Hist 280-901: The Slave’s World
MWF 10:20-11:10 Dr. Albert Broussard
Slavery in the United States and the western world has widely been regarded as a profound moral problem and one that Americans are still coming to terms with today. This course will examine the institution of slavery from the slave’s point of view by reading original sources such as slave narratives and autobiographies that were written by enslaved American Americans over the course of two centuries. How enslaved people interpreted their enslavement will be the central focus of this course.
Hist 280-902: U.S. – Mexico Borderlands
TR 9:35-10:50 Dr. Sonia Hernandez
Students will learn about the process of border-making, the emergence of the nation-state, identities, state-sanctioned and non-state sanctioned violence, the way in which gender, labor, race, ethnicity and space has been defined/used/negotiated and contested in the U.S. Mexico borderlands. Emphasis will be given to the historiography and research methodologies of this topic.
Hist 280-903: The Japanese Colonial Empire
MWF 10:20-11:10 Dr. Hoi-eun Kim
As a sophomore writing-intensive seminar, this course is designed to improve students’ reading and writing skills, using the Japanese colonial empire (1894-1945) as a case study. In particular, this course will focus on ‘people on the move’ who crisscrossed between the metropole and other colonial locations—these were colonial adventurists, technocrats, doctors, and anthropologists, who were willing to take advantage of opportunities that the newly created imperial space provided for them, but these were also migrant laborers and even sex-slaves who were forced to withstand in bare hands the inherently unequal (and often violent) political economy of the colonial system.
Hist 280-904: Popular Morality in America
TR 9:35-10:50 Dr. Trent MacNamara
This course examines the changing ways Americans have defined a good life. What is just, noble, and righteous? What are legitimate sources of moral authority? Which values deserve priority? Students will choose a moral debate or movement from U.S. history, research it using primary and secondary sources, and produce a short original paper on their topic.
Hist 280-905: Paris at War
TR 12:45-2:00 Dr. Rebecca Schloss
In this seminar, we will explore how war influenced social, political, and cultural dynamics in France’s capitol city during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through a series of case studies- the 1848 Revolution, the 1870 Paris Commune, World War 1, World War 2, and the Algerian War- we will examine how historical changes influenced ideas about and the practice of war in France and her colonies.
Hist 280-906: Digital History
TR 3:55-5:10 Dr. Daniel Schwartz
Scholars and students increasingly use digital tools for historical research. This seminar seeks to produce history students prepared to engage critically with emerging methodologies. Students will interact with digital tools in a variety of ways as they learn digital research methods, study the construction of digital history projects in a variety of historical sub-fields, and produce a small digital history project of their own. Throughout the process, students will write about the role of digital tools in historical research: how they advance the field, how they allow scholars to ask new questions, and how they might constrain views of the past. The final research paper will integrate a critical assessment of a digital history project available on the web with the analysis of a primary source base relevant to that assessment.