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FALL 2015 UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

History

FALL 2015 UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

HISTORICAL METHODS

NOTE: HIST 21300 IS A NEW REQUIRED COURSE FOR ALL HISTORY MAJORS WHO DECLARE THEIR MAJOR AFTER SEPT 1, 2015

HIST 21300 –The Historian's Craft (Class-79020/Section-D)

This course introduces students to the study of history. It offers an intensive introduction to historical writing and research, and to the principles and methods of historical analysis. Students will learn about the historical craft as well as gain critical skills that are useful in any discipline or endeavor where research and writing are essential.

M/W 12:30pm-1:45pm Susan Besse

HIST 21300 –The Historian's Craft (Class-79021/Section-P)

This course introduces students to the study of history. It offers an intensive introduction to historical writing and research, and to the principles and methods of historical analysis. Students will learn about the historical craft as well as gain critical skills that are useful in any discipline or endeavor where research and writing are essential.

T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm Emily Greble

 

EUROPEAN HISTORY

HIST 20400 –Early-Modern Europe (Class-12409/Section-D)

An overview of European history from the resurgence of urban life and classical culture during the Renaissance to the trials and tribulations of the French Revolution.

M/W 12:30pm-1:45pm Barbara Naddeo

HIST 20600 –Modern Europe (Class-12415/Section-E)

An overview of social, economic, political, and intellectual developments in Europe from the Enlightenment to the present, and an introduction to the study of history. Topics include the problems of revolution, industrialization and the transformation of rural societies, the emergence of liberalism and the challenges it has faced in the 20th century.

M/W 2:00pm-3:15pm James Lewis

HIST 20601 –Modern Europe –HONORS (Class-79033/Section-HNRS)

An overview of social, economic, political, and intellectual developments in Europe from the Enlightenment to the present, and an introduction to the study of history. Topics include the problems of revolution, industrialization and the transformation of rural societies, the emergence of liberalism and the challenges it has faced in the 20th century.

T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm Andreas Killen

HIST 31183 –Viewing Communism: Eastern Europe on Film (Class-79025/Section-M

This course explores the Communist experience in postwar Eastern Europe through local sources: film, fiction, photography, memoirs, and political documents. Beginning with the Communist revolutions in Eastern Europe during the Second World War, the course traces major political shifts, social themes, and historical debates related to the history of communism in Europe. Topics include the formation of the police-state, economic and political variations in socialism, dissent, the Cold War, gender norms, healthcare policies, everyday life under Communism, and the public memory of the Second World War. The course concludes with the East European revolutions of 1989, wars in the early 1990s, and the legacy of the Communist period. This is a hybrid course that include both online and in-class learning.

T/TH 11:00am-12:15pm Emily Greble

HIST 31592 –Modern Anti-Semitism (Class-29974/Section-B)

This course offers an introduction to European anti-Semitism, with special emphasis on Germany, spanning the period of the 1870s to the eve of the Holocaust. A social and cultural historical approach gives an overview of anti-Semitic ideologies and movements, including: the beginnings of racial anti-Semitism in Germany and Austria;the Dreyfus Affair and its aftermath in France;anti-Semitic mass movements in pre-revolutionary Russia;anti-Semitism in East Central Europe (mainly Poland) between the World Wars;Fascism and anti-Semitism;the Jews in the Soviet Union before 1939;the rise of Nazism in Germany, anti-Jewish policy in Germany since 1933;the Holocaust.

M/W 9:30am-10:45am Mario Kessler

HIST 35000 –The Scientific Revolution (Class-12418/Section-E)

Especial emphasis will be placed upon the institutions, sociability and material culture of science in the early modern scientific theory.

M/W 2:00pm-3:15pm Barbara Naddeo

HIST 35101 –Science, Technology, and Modernity (Class-12439/Section-R)

Explores the relation between science, technology and modern society from the industrial revolution to the rise of fascism, paying particular attention to the life sciences.

T/TH 3:30pm-4:45pm Andreas Killen

HIST 42800 –European Conservatism (Class-12427/Section-G)

This course will examine the roots, definitions, similarities and often contradictory currents of modern conservative and rightwing ideologies. Topics include movements championing radical individualism as well as those favoring "traditional values", advocates of secular market capitalism and other pursuing religious agendas, how and why 19th century German aristocrats implementing "state socialist" welfare schemes and 20th century proponents of small government can both be considered rightwing in their respective contexts. The class will focus on critical expositions of writings and speeches by major figures in modern conservative, fascist and rightwing movements including Bismarck, de Gobineau, Mussolini, Freedman, Thatcher and others.

M/W 5:00pm-6:15pm James Lewis

UNITED STATES HISTORY

 

HIST 24100 –The United States: Since 1865 (Class-12438/Section-C)

Examines the social conflicts that accompanied the transformation of the United States from an agrarian republic and slave society to one of the most powerful industrial nations in the world. Particular attention will be paid to the building of new social and economic institutions and to cultural and visual representations of the nation and its people.

M/W 11:00am-12:15pm Matthew Vaz

HIST 3115 –Documenting Anti-Gentrification in Harlem (Class-58853/Section-E)

In this course, students will design and take part in an oral history project focusing on activists and residents fighting to stop displacement and enhance their neighborhoods. Students will receive an introduction to major theoretical and methodological issues regarding oral history, and will read historical literature bearing on the topics of housing policy, displacement, and gentrification. As a final project, students will conduct interviews with East Harlem residents in buildings identified by a community organization, New York City Community Land Initiative.

M/W 2:00pm-3:15pm Adrienne Petty

HIST 31184 –Blacks and Native Americans: Comparative Histories (Class-79026/Section-M)

This course examines the histories of Native Americans and African Americans from a comparative perspective. One of the goals of the course is to encourage students to reconsider and critique the ways that United States history has traditionally been organized and taught. Studying these groups together leads to a rich understanding of both the unique aspects and common features of their histories. Students will examine black and American Indian experiences of enslavement, religious practices, political activism, identity formation, and other topics from the time of early European colonialism until the present. Some of the assigned readings address how blacks and Indians interacted with one another while other readings compare similar situations that impacted discrete groups of blacks or Indians.

T/TH 11:00am-12:15pm Richard Boles

HIST 32100 –Early America (Class-12442/Section-R)

This course examines the formation of early American society on the Atlantic seaboard. Particular attention is given to the establishment of four distinct regional socio-political cultures in New England, the Middle Colonies, the Chesapeake, and the Deep South. Other topics include the impact of European settlement and trade on Amerindian life and culture, the emergence and rise of slavery, and the role of women and the family in early American society.

T/TH 3:30pm-4:45pm Richard Boles

HIST 32200 –The Era of American Revolution (Class-12444/Section-L)

This course details the causes, events, and consequences of one of the first and most important revolutionary movements of the Enlightenment. Particular attention is devoted to the social and political causes of the uprising, as well as its cultural meaning for the different participants in the American scene.

T/TH 9:30am-10:45am Richard Boles

HIST 32600 –The U.S. from 1914-1945 (Class-12419/Section-L)

The course examines the shifting patterns of political, economic, cultural and social developments in the United States from the beginning of World War I to the end of World War II, with a particular focus on the causes of the Great Depression and the nation's response to it.

T/TH 9:30am-10:45am John Gillooly

HIST 32700 –The U.S. Since 1945 (Class-79017/Section-D)

This course will analyze the main political, social, and economic events shaping the United States during this period and try to explain the key political/economic change during these years: The transformation of a country employing an activist Keynesian economic policy and belief in government action to rectify social and economic ills to one espousing market or neo-liberal principles.

M/W 12:30pm-1:45pm Judith Stein

HIST 36300 –African-American History to Emancipation (Class-12407/Section-B)

A survey of the sociocultural experiences of African peoples in the North American diaspora defining the historical, economic and political origins of the contemporary position of the Afro-American.

M/W 9:30am-10:45am Venus Green

HIST 37500 –U.S. South (Class-79011/Section-C)

This course will survey the history of the American South from the colonial era through Reconstruction, with two purposes: first, to encourage an understanding of the special historical characteristics of the South and of Southerners;and second, to explore what the experience of the South may teach about the United States as a nation. We will explore the history of the region from the emergence of slavery during the colonial era to the end of Reconstruction.

M/W 11:00am-12:15pm Adrienne Petty

HIST 37600 –Women of The African Diaspora (Class-12405/Section-A)

The various contemporary situations and problems peculiar to Afro-American women in community and in American society. A study of such institutions as marriage, family, and child rearing practices, religion, politics and business. Attention also given to how she is projected in literature and theatre. Comparison study of African and Caribbean women.

M/W 8:00am-9:15am Venus Green

HIST 44900 –Power Race Culture in New York City (Class-12433/Section-F)

This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of American culture through an examination of New York City-its history, literature and culture.

M/W 3:30pm-4:45pm Matthew Vaz

LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY

28100 –Colonial Latin America (Class-12428/Section-F)

A study of the impact and meaning of colonial rule in Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on the interaction between European goals and institutions, and indigenous American and African strategies of socio-cultural survival.

M/W 3:30pm-4:45pm Susan Besse

31162 –Food, Gender, Class in Latin America (Class-12441/Section-R)

Bringing together scholarship on the history of commodities, gender, nationalism, and transnational migrations, this class explores the politics of food—its production, marketing, consumption, and cultural and symbolic values—in Latin America since the Spanish conquest.

T/TH 3:30pm-4:45pm Susan Besse

HIST 31170 -Environmental History Latin America (Class-12432/Section-L)

This course will offer a survey of the history of the mutual interaction between human society and Latin America's diverse ecological environments from pre-colonial times to the present. Among other topics the course explores: the relationship between pre-colonial societies and their environments;environmental consequences of European conquest and colonization;impact of immigration and export economies on nature;globalization, sustainable development and intercultural clashes over the environment.

T/TH 9:30am-10:45am Gerardo Renique

HIST 48100 –Power &Resistance in Latin America (Class-12435/Section-P)

Examines the political and cultural responses of popular classes to state formation after independence. Topics include struggles, land, autonomy and citizen's rights among indigenous people in Mexico, Peru and Guatemala;movements of Afro-descendants for equal rights and cultural recognition of Cuba;and recent popular resistance to free-trade and globalization in Chiapas (Mexico) and Bolivia.

T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm Gerardo Renique

MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY

HIST 31448 –Social &Politics History Middle East (Class-12420/Section-E)

This course covers the history of the Middle East in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its geographical focus will be Istanbul and the Arab territories of the Ottoman Empire (in particular Egypt and Greater Syria), as well as parts of Qajar Iran. Major themes include reform and social protest;colonialism and nationalism;political legitimation;and inter-communal relations. We will also cover topics related to gender and the law, the family, nomadism, and social welfare. The course aims to introduce students to new approaches to the study of the Middle East, and to build a solid foundation for understanding the significance of social and political developments in this period for the later history of the region.

M/W 3:30pm-4:45pm Lale Can

HIST 33800 –Islamic Political Movements (Class-29977/Section-M)

The emergence of radical Islamic political movements in the Middle East in the 20th century. We'll begin with the history of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and then compare Islamist movements in Syria, Palestine, Algeria, Sudan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Several themes run through the course:;the relationship between Islam and democracy;the role of women in Islamist movements;the attitudes of Islamists toward religious minorities;and relations between Sunni and Sh'I radicals.

T/TH 11:00am-12:15pm Beth Baron

ASIAN HISTORY

HIST 25100 –Traditional China (Class-79018/Section-P)

The early formation of the Chinese state, the intellectual foundation that has sustained its long history, the shaping of the Confucian way of life, and the cultural sophistication and its decline on the eve of the modern world.

T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm Danian Hu

HIST 31182 –Gandhi and Civil Disobedience (Class-79023/Section-G)

Mohandas K. Gandhi devised and perfected the tool of Civil Disobedience in South Africa to fight racial discrimination in colonial law. He elevated Disobedience to mean disobeying unjust laws. After returning to India in 1915, he continued to fight the British Empire by using same tactics rooted in spiritual and moral authority—always non-violently (Ahimsa). Through Gandhi's writing and recently published scholarship, as well as films, the course explores and examines the power and political significance of Civil Disobedience as practiced by Gandhi in South Africa and India—and Gandhi's influence on Martin Luther Kings, Nelson Mandela, and others.

M/W 5:00pm-6:15pm Ravi Kalia

HIST 31323 –Arch-Identity India (Class-12423/Section-F)

There is a continuing debate about architectural identity in India. This debate was vigorous when the Englishman Edward Lutyens build New Delhi during the closing decades of British rule of India. It resurfaced after independence in the building of Chandigarh by the Frenchman Le Corbusier, in Bhubaneswar by The German Otto Koeinigsberger in Bhubaneswar, and in Gandhinagar, where ideas from the American Louis Khan played a role. The course explores the ideas of Western architects like Lutyens, Le Corbusier, Koeinigsberber, and Kahn as they came to be debated and implemented in India in the 20th century.

M/W 3:30pm-4:45pm Ravi Kalia

HIST 33450 –China' "Cultural Revolution" 1966-1976 (Class12440/Section-R)

The decade of the Cultural Revolution was a unique period in contemporary Chinese history. Largely a result of Mao Zedong's personal decision, the Revolution not only dramatically changed China but also greatly affected the international power balance at the height of the Cold War.

T/TH 3:30pm-4:45pm Danian Hu