Looking for an exciting course this Spring? Check out a few of our upcoming history courses.
Highlighted Spring 2020 Courses
HIST 302U: UA Stories – Creating a Digital Past
M 12:20-2:50 p.m.
This course will focus on the University of Arizona since its organization as a land-grant institution in 1885. You'll be introduced to archival materials such as vintage photographs, student newspapers, scrapbooks, yearbooks, maps, plans, oral histories, government papers, minutes and publications of campus organizations, as well as methodological frameworks for the assessment and analysis of these materials. The class will collaborate on specific projects, focusing on aspects of such topics as student life, campus during wartime, town and gown, outreach, museums, research, campus architecture, UA as a public/state institution, making use of both textual and visual source material to explore a particular question about the past. You'll create a final narrative that is digital in format, such as a website, a documentary, an app, or a podcast. At the end of the semester, students will present these stories as part of a symposium, with an audience invited from the larger community. Projects will be archived under the curatorial auspices of the Department of History.
HIST 308: African Slave Trades
Instructor: Benjamin Lawrance
TR 2:00-3:15 p.m.
This course examines the history of the African slave trade. The trans-Atlantic slave trade was the world's largest forced migration between continents, but it was only one of many slave trades that shaped societies throughout the world. In order to understand the historical significance of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, we will compare it to other slaveries. In examining the historical significance and legacies of the slave trade, we will link the histories of Africa to that of the New World and to Europe. There continue to be heated debates about the volume and impact of the slave trade on African and New World societies. We will explore these debates. The course will also examine the changing meaning of the term "slavery" and examine some modern forms of slavery that persist to this day.
HIST 428: Food, Health, and Environment in History
Instructor: Jeremy Vetter
W 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Does food have a history? While seemingly a mundane aspect of everyday life, food has been central to cultural meaning, political conflict, religious life, and economic and social systems. Food has also been closely connected, both materially and in the realm of ideas, to bodily health and the natural environment, which will be the key themes of this course. Topics may include: the creation of the modern food system, the relationship between food production and landscape change, the shift from local to long-distance food procurement, the transformation of diet, the industrialization of agriculture, farm labor, the history of nutritional science and expert advice about what kinds of foods to eat, the development of global commodity chains, the environmental consequences of changes in the food system, the origins of public policy initiatives such as the school lunch and farm programs, and the rise of movements to challenge the conventional food system, such as vegetarianism, organic agriculture, and the local food movement. We will focus on historical experiences in their global and comparative context. Through this course, we will explore how a historical perspective can be insightful in understanding the food system.
HIST 455: History of Women in Europe
Instructor: Laura Tabili
TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.)
This course will examine the history of women in Europe for the past several centuries, exploring women's participation in social and family labor systems as well as religious, political and cultural life. We will explore how women simultaneously participated in and coped with historical processes such as changing religious and political systems, commercialization and industrialization, and state formation. We will examine major areas of human activity--economic, political, cultural, social, religious, intellectual, to see how they shaped and were in turn shaped by women's activities and women's experiences. We will consider what this has implied for women's autonomy, choices, and power.
HIST 496H / HIST 498: Senior Research Capstone
Options for Spring 2020 include:
- HIST 496H (001): Histories of Memories (Prof. Susan Crane) - T 2:00-4:30pm
- HIST 498 (001): Recent U.S. Foreign Relations (Prof. David Gibbs) - W 6:30-9:00pm
- HIST 498 (002): Cross-Cultural Encounters in World History (Prof. Richard Eaton) - M 12:30-3:00pm
- HIST 498 (101/201): The Middle Ages (Prof. Paul Milliman) - Fully Online