physically handicapped, homosexuals, and the Polish intelligentsia -- are likewise defined as being "unworthy of life."
The course begins with a lengthy examination of the history of anti-Jewish sentiment in Western culture and its transformation during the 19th into a central component of European racism. From there it explores the political and social circumstances that in 1933 brought the Nazis to power and examines their efforts to establish what they believed would be a racially-pure world in which those they deemed to be inferior ceased to exist.
HIS 401, 402 - Independent Study
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