Spring 2007 Course Descriptions
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HIS 204 - History of Africa since 1870
10270 204-01 MW 3:30-4:45
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 through 04 Lisa Levenstein
212-05 through 08 Thomas Jackson
10418 212-09 Mark Moser MWF 9:00-9:50
13390 212-10 Susannah Link Online
HIS 216 - Civilizations of Asia
10419 216-01 MWF 9:00-9:50
13474 216-02 MWF 11:00-11:50
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.
HIS 218 - The World of the Twentieth Century
218-01 through -04 Charles Bolton
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
10555 218-01 - MW 9-9:50, F 8-8:50
10556 218-02 - MW 9-9:50, F 9-9:50
10558 218-03 - MW 9-9:50, F 9-9:50
10560 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 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
221-01 through -04 Richard Barton
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
10562 221-01 - MW 9-9:50, F 8-8:50
10563 221-02 - MW 9-9:50, F 9-9:50
10565 221-03 - MW 9-9:50, F 9-9:50
10566 221-04 - MW 9-9:50, F 10-10:50
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 222-01 - Europe 1400-1789
10420 222-01 Richard Gorden MWF 9:00-9:50
Survey of major socio-economic, political,and cultural trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
HIS 223 - Modern Europe
12028 223-01 Kaarin Michaelsen MW 2:00-3:15
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
10422 240-01 Mary Floyd TR 12:30-1:45
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 252 - History of Western Science: A Survey
10657 252-01 TR 2:00-3:15
Introduction to major developments in the history of Western science from 18th to 20th century.
HIS 302 - Race and Segregation
10658 302-01 TR 11:00-12:15
Race and segregation in the United States since the Civil War, including the origins of the Jim Crow laws, the civil rights movement, black urbanization, the Harlem Renaissance, black nationalism, and the African American experience in America.
HIS 320 - Central American History
10660 320-01 TR 8:00-9:15
10661 320-02 TR 9:30-10:45
Both sections are Writing and Research Intensive
The political structure and economies of the Central American republics from independence in 1821 to the beginning of the twenty-first century and the future of the Central American Free Trade Association. Emphasis on political competition of "a nation divided" under the strain of social and economic inequality, United States scrutiny, and the dynamics of agrarian cultures. Although this course carries a lecture designation, discussion and student participation are integral to its success. Both sections of this course are offered as writing and research intensive for Spring 2007.
HIS 327 - American Cultural History
10662 327-01 MWF 12:00-12:50
Using paintings, houses, literature, radio, television, and other materials, this course explores the creation and development of American culture from early settlement through the twentieth century. (Not open to freshmen.)
HIS 329 - Women in American History, Part II
10663 329-01 MWF 1:00-1:50
A history of women in the U.S. since the Civil War. Topics include roles, status, image, family, work, and racial and class differences in experience.
HIS 335 - The American Colonial Period, 1607-1763
10664 335-01 TR 11:00-12:15
Speaking and Research Intensive
The Peopling of Colonial America, 1492 to 1776 - This course serves as a research and speaking intensive introduction to early American history at the college level. The course has three goals: to familiarize students with the cultures of diverse groups that inhabited North America before the American revolution, to examine the society and culture of these various peoples, and to gain an understanding of and practice in using a variety of evidence to develop historical interpretations. Students will work individually and in groups with both primary and secondary sources and will be introduced to problems of cultural representation and historical interpretation. The course will provide a background for exploring the colonial period in greater depth and for thinking about issues of cultural change and ethnic and racial diversity in present-day America.
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 349 - The World at War 1914-1945
10921 349-01 TR 12:30-1:45
The period between 1914 and 1945 marked one of the most catastrophic in world history. It encompassed not only the First and Second World wars, but the Great Depression, the rise of fascism and communism, the crisis of Western democracy, and, finally, the Holocaust. An effort will be made to look at the period as a whole and measure its impact on both European and World history.
HIS 355 - The Roman Empire, 44 BC-337 AD
10922 355-01 MWF 11:00-11:50
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 360 - Structure of Scientific Change
10923 360-01 MW 2:00-3:15
In-depth examination of selected topics to elucidate the nature of scientific change. Representative topics: Thomas Kuhn's image of science; the Copernican Revolution; continental drift.
HIS 369 - History of Spain
10925 369-01 TR 2:00-3:15
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 381 - The Near and Middle East
10926 381-01 April Najjaj T 6:00-8:50
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 - Modern Korea
13997 382-01 MW 2:00-3:15
How do we place the history of Korea in the development of East Asia since the twentieth century? How do we understand the successful development of the South Korean economy and the current crisis with North Korea? This course helps us search for answers to these questions by exploring the history of modern Korea from the nineteenth century up to the present. Beginning with the opening of Choson Korea in 1876, we trace the Korean history in three phases: i) the Japanese colonial rule, ii) the Korean War, and iii) the two Koreas. We will examine the internal dynamics of modern Korea such as Korean nationalism in the 1930s as well as the democratization movement in the 1980s. At the same time, we will analyze the formation and development of modern Korea in its close relationships with China, Japan, and the United States.
HIS 389 - West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade
11008 389-01 TR 3:30-4:45
Examines how trade between European and African countries developed into a trans-Atlantic slave trade. Focus on origins of slaves and effects of slave trade on Africa, ca. 1450-1850.
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
11010 392-01 TR 9:30-10:45
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.
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