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Graduate Course Offerings – SPRING 2018


5000 Level Courses

HIST 5102 - Theory and Methodology 2

Title: HIST 5102 – Theory and Methodology 2

Instructor: Heather Streets – Salter

CRN: 30909

Sequence: Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Continues HIST 5101. Offers an advanced exploration of the theories and methods used by historians to develop students’ ability to understand and critique the work of other historians. Emphasis is on theories and methods in world history, such as comparative models, systemic approaches, and focus on interconnections. Explores what it means to have a local, national, or global perspective, and how world history fits in with other fields of historical scholarship. Required of all PhD students.

HIST 5241 - Exhibits & Musuems

Title: HIST 5241 – Exhibits & Musuems

Instructor: Victoria Cain

CRN: 37307

Sequence: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Considers the history of museums and exhibitions from a transnational perspective in order to examine the various roles museums have played in historical and contemporary global culture. Explores museums as cultural institutions and institutional cultures through historical and theoretical readings, museum visits, and the development of students’ own exhibitions. Currently among the world’s most popular sites of education and leisure, museums have held a wide range of social, political, and cultural roles over the past 500 years. Offers students an opportunity to develop more acute insight into the ways museums and their exhibitions have made and reflected ideas about history, science, art, identity, and culture.

7000 Level Courses

HIST 7219 - Digital Space & Place

Title: HIST 7219 – Digital Space & Place

Instructor: Cameron Blevins

CRN: 37477

Sequence: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Special Topic course on digital space and place.

HIST 7238 - Colonialism in Contemporary Africa

Title: HIST 7238 – Colonialism in Contemporary Africa

Instructor: Katherine Luongo

CRN: 37306

Sequence: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Introduces the various sources, methodologies, and theories employed by Africanist scholars. Traces the development of African studies and of key frameworks within the discipline. Focuses on what kinds of sources Africanists mobilize and how this source base has changed over time; the change in issues that Africanists focus on; how Africanist scholarship fits within history overall; recommendations Africanist scholars make about “doing” history; how Africanist scholarship engages with theory and other “areas” or disciplines; and what sorts of problems theory helps Africanists address.

HIST 7250 - Violence and Public Memory

Title: HIST 7250 – Violence and Public Memory

Instructor: Marty Blatt

CRN: 37304

Sequence: Mondays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Special topics on Violence and Public Memory

HIST 7304 - Research Seminar on Revoluation in Theory and Practice

Title: HIST 7304 – Research Seminar on Revoluation in Theory and Practice

Instructor: Tim Brown

CRN: 37305

Sequence: Mondays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: We live in an age of crisis. Signs of global climate change grow ever more ominous. A newly resurgent radical right announces its presence on both sides of the Atlantic. The wealth of societies flows inexorably into fewer and fewer hands. Some thirty years after the fall of Soviet Communism, a clear anti-capitalist alternative has yet to emerge. As Occupy Wall Street demonstrated, and as the rapid growth in the USA of groups like Democratic Socialists of America and Socialist Alternative suggests, socialism is back on the agenda of the young. But what kind of socialism? The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 demonstrated the possibility of one type of revolution; the global uprisings of 1968 presented others. What remains of these traditions today? What lessons do they have for the present? Beginning with a consideration of the writings of 19th Century socialist and anarchist theorists like Marx, Bakunin, and Kropotkin, this course will move on to examine the question of revolution in historical settings from the Paris Commune of 1871 to the Russian Revolution of 1917, from the Spanish Revolution of 1936 to the uprisings of the “global 1968.” The course will focus on close reading of primary documents produced by revolutionary participants and observers, considered against key works from the scholarship. Central themes will be the interplay between revolutionary ideology and practice, the relationship between understandings of ‘revolution’ and ‘counterrevolution’ in the development of revolutionary situations, and the conflict between contrasting visions of what ‘socialism’ is and how it is to be achieved.

HIST 7701 - Advanced Research Seminar in World History

Title: HIST 7370 – Texts, Maps, and Networks: Readings and Methods in Digital History

Instructor: Laura Frader

CRN: 37478

Sequence: Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Entails research and preparation of a world history paper intended to be part of a larger dissertation. Includes intensive historiographical reading related to the research topic.