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Fall 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
HIST B102-001Introduction to African CivilizationsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWNgalamulume,K.
HIST B129-001The Religious Conquest of the AmericasSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B156-001The Long 1960'sSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHUllman,S.
HIST B200-001The Atlantic World 1492-1800Semester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B218-001Memories, Memorials, and Representations of World War ISemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWKurimay,A.
HIST B234-001An Introduction to Middle Eastern HistorySemester / 1LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TDept. staff, TBA
HIST B237-001Themes in Modern African History: Public History in AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHNgalamulume,K.
HIST B286-001Topics in the British Empire: Birth of Nations, Nationalism and DecolonizationSemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWKale,M.
HIST B292-001Women in Britain since 1750Semester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHKale,M.
HIST B298-001Politics of FoodSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWUllman,S.
HIST B325-001Topics in Social History: Queering HistorySemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TUllman,S.
HIST B327-001Topics in Early American History: Indigenous PeoplesSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B337-001Topics in African History: Hist of Global Health AfricaSemester / 1LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MNgalamulume,K.
HIST B398-001Approaches to Historical PraxisSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FDept. staff, TBA
HIST B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
HIST B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B205-001Greek HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWEdmonds,R.
CSTS B207-001Early Rome and the Roman RepublicSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFScott,R.
HART B218-001Byzantine Textiles in Life and DeathSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHTeaching Assistant,T., Walker,A.

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 MWKurimay,A.
HIST B245-001Topics in Modern US HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM MWVider,S.
HIST B264-001Passages from India: 1800-PresentSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWKale,M.
HIST B265-001Colonial Encounters in the AmericasSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B284-001Movies and America: The Past Lives ForeverSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHUllman,S.
Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM W
HIST B299-001Exploring HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FNgalamulume,K.
HIST B303-001Topics in American History: Radical MovementsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WUllman,S.
HIST B319-001Topics in Modern European History: Growing Up in CommunismSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TKurimay,A.
HIST B337-001Topics in African History: Hist of Global Health AfricaSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THNgalamulume,K.
HIST B357-001Topics in British Empire: Missionary PositionsSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM THKale,M.
HIST B371-001Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and FictionSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TGallup-Diaz,I.
HIST B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
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.
EALC B131-001Chinese CivilizationSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWJiang,Y.
EALC B200-001Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches in East Asian StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHKwa,S.
EALC B325-001Topics in Chinese History and Culture: Legal Culture in Chinese HistorySemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWJiang,Y.
POLS B283-001Middle East PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWFenner,S.

Fall 2019

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2018-19 Catalog Data

HIST B101 The Historical Imagination
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018
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 2018-19
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 B125 Amerindians, Europeans, and Slaves: Early Modern Colonialism
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
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
Fall 2018
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
Fall 2018
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
Fall 2018
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
In the early modern period, conquistadors, missionaries, travelers, pirates, and natural historians wrote interesting texts in which they tried to integrate the New World into their existing frameworks of knowledge. This intellectual endeavor was an adjunct to the physical conquest of American space, and provides a framework though which we will explore the processes of imperial competition, state formation, and indigenous and African resistance to colonialism.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B215 Europe and the Other 1492-1800
Not offered 2018-19
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 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
Fall 2018
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 (Fall 2017): Gender- Modern European State
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Holocaust: History and Politics of Commemoration
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Human Rights:Theory & Practice
Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: What are the origins of human rights? Are human rights universal? This course examines the history of human rights, as a set of ideas and as a motivation for social action from the French Revolution to the present. Concentrating on the role of human rights in European history, the course considers how ideas about rights motivated political and social change and looks at how different groups defined and fought for rights, either for themselves or others. From the birth of the first NGO to the establishment of the United Nations we will discuss such issues as humanitarianism, genocide, internationalism, abolition, torture, colonialism, activism and lgtbq rights. Throughout the class we will consider the differences between ideas about human rights and how those ideas have been implemented at different times, different places, and by different actors. In doing so, the course will trace the historical evolution of international human rights

Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2018-19
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

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HIST B233 Health and Disability in the U.S.
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018
This course serves as an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East. We will also explore the narratives and debates that have shaped the field of Middle East history. Topics include orientalism, colonialism, political reform, social, cultural, and intellectual movements, nationalism, and the Cold War. Readings will be drawn from the fields of history, anthropology, politics, and literature.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B236 African History since 1800
Not offered 2018-19
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 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description:The course will explore the colonial and postcolonial practices in public history. It will address the following question: in an age of "fake news" and "history wars", how can we understand the relationship between the public and the place of the past? Topics will include exhibitions; museum practices and colonial outlooks; commemorations and identities; monuments; film, popular history and memory; heritage and regeneration; oral history and public engagement; and public policy. We will also discuss ongoing inter-sectional and interdisciplinary decolonizing approaches to breaking received hierarchies and narratives. The course will also introduce students to the multi-faceted method of public history - in theory, application, and critique.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B241 America 1890-1945
Not offered 2018-19
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
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018): Maroon Societies
Not offered 2018-19
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 (Fall 2017): Making Public Queer History
Spring 2019
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history.
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 B249 History of Global Health
Not offered 2018-19
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
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
This course considers ideas about and experiences of "modern" India, i.e., India during the colonial and post-Independence periods (roughly 1757-present). While "India" and "Indian history" along with "British empire" and "British history" will be the ostensible objects of our consideration and discussions, the course proposes that their imagination and meanings are continually mediated by a wide variety of institutions, agents, and analytical categories (nation, religion, class, race, gender, to name a few examples). The course uses primary sources, scholarly analyses, and cultural productions to explore the political economies of knowledge, representation, and power in the production of modernity.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B264 Passages from India: 1800-Present
Spring 2019
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
Spring 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 B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B284 Movies and America: The Past Lives Forever
Spring 2019
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
Fall 2018
This is a topics course covering various "topics" in the study of the British Empire. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course explores the politics and genealogies on nationalist movements in South Asia from the late 19th century through the establishment of sovereign nations from 1947-72, considering the implications and legacies of empire, nationalism and anti-colonialism for the nations and peoples of the subcontinent from independence through the present.

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

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HIST B289 History of Modern France
Not offered 2018-19
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
Fall 2018
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
Fall 2018
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 2019
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 2017): American "Fascisms"
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Radical Movements
Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics have included medicine, advertising, and history of sexuality.
Current topic description: Americans have often resisted perceived oppression through radical means. Although commonly erased by history or marginalized in memory as ineffective, in fact radical movements have profoundly transformed the course of American history. This seminar focuses on key radical movements and actors from the ante bellum era through today. Enrollment limit: 15 students.

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HIST B307 Topics in European Cultural History
Not offered 2018-19
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 2017): The History of the Far Right Movements in Europe
Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course explores European communism as a lived experience from the 1930s until the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. It examines various aspects of life in the socialist Eastern Block ranging from education, youth culture, Communist Party life, law and policing to leisure, consumerism, disability, sex and romance. Beyond looking at how life was lived during communism the course will also ask how life under communism has been remembered, represented, and understood since the end of the Cold War. Prerequisite: at least one course in Hstory.

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HIST B325 Topics in Social History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Queering History
Fall 2018
This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course examines both key events and developments in the emerging visibility of queer subjects in the American historical context as well the processes by which such visibility occurs. How is queer history made? What kinds of historical knowledges are produced when we begin asking different questions? While we will study a sampling of specific historical moments, the focus of the course will be this search to understand what it would mean to 'queer' American history.

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HIST B327 Topics in Early American History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Indigenous Peoples
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: A seminar exploring indigenous societies and cultures of the Americas through interdisciplinary scholarship. The course's aim is to explore the evolution of several indigenous societies and cultures in order to frame Native peoples as actors on historical playing fields that were as rich, complex, and subject to change as those that the European intruders and their descendants later occupied.

Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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HIST B337 Topics in African History
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Hist of Global Health Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Hist of Global Health Africa
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Hist of Global Health Africa
Fall 2018, Spring 2019
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 nonstate 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.
Current topic description: The course examines the history 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
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B339 The Making of the African Diaspora 1450-1800
Not offered 2018-19
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
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B351 Intoxicated Identities: Alcohol Consumption in Mod Mideast
Not offered 2018-19
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 (Spring 2019): Missionary Positions
Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: "Explores, in the specific historical contexts of South Asia, the continuities between gendered aspects of colonial expansion and governance, and the postcolonial political economy of development aid, focusing on the category as well as on the agency of women."

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HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Magic in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2018-19
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
Spring 2019
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
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Gender & Sexuality
Not offered 2018-19
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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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 2018-19
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 B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2018-19
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
Spring 2019
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 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B278 American Environmental History
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores major themes of American environmental history, examining changes in the American landscape, the history of ideas about nature and the interaction between the two. Students will study definitions of nature, environment, and environmental history while investigating interactions between Americans and their physical worlds.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environments
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CSTS B205 Greek History
Fall 2018
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
Fall 2018
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 B217 The Problem of Evil: Ancient Answers to a Difficult Question
Not offered 2018-19
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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CSTS B230 Food and Drink in the Ancient World
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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EALC B131 Chinese Civilization
Spring 2019
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 B200 Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches in East Asian Studies
Spring 2019
This course introduces current and prospective majors to the scope and methods of East Asian Studies. It employs readings on East Asian history and culture as a platform for exercises in critical analysis, bibliography, cartography and the formulation of research topics and approaches. It culminates in a substantial research essay. Required of East Asian Studies majors, but open to others by permission, the course should be taken before the senior year. Prerequisite: One year of Chinese or Japanese.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B264 Human Rights in China
Not offered 2018-19
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
Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This seminar explores legal culture in Chinese history with an emphasis on the imperial age. Topics includes philosophical foundation of legal culture; evolution of legal institutions; the role of law in the founding of the Chinese empire, stabilizing government, regulating family, structuring society, defining gender, and transforming the people. This course meets the College requirements for "Approaches to Inquiry" in "Cross-cultural Analysis" and "Inquiry into the Past.

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EALC B352 China's Environment
Not offered 2018-19
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 Counts toward Environmental Studies

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EALC B353 The Environment on China's Frontiers
Not offered 2018-19
This seminar explores environmental issues on China's frontiers from a historical perspective. It focuses on the particular relationship between the environment and the frontier, examining how these two variables have interacted. The course will deal with the issues such as the relationship between the environment and human ethnic and cultural traditions, social movements, economic growth, political and legal institutions and practices, and changing perceptions. The frontier regions under discussion include Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, and the southwestern ethnic areas, which are all important in defining what China is and who the Chinese are.

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ENGL B359 Dead Presidents
Not offered 2018-19
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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GERM B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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HART B211 Topics in Medieval Art History
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Fall 2018
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 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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HART B355 Topics in the History of London
Not offered 2018-19
Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century.

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POLS B283 Middle East Politics
Spring 2019
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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