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HISTORY

HIST-396
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

HIST-396
001
HISTORY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Archaeological Expeditions in World History

This lecture course presents a broad survey of the history of archaeological expeditions and scientific exploration in the modern world. The course begins with the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and the development of Egyptology during the nineteenth century, before moving on to expeditions in East and Central Asia. The course touches treat discoveries in other parts of the world, such as Machu Picchu, along with debates over the present-day legacy of cultural antiquities in museums.

HIST-396
002
HISTORY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Social History of the Middle East

This course examines various aspects of the lives of people and societies in the Middle East since Islam, with special emphasis placed on the modern era. Topics include the city and the country; class, family, and gender; religion and popular culture; and social protest and criminality. Attention is also be paid to the modern development and organization of the subfield of Middle Eastern social history.

HIST-396
003
HISTORY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Islamic Africa

This course surveys the history of Muslim societies in Africa from the 7th century to the present. It explores the spread of Islam to East and West Africa, the rise of jihads, and Muslim responses to European colonial rule. By examining how Islam shaped African conceptions of slavery, race, and gender, students gain a historical understanding of contemporary tensions between Islamic Africa and the West.

HIST-396
001
HISTORY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

The Viking World

The course of European history was changed forever when the Vikings began to take an interest in their neighbors. What began as a series of small but devastating raids in the late eighth century soon mushroomed into a mass movement of Scandinavians to Ireland, Britain, France, and beyond, forever altering the landscapes of these kingdoms. To their victims they were heathen pirates who killed without regard for age, gender or status. But the Vikings also impacted Europe in more positive ways, opening up long-distance trade routes and encouraging urban development, among other things. This course takes a broad view of the Viking world by considering the evidence for the Vikings themselves as well as their impact abroad. We will use material evidence (i.e. archaeology) and primary sources to better understand Viking society and religion, technology, ways of warfare and influence across time and space.

HIST-396
003
HISTORY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Women, Gender, Race - Early America

Centering the lives, voices, and experiences of various groups of women, this course explores the making and intersection of categories and hierarchies of difference, namely gender and race, from the early fifteenth through the mid nineteenth century in North America.

HIST-396
004
HISTORY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Victorian Culture

This course explores a diverse range of cultural phenomena in the 19th century U.S., reflecting on how clothes, interior design, child rearing philosophies, nutritional advice, travel, and pets can shape society and politics. Exploring the every-day life of the Victorians, the course also reflects on broad social movements and problems in the 19th century, a time of nation- and Empire-building, suffrage, immigration, and war. Besides giving students an insight into the cultural, material and every-day history of the 19th century, the course focuses on how to utilize primary and secondary sources, how to do research, present in public settings, conceive and organize research projects and how to design and write a research paper. Meets with AMST-320 001.

HIST-396
005
HISTORY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

American Drug Wars

This seminar introduces students to the concept of the war on drugs--broadly interpreted--and surveys America's history with mild-altering substances and efforts to control or prohibit the same. America's battle with addiction has both greater longevity and importance than is generally appreciated. Beginning with the role of commodities like coffee, sugar, tobacco and alcohol in forging global trade routes and colonial empire, the course examines America's experience with drugs, alcohol, temperance movements, crime and law enforcement from the early republic into the twentieth century with the birth of the modern drug war. Students are presented with American social, cultural and political history "through the saloon door," and examine how taboos and attempts at prohibition have been historically contingent and how the issue of drug and alcohol use has often been the site of profound political and social conflicts, many with lasting implications. Meets with AMST-330 002.