Spring 2011 Course Descriptions
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HIS 204 - History of Africa since 1870
10994 TR 11:00-12:15
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 206 - Topics in Premodern World History I
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 9:00-9:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 9:00-9:50 or 10:00-10:50.
10995 206-01 - MW 9-9:50, F 9-9:50
10996 206-02 - MW 9-9:50, F 9-9:50
10997 206-03 - MW 9-9:50, F 10-10:50
10998 206-04 - MW 9-9:50, F 10-10:50
HIS 209 - Topics in Modern World History II: "Introduction to Islamic History and Civilization, 1200 C.E. - present"
13473 TR 12:30-1:45
By the tenth and eleventh centuries, Islamic civilization from Spain to Central Asia had reached its peak with a system of elaborate cities, expansive trade networks, and profound achievements in arts and architecture, science, literature, law, political and religious thought. However, by the twelfth century, contact with western European world with the onset of the Crusades and with the eastern world with the advent of Turkic nomads fundamentally transformed the course of Islamic civilization. In this course we will examine how these changes reverberated through medieval and modern Islamic history in two parts. The first part will familiarize students with the dynamic history and changes in Islamic cultural process from time of the Crusaders through the legacy of the Mongols. The second part will explore the transition of the medieval to modern Islamic world, focusing on the formation of the "gunpowder" Ottoman, Safavid, and Moghul Indian empires and the effects of nationalism in shaping the modern Middle East. Throughout the course we will focus on themes of tradition and change in Islamic society with the assimilation, influence, and conflict of non-Arab and non-Muslim cultures. Our approach will be interdisciplinary. We will look at the history, art and architecture, archaeology, environment, literature, and religion of Islamic civilization.
HIS 211 - United States History to 1865
General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War.
211-01 through 04 Mark Elliott
211-05 Keri Petersen M 6:00-8:50 p.m.
211-06 Susannah Link Online
211-07 Angela Robbins TR 9:30-10:45
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 Karen Hawkins T 6:00-8:50 p.m.
212-06 Paige Meszaros Online
212-07 Susan Thomas TR 9:30-10:45
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, since 194511015 218-01 Mark Moser MW 3:30-4:45 Writing Intensive Section
13696 218-02 Kevin Greene TR 11:00-12:15
14183 218-03 Kevin Greene TR 3:30-4:45
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 220 - The Ancient World
Early civilizations: Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman to Reign of Constantine.
HIS 221 - Medieval Legacy11016 221-01 Anne Barton MWF 11:00-11:50
13603 221-02 Caitlin Saraphis TR 9:30-10:45
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 national 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.
222-01 through -04 Jodi Bilinkoff
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00-12:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 12:00-12:50 or 1:00-1:50.
11017 222-01 - MW 12-12:50, F 12-12:50
11018 222-02 - MW 12-12:50, F 12-12:50
11019 222-03 - MW 12-12:50, F 1-1:50
11020 222-04 - MW 12-12:50, F 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).
223-01 through -04 Emily Levine
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00-10:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 10:00-10:50 or 11:00-11:50.
11021 223-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
11022 223-02 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
11023 223-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
11024 223-04 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
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.
239-01 through -04 Peter Villella
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.
11025 239-01 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
11026 239-02 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
11027 239-03 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50
11028 239-04 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50
HIS 302 - Race and Segregation
11029 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 309 - Unity and Unrest in Medieval Towns
13610 TR 11:00-12:15
This course explores medieval urban culture through examination of the lives, values, religious beliefs, conflicts and historical roles of town-dwellers, some of whom include nobles, bishops, friars, merchants, artisans, women, servants, slaves, criminals, students, and the poor. We will also investigate the role of the town itself as a social, political, and cultural force in the broader arena of medieval history.
HIS 321 - Latin America and the United States
13604 MW 2:00-3:15
This course addresses the political, economic, social, and diplomatic relations between the diverse peoples of modern Latin America and the diverse peoples of the United States. While the primary emphasis will be the history of US hemispheric hegemony at the national level, as indicated by "manifest destiny," gunboat diplomacy, social engineering, and political interventionism, we will also address the relations between individuals from North, Central, and South America, such as tourists, immigrants, co-religionists, and social activists.
HIS 324 - The Frontier in American Culture
11030 TR 11:00-12:15
Role of the frontier as symbol and regions in the development of American culture frrom early settlement to the twentieth century. Topics include race, gender, ethnicity, and popular culture.
HIS 326 - Using Photographs as Historical Evidence
11031 TR 12:30-1:45
Writing and Research Intensive - For History majors only
This course takes a case study approach to evaluating the content and history of photographs as historical evidence. We will explore the history of photography by focusing on different types of photographs in particular social contexts from the evolution of portrait photography, to compelling images of the American Civil War, one of the earliest wars ever to be photographed, to the history of social documentary from the turn of the twentieth century through the Great Depression. Overall, we will strive to go beyond the use of photographs as mere illustrations to understand the richer meanings of their visual content as primary source evidence that must be critically evaluated in historical context. You will put these methods and perspectives into practice by developing a research paper that uses a particular type of photograph as primary source evidence (rather than as simple illustration) for your thesis. This course satisfies university writing intensive requirement and the research intensive requirement for history majors.
HIS 328 - Women in American History I
11032 MW 2:00-3:15
Speaking and Research Intensive - For History majors only
This course seeks to introduce students to women's experiences in the past as a vital component of the making of the United States. In addition, we will explore the history (historiography) of the study of women. Students will read and analyze both primary accounts -- letters, diaries, slave narratives, and novels -- and recent secondary studies that use methods of social history and gender analysis to reconstruct our understanding of American history. During the semester, we will have both lectures, class discussions, and class presentations including a final paper/project. This course satisfies university speaking intensive requirements and the research intensive requirement for history majors.
HIS 333 - American Indian History to 1740
11033 TR 2:00-3:15
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
11034 TR 9:30-10:45
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 339 - War, Society, and Reform: America, 1896-1945
11035 MW 3:30-4:45
Examines the impact during the first half of the twentieth century of two world wars, reform, industrialization, the changing status of women and minorities, and the emergence of mass culture.
HIS 340 - The United States Since World War II
11036 MW 5:00-6:15
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 341 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Untold Story
11037 TR 12:30-1:45
From the raids of John Hawkins and Francis Drake in the 1500s, to Dutchman Piet Heijn"s daring capture of the Spanish silver fleet, to Henry Morgan"s dramatic ascent as Governor of Jamaica, piracy was intricately woven into the history of the early modern Caribbean. Few historical actors have been so thoroughly romanticized"or so completely decontextualized"as Caribbean pirates. This course introduces students to the fascinating, complex, and changing role of corsairs, buccaneers, and privateers in shaping the emerging colonial economies, societies, and cultures of the Caribbean, from the first arrival of Europeans through the mid eighteenth century.
HIS 343 - The Old South
12424 R 6:00-8:50 p.m.
This course examines political, economic, cultural, social, and constitutional events in the American South from 1607 through 1877.
HIS 345 - The Unfit: Race Cleansing in the United States
11038 TR 2:00-3:15
From 1880 to well into the twentieth century, America pioneered the international movement to cleanse society of those deemed biologically "degenerate" or "unfit." Families in American competed in county fairs like cows and horses to win ribbons as the "Fitter Families." Laws that forcibly segregated and sterilized non-whites, women, immigrants, and the disabled made a shambles of human rights in the name of eugenics. This course will concentrate on the social and scientific influences that produced the eugenics movement, one of the great tragedies in the history of the relation between science and society. We will also explore the vestiges of eugenics present in our society today.
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 1939-1945
11041 MWF 10:00-10:50
Emphasis on the political systems responsible for the Second World War, military establishments that fought it, the populations that suffered it, and sociopolitical and cultural changes it brought about.
HIS 355 - Roman Empire
11042 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 359 - Sexuality in Historical Perspective
11043 TR 5:00-6:15
The course will examine changing categories of sex and gender from the mid nineteenth century to the homosexual and women"s right movements of the 1960s. We will focus on the emergence of nineteenth century sexual science, the impact of war and industrialization on changing notions of masculinity and femininity, Freud and bisexuality, and the often-perceived threat to society from sexual variations. Sample readings: An American Obsession: Science, Medicine and Homosexuality in Modern Society, Terry, 1999, and Trials of Masculinity: Policing Sexual Boundaries, 1870-1930. A. McLaren, 1997.
HIS 369 - History of Spain
11044 MWF 11:00-11:50
Writing and Research Intensive - For History majors only
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. This course satisfies university writing intensive requirements and the research intensive requirement for history majors.
HIS 370 - Revolutions in 20th Century Latin America
11045 TR 12:30-1:45
Antonio de la Cova
Comparative history of revolution in twentieth-century Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua.
HIS 374 - British History, 1688-Present
11046 TR 2:00-3:15
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 377 - Russian History Before 1900
11047 TR 2:00-3:15
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 387 - History of the Chinese Frontier
14324 TR 12:30-1:45
While remaining "China-focused," we will explore in this course the ways in which the various peoples have existed in the frontier region of the Chinese empire throughout history, fighting during much of this time for political and cultural autonomy. Some of the topics we will explore include the fluid, border-less nature of the frontier, both north and south, Imperial China"s "grand strategy" for the settlement of Inner Asia, court tribute relations with various northern and southern kingdoms, and modern China"s border management as a challenge to shaping the new nation state. It is the desire of the instructor that, after the completion of this course, we will have a larger historical context in which we can more clearly evaluate the events of the last 400 years. Comparing and analyzing various scholarly works, we will write our own history of the Chinese frontier and, in the process, reveal how the present informs our understanding of the 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. Written permission needed to register. Contact Benjamin Filene for information.
HIS 396 - Honors Seminar in History: "The Atlantic World"
11049 R 3:30-6:20
Honors Program and Written Permission Required
Writing and Speaking Intensive
This advanced seminar, required for the honors distinction in history, introduces students to important approaches and perspectives in the historical profession, in a forum which promotes collegiality and discussion. This year"s theme focuses on the Atlantic World, one of the newest and fastest-growing fields in our discipline. The course introduces a transnational approach to history and provides an overview of the basic narrative of Atlantic history"the development of European empires, the creation of American colonies, and the emergence of trans-imperial networks, in the early modern period (roughly 1400-1800). We will also discuss variety of approaches and themes which historians have employed, and considers some of the challenges involved in a comparative, cross-cultural approach.
HIS 430 - Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers
11652 R 6:00-8:50 p.m.
Writing and Research Intensive. Pr. Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates who have completed HIS 308, 316, and one other 300-level History elective for a total of 9 s.h., or permission of instructor
This is a new required course for all social studies licensure students. The course is open to all social studies candidates regardless of major. The new content standards for teacher licensure in social studies mandated by the state of North Carolina require 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 a variety of sources, using primary and secondary resources, evaluating the credibility of sources, putting sources into historical context, investigating, interpreting, and analyzing multiple viewpoints, and clearly and effectively articulating conclusions. Students will produce an original research paper on a topic of their own design using primary source evidence to demonstrate depth of content knowledge in historical methods.
HIS 440 - Principles and Practices of Teaching History
11051 TR 3:30-4:45
Pr. Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Licensure candidates who have completed HIS 308, 316, and one other 300-level History elective for a total of 9 s.h., or permission of instructor
This course is especially designed for students who are concentrating in social studies and plan to engage in teaching as a career. As an aspiring educator, how will you instill in your students a sense of the value and relevance of thinking historically in the 21st century? How do people learn history? Is there something distinctive about learning history compared to learning other academic subjects? This course will introduce you to the growing scholarship that addresses the distinctive challenges of teaching and learning history as both a subject and a discipline.
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