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Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
HIST B226-001Topics in 20th Century European History: Human Rights:Theory & PracticeSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWDalton Hall 1Kurimay,A.
HIST B245-001Topics in Modern US History: Public HistorySemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWDalton Hall 25Vider,S.
HIST B264-001Passages from India: 1800-PresentSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWCarpenter Library 17Kale,M.
HIST B270-001The History of the Book with Digital MethodsSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 10Linker,J.
HIST B284-001Movies and America: The Past Lives ForeverSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHOld Library 110Ullman,S., Ullman,S.
Film Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM WOld Library 110
HIST B298-001Politics of FoodSemester / 1Lecture: 1:00 PM- 3:30 PM MTaylor Hall FUllman,S.
HIST B299-001Exploring HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FDalton Hall 119Ngalamulume,K.
HIST B303-001Topics in American History: Radical MovementsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 15Ullman,S.
HIST B319-001Topics in Modern European History: Growing Up in CommunismSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TTaylor Hall CKurimay,A.
HIST B357-001Topics in British Empire: Missionary PositionsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THCarpenter Library 17Kale,M.
HIST B371-001Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and FictionSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TOld Library 223Gallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B214-001The History of Genetics and EmbryologySemester / 1LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFPark 227Davis,G.
CSTS B108-001Roman AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWDalton Hall 1Conybeare,C.
EALC B131-001Chinese CivilizationSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHTaylor Hall DJiang,Y.
EALC B264-001Human Rights in ChinaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHTaylor Hall DJiang,Y.
EALC B325-001Topics in Chinese History and Culture: Legal Culture in Chinese HistorySemester / 1LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall GJiang,Y.
MEST B210-001The Art and Architecture of Islamic SpiritualitySemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM THCarpenter Library 25Salikuddin,R.
POLS B283-001Middle East PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWTaylor Hall GFenner,S.

Fall 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
HIST B102-001Introduction to African CivilizationsSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHNgalamulume,K.
HIST B124-001High and Late Middle AgesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWTruitt,E.
HIST B234-001An Introduction to Middle Eastern HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWSalikuddin,R.
HIST B236-001African History since 1800Semester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHNgalamulume,K.
HIST B238-001From Bordellos to Cybersex History of Sexuality in Modern EuropeSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWKurimay,A.
HIST B242-001American Politics and Society: 1945 to the PresentSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHUllman,S.
HIST B243-001Topics: Atlantic CulturesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B265-001Colonial Encounters in the AmericasSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B303-001Topics in American History: American "Fascisms"Semester / 1LEC: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM MUllman,S.
HIST B319-001Topics in Modern European History: Metropolis: A Cultural HistorySemester / 1LEC: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM TKurimay,A.
HIST B325-001Topics in Social History: Civil War, Race, Amer. MemorySemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM WUllman,S.
HIST B337-001Topics in African History: Hist of Global Health AfricaSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FNgalamulume,K.
HIST B357-001Topics in British Empire: Capitalism and SlaverySemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THKale,M.
HIST B398-001Approaches to Historical PraxisSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FDept. staff, TBA
HIST B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA

Spring 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
HIST B200-001The Atlantic World 1492-1800Semester / 1
HIST B226-001Topics in 20th Century European HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWKurimay,A.
HIST B231-001Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle AgesSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHTruitt,E.
HIST B237-001Themes in Modern African HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWNgalamulume,K.
HIST B263-001Impact of Empire: Britain 1858-1960Semester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHKale,M.
HIST B274-001Focus: Topics in Modern US History: Leisure and Society: Tourism & ClassFirst Half / 0.5LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHUllman,S.
HIST B274-002Focus: Topics in Modern US History: Leisure and Society: Baseball & ClassSecond Half / 0.5LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHUllman,S.
HIST B299-001Exploring HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FUllman,S.
HIST B319-001Topics in Modern European HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TKurimay,A.
HIST B327-001Topics in Early American HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B337-001Topics in African HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TNgalamulume,K.
HIST B339-001The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800Semester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM THGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B349-001Topics in Comparative HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM WKale,M.
HIST B364-001Medieval RobotsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WTruitt,E.
HIST B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B208-001Ancient Near Eastern HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHBradbury,J.
EALC B131-001Chinese CivilizationSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHJiang,Y.
EALC B264-001Human Rights in ChinaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHJiang,Y.

2019-20 Catalog Data

HIST B101 The Historical Imagination
Not offered 2019-20
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
Fall 2019
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 2019-20
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 and Late Middle Ages
Fall 2019
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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HIST B128 Crusade, Conversion and Conquest
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Spring 2020
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 B212 Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750
Not offered 2019-20
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 Africana Studies
Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B215 Europe and the Other 1492-1800
Not offered 2019-20
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)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B218 Memories, Memorials, and Representations of World War I
Not offered 2019-20
The course considers the historical origins and experience of Word War I from a social and cultural perspective. We will think about why some people anticipated and willingly went to war while others were caught by surprise and also, how the experience of war differed on the home front and battlefront. Second, the course will look at the political, social, economic, and cultural consequences of the so-called, Great War. How did the end of the war affect people at the individual and community levels as well as nations as a whole? Finally, we will examine the various historical factors that influence how (and when) WWI has been remembered in modern Europe.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B226 Topics in 20th Century European History
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Human Rights:Theory & Practice
Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Spring 2020
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)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B233 Health and Disability in the U.S.
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019
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 International Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B236 African History since 1800
Fall 2019
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 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Spring 2020
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
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B238 From Bordellos to Cybersex History of Sexuality in Modern Europe
Fall 2019
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 B241 America 1890-1945
Not offered 2019-20
This course focuses on the first half of the twentieth century in the United States. An intense period of violent struggle over race, immigration, labor, income inequality, gender, and the very survival of American democracy in the face of global fascism, the early years of the twentieth century set the stage for the American society of today. One cannot fully understand what has happened to the U.S. right now without spending time in the first 40 years of the twentieth century.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B242 American Politics and Society: 1945 to the Present
Fall 2019
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
Fall 2019
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 B245 Topics in Modern US History
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Public History
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course addressing public history in the U.S.
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 B252 American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900-present
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B263 Impact of Empire: Britain 1858-1960
Spring 2020
Is empire (on the British variant of which, in its heyday, the sun reportedly never set) securely superseded (as some have confidently asserted) or does it endure and, if so, in what forms and domains? Focusing on the expanding British colonial empire from the 17th century on, this course considers its impact through the dynamics of specific commodities' production, and consumption (sugar and tea, for example, but also labor and governance), their cultures (from plantations and factories to households to the state), and their disciplinary technologies (including domesticity, the nation, and discourses on history and modernity).
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B264 Passages from India: 1800-Present
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019
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 B270 The History of the Book with Digital Methods
Not offered 2019-20
This course aims to interrogate the cultural history of books from the earliest printed books in western society (incunables) to e-books in the modern era. While this course is designed to give students a sense of how books, broadly construed, evolved between the 15th century and the present, it places an emphasis on books as material objects, the generative processes of book creation, and the human labor driving said processes, with an eye to how cultural and social hierarchies (i.e., race, class, and gender) structure interaction with books. This class is also designed to give students perspective on the various ways scholars of various disciplines, archivists, librarians, conservators, and collectors think about books. This is a discussion and activity-heavy class that will alternate between close examination of archival holdings in Bryn Mawr College's Special Collections and critical making activities. Critical making activities are designed to help students understand book making processes, and may involve printing demos, paper marbling, or simple bookbinding. Students will be exposed to various digital tools throughout the semester and propose and complete a digital final project based on primary research.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Leisure and Society: Tourism & Class
Section 002 (Spring 2020): Leisure and Society: Baseball & Class
Spring 2020
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester
Current topic description: This course looks at the history of American tourism and the role it shapes in defining who we are as a people.
Current topic description: Operating from the assumption that what Americans do in their leisure time helps us understand much about how we define ourselves and how we understand our role in society, this course looks at the role of baseball as both a reflector and mediator of social class in the United States. We will focus in particular on the historical role baseball has played in both highlighting as well as papering over social difference based in class and race.

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: The Past Lives Forever
Not offered 2019-20
Movies are one of the most important means by which Americans come to know - or think they know--their own history. We look to old movies to tell us about a world we never knew but think we can access through film. And Hollywood often reaches into the past to tell a good story. How can we understand the impact of our love affair with movies on our understanding of what happened in this country? In this course we will examine 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
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HIST B286 Topics in the British Empire
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Birth of Nations, Nationalism and Decolonization
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course covering various "topics" in the study of the British Empire. Course content varies.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B289 History of Modern France
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B298 Politics of Food
Not offered 2019-20
Politics shapes what appears on our plates as well as where we set our table. It all has a history. In America with its confounding combination of engorging bounty and tragic poverty, food represents a special nexus of the political and the personal. This course looks at the history and politics of eating, producing, and consuming food in the United States. Course topics include how food shaped both external and internal migrations to the United States; how American foreign policy from the Cold War to today helps us understand global food and refugee crises; the history and politics of food aid, and the transformation of food consumption in modern America.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B299 Exploring History
Spring 2020
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B303 Topics in American History
Section 001 (Fall 2019): American "Fascisms"
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Radical Movements
Fall 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality. Course may be repeated for credit.
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
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Growing Up in Communism
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Metropolis: A Cultural History
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: A Cultural History of the Central European City and its People from the quaint bustling cafes of Vienna to the boulevards and bathhouses of Budapest this seminar will explore the social, cultural, and structural history of Central European cities from the late nineteenth century to the present. In cultural capitals like Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Berlin we will examine how architecture, class formation, popular and high art, leisure, youth culture, (im)migration, gender, and sexuality created and built the urban (and suburban) landscape of Modern Europe.
Current topic description: We are the historical roots of far right ideologies and organizations and what can a historical perspective tell us about the reasons for their continuous attraction? The seminar will examine the histories of radical right movements in Europe from World War I to the present. The course will focus on the historical origins and evolution of key theories, organizations and receptivity of far right movements in both Western and Eastern Europe. As part of the seminar we will also interrogate the relationship between extreme right movements and gender, sexuality, and youth in both the pre and post-World War II era. how did these movements (from Italian fascism and Nazism to contemporary European far right movements) conceptualize their preferred gender and sexual order? What role did women play in these movements? And what made and continues to make these movements appeal to young people?

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HIST B325 Topics in Social History
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Civil War, Race, Amer. Memory
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Queering History
Fall 2019
This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies. Course may be repeated.
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.

Counts toward Africana Studies

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HIST B327 Topics in Early American History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Indigenous Peoples
Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B337 Topics in African History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Hist of Global Health Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Hist of Global Health Africa
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: The course will focus on the issues of public health history, social and cultural history of disease as well as the issues of the history of medicine. We will examine the histories of global initiatives to control disease in Africa from an interdisciplinary perspective (history, and social and biomedical sciences), using case studies from across the continent. These initiatives involve the relationship between states, NGOs, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and other non-state actors. We will explore various themes such as the indigenous theories of disease and therapies; disease, imperialism and medicine; the emerging diseases, medical education, women in medicine, and differential access to health care. We will also explore the questions regarding the sources of African history and their quality.

Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B339 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800
Spring 2020
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
Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: Individual research projects in archival and other sources pursued collaboratively in both digital and conventional formats.

Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B357 Topics in British Empire
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Capitalism and Slavery
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Missionary Positions
Fall 2019
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: Explore intersecting discourses on slavery, freedom, gender, race and colonial empire in emergence and consolidation of capitalist modernity before and after emancipation and decolonization. Successful completion of at least two 200-level courses in History, International Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, or Sociology.

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HIST B364 Medieval Robots
Spring 2020
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.
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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.
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B373 Topics: History of the Middle East
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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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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 B323 Memoria y Guerra Civil
Not offered 2019-20
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.

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ARCH B208 Ancient Near Eastern History
Spring 2020
This course will explore some of the key historical figures, events and inventions that shaped Ancient Near Eastern societies and traditions. We will consider the impact that the modern disciplines of ancient near eastern archaeology and history have had on our understanding of this region. We will also discuss how the ancient history and more recent colonial past of this region has impacted upon and shaped our modern interpretations of this region.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CSTS B108 Roman Africa
Not offered 2019-20
In 146 BCE, Rome conquered and destroyed the North African city of Carthage, which had been its arch-enemy for generations, and occupied many of the Carthaginian settlements in North Africa. But by the second and third centuries CE, North Africa was one of the most prosperous and cultured areas of the Roman Empire, and Carthage (near modern Tunis) was one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. This course will trace the relations between Rome and Carthage, looking at the history of their mutual enmity, the extraordinary rise to prosperity of Roman North Africa, and the continued importance of the region even after the Vandal invasions of the fifth century.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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CSTS B205 Greek History
Not offered 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 B217 The Problem of Evil: Ancient Answers to a Difficult Question
Not offered 2019-20
What is evil, and where does it come from? Ostensibly simple questions that demand good answers. In this course, we shall investigate how ancient authors grappled with the deeply human problems posed by our experiences of both natural and moral evils. Students will read a wide range of texts from Archaic Greece through the early Middle Ages, including drama, philosophy, legal speeches, religious texts, and commentaries. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to rethink their own understanding of this problem and will have the opportunity to consider a number of related thematic questions (e.g., "Why do bad things happen to good people; how can God exist if there is evil?"). Near the end of the course, we shall continue this conversation into the present, taking a closer look at some modern case-studies such as the Milgram experiment. The course includes a field trip to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B131 Chinese Civilization
Spring 2020
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)
Counts toward Counts toward East Asian Languages and Cultures

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EALC B264 Human Rights in China
Spring 2020
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
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Legal Culture in Chinese History
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Not offered 2019-20
This course explores the manifold uses and meanings of textiles in early Byzantine visual and material culture as well as their afterlife as objects of collection and display in the modern era. Students will undertake original research on early Byzantine textiles from the collection of Philadelphia University. Assignments will develop skills in museological writing, including documentation for collection databases and object exhibitions. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or History is recommended, but not required.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B311 Topics in Medieval Art
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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MEST B210 The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spirituality
Not offered 2019-20
This course examines how Muslim societies across time and space have used art and architecture in different ways to express and understand inner dimensions of spirituality and mysticism. Topics to be studied include: the calligraphical remnants of the early Islamic period; inscriptions found on buildings and gravestones; the majestic architecture of mosques, shrines, seminaries, and Sufi lodges; the brilliant arts of the book; the commemorative iconography and passion plays of Ashura devotion; the souvenir culture of modern shrine visitation; and the modern art of twenty-first century Sufism. Readings include works from history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and the history of art and architecture.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B283 Middle East Politics
Not offered 2019-20
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. Prerequisite: Any Intro level Political Science course.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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