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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
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

The Cold War and the Spy Novel

This course explores the history of the Cold War, introducing students not only to relevant historical documents, but also to spy novels and films to analyze the relationship between history, ideology, literature, and film. The course deconstructs the Cold War's most important ingredients -- smokescreens and stereotypes.

HIST-396
003
HISTORY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Africa through Foreign Eyes

This course explores African societies through accounts of outsiders' medieval travelers, 19th-century explorers, and more recently international journalists. Students examine to what extent these travel logs, commentaries, and graphic images allow us to gain meaningful insights into African cultures. Students thus understand how outsiders' views informed (mis)conceptions about Africa still prevalent today.

HIST-396
004
HISTORY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Nineteenth Century Culture: Couture, Cuisine and Citizenship

This course explores a diverse range of cultural phenomena in the nineteenth century United States including fashion and food as well as interior design, beauty practices, child rearing philosophies, travel, and more. All of these practices reflect major social and political issues prevalent in the nineteenth century, such as nation- and empire-building, immigration, and changing understandings of gender, race, and sexuality. Meets with AMST-320 001.

HIST-396
005
HISTORY
SPRING 2015

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
006
HISTORY
SPRING 2015

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, permanently 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. The course uses 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
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.