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Courses

Courses stress the development of ideas, cultures, and institutions, not merely the accumulation of data about particular events. Students study some topics and methods intensively to learn how to use and evaluate primary sources. Instructors assign extensive reading to familiarize students with various kinds of historical writing. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, and most courses emphasize critical writing rather than examinations.

History students may also be interested in historically-oriented courses in related fields such as History of Art 212 - Medieval Architecture or Growth & Structure of Cities 180 - Introduction to Historic Preservation.

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Spring 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
HIST B102-001 Introduction to African Civilizations Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall D Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B125-001 Amerindians, Europeans, and Slaves: Early Modern Colonialism Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Taylor Hall G Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B237-001 Topic: Modern African History: African Economic Development Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall B Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B264-001 Passages from India: 1800-Present Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 119 Kale,M.
HIST B284-001 Movies and America: Queer Cinema Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Taylor Hall E Butler-Wall,K., Butler-Wall,K.
Film Screening: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM M Taylor Hall E
HIST B289-001 History of Modern France Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall C Black,S.
HIST B299-001 Exploring History Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM M Thomas Hall 104 Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B303-001 Topics in American History: Power, Resistance, and Social Change Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM W Thomas Hall 118 Butler-Wall,K.
HIST B307-001 Topics in European Cultural History: The Individual and Mass Society, 1914-1945 Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TH Carpenter Library 13 Black,S.
HIST B319-001 Topics in Modern European History: Women in the History of Science and Medicine Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Dalton Hall 6 Black,S.
HIST B325-001 Topics in Social History: Queering Popular Culture Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Taylor Hall B Butler-Wall,K.
HIST B337-001 Topics in African History: Hist of Global Health Africa Semester / 1 LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Carpenter Library 13 Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B349-001 Topics in Comparative History: The Civilizing Mission Semester / 1 LEC: 10:00 AM-11:50 AM F Dalton Hall 212E Kale,M.
HIST B373-001 Topics: History of the Middle East: Three Empires of Islam Semester / 1 LEC: 4:00 PM- 6:30 PM T Dalton Hall 10 Ashraf,A.
HIST B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
HIST B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B207-001 Early Rome and the Roman Republic Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 110 Scott,R.
EALC B131-001 Chinese Civilization Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall D Jiang,Y.
EALC B353-001 The Environment on China's Frontiers Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall C Jiang,Y.
HART B311-001 Topics in Medieval Art: Discovering Medieval Manuscripts Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM F Canaday 205 (Special Collect.) Doyle,M.
POLS B283-001 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Taylor Hall G Fenner,S.

Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
HIST B101-001 The Historical Imagination Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Kale,M.
HIST B102-001 Introduction to African Civilizations Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B123-001 The Early Medieval World Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Truitt,E.
HIST B212-001 Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750 Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B215-001 Europe and the Other: Immigrants and Minorities in Europe Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B226-001 Topics in 20th Century European History: Gender- Modern European State Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Kurimay,A.
HIST B231-001 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Truitt,E.
HIST B234-001 An Introduction to Middle Eastern History Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Ashraf,A.
HIST B237-001 Topic: Modern African History: Urban History Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B257-001 British Empire I: Capitalism and Slavery Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Kale,M.
HIST B274-001 Focus: Topics in Modern US History Semester / 0.5 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Vider,S.
HIST B284-001 Movies and America Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Ullman,S.
Film Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM W
HIST B303-001 Topics in American History Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM W Ullman,S.
HIST B319-001 Topics in Modern European History: The History of the Far Right Movements in Europe Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Kurimay,A.
HIST B337-001 Topics in African History: Hist of Global Health Africa Semester / 1 Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B357-001 Topics in British Empire Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Kale,M.
HIST B398-001 Approaches to Historical Praxis Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TH Dept. staff, TBA
CITY B254-001 History of Modern Architecture Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Dept. staff, TBA
EALC B264-001 Human Rights in China Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Jiang,Y.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
HIST B128-001 Crusade, Conversion and Conquest Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Truitt,E.
HIST B226-001 Topics in 20th Century European History Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Kurimay,A.
HIST B236-001 African History since 1800 Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B237-001 Topic: Modern African History: African Economic Development Semester / 1 LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B242-001 American Politics and Society: 1945 to the Present Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Ullman,S.
HIST B243-001 Topics: Atlantic Cultures: Maroon Societies Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B258-001 British Empire: Imagining Indias Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Kale,M.
HIST B299-001 Exploring History Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Kale,M.
HIST B319-001 Topics in Modern European History: Growing Up in Communism Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Kurimay,A.
HIST B325-001 Topics in Social History Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM T Ullman,S.
HIST B349-001 Topics in Comparative History Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM T Vider,S.
HIST B364-001 Magical Mechanisms Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Truitt,E.
HIST B368-001 Topics in Medieval History Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TH Truitt,E.
HIST B371-001 Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and Fiction Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B373-001 Topics: History of the Middle East Semester / 1 Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Ashraf,A.
BIOL B214-001 The History of Genetics and Embryology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Davis,G.
CSTS B208-001 The Roman Empire Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWF Scott,R.
EALC B131-001 Chinese Civilization Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Jiang,Y.
POLS B283-001 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Fenner,S.
SPAN B323-001 Memoria y Guerra Civil Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Song,R.

Fall 2010 Tri-Co Course Guide Listings

Spring 2011 Tri-Co Course Guide Listings

Course Descriptions

2016-17 Catalog Data

HIST B101 The Historical Imagination Not offered 2016-17 Explores some of the ways people have thought about, represented, and used the past across time and space. Introduces students to modern historical practices and debates through examination and discussion of texts and archives that range from scholarly monographs and documents to monuments, oral traditions, and other media. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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HIST B102 Introduction to African Civilizations Spring 2017 The course is designed to introduce students to the history of African and African Diaspora societies, cultures, and political economies. We will discuss the origins, state formation, external contacts, and the structural transformations and continuities of African societies and cultures in the context of the slave trade, colonial rule, capitalist exploitation, urbanization, and westernization, as well as contemporary struggles over authority, autonomy, identity and access to resources. Case studies will be drawn from across the continent. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B123 The Early Medieval World Not offered 2016-17 The first of a two-course sequence introducing medieval European history. The chronological span of this course is from the early 4th century and the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the early 10th century and the disintegration of the Carolingian Empire. This course number was previously HIST B223. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B124 High Middle Ages Not offered 2016-17 This course will cover the second half of the European Middle Ages, often called the High and Late Middle Ages, from roughly 1000-1400. The course has a general chronological framework, and is based on important themes of medieval history. These include feudalism and the feudal economy; the social transformation of the millennium; monastic reform; the rise of the papacy; trade, exchange, and exploration; urbanism and the growth of towns. The course number was previously HIST B224. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B125 Amerindians, Europeans, and Slaves: Early Modern Colonialism Spring 2017 The course explores the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe, and the Americas were brought together within colonial systems to form an interconnected Atlantic World. The course charts the manner in which an integrated system emerged in the Americas in early modern period, rather than to treat Atlantic History as nothing more than an 'expanded' version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history. The lived experiences of indigenous peoples, slaves, and free people of color are central topics and themes of the course. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B128 Crusade, Conversion and Conquest Not offered 2016-17 A thematic focus course exploring the nature of Christian religious expansion and conflict in the medieval period. Based around primary sources with some background readings, topics include: early medieval Christianity and conversion; the Crusades and development of the doctrines of "just war" and "holy war"; the rise of military order such as the Templars and the Teutonic Kings; and later medieval attempts to convert and colonize Eastern Europe. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B129 The Religious Conquest of the Americas Not offered 2016-17 The course examines the complex aspects of the European missionization of indigenous people, and explores how two traditions of religious thought/practice came into conflict. Rather than a transposition of Christianity from Europe to the Americas, something new was created in the contested colonial space. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B156 The Long 1960's Not offered 2016-17 The 1960s has had a powerful effect on recent US History. But what was it exactly? How long did it last? And what do we really mean when we say "The Sixties?" This term has become so potent and loaded for so many people from all sides of the political spectrum that it's almost impossible to separate fact from fiction; myth from memory. We are all the inheritors of this intense period in American history but our inheritance is neither simple nor entirely clear. Our task this semester is to try to pull apart the meaning as well as the legend and attempt to figure out what "The Sixties" is (and what it isn't) and try to assess its long term impact on American society. This course satifies the History Major's 100 level requirement. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800 Not offered 2016-17 The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B209 Introduction to the History of Medicine Fall 2016 This course provides an introduction to the history of medicine, from Hippocrates to the Black Plague to contemporary struggles to combat HIV/AIDS. It examines topics including epidemic disease, the processes of medical knowledge production, the hospital and the rise of clinical medicine, and issues of hygiene and public health. We will focus on the intersecting social, political, and cultural histories of medicine, addressing themes of race, gender, and constructions of biological difference; the history of the body; professionalization; and medical ethics. Disrupting straightforward narratives of medical progress, this course will focus on the contingencies involved in medical knowledge production and situate elements of historical medical practice, for example humoral theory or polypharmacy, within their appropriate historical context. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B210 From Empire to Nation-State in the Middle East Not offered 2016-17 The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the history of the Middle East from the late 18th century until the present. Islam and the classical Ottoman period will be discussed to provide the requisite background for the modern period. From the late Ottoman period onward, we will consider the impact of a series of events - from the incorporation of the Empire into a global economic system, to the rise of ethnic and national politics, the Ottoman reform movement, colonial expansion, the dissolution of the Empire, the emergence of the modern system of states, the Cold War, and the collapse of Soviet power. We will conclude with a discussion of the Arab Spring. Emphasis will be placed on links, continuity, and transitions during this two-hundred year period. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B212 Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750 Not offered 2016-17 In the early modern period, conquistadors, missionaries, travelers, pirates, and natural historians wrote interesting texts in which they tried to integrate the New World into their existing frameworks of knowledge. This intellectual endeavor was an adjunct to the physical conquest of American space, and provides a framework though which we will explore the processes of imperial competition, state formation, and indigenous and African resistance to colonialism. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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HIST B215 Europe and the Other: Immigrants and Minorities in Europe Not offered 2016-17 This course will introduce students to process through which Europeans created systems and categories of difference into which they placed Indigenous, African, and Asian peoples between the years 1492 and 1815. Topics of study include Indigenous leaders, slave and free communities, and cultural mediators on colonial frontiers. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B218 Memories, Memorials, and Representations of World War I Not offered 2016-17 The first World War was a cataclysmic event that took millions of lives, shifted national boundaries, established new nations, and negatively-impacted others. After its conclusion, the events of the War became personally and nationally memorialized across Europe -- a process that continues to this day. The course explores the various social, cultural, and historical factors that influence how (and when) the events and impacts of the war are remembered in modern Europe. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B226 Topics in 20th Century European History
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Gender- Modern European State Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course is an examination of both the persecution and mass murder carried out by the Nazi German regime between 1933 and 1945 and how subsequent generations have tried to make sense of what has come to be known as the Holocaust. What role did ideologies, such as antisemitism, nationalism, and racism play in shaping policies of exclusion in Germany and elsewhere in Europe? How were policies of exclusion transformed into a systematic program of murder? The mass murder of European Jews will be the central focus of this course. We will, however, also discuss programs of discrimination and murder carried out against other groups (e.g. Roma, the disabled, homosexuals and Poles) and attempt to place these phenomena within the context of Nazi German policy. The later part of the class will consider how subsequent generations commemorated and portrayed the memory of the Holocaust in both official and popular forms
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages Not offered 2016-17 A lecture and discussion course on the therapeutic systems (humoral theory, faith healing, natural magic), the medical marketplace, and the social context for understanding health and disease in the medieval period. Topics covered include Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical textual traditions, the rise of hospitals and public health, and the Black Death. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B233 Health and Disability in the U.S. Fall 2016 This course examines how scientific, medical, and cultural discourses have shaped the construction of health and disability in U.S. history. Paying attention to the ways in which health and disability are constructed in relationship to other social categories such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality, we will examine the processes through which certain bodies are defined as healthy, useful and productive while others are marked as diseased, defective, and socially undesirable. Topics will include eugenics, public health, immigration policies, birth control and sterilization, the women's health movement, AIDS activism, disability rights, mental health, obesity, biological citizenship, and health consumerism. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B234 An Introduction to Middle Eastern History Fall 2016 This course serves as an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East. We will also explore the narratives and debates that have shaped the field of Middle East history. Topics include orientalism, colonialism, political reform, social, cultural, and intellectual movements, nationalism, and the Cold War. Readings will be drawn from the fields of history, anthropology, politics, and literature. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B236 African History since 1800 Not offered 2016-17 The course analyzes the history of Africa in the last two hundred years in the context of global political economy. We will examine the major themes in modern African history, including the 19th-century state formation, expansion, or restructuration; partition and resistance; colonial rule; economic, social, political, religious, and cultural developments; nationalism; post-independence politics, economics, and society, as well as conflicts and the burden of disease. The course will also introduce students to the sources and methods of African history. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B237 Topic: Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description: This course examines the political economy of African development in historical perspectives. We will address the following questions: Why is the African continent, which is rich in natural resources, so poor? What are the causes of poverty in Africa? The course will analyze the environmental, economic, political, and historical factors that have affected the development of Africa. We will discuss the impact of slavery, colonial exploitation, foreign interventions, foreign aid, trade, and democratic transitions on African development. We will also explore the theories of development and underdevelopment.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B238 From Bordellos to Cybersex History of Sexuality in Modern Europe Not offered 2016-17 This course is a detailed examination of the changing nature and definition of sexuality in Europe from the late nineteenth century to the present. Throughout the semester we critically examine how understandings of sexuality changed--from how it was discussed and how authorities tried to control it to how the practice of sexuality evolved. Focusing on both discourses and lived experiences, the class will explore sexuality in the context of the following themes; prostitution and sex trafficking, the rise of medicine with a particular attention to sexology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis; the birth of the homo/hetero/bisexual divide; the rise of the "New Woman"; abortion and contraception; the "sexual revolution" of the 60s; pornography and consumerism; LGBTQ activism; concluding with considering sexuality in the age of cyber as well as genetic technology. In examining these issues we will question the role and influence of different political systems and war on sexuality. By paying special attention to the rise of modern nation-states, forces of nationalism, and the impacts of imperialism we will interrogate the nature of regulation and experiences of sexuality in different locations in Europe from the late nineteenth century to the present. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B242 American Politics and Society: 1945 to the Present Not offered 2016-17 How did we get here? This course looks at the stunning transformation of America after WWII. From a country devastated by economic crisis and wedded to isolationism prior to the war, America turned itself into an international powerhouse. Massive grass roots resistance forced the United States to abandon its system of racial apartheid, to open opportunities to women, and to reinvent its very definition as it incorporated immigrants from around the world. Simultaneously, American music and film broke free from their staid moorings and permanently altered international culture. Finally, through the "War on Terror", starting after 9/11, America initiated an aggressive new foreign policy that has shattered traditional rules of warfare and reoriented global politics. We will explore the political, social, and cultural factors that have driven modern American history. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B243 Topics: Atlantic Cultures
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Maroon Communities - New World
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Maroon Societies Fall 2016 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B249 History of Global Health Not offered 2016-17 This course examines the interrelated histories of public health, international health, and global health from the late 18th to the 21st centuries as part of a broader history of epidemics, empire, and global mobility. We will pay particular attention this semester to the use of architectural and spatial strategies for managing crises of contagion, disaster, and epidemic. The architectural spaces to be examined will include urban-based hospitals, public health infrastructure, and quarantine buildings as well as mobile architectural technologies such as incubators, wartime pop-up surgical tents, and floating hospitals in both Western and non-Western environments. The course will trace the role of health and medicine in mediating the relationships between metropolis and colony, state and citizen, research practice and human subject. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B252 American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900-present Fall 2016 From dance halls and silent film to comic books and music videos, popular culture has been central to struggles over the meaning of national belonging, "freedom," and democracy. Rather than drawing a distinction between pop culture as a matter of private consumption and the more "serious" and public arena of politics, this course will consider the role of popular culture in shaping the nation's political history, and in providing a lens to critically evaluate and rethink that history today. Exploring a wide range of popular cultural forms including amusement parks, vaudeville, fashion, music, film, photography, newspapers, and television, we will examine how popular culture has not only reflected but actively shaped the American political landscape from the early twentieth century to the present. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B257 British Empire I: Capitalism and Slavery Not offered 2016-17 Focusing on the Atlantic slave trade and the slave plantation mode of production, this course explores English colonization, and the emergence and the decline of British Empire in the Americas and Caribbean from the 17th through the late 20th centuries. It tracks some of the intersecting and overlapping routes--and roots--connecting histories and politics within and between these "new" world locations. It also tracks the further and proliferating links between developments in these regions and the histories and politics of regions in the "old" world, from the north Atlantic to the South China sea. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B258 British Empire: Imagining Indias Not offered 2016-17 This course considers ideas about and experiences of "modern" India, i.e., India during the colonial and post-Independence periods (roughly 1757-present). While "India" and "Indian history" along with "British empire" and "British history" will be the ostensible objects of our consideration and discussions, the course proposes that their imagination and meanings are continually mediated by a wide variety of institutions, agents, and analytical categories (nation, religion, class, race, gender, to name a few examples). The course uses primary sources, scholarly analyses, and cultural productions to explore the political economies of knowledge, representation, and power in the production of modernity. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B264 Passages from India: 1800-Present Spring 2017 This course explores the histories and effects of migration from the Indian subcontinent to far-flung destinations across the globe. It starts with the circular migrations of traders, merchants, and pilgrims in the medieval period from the Indian subcontinent to points east (in southeast Asia) and west (eastern Africa). However, the focus of the course is on modern migrations from the subcontinent, from the indentured labor migrations of the British colonial period (to Africa, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific) to the post-Independence emigrations from the new nations of the subcontinent to Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B265 Colonial Encounters in the Americas Fall 2016 The course explores the confrontations, conquests and accommodations that formed the "ground-level" experience of day-to-day colonialism throughout the Americas. The course is comparative in scope, examining events and structures in North, South and Central America, with particular attention paid to indigenous peoples and the nature of indigenous leadership in the colonial world of the 18th century. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Museum Studies Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B284 Movies and America
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Queer Cinema Spring 2017 Movies are one of the most important means by which Americans come to know - or think they know--their own history. This class examines the complex cultural relationship between film and American historical self fashioning. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Film Studies

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HIST B289 History of Modern France Spring 2017 From the revolutionary storming of the Bastille in 1789 to the famous 1968 student protests at the Sorbonne in Paris, popular uprisings have played a central role in the formation of modern France. This course explores themes of revolution, violence, nationalism, and imperialism as it traces the turbulent political history of France through five Republics, two Empires, one Commune, and a vast network of overseas colonies. It also explores social and cultural transformations that had a profound impact on French society, including art and music, the rise of mass politics, the Universal Exhibitions, changing gender norms, popular culture, and modernity. Examining the history of France beyond the French "hexagon," this course situates France as a colonial nation-state, enmeshed in an increasingly globalized world. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B292 Women in Britain since 1750 Not offered 2016-17 Focusing on contemporary and historical narratives, this course explores the ongoing production, circulation and refraction of discourses on gender and nation as well as race, empire and modernity since the mid-18th century. Texts will incorporate visual material as well as literary evidence and culture and consider the crystallization of the discipline of history itself. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B299 Exploring History Spring 2017 This course is designed to introduce history majors to the debates governing the production of historical knowledge which dominate the discipline. Although undergraduates often read history monographs as finished and "complete" projects, in fact each of these works is always deeply contested - both in terms of method and product. The goal of this course is to not only reinforce habits of critical textual reading but to provide students the tools to critically "read" the entire project of writing history. Required for History Majors and Minors. Writing Intensive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B303 Topics in American History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Power, Resistance, and Social Change Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality.
Current topic description: Flirtations with Autocracy in American History.With the word fascism being bandied about these days, this course will take a look at various movements urging autocracy that have periodically swept through the American landscape. This course will not be a comprehensive survey but instead, through the use of history, novels, and films, sample the figures and movements that have drawn America towards absolutist tyranny at key moments in its past

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HIST B307 Topics in European Cultural History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): The Individual and Mass Society, 1914-1945 Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History
Section 001 (Fall 2016): From Chocolate to Cocaine:Drugs & Eur. Imperialism
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Growing Up in Communism
Section 001 (Fall 2017): The History of the Far Right Movements in Europe
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Women in the History of Science and Medicine Fall 2016, Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Spring 2018: Growing Up in Communism. This course explores European communism as a lived experience from the 1930s until the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. It examines various aspects of life in the socialist Eastern Block ranging from education, youth culture, Communist Party life, law and policing to leisure, consumerism, disability, sex and romance. Beyond looking at how life was lived during communism the course will also ask how life under communism has been remembered, represented, and understood since the end of the Cold War.

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HIST B325 Topics in Social History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Queering Popular Culture
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Unruly Bodies and Forbidden Desires Fall 2016, Spring 2017 This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course explores how the American Civil War, fought over the issue of maintaining race based slavery, has become enshrined with a host of contested meanings about race and citizenship to generations of Americans ever since the Confederacy surrendered at Appomattox. During this semester we will explore some of those contests and address the Civil War's intense power in the American psyche.

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HIST B327 Topics in Early American History Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B332 Higher Education for Women: Bryn Mawr and Beyond Not offered 2016-17 This course will explore the history of women's higher learning in the United States from its origins in the antebellum female seminary movement through debates about coeducation and the meaning of single-sex education in the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on the rich history of Bryn Mawr College as our primary case study, we will focus on the expansion of social and professional opportunities for women, the workings of gender difference within American educational institutions, and the experiences of diverse alumnae/i, faculty, and staff. Over the course of the semester, we will gain experience in archives and special collections research, oral history, and digital methods, and contribute to the building of contemporary collections documenting Bryn Mawr campus life. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B336 Topics in African History Not offered 2016-17 This is a topic course. Course content varies. Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B337 Topics in African History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Hist of Global Health Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Hist of Global Health Africa Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Topics vary. Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B339 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800 Not offered 2016-17 This course explores the emergence, development, and challenges to the ideologies of whiteness and blackness, that have been in place from the colonial period to the present. Through the reading of primary and secondary sources, we will explore various ways through which enslaved people imagined freedom, personal rights, community membership, and some of the paths they created in order to improve their experiences and change the social order. In an attempt to have a comparative approach, we will look at particular events and circumstances that took place in few provinces in the Americas, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. The course will also look at the methodological challenges of studying and writing history of people who in principle, were not allowed to produce written texts. Throughout, we will identify and underscore the contribution that people of African descent have made to the ideas of rights, freedom, equality, and democracy. Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): The Civilizing Mission Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Topics vary. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B351 Intoxicated Identities: Alcohol Consumption in Mod Mideast Not offered 2016-17 This class aims to show not only that people in the Middle East drink, that is irrefutable, but that the reasons why they did so provide an interesting prism through which to view the history of the region. It will show that the alcohol consumption habits of residents of the Middle East between the years 600 and the present can serve as an excellent entry point for the discussion of many important historiographical issues including constructions of masculinity and femininity, identity formation, youth culture, leisure, and class formation. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B357 Topics in British Empire Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: "The course examines how variously valorized bodies launched, circulating, and regulated within and beyond its territorial claims over 4 centuries engendered not only the British empire, but also the nations forged in the crucible of its dissolution."

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HIST B364 Magical Mechanisms Not offered 2016-17 A reading and research seminar focused on different examples of artificial life in medieval cultures. Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, and secondary sources will include significant theoretical works in art history, critical theory and science studies. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval history, or the permission of the instructor.

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HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: A reading and research-based seminar on the intellectual and cultural history of medieval magic, including natural and demonic magic, astral science, alchemy, and other forms of "the occult sciences." Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, including visual culture, and secondary sources will include significant works in philosophy, religious studies, and medieval historiography. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval history, or the permission of the instructor.

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HIST B371 Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and Fiction Not offered 2016-17 This course will explore piracy in the Americas in the period 1550-1750. We will investigate the historical reality of pirates and what they did, and the manner in which pirates have entered the popular imagination through fiction and films. Pirates have been depicted as lovable rogues, anti-establishment rebels, and enlightened multiculturalists who were skilled in dealing with the indigenous and African peoples of the Americas. The course will examine the facts and the fictions surrounding these important historical actors. Writing Intensive Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B373 Topics: History of the Middle East
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Three Empires of Islam Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East: An exploration of how the histories of gender and sexuality of the Middle East have been written. The course will highlight continuities and changes in norms, practices, and identities from the early modern to the modern periods. Topics include law, crime, sociability, visual culture, colonialism, nationalism, and medicine.

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HIST B398 Approaches to Historical Praxis This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to consider different ways of "doing history." In conversation with the professor and using the resources of the College (archivists, librarians, digital specialists, Praxis Program) students will articulate a historical question, research it, and produce a final project. This project may be a final research paper, but might also take the more public form of a digital project, an exhibit, a short film, or an internship in a local museum, oral history center, or archive.

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HIST B403 Supervised Work Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.

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HIST B403 Supervised Work Optional independent study, which requires permission of the instructor and the major adviser.

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HIST B425 Praxis III: Independent Study Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community. Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East Fall 2016 A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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BIOL B214 The History of Genetics and Embryology Not offered 2016-17 This course provides a general history of genetics and embryology in Germany, Britain and the United States from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. The course will include a focus on the role that women scientists and technicians played in the development of these sub-disciplines. We will look at the lives of well known and lesser-known individuals, asking how factors such as their educational experiences and mentor relationships influenced the roles these women played in the scientific enterprise. We will also examine specific scientific contributions in historical context, requiring a review of core concepts in genetics and developmental biology. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CITY B250 Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the City
Section 001 (Fall 2016): History of American Urbanism Fall 2016 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B254 History of Modern Architecture Fall 2016 A survey of the development of modern architecture since the 18th century. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B278 American Environmental History Not offered 2016-17 This course explores major themes of American environmental history, examining changes in the American landscape, the history of ideas about nature and the interaction between the two. Students will study definitions of nature, environment, and environmental history while investigating interactions between Americans and their physical worlds. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environments Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CSTS B205 Greek History Fall 2016 This course traces the rise of the city-state (polis) in the Greek-speaking world beginning in the seventh-century BC down to its full blossoming in classical Athens and Sparta. Students should gain an understanding of the formation and development of Greek identity, from the Panhellenic trends in archaic epic and religion through its crystallization during the heroic defense against two Persian invasions and its subsequent disintegration during the Peloponnesian war. The class will also explore the ways in which the evolution of political, philosophical, religious, and artistic institutions reflect the changing socio-political circumstances of Greece. The latter part of the course will focus on Athens in particular: its rise to imperial power under Pericles, its tragic decline from the Peloponnesian War and its important role as a center for the teaching of rhetoric and philosophy. Since the study of history involves the analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of the sources available for the culture studied, students will concentrate upon the primary sources available for Greek history, exploring the strengths and weakness of these sources and the ways in which their evidence can be used to create an understanding of ancient Greece. Students should learn how to analyze and evaluate the evidence from primary texts and to synthesize the information from multiple sources in a critical way. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic Spring 2017 This course surveys the history of Rome from its origins to the end of the Republic, with special emphasis on the rise of Rome in Italy and the evolution of the Roman state. The course also examines the Hellenistic world in which the rise of Rome takes place. The methods of historical investigation using the ancient sources, both literary and archaeological, are emphasized. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B208 The Roman Empire Not offered 2016-17 Imperial history from the principate of Augustus to the House of Constantine with focus on the evolution of Roman culture and society as presented in the surviving ancient evidence, both literary and archaeological. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B213 Persia and The Greeks Not offered 2016-17 This Course explores interactions between Greeks and Persians in the Mediterranean and Near East from the Archaic Period to the Hellenistic Age. Through a variety of sources (from Greek histories, tragedies, and ethnography, to Persian royal inscriptions and administrative documents and the Hebrew Bible), we shall work to illuminate the interface between these two distinct yet complementary cultures. Our aim will be to gain familiarity not only with a general narrative of Greco-Persian history, from the foundation of the Achaemenid Empire in the middle of the sixth century BCE to the Macedonian conquest of Persia some 250 years later, but also with the materials (archaeological, numismatic, epigraphical, artistic, and literary) from which we build such a narrative. At the same time, we shall work to understand how contact between Persia and the Greeks in antiquity has influenced discourse about the opposition between East and West in the modern world. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B230 Food and Drink in the Ancient World Not offered 2016-17 This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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EALC B131 Chinese Civilization Spring 2017 A broad chronological survey of Chinese culture and society from the Bronze Age to the 1800s, with special reference to such topics as belief, family, language, the arts and sociopolitical organization. Readings include primary sources in English translation and secondary studies. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B264 Human Rights in China Fall 2016 This course will examine China's human rights issues from a historical perspective. The topics include diverse perspectives on human rights, historical background, civil rights, religious practice, justice system, education, as well as the problems concerning some social groups such as migrant laborers, women, ethnic minorities and peasants. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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EALC B325 Topics in Chinese History and Culture Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Cross-listed as EALC B325

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EALC B352 China's Environment Not offered 2016-17 This seminar explores China's environmental issues from a historical perspective. It begins by considering a range of analytical approaches , and then explores three general periods in China's environmental changes, imperial times, Mao's socialist experiments during the first thirty years of the People's Republic, and the post-Mao reforms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Cross-listed as EALC B352 Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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EALC B353 The Environment on China's Frontiers Spring 2017 This seminar explores environmental issues on China's frontiers from a historical perspective. It focuses on the particular relationship between the environment and the frontier, examining how these two variables have interacted. The course will deal with the issues such as the relationship between the environment and human ethnic and cultural traditions, social movements, economic growth, political and legal institutions and practices, and changing perceptions. The frontier regions under discussion include Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, and the southwestern ethnic areas, which are all important in defining what China is and who the Chinese are.

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ENGL B347 Medievalisms Not offered 2016-17 This course assesses how the "Middle Ages" has been and continues to be constructed as a period of history, an object of inquiry, and a category of analysis. It considers how the past is formulated and called upon to conduct the ideological and cultural work of the present, and it reads historical documents and literary texts in dialogue with one another. Suggested Preparation: At least one 200-level course in any area of medieval studies (although more than one course is preferred), or by permission of the instructors. Additionally, this course is not open to students who took ENG/HIST 246 in 2013.

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ENGL B359 Dead Presidents Not offered 2016-17 Framed by the extravagant funerals of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, this course explores the cultural importance of the figure of the President and the Presidential body, and of the 19th-century preoccupations with death and mourning, in the U.S. cultural imaginary from the Revolutionary movement through the Civil War.

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FREN B275 Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics Not offered 2016-17 At first sight, hygiene and eugenics have nothing in common: the former is usually conceived as a good management of our everyday conditions of life, whereas the latter is commonly reviled for having inspired discriminatory practices (in Nazi Germany, but also in the US, Sweden, and Switzerland). Our inquiry will explore how, in the context of the French Enlightenment, a subdiscipline of Medicine (namely Hygiene) was redefined, expanded its scope, and eventually became hegemonic both in the medical field and in civil society. We will also explore how and why a philanthropic ideal led to the quest for the improvement of the human species. We will compare the French situation with that of other countries (mainly UK and the USA). Students who wish to get credit in French will meet one extra hour. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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GERM B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German. The current topic will be taught in English with an additional meeting for students taking the class as a German course. Current topic is Remembered Violence. Description: As Germany was rebuilding from two world war wars and the Holocaust, its history was being redefined in an international context where non-Germans were also confronting the legacy of violent conflict with Germany. We will explore the conditions that raise the question of a central feature of memory in the modern era: does a common sense of history emerge from this international dialogue or does the cultural legacy of violence come out of an ongoing contest over divergent memories? Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI)

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HART B211 Topics in Medieval Art History Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Discovering Medieval Manuscripts Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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HART B355 Topics in the History of London Fall 2016 Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century.

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POLS B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Spring 2017 This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film, and fiction as well as primary sources. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B378 Origins of American Constitutionalism Not offered 2016-17 This course will explore some aspects of early American constitutional thought, particularly in the periods immediately preceding and following the American Revolution. The premise of the course is that many of the questions that arose during that period--concerning, for example, the nature of law, the idea of sovereignty, and the character of legitimate political authority--remain important questions for political, legal, and constitutional thought today, and that studying the debates of the revolutionary period can help sharpen our understanding of these issues. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and previous course work in American history, American government, political theory, or legal studies.

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SPAN B323 Memoria y Guerra Civil Not offered 2016-17 A look into the Spanish Civil War and its wide-ranging international significance as both the military and ideological testing ground for World War II. This course examines the endurance of myths related to this conflict and the cultural memory it has produced along with the current negotiations of the past that is taking place in democratic Spain. Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course. Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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