Upcoming Courses

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Highlighted Courses for Spring 2016

HSTCMP 121: Global Environmental History, Feast and Famine

Examines how consumption in societies such as China, India, Japan, Africa, Europe, and the Americas developed between 1500 and the present. The goal is familiarity with the broad patterns of global history and how they fit into debates about environmental history.

HSTCMP 245: Exploration & Empire

Explores key moments in the history of exploration and empire, 1300-1800. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, focuses on scientific and artistic aspects of exploration, their implications for imperialism, and legacies in the post-colonial world.

HSTCMP 315: History of Technology to 1940

Technology since the Middle Ages, in its social and historical contexts. From the medieval foundations of metal working, its social consequences and the establishment of a class of engineering practitioners, to the transformation of American rural life, domestic technology, and industry before World War II.

HSTCMP 410: Medicine, History & Society

Investigates the origins of aspects of contemporary life form vitamins, to giving birth in a hospital, bringing a historical perspective to topics including the politics of pharmaceuticals, the emergence of genetic determinism, and bioethics.

HSTCMP 490 A: Gender, Sex and Religion: Jewish and Christian Foundations

The interpreters of the bible shaped the gendered categories and hierarchies that many readers take for granted today. In this class, students are invited to explore debates within ancient texts, within scholarship, and within society about gender, sex, and sexuality. To investigate biblical stories and their legacy in Judaism and Christianity, we will employ academic approaches from the fields of bible and literary criticism, history, anthropology, sociology, archaeology as well as gender and feminist studies.

HSTCMP 490 B: Politics of Race, Disease and Biology

This course will introduce students to the ways in which people have been constructed through racial, biological and genetic terms in the history of medicine and science. We will explore the historical construction of race as a social and biological category, and the rise of racial science and eugenics at the turn of the century. We will examine the ways medical research and practice has been motivated by assumptions of racial hierarchy, and ask what the re-emergence of racial classification in twenty first century genetics means for our understanding of human difference. Considering examples from Jewish, African-American, and colonial experiences, students will learn how changing definitions of disease, the body and race, have shaped our understanding of the health of individuals, specific populations and the public.

HSTAA 302: Nineteenth Century America

Explores the history of everyday Americans (women, slaves, working people, farmers) of a variety of races, ethnicities, and citizenships in the context of the major cultural, social, and political changes that dramatically transformed their lives over the course of the nineteenth century.

HSTAA 371: Consumerism in the U.S.

Surveys the rise of consumer society in the late-nineteenth-and twentieth-century United States including theories of consumption, the experience of consumer culture by different social groups, the role of the state in fostering consumption, the material impacts of consumer society in the U.S. and beyond, and critiques of consumerism.

HSTAS 211: History of Chinese Civilization

Intensive survey of Chinese civilization from earliest times to today. Introduces all students, including East Asian history majors, to the general sweep of Chinese history. Social, cultural, and intellectual developments.

HSTAFM 463: Modern Persian Gulf

Introduction to the histories of Arabian Peninsula states, Iraq, Iran, and their linkages since the eighteenth century. Topics to be covered include imperialism and its legacies, political economy of oil, governmental structures and political transitions, identify formation, political ideologies, urbanization, and relations with the broader Middle East and Indian Ocean.