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Fall 2020 Courses
Looking for an exciting course this fall? Check out a few of our upcoming history courses.
Highlighted Fall 2020 Courses
HIST 307: History of the Bicycle
Instructor: David Ortiz
MW 9:30-10:45 a.m.
The modern bicycle has been present in human lives for less than a century and a half. Yet in that brief period of time it has spread throughout the world and its popularity is near-universal. In this course we will trace the evolution of bicycle in four distinct ways: as a transportation device, with a gendered component; as a site for the development of human technology; as commodity for economic development; and as a device for human pleasure, leisure time, and exercise. We will explore its invention, growth, and development from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries in societies around the world. We will survey important developments in the history of the bicycle from approximately 1850 to the present.
HIST 321A: Britain 1700-1914: Industry & Empire
Instructor: Laura Tabili
TR 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Industrialization has been one of the most significant processes of the past millennium, and its effects remain controversial today. The Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the mid-1700s and eventually spread to encompass the globe. In this course we will examine the unique preconditions, the unprecedented rise and decline, and the lasting effects of the first industrial revolution and the first industrial society, modern Britain. We will explore the characteristics distinguishing "modern" industrial societies; how economic upheaval produced struggles over political power among different social groups; and how understandings of government's responsibilities and the state's role in economic systems changed over time. We will also address how family and gender both constrained historical change and were altered by it, and consider relations between the state and individuals, as well as Britain's changing relations with the continent of Europe, its empire, and the wider world.
HIST 375A: Histories of Memories in the 19th Century
Instructor: Susan Crane
TR 11:00-12:15 p.m.
History is the formal study of the past through the traces left by our predecessors, in written, oral, material and visual culture. Historical narratives are always informed by memories: memory of the past alive in individuals’ minds, and memories of learning about the past as transmitted through written and visual history. History and memory are not opposed terms: history and memory shape each other. Memories exist in individual brains, but they would not persist without social and collective memory frameworks.
This course will examine histories of memories during the “long” nineteenth century (1789-1918) through the institutions and technologies that facilitate recall: museums, photography and cinema, print media and visual culture, as well as academic disciplines which emerged in western civilizations to study memory phenomena, such as history, psychology, archaeology, paleontology and more – many of which were created in the 19th century. The emergence of modern notions of time and its rapid pace of change will be considered alongside practices of preservation, conservation and the creation of memorials and monuments. Topics may include: the human body as a site of memory (tattoos, funerary practices); Napoleonic and Civil War memorials; theories of extinction; the first public museums; time capsules; tourism and souvenirs; the foundations of the modern university.
HIST 495F: Archives, Museums & Zoos: Intro to Public History
Instructor: Marya McQuirter
M 12:20-2:50 p.m.
Are you curious about public history? Do you want to learn digital humanities (dh) tools? This course introduces students to theoretical, practical and digital approaches to public history. I define public history as history produced for public audiences. In this course, you will read and critique books, articles and digital projects. You will also learn dh tools and individually and collaboratively create projects using dh tools. The course is particularly attuned to the places where individuals learn history: universities, museums, zoos, YouTube, archives, libraries, documentaries, Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram and tours. You will also investigate the affordances and challenges that analog and digital tools offer to historians. For the final major assignment, you will have the option of writing a paper or creating a dh project.
HIST 496H / HIST 498: Senior Research Capstone
Options for fall 2020 include:
- HIST 498 (001): Riots and Social Uprisings in the U.S. (Prof. Erika Pérez) - Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 p.m.
- HIST 498 (002): Britain and the Modern World (Prof. Laura Tabili) - Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15 p.m.
- HIST 498 (102): The 1970s (Prof. Jeremy Vetter) - Fully Online
- HIST 498 (202): National Parks in History (Prof. Jeremy Vetter) - Fully Online