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Special Topics Courses: 2007-8

HS 199 01 Introduction to Public History (Fall: Michael Husband)  

This course is an introduction to the theory, methods, practice and politics of history produced in public places. The course explores history that is seen, heard, read and interpreted by a popular audience, and provides an introduction to both the variety of work in which public historians are engaged and the ways in which they work  to broaden the public's understanding and appreciation of the past. The course provides an opportunity to "do" history in a community setting, and explores a variety of career options, including cultural resource management, heritage resource planning, and museum and archival administration. 

HS 199 02 ST: The Sixties (Fall: David Sowell) 

The Sixties exist in memory as well as in fact. Unfortunately, the memory of the Sixties is misshaped by nostalgia, personal opinions, pop commercialization, and sheer ignorance. This first-year seminar seeks to understand the sixties for what they were, not what they are remembered to have been. We will explore the decade through seven themes: the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Youth Movement, the Vietnam War, Popular Opinion, Music, and the origins of the Conservative Movement. Through the use of primary materials, frequent writing assignments, readings, and classroom discussion, each student will gain a better understanding of the Sixties.

HS 299 01 ST: "No Sex Please, We're British": Sexuality in Britain (Fall: Alison Fletcher)

No Sex Please introduces students to a range of texts relating to the history of sexuality in nineteenth and twentieth century Britian. Why did questions of sexuality come to occupy such a prominent place in a society frequently portrayed as prudent and reserved about sexual matters? How did the management and practice of sex generate new networks of power and government? We will cover topics such as prostitution, birth control, models of masculinity, female romantic relationships, the Victorian family, campaigns for gay and lesbian rights, and the emergence of sexology as a scholarly discipline.

HS 299 01 ST: British Empire (Spring: Alison Fletcher)

This course is a thematic introduction to the British empire with Emphasis on the Indian subcontinent, Southern Africa, Ireland, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. The course is informed and structured by the premise that the experience of empire was not just about the impact of British imperialism on others but rather a relationship, unequal in nature, between metropolitan British culture and the diverse peoples and cultures of the empire. Special attention will be given to the institutional structures instituted in the empire, the natural interchange between the British and their imperial subjects, race relations and imperial identity, and the question of colonial genocide.

HS 299 ST: American West (Spring: Michael Husband)


HS 399 01 ST: Southern Africa (Fall: Alison Fletcher)

This course familiarizes students with the history of southern Africa from the pre-colonial period to the present and will foster an appreciation for the central role of southern Africa in global history. Special attention will be given to the Khoisan, the migration of Bantu- speaking peoples, European incursion,the Mfecane, the mineral revolution that lead to rapid industrialization and urbanization, the South Africa War, nationhood and Afrikaner nationalism, segregation and apartheid, black protest and resistance, and the unraveling of apartheid. We will conclude with an assessment of the newly independent nations in Southern Africa, which today includes the nations of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, and Malawi.

HS 399 01 ST: Crimes against Humanity (Spring: Alison Fletcher)


HS 499 01 ST: The Cold War (Fall: Doug Stiffler)

This course introduces the historiography and major events of the Cold War era in international history.  We will explore the various ways in which historians have interpreted the Cold War, with particular attention to what has been called “The New Cold War History.”  While much attention will be paid to the main Cold War antagonists, the United States and the Soviet Union, we will also focus on how the Great Powers’ political struggles affected the intermediate zones of Europe, northeast Asia, and the Third World.  The course also emphasizes the effects of the struggle on ordinary people as we study the Cold War home fronts in the USA, the Soviet Union, and China.