Summer 2020 Courses

Looking for an exciting course this summer? Check out our upcoming history courses.

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Pre-Session: May 18 - June 6

Fully Online

Instructor: Mary Pierce

This course aims at a broad analysis of the enthralling history and legacies of the Tudor and Stuart dynasties that ruled England from 1458 to 1714. The objective is to understand how in a quarter century the radical political and religious events, and figures, transformed the social, political and religious structures of England, giving birth to the foundation of England as a united kingdom, and significant world power. The course begins by focusing on the Tudors with emphasis on Henry VIII and the English Reformation, the return to Catholicism under Mary Tudor, the creation of a new Anglican Church under Elizabeth I and its unforeseen consequences. From there, it explores the Stuarts, with attention to the catastrophic English Revolution culminating in the public execution of King Charles I in 1649, and the rise of the English republic that ended with the restoration of monarchy in 1660. The course then reflects on the transformation of the English state following the elite coup d'etat of 1688, the Glorious Revolution, a fundamental watershed that cleared the way for a constitutional monarchy, parliamentary sovereignty, and religious toleration in England.

Seven Week One: May 18 - July 3

Fully Online

Instructor: John Bauschatz

This course offers a survey of Roman History from the prehistoric settlements in the area of the Seven Hills to the deterioration of the western Empire in the fifth century C.E. Special topics of interest include the material culture of the Roman world; the use of images in the pursuit of political agendas; classical notions of the divine; and concepts of gender, power, and identity. Popular representations of ancient Rome, specifically in film, will provide another area of consideration for comparison throughout the semester.

Fully Online

Instructor: Ruth Oropeza

In the 14th century, an infectious disease that came to be known as the Black Death emerged in Asia and spread along trade routes to Europe, killing an estimated 60% of the population in about a year. Using the Black Death as a starting point, this course will examine the history of epidemics across the globe from 1350 to the present day using five case studies: Black Death (14th century); Smallpox (1775-82); Cholera (mid 19th century); Spanish Influenza (1918); and HIV/AIDS (1980s to the present).  We will spend a significant amount of the course analyzing primary sources from those who witnessed epidemics, treated the sick, and lived and died during various epidemic outbreaks and attempted to understand them from a range of personal, literary, film, medical, media, museum, and public health perspectives.
Over the course of the semester, we will analyze how epidemic and infectious diseases created historical watersheds that have shaped our world history socially, politically, environmentally, and economically to the present day. We will also examine human responses to epidemics in artistic, cultural, and intellectual realms, and the ways in which politicians, medical doctors, national and international bureaucracies, religious personnel, scholars, and everyday women and men debated their philosophical and moral implications. The final weeks of the course analyze contemporary "pandemic preparedness" policy and responses to health threats including vaccine controversies, ebola, and H1N1.

Fully Online

Instructor: Frank Whitehead

Causes and effects of America's longest war in light of global U.S.-Soviet rivalry and Asian nationalism.

Fully Online

Instructor: James Barefoot

Survey of Argentine history and culture from the colonial era to the present.

Five Week One: June 8 - July 9

Fully Online

Instructor: Cheikh Tijani Isselmou

This course is an introduction to the history of an enormous continent, Africa. Because of the size of the geography, population and time covered, one of the main purposes of this course is to pave the way to the upper division regional and thematic classes. We will move our way through African history both temporally and thematically. Lectures will introduce key themes and ideas and in section you will discuss historical evidence for African communities, cultures and ideas. This course is suitable to those who know nothing of Africa, and to those who are considering taking an upper division lecture classes or seminar in African history or Africana Studies.

Fully Online

Instructor:  Samuel Baum

European political, economic, social & cultural change from the French Revolution to the present.  Industrialization, revolutions, nation-building, empire-building, world wars, gender and class relations.

Fully Online

Instructor: Ali Atabey

A lecture course focusing on Europe in the age of bubonic plague (from 1348 to 1720), with emphasis on changes in climate, food supplies, public health, epidemic disease, demography, and economy. The last third of the course will be devoted to the religious and artistic responses to disaster.

Fully Online

Instructor: Robert McMicken

Political, constitutional, economic, and military developments in the U.S. and the Confederacy during and after the Civil War.

Seven Week Two: July 6 - August 21

Fully Online

Instructor: John Bauschatz

A political, social and cultural history of Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great.

Fully Online

Instructor: Amado Guzman

Examines the history of changing relations between human society and the natural world in North America.

Fully Online

Instructor: Cristina Urias  Espinoza

Evolution of the borderlands since the mid-nineteenth century, with emphasis on bi-national interaction and interdependence.

Fully Online

Instructor: Alexander Schweig

Rise of Islam, creation of Islamic society, relationship of religion and politics.

Five Week Two: July 13 - August 12

Fully Online

Instructor: Jesus Salazar

An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American societies from the 1820s to the present that gives special emphasis to diversity within Latin America and to dynamic and, hence, historical processes of social, political, cultural, and economic change over time.

Fully Online

Instructor: Frank Whitehead

Survey of American wars from colonial times to the present; military institutions, doctrine, application of the principles of war, campaign strategies and tactics, technology, and leadership.

Fully Online

Instructor: Robert McMicken

History of law and order in western North America in the context of the political, economic, environmental, social, and cultural history during the long nineteenth century, from the Land Ordinance of 1785 to the war between capital and labor.

Fully Online

Instructor: Ryan Kashanipour

The impact of conquest and Spanish rule on the native peoples of Mexico, Central American, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Topics include: conquest and ecology; land and labor; religion and culture; adaptation and resistance.