Spring 2013 Course Descriptions
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HIS 206 - Topics in Premodern World History I: "Global Developments to 1500"
10040 MWF 12:00-12:50
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.
HIS 207 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Silks and Spices: History of the Silk Road in China"
207-01 through 04 Jamie Anderson
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.
The lecture portion of this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11-11:50. Smaller discussion groups meet on Fridays at either 11:00-11:50 or 12:00-12:50.
10041 207-01 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
10042 207-02 - MW 11-11:50, F 11-11:50
10043 207-03 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50
10044 207-04 - MW 11-11:50, F 12-12:50
HIS 207-05 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "The Mediterranean World"
10045 MWF 9:00-9:50
For much of pre-modern history the Mediterranean supported a vast network for the distribution of goods, ideas, and people. As one of history's first locations of multicultural and multinational exchange, the region can be viewed as a precursor to modern concepts of globalization. This class will examine the history of the Mediterranean Sea from the time of the earliest civilizations of the Fertile Crescent through the influence of the Egyptians, Phoenicians, Berbers, Persians, Greeks, Etruscans, Romans until the European Middle Ages.
HIS 207-06 - Topics in Premodern World History II: "Pre-Columbian Empires before and during the Age of Conquest"
10046 M 6:00-8:50 p.m.
This course will explore and discuss the various cultures of the indigenous populations of the following empires before European contact: Aztec, Mayan, Inca, and Cahokia. It will also discuss the the European conquest of these empires as well as analyze the cultural changes that conquest brought as well as its destruction.
HIS 208-01 - Topics in Modern World History I: "European Expansion and Empires"
10048 TR 9:30-10:45
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 209-01 - Topics in Modern World History II: "Introduction to Islamic History and Civilization, 1200 C.E. - present"
10049 MWF 10:00-10:50
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 209-02 - Topics in Modern World History II: "Crossing the Continents"
10050 TR 2:00-3:15
This course will provide a broad overview of the history of the modern world. It will emphasize connection, comparison, and change across Africa, Asia and Latin America from roughly 1450 to the present. This course will emphasize the "big picture" changes that impacted the largest segments of the world population. Particular attention will be given to the Industrial Revolution, which spurred the creation of "modern" society and ultimately transformed the world.
HIS 211 - United States History to 1865
General survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War.
10051 211-01 MWF 12:00-12:50
10052 211-02 TR 3:30-4:45
12609 211-03 TR 12:30-1:45
HIS 212 - United States History since 1865
General survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present.
212-01 through 06 Thomas Jackson
HIS 217 - The World of the Twentieth Century (1900-1945)
Political, social, and economic forces affecting Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 1900-1945.
217-01 through 06 Mark Elliott
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.
10059 217-01 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
10060 217-02 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
10061 217-03 - MW 10-10:50, F 10-10:50
10062 217-04 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
10063 217-05 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
10064 217-06 - MW 10-10:50, F 11-11:50
10065 217-07 TR 2:00-3:15
HIS 218 - The World of the Twentieth Century, since 1945
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 Legacy10069 221-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Richard Barton
10070 221-02 TR 9:30-10:45 Caitlin Saraphis
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
10071 TR 11:00-12:15
Survey of major socio-economic, political, and cultural trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
HIS 223 - Modern Europe
10072 TR 11:00-12:15
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 - Modern Latin America
10072 TR 12:30-1:45
This course is an introductory survey of the diverse peoples and nations of Latin America, from the mid-eighteenth century to today. Topics covered will include: independence from Spain and Portugal, race relations and the abolition of slavery, experiences with liberalism and dictatorship, intervention by foreign powers, economic progress and underdevelopment, revolution and social transformation, the relationship of native peoples to the nation-state, the Cold War, and modern regimes of free trade and globalization.
HIS 302 - Race and Segregation
10452 MWF 1:00-1:50
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 314 - Modern British Empire, 1750-Present
10897 TR 11:00-12:15
This course examines the British Empire from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Themes include: the changing nature of imperial expansion, methods of colonial rule, decolonization, and legacies of Empire.
HIS 315 - Witchcraft and Magic in European History
10453 TR 2:00-3:15
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 321 - Latin America and the United States
10454 TR 9:30-10:45
A history of inter-American relations from the Monroe Doctrine to the Caribbean Basin Initiative. An examination of traditional interpretations and contemporary arguments and the Latin American context and perspective.
HIS 332 - Civil Rights and Black Freedom 1940-1980
10456 T 6:00-8:50 p.m.
This course will examine black culture from the 1940s through the 1980s as it relates to the Black Freedom Struggle. Through a variety of sources including music, literature, photography, protest slogans and other articulations of the meaning of black freedom, we will work to discover how black Americans used cultural production to help foster and sustain black activism through decades of struggle while also working to change mainstream American ideas about the place of blacks in American society. By focusing on the cause of black freedom rather than the organizations and national leaders, students will gain a greater understanding of the internal dynamics of the Black Freedom movement and the ways in which black Americans awakened a nation to the inequalities of segregation.
HIS 336 - Age of the Democratic Revolution, 1764-1789
10457 MWF 12:00-12:50
"Insurrection: The American Revolution:" This course investigates the American Revolution as a populist insurrection with world-historical implications, and students will discover the "unknown" conflicts of the period 1763-1787. Themes will include popular violence, militant religion, patterns of oppression and resistance, and development of nationalism. Moreover, students will assess the influence of competing factions upon events, especially where common people and elites contested the meaning of nationhood. Finally, this course challenges students to synthesize a number of primary and secondary sources for purposes of argumentation and research.
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
10461 MWF 11:00-11:50
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
10462 MWF 10:00-10:50
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.
HIS 373-01 - English History to 1660
10708 TR 9:30-10:45
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
14362 378-01 MWF 11:00-11:50
End of Tsarist Empire, Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath, Soviet Union under Stalin, and recent developments.
HIS 380 - Topics in the Near and Middle East: "Introduction to Islamic Archaeology"
10709 MW 3:30-4:45
Islamic history has long been considered a textual one, rich with a written tradition which has come down to us today preserved in many sources on the history, law, religion, science, and economy of the periods. However in the last thirty years, the field of Islamic archaeology has grown significantly, incorporating material culture to examine social processes ranging from artistic traditions and technological innovations to urban and rural economies and trade. Additionally, interest in ethnographic applications to archaeology and the study of environmental changes in the landscape have expanded the field in new directions. Historical assumptions, such as the "destruction" of the classical Middle East in the 7th century Islamic conquests, have been radically revised through important contributions from archaeological evidence. This course will survey the monuments, material culture, and settlements left behind of the Islamic world from Morocco to the Middle East to Central and Southeast Asia. We will start our journey from the very inception of Islam in the 7th century in the wake of the former Roman Byzantine and Persian Sasanian Empires and continue through the Late Antique and Medieval periods, through to the Early Modern 16-18th century period of the Ottoman Empire. Beyond understanding Islamic history through its physical past, we will closely examine the relationship between archaeological and historical practice, observing how archaeological evidence complements or diverges from what we consider as "history," and how, as archaeologists and historians, we can broaden our perspectives and utilize other categories of evidence as tools to learning history.
HIS 389 - West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade
How, why, and when did trade between Europeans and Africans along Africa's western coast become a trade in slaves across the Atlantic to the Americas? This course examines the history of this trade, how it was organized and carried out on the African side of the Atlantic, and how the slave trade and its abolition affected African societies.
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 391 - Historical Skills and Methods
10712 TR 12:30-1:45
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.
HIS 394 - Honors Seminar in American History
12610 TR 3:30-4:45
Honors Program and Written Permission Required
Writing and Speaking Intensive
This advanced seminar, required for the honors distinction in history, introduces students to important historiographic approaches and perspectives, in a forum that promotes collegiality and discussion.
HIS 430 - Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers
12052 TR 2:00-3:15
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
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.
HIS 440 - Principles and Practices of Teaching History
10774 TR 3:30-4:45
Writing 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 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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