Undergraduate Course Offerings – FALL 2019

Fall 2019

1000 Level Courses

HIST 1000 - History at Northeastern

Title: HIST 1000 – History at Northeastern

Instructor: TBA

CRN: 14973

Sequence: TBA

Description: Intended for first-year students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Seeks to introduce first-year students to the liberal arts in general, to familiarize them with their history major, to provide grounding in the culture and values of the university community, and to help them develop interpersonal skills.

HIST 1120 - Public History, Public Memory

Title: HIST 1120 – Public History, Public Memory

Instructor: Victoria Cain

CRN: 16195

Sequence: 3 (10:30 AM – 11:35 AM MWR)

Description: Explores the politics surrounding the creation and consumption of history outside the classroom. Draws on contemporary debates over memorials, museum displays, television and film, and other popular sources of historical information to answer the questions: How does memory become history? How, where, and why do people encounter and interpret history outside of the classroom? Why are certain versions of the past so controversial? Through readings, discussion, field trips, and assignments, offers students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of public history’s challenges and opportunities and to develop more informed opinions about its philosophical, ethical, and practical aspects.

HIST 1130 - Introduction to the History of the United States

Title: HIST 1130 – Introduction to the History of the United States

Instructor: Gretchen Heefner

CRN: 10610

Sequence: D (9:50 AM – 11:30 AM TF)

Description: Engages with the major issues in U.S. history. Topics include the interaction of native populations with European settlers, the American Revolution and the Constitution, slavery, the Civil War, industrialization and migration, the growth of government and rise of the welfare state, media and mass culture, struggles for civil rights and liberation, and America’s role in the world from independence to the Iraq wars. 

HIST 1150 - East Asian Studies

Title: HIST 1150 – East Asian Studies

Instructor: Tom Havens

CRN: 14101

Sequence: 4 (1:35 PM – 2:40 PM MWR)

Description: Seeks to provide an understanding of the constituent characteristics that originally linked East Asia as a region and the nature of the transformations that have occurred in the region over the last two thousand years. Concentrates on China and Japan, and addresses Korea and Vietnam where possible. Also seeks to provide students with effective interdisciplinary analytical skills as well as historical, ethical, cultural diversity, and aesthetic perspectives. Cross-listed with ASNS 1150. 

 

HIST 1170 - Empires, Wars, & Revolutions

Title: HIST 1170 – Empires, Wars, & Revolutions

Instructor: Laura Frader

CRN: 13903

Sequence: 4 (1:35 PM – 2:40 PM MWR)

Description: Examines how empires, wars and revolutions have influenced the development of the modern world, focusing on Europe and Europe’s connections with the non-European world. Explores how wars and revolutions led to the emergence of modern concepts of sovereignty, the state, and citizenship and how global competition between states led to the emergence of empires. Traces the promise of allegedly liberating ideologies and the political and economic revolutions to which they led, repeated wars and their aftermaths, and the challenges of recent world developments viewed from the perspective of history. Explores how human diversity and difference have shaped modern societies through history and how human difference and multiculturalism have both fostered and posed challenges to civic sustainability. Interrogates the meanings of “modernity,” democracy and totalitarianism, capitalism and socialism, and globalization.

HIST 1185 - Introduction to Middle Eastern History

Title: HIST 1185 – Introduction to Middle Eastern History

Instructor: Ilham Khuri-Makdisi

CRN: 17553

Sequence: D (9:15 AM – 11:30 AM TF)

Description: Relies on historical and literary sources, as well as such other cultural artifacts as architecture and photography, and focuses on interaction and changing relations and perceptions between Europe and the Middle East. Surveys the major political and economic events that have linked the trajectory of both civilizations, as well as broad patterns of human activity, such as migrations, conversions, and, cultural exchange. Emphasizes the commonality of encounters, and analyzes the construction of an “other” and its enduring legacy in modern times.

HIST 1200/1201 - First Year Research Seminar: History of Media

Title: HIST 1200/1201 – First Year Research Seminar

Instructor: Victoria Cain 

CRN: 13198/12709

Sequence: 2 (9:15 AM – 10:20 AM MWR)

Description: Provides an introduction to historical methods, research, writing, and argument in which all students produce a substantial research project that passes through at least two revisions, and that is presented publicly to other members of the colloquium. Topics will focus on the History of Media.

HIST 1286 - History of the Soviet Union

Title: HIST 1286 – History of the Soviet Union

Instructor: Regina Kazyulina

CRN: TBA

Sequence: E (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM WF)

Description: Surveys social, political, economic, demographic, and cultural developments in the former Soviet Union since 1917: the legacies of war and revolution, the civil war between the communists and the anti-communists, famine, the New Economic Policy, competing perspectives on the new regime, the rise of Stalin, the Cultural Revolution, collectivization and industrialization, the Purges, World War II and its impact, the “two camps” and the origins of the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the new East European system, Khrushchev, destalinization, intellectuals and the “thaw,” the Cuban missile crisis, the demise of Khrushchev, Brezhnev and the period of stagnation, the Gorbachev Revolution, Yeltsin, nationalism, and the dissolution.

HIST 1390 - History of Espionage 2: Cold War Spies

Title: HIST 1390 – History of Espionage 2: Cold War Spies

Instructor: Jeffrey Burds

CRN: 17554

Sequence: A (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM MR)

Description: Explores the history of espionage during the Cold War era (1943–1991) through a series of case studies. Draws from a wide variety of published and unpublished primary and secondary sources, supplemented by modern theoretical and social science perspectives, literature, and films. Students work individually and in teams to explore the history of covert operations, including the following subthemes: the origins of the Cold War in World War II, the postwar battle for German scientists, containment and rollback, Venona and code breaking, nuclear spies, defectors, proxy wars, insurgencies and counterinsurgencies, terrorism, and technology.

2000 Level Courses

HIST 2000 - Native American Resistance: Past and Present

Title: HIST 2000 – Native American Resistance: Past and Present

Instructor: Nick Brown

CRN: 15746

Sequence: E (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM WF)

Description: Introduces the Indigenous peoples of North America and the academic field of Native American and Indigenous studies. Combines public history and public art, field trips, and original research to focus on the ongoing resistance to colonization and erasure and the resilience of Indian nations in New England and beyond. Covers particular themes, including the present-day impact of historical treaties and policies including land allotment, relocation, termination, boarding schools, and natural resource extraction.

HIST 2211 - The World Since 1945

Title: HIST 2211 – The World Since 1945

Instructors: Katherine Luongo & Peter Fraunholtz

CRN:  13509 (Luongo) / 11668 (Fraunholtz)

Sequence:

Luongo – 3 (10:30 AM – 11:35 AM MWR)

Fraunholtz – ONLINE

Description: Examines the political, economic, social, and cultural relationship between the developed and developing world since the end of World War II. Topics include the Cold War, independence and national movements in developing countries, the globalization of the world economy, scientific and technological innovations, wealth and poverty, the eradication of some diseases and the spread of others, the fall of the Soviet Union, Middle East turmoil, and the enduring conflict between Israel and Palestine.

 

HIST 2217 - The Global Far Right since 1945: Politics, Culture, Violence

Title: HIST 2217 – The Global Far Right since 1945: Politics, Culture, Violence

Instructor: Simon Purdue

CRN: 18232

Sequence: 4 (1:35 PM – 2:40 PM MWR)

Description: Explores the emergence of far-right activism globally since the end of World War II. Emphasizes how radical far-right ideology developed and shifted over the course of the last 75 years by focusing on how it globalized through written culture, music, and the internet. Examines a number of case studies in which far-right cultures developed and then spread, which can include South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia, as well as related movements such as radical Hindu nationalism and Hindutva. Explores each case study in terms of culture, politics, and ideologies of violence.

HIST 2282 - The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide

Title: HIST 2282 – The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide

Instructor: Natalie Bormann

CRN: 16232

Sequence: E (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM WF)

Description: Examines the origins of the Holocaust, perpetrators and victims, and changing efforts to come to terms with this genocide. The Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews by Germans in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, is one of the crucial events of modern history. Investigates the uniqueness of the Holocaust relative to other acts of ethnic cleansing or genocide, including mass death in the New World and mass murder in Armenia, Bosnia, and Rwanda. HIST 2282 and POLS 2282 are cross-listed.

HIST 2299 - Uses and Abuses of History: Historical Reasoning in US Global and Domestic Policy

Title: HIST 2299 – Uses and Abuses of History: Historical Reasoning in US Global and Domestic Policy

Instructor: Richard Freeland

CRN: 17564

Sequence: A (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM MR)

Description: Studies how historical information influenced decision making in the United States during four policymaking episodes of the post–World War II era: the confrontation with the Soviet Union during the Cold War; the expansion of the welfare state during the 1960s; the war in Vietnam; and the Reagan “revolution.” Focuses on decisions made by policymakers as these four episodes evolved. Analyzes why decision makers did what they did; what extent they were guided by their understanding of history; how accurate their historical information was; and how usefully they applied their historical understanding to the situation at hand.

HIST 2301/2302 - 2nd Year History Seminar: Civil Wars, Insurgencies, and Violent Non-State Actors in World History

Title: HIST 2301/2302 – 2nd Year History Seminar

Instructor: Katherine Luongo

CRN: 10607 / 10509

Sequence: B (2:50 PM – 4:30 PM MW)

Description: Introduces history majors to advanced techniques of historical practice in research and writing. Offers students an opportunity to conduct original research and write an original research paper. Seminar themes vary; students should check with the Department of History for a list of each year’s seminar offerings. Focusing on the topic of Civil Wars, Insurgencies, and Violent Non-State Actors in World History.

HIST 2311 - Colonialism / Imperialism

Title: HIST 2311 – Colonialism / Imperialism

Instructor: Robert Cross

CRN: 17557

Sequence: 4 (1:35 PM – 2:40 PM MWR)

Description: Examines the military, economic, political, and cultural expansion of world powers since the fifteenth century, and the ways in which colonized peoples were ruled. Why did colonialist countries feel the need to conquer and dominate, how did they do it, and why did they retreat on some fronts? How did people resist and cooperate with colonialism? How did colonialism affect national and cultural identities? Colonialism is examined as a global phenomenon and from a comparative perspective that looks at particular case studies. Also examines decolonization in the twentieth century.

HIST 2341 - History of the Western United States

Title: HIST 2341 – History of the Western United States

Instructor: Cameron Blevins

CRN: 18231

Sequence: B ( 2:50 PM – 4:30 PM MW)

Description: Examines the history of the western areas of North America that eventually became the United States. Topics include the history and culture of the area’s indigenous peoples; the expansion of European settlers; cultural and military encounters; trade and travel across the Pacific, the importance of water, mining and resource extraction; the rise of conservation and the environmental movement; the experience of Asian-American, Mexican-American, and African-American communities, the “Cowboys and Indians” mythology in American popular culture (film, television, literature, and advertising); the growth of western cities like Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles, and Seattle; the influence of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

HIST 2351 - Modern Japan

Title: HIST 2351 – Modern Japan

Instructor: Tom Havens

CRN: 17559

Sequence: A (11:45 AM – 1:25 PM MR)

Description: Examines state formation, economic growth, imperialism and colonialism, war and defeat, and contemporary culture.

HIST 2370 - Renaissance to Enlightenment

Title: HIST 2370 – Renaissance to Enlightenment

Instructor: Robert Cross

CRN: 17560

Sequence: 3 (10:30 AM – 11:35 AM MWR)

Description: Covers the social, economic, political, and cultural transformations of Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Traces the rebirth of Catholic Europe from 1300; the Reformation; the religious wars; struggles over religious and scientific beliefs; advances in technology, science, and warfare; overseas expansion; the scientific revolution; and the Enlightenment.

3000 Level Courses

HIST 3322 - History of Medicine in North America

Title: HIST 3322 – History of Medicine in North America

Instructor:  Molly Nebiolo

CRN: 18235

Sequence: 2 (9:15 AM – 10:20 AM MWR)

Description: Surveys the history of medicine in what is now the United States between the arrival of European explorers in the 16th century and the end of the Second World War. Introduces exemplary moments in the history of medicine as it is practiced today and examines how these histories connect to the experience of the dispossessed, the enslaved, and the economically and culturally marginalized in American history. Encourages students to consider how the history of medicine has been written both by historians and practitioners. Explores the history of medicine both as a series of events, places, and people and as a method for opening up American history more broadly.

HIST 3335 - History of Modern Terrorism

Title: HIST 3335 – History of Modern Terrorism

Instructor: Jeffrey Burds

CRN: 17562

Sequence: B (2:50 PM – 4:30 PM MW)

Description: Surveys the history of modern terrorism via film, literature, art, social science theory, and historical documents and engages the history of terrorism from 19th-century Europe to the present day. Explores the roots of this global phenomenon via weekly readings and requires students to conduct independent research and create individual or group presentations on selected themes.

4000 Level Courses

HIST 4701 - Capstone: History of Middle East / US Relations in the Modern Era

Title: HIST 4701 – Capstone

Instructor: Ilham Khuri-Makdisi

CRN: 10608

Sequence: F (1:35 PM – 3:15 PM TF)

Description: Offers students an opportunity to make use of advanced techniques of historical methodology to conduct original research and write a major, original research paper as the culmination of their work toward the history degree. This is a capstone research and writing seminar for history majors. Topics will focus on History of Middle East / US Relations in the Modern Era.

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