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HIST-449 Topics in U.S. History Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in U.S. History (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics include labor and workers, espionage and national security, radical tradition, political movements, science and technologies, film and history, and families and childhood. Some background in U.S. history is recommended. Crosslist: HIST-649. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

HIST-449-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: American Conservatism
American Conservatism (3) This course examines the origins of modern conservatism, its self-defined values and mission, its enduring appeal to ordinary people, and the ebb and flow of its influence on American life. Meets with HIST-649 001.
HIST-449-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: American Drug Wars
American Drug Wars (3) This seminar introduces students to the concept of the war on drugs broadly interpreted, and surveys America's history with mind-altering substances and efforts to control or prohibit the same. Beginning with the role of commodities such as coffee, sugar, tobacco, and alcohol in forging global trade routes and colonial empires, the course examines America's experience with drugs, alcohol, temperance movements, crime, and law enforcement from the early republic to the twentieth century and 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, as well as how drug and alcohol use has often been the site of profound political and social conflicts, many with lasting implications.
HIST-449-001
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Legal History Seminar
Legal History Seminar (3) The two goals of this course are to provide students with the historical underpinnings of law in the Western world, and to introduce students to the different historic approaches that historians use to understand what counts as historic fact. Meets with JLC-413 004 JLC-606 001 HIST-649 001.