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HISTORY

HIST-482
Research Seminar (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section. This seminar introduces students to a field of research not limited geographically, for example, military history, gender history, revolutions, etc. Students complete a series of common readings and then design, outline, research, and write their own historical research papers on a topic of their choice relating to the course theme. Papers are built on primary sources and engage the historiographical questions most relevant to the topic. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: HIST-299.

HIST-482
001
HISTORY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Research Seminar (3)

Crime and Punishment in American History

This course takes a historical approach to understanding America's prison practices and explores how race, gender, class, region, politics, and ethnicity shaped our nation's carceral history, treatment of criminality, and the evolution of mass incarceration in America. Students read and evaluate a group of common interdisciplinary texts, but the focus is the completion of an original research paper. The goal is to examine how and why local, state, and federal practices of incarceration changed over time, and to place the evolution of carceral institutions, definitions of crime, and prison experiences within a historical context. Most research questions focus on the nineteenth and twentieth century, with some exceptions.

HIST-482
001
HISTORY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Research Seminar (3)

The Body in History

Over the past century the body has become the main tool of expression for identity and social status in Western society. This course prepares for research projects that discuss ways in which identities such as race, class, gender and sexuality are embodied, or how different cultures and times dealt with birth, death, disease, and disability. It also looks at ways in which we maintain and modify our bodies, such as through dieting, tattoos, beauty surgery, and exercise.