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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 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
HIST B101-001 The Historical Imagination Semester / 1 LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Dalton Hall 10 Kale,M.
Screening: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM T Thomas Hall 251
HIST B236-001 African History since 1800 Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 116 Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B237-001 Topic: Modern African History: African Economic Development Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Thomas Hall 116 Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B243-001 Topics: Atlantic Cultures: Honor, Sexuality, and Patriarchy in the Americas Semester / 1 LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Dalton Hall 1 Laurent-Perrault,E.
HIST B249-001 History of Global Health Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Dalton Hall 25 Greene,G.
HIST B274-001 Focus: Topics in Modern US History: Leisure and Society: Tourism & Class First Half / 0.5 LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 116 Ullman,S.
HIST B274-002 Focus: Topics in Modern US History: Leisure and Society: Baseball & Class Second Half / 0.5 LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 116 Ullman,S.
HIST B303-001 Topics in American History: History in Public: Race, Gender and Campus Memory Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Dalton Hall 25 Mercado,M.
HIST B325-001 Topics in Social History: Technology and the Politics of Reproductive'Space' Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM TH Dalton Hall 212E Greene,G.
HIST B339-001 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800 Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM W Carpenter Library 15 Laurent-Perrault,E.
HIST B351-001 Intoxicated Identities: Alcohol Consumption in Mod Mideast Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Thomas Hall 251 Foda,O.
HIST B357-001 Topics in British Empire: Projecting Empire Screening Home Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Dalton Hall 10 Kale,M.
Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM M Thomas Hall 224
HIST B373-001 Topics: History of the Middle East: Women in Mod Middle East Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Thomas Hall 111 Foda,O.
HIST B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B214-001 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Park 227 Davis,G.
CSTS B213-001 Persia and The Greeks Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 224 Tober,D.
EALC B131-001 Chinese Civilization Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall D Jiang,Y.
EALC B352-001 China's Environment Semester / 1 Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Thomas Hall 104 Jiang,Y.
ENGL B359-001 Dead Presidents Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW English House Lecture Hall Schneider,B.
HART B211-001 Topics in Medieval Art History: Medieval Art and Architecture Semester / 1 LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 104 Walker,A.
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 Dalton Hall 300 Foda,O.

Fall 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
HIST B209-001 Introduction to the History of Medicine Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Black,S.
HIST B233-001 Health and Disability in the U.S. Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Butler-Wall,K.
HIST B234-001 An Introduction to Middle Eastern History Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Ashraf,A.
HIST B243-001 Topics: Atlantic Cultures: Maroon Communities - New World Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B252-001 American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900-present Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Butler-Wall,K.
HIST B265-001 Colonial Encounters in the Americas Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B319-001 Topics in Modern European History: From Chocolate to Cocaine:Drugs & Eur. Imperialism Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Black,S.
HIST B325-001 Topics in Social History: Unruly Bodies and Forbidden Desires Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Butler-Wall,K.
HIST B357-001 Topics in British Empire: Land, Labor, Migration Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Kale,M.
HIST B398-001 Senior Thesis Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Dept. staff, TBA
HIST B398-002 Senior Thesis Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Dept. staff, TBA
HIST B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B244-001 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East Semester / 1
CITY B254-001 History of Modern Architecture Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Morton,T.
CSTS B205-001 Greek History Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Tober,D.
EALC B264-001 Human Rights in China Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Jiang,Y.
HART B355-001 Topics in the History of London Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Cast,D.

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 Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B277-001 Food and Fitness in America Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Butler-Wall,K.
HIST B289-001 History of Modern France Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Black,S.
HIST B299-001 Exploring History Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM M Gallup-Diaz,I.
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 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 Black,S.
HIST B325-001 Topics in Social History: Queering Popular Culture Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH 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 Ngalamulume,K.
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 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: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Fenner,S.

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

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HIST B125 Amerindians, Europeans, and Slaves: Early Modern Colonialism Not offered 2016-17 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 B127 Indigenous Leaders 1492-1750 Not offered 2016-17 Studies the experiences of indigenous men and women who exercised local authority in the systems established by European colonizers. In return for places in the colonial administrations, these leaders performed a range of tasks. At the same time they served as imperial officials, they exercised "traditional" forms of authority within their communities, often free of European presence. These figures provide a lens through which early modern colonialism is studied. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latino/a Studies Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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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) Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latino/a 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 Latino/a 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 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 B223 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B224 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B226 Topics in 20th Century European History
Section 001 (Fall 2015): National Proj, Socialist Dream Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B232 Nationalism and Conflict in Palestine and Israel Not offered 2016-17 During this course we will examine the interactions and changing relationships of the diverse ethnic and religious groups in Israel and Palestine, from the late 19th century until the present. We will examine the roots of ethnic identity and the influences of modernization and nationalism on the current Israel-Palestine conflict. Important historical transformations will be stressed, including: the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate, the establishment of the State of Israel, the 1948 and 1967 wars, the first intifada, the Oslo Accords, and the second intifada. Throughout we will analyze the claims made by different groups of Israelis and Palestinians, and the competing narratives these inspire and are inspired by. We will conclude with a discussion of the current opportunities and challenges to the peace process. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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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 Through the historical study of Islamism this course will dispel the notion that this movement is a natural outgrowth of Islam. It will show that Islamism grew as a native response to European nationalism and imperialism. After examining the intellectual sources of Islamism, this course will look to answer why Islamism has proved so resilient in the face of intense local and foreign opposition and proved well suited for an increasingly global world. 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

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HIST B237 Topic: Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2016): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Urbanization in Africa Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. 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 (Spring 2016): Honor, Sexuality, and Patriarchy in the Americas
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Introduction to the History of the African Diaspor
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Maroon Communities - New World Fall 2016 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: The course explores the process of self-emancipation by slaves in the early modern Atlantic World. What was the nature of the communities that free blacks forged? What were their relationships to the empires from which they freed themselves? How was race constructed in the early modern period? Did conceptions of race change over time?
Current topic description: The course explores the process of self-emancipation by slaves in the early modern Atlantic World. What was the nature of the communities that free blacks forged? What were their relationships to the empires from which they freed themselves? How was race constructed in the early modern period? Did conceptions of race change over time?
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 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 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 Latino/a Studies

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HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Leisure and Society: Tourism & Class
Section 002 (Spring 2016): Leisure and Society: Baseball & Class Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B277 Food and Fitness in America Spring 2017 This course investigates the centrality of food and fitness to national identity and culture in modern U.S. history. From the "physical culture" movement in the late nineteenth century and the rise of the diet industry in the 1920s to the aerobics craze of the 1980s and the contemporary "slow food" movement, we will explore how changing patterns of production and consumption have shaped the role that food and fitness play as key markers of identity and "lifestyle." Paying particular attention to how concerns about nutrition and exercise have historically indexed larger social anxieties regarding race, class, gender, and sexuality, this course asks students to think critically about food and fitness as contradictory sites of pleasure and self-control in U.S. culture. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B284 Movies and America Not offered 2016-17 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 2016): History in Public: Race, Gender and Campus Memory Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality.

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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.
Current topic description: This seminar examines debates over the role of the individual in mass society in Europe between 1914 and 1945. While examining competing visions of citizenship and ideas about the individual's relationship to the state, this course will explore topics and themes including violence, nationalism, gender politics, fascism, imperialism, anti-Semitism, revolution, communism, popular culture, and the politics of memory.
Current topic description: This seminar examines debates over the role of the individual in mass society in Europe between 1914 and 1945. While examining competing visions of citizenship and ideas about the individual's relationship to the state, this course will explore topics and themes including violence, nationalism, gender politics, fascism, imperialism, anti-Semitism, revolution, communism, popular culture, and the politics of memory.

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HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History
Section 001 (Fall 2016): From Chocolate to Cocaine:Drugs & Eur. Imperialism
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Holocaust: History & Politics of Commemoration
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: From the sugar produced on Caribbean slave plantations that fed Europe's taste for sweetness to the opium monopolies that financed British and French colonialism in India and Indochina, the ever-increasing demand for "drug" commodities has shaped European imperialism and global trade for over 400 years. This course examines the global exchange of commodities loosely defined as "drugs," including opium, cocaine, tobacco, coffee, tea, and chocolate. Focusing particularly on the intersections between drugs and European imperialism, it explores a wide range of issues, including slavery and debates over "free labor"; imperial power; gender, class, and consumer culture; global networks of exchange; addiction; and the politics of drug regulation.
Current topic description: This seminar explores the contested position of women as both subjects and objects in the history of science and medicine. From healers in medieval Europe to contemporary scientific and medical researchers, it examines the experiences and contributions of female physicians and scientists throughout history as well as the ways in which science and medicine have been deployed to construct biological models of gender difference used to justify the exclusion of women from scientific knowledge production.
Current topic description: From the sugar produced on Caribbean slave plantations that fed Europe's taste for sweetness to the opium monopolies that financed British and French colonialism in India and Indochina, the ever-increasing demand for "drug" commodities has shaped European imperialism and global trade for over 400 years. This course examines the global exchange of commodities loosely defined as "drugs," including opium, cocaine, tobacco, coffee, tea, and chocolate. Focusing particularly on the intersections between drugs and European imperialism, it explores a wide range of issues, including slavery and debates over "free labor"; imperial power; gender, class, and consumer culture; global networks of exchange; addiction; and the politics of drug regulation.
Current topic description: This seminar explores the contested position of women as both subjects and objects in the history of science and medicine. From healers in medieval Europe to contemporary scientific and medical researchers, it examines the experiences and contributions of female physicians and scientists throughout history as well as the ways in which science and medicine have been deployed to construct biological models of gender difference used to justify the exclusion of women from scientific knowledge production.

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HIST B320 Middle Eastern Migration, Diaspora and Nostalgia Not offered 2016-17 This course will trace Middle Eastern migration movements from the 19th century to the present. After a discussion of historical migration patterns, we will examine theories of migration focusing on why people move and how their movement effects and affects social and economic statuses and processes in both sending and receiving countries. Next we will consider theoretical and empirical studies on the integration of immigrants in host societies. Particular emphasis will be given to immigrants' assimilation and/or integration, as well as issues relating to immigrants' identity reformation and the creation of Diasporas. We will interrogate Diaspora as a theoretical concept and consider its relationship to absence and difference. Finally, we will consider how transnational communities perform identity and how this is connected to memory/forgetting and nostalgia. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B325 Topics in Social History
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Queering History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Queering Popular Culture
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Technology and the Politics of Reproductive'Space'
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 various forms of gender and sexual nonconformity have historically served both as sites of regulation and as modes of resistance. From nineteenth-century cross-dressing and anarchist "free love" movements to sex work and BDSM, we will investigate how certain practices, identities, and communities have come to be seen as "problems" in particular historical moments, as well as how individuals have developed their own strategies for working with and against dominant gender and sexual norms. Focusing on historical contestation over the meanings of sexual "normality" and "deviance," we will trace the transformations in the cultural meanings, politics, and social organization of sexual and gender nonconformity over time.
Current topic description: This course explores how various forms of gender and sexual nonconformity have historically served both as sites of regulation and as modes of resistance. From nineteenth-century cross-dressing and anarchist "free love" movements to sex work and BDSM, we will investigate how certain practices, identities, and communities have come to be seen as "problems" in particular historical moments, as well as how individuals have developed their own strategies for working with and against dominant gender and sexual norms. Focusing on historical contestation over the meanings of sexual "normality" and "deviance," we will trace the transformations in the cultural meanings, politics, and social organization of sexual and gender nonconformity over time.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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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 Latino/a 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
Section 001 (Fall 2015): History of Health and Medicine in Africa 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 Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: The course examines the histories of global health initiatives to deal with the burden of disease in Africa. It offers historical (and anthroplogical) perspectives on the ways in which medicine and public health in Africa have been transformed under the pressures of broad forces and factors, including colonial exploitation and rule, post-Second World War initiatives, the postcolonial economic and political liberalization and globalization, and rise of 'para-states' in Africa.
Current topic description: The course examines the histories of global health initiatives to deal with the burden of disease in Africa. It offers historical (and anthroplogical) perspectives on the ways in which medicine and public health in Africa have been transformed under the pressures of broad forces and factors, including colonial exploitation and rule, post-Second World War initiatives, the postcolonial economic and political liberalization and globalization, and rise of 'para-states' in Africa.
Counts toward Africana 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 Latino/a Studies

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HIST B342 Food and Identity in the Middle East Not offered 2016-17 This course will provide an introduction to the study of the Middle East through an examination of culinary history and foodways. Particular attention will be paid to food as a marker of class, ethnic, and religious identity. A brief theoretical introduction to foodways literature will include Claude Fischler's work on identity and Bourdieu's work on taste and class. An examination of the cookery of the classical Islamic period, along with a discussion of the culinary exchange between the Middle East and the West will provide the historical and cultural background for the study of the modern era. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History
Section 001 (Fall 2015): A History of Honor in Latin America, 1600s-1920s Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Topics vary. Counts toward Africana 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
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Land, Labor, Migration
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Projecting Empire Screening Home Fall 2016 This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: Focusing geographically and temporally on the British "West Indies" from the 17th century, and British "East Indies" from the 19th, this course explores migration in the British empire both as complex "socio-historical processes," and through what has been said about such processes. One crucial site of exploration is the making & reproduction of the Atlantic slave trade and plantation slavery in the British Caribbean.
Current topic description: Focusing geographically and temporally on the British "West Indies" from the 17th century, and British "East Indies" from the 19th, this course explores migration in the British empire both as complex "socio-historical processes," and through what has been said about such processes. One crucial site of exploration is the making & reproduction of the Atlantic slave trade and plantation slavery in the British Caribbean.

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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 (HIST B223, B224, or B246), 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.

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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 Latino/a Studies

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HIST B373 Topics: History of the Middle East
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Women in Mod Middle East Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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HIST B398 Senior Thesis Students research and write a thesis on a topic of their choice. Prerequisite: Senior History major.

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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 Middle Eastern Studies

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BIOL B214 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology Not offered 2016-17 This course provides a general history of genetics and embryology from the late 19th to the mid-20th century with 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. One facet of the course will be to look at the Bryn Mawr Biology Department from the founding of the College into the mid-20th century. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CITY B250 Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the City
Section 001 (Fall 2015): 20th C Urban Enviro History Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Inquiry into the Past (IP) 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. The course focuses on international networks in the transmission of architectural ideas since 1890. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Environmental Justice Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Topics vary. 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 Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B255 Show and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome Not offered 2016-17 A survey of public entertainment in the ancient world, including theater and dramatic festivals, athletic competitions, games and gladiatorial combats, and processions and sacrifices. Drawing on literary sources and paying attention to art, archaeology and topography, this course explores the social, political and religious contexts of ancient spectacle. Special consideration will be given to modern equivalents of staged entertainment and the representation of ancient spectacle in contemporary film. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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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 B263 The Chinese Revolution Not offered 2016-17 Places the causes and consequences of the 20th century revolutions in historical perspective, by examining its late-imperial antecedents and tracing how the revolution has (and has not) transformed China, including the lives of such key revolutionary supporters as the peasantry, women, and intellectuals. 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 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.

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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. Counts toward Environmental Studies

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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 Health Studies

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GERM B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Remembered Violence 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
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Medieval Art and Architecture 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 (Fall 2015): Kings, Caliphs, and Emperors: Images of Authority Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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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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LATN B305 Livy & the Conquest of the Mediterranean Not offered 2016-17 Close analysis of Livy's account of the Second Macedonian War, the Syrian War, and the origins of the third Macedonian War. Emphasis will be placed on Livy's method of composition and reliability, of his general historical outlook, and that of other authors who covered the period. The relevant sections of Polybius' history, Plutarch's biographies of Flamininus, the Elder Cato, and Aemilius Paullus as well as all relevant inscriptions will be dealt with in English.

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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. The course will concern itself with three broad areas: the legacy of colonialism and the importance of international forces; the role of Islam in politics; and the political and social effects of particular economic conditions, policies, and practices. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) 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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SOCL B284 Modernity and Its Discontents Not offered 2016-17 This course examines the nature, historical emergence, dilemmas, and prospects of modern society in the west, seeking to build up an integrated analysis of the processes by which this kind of society developed over the past two centuries and continues to transform itself. Its larger aim is to help students develop a coherent frame­work with which to understand what kind of society they live in, what makes it the way it is, and how it shapes their lives. Some central themes (and controversies) will include the growth and transformations of capitalism; the significance of the democratic and industrial revolutions; the social impact of a market economy; the culture of individualism and its dilemmas; the transformations of intimacy and the family; mass politics and mass society; and the different kinds of inter­play between social structure and personal experience. No specific prerequisites, but some previous familiarity with modern European and American history and/or with social and political theory would be useful. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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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 Latin American, Iberian, and Latino/a Studies

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