400 Historiography (Pincince)
410 Topics in Environmental History (Johnson)
410 History of Emotions (Rosenwein)
441 Women and Gender: Europe (Weinreb)
480 Public History: Method and Theory (Mooney-Melvin)
483 Public History: Oral History Method and Practice (Manning)
484 Material Culture (Fraterrigo)
558 American Cultural History (Gorn)
Fall 2014 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
HIST 400 - Historiography
Wed: 6:00PM - 8:30PM
This course focuses on twentieth century historiography, emphasizing changing interpretive paradigms and innovative methodologies from early Marxist histories to Post-Colonial, Environmental, and World histories. The course examines the rise of social history and cultural history as the dominant historical genres and the new focus on previously ignored subjects like gender and sexuality. In so doing, it also explores the impact on historians of theories and methodologies from other fields, especially the social sciences and literary criticism. This course should be taken early in the student's program.
HIST 410 - Topics in Environmental History
Mon: 2:45pm - 5:15pm
Environmental History expands the customary framework of historical inquiry, incorporating such actors as animals, diseases, and climate alongside more familiar human institutions and creations. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to major concepts, sources and debates in the field so that they are prepared to engage with American environmental history in their own research and teaching. We consider how the inhabitants of this continent were shaped by nature, shaped their own very different environments, and made sense of these processes.
HIST 410 - Topics in the History of Emotion
Tues: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Emotions, like everything else, have a history. This course, which can be taken as either a colloquium or a seminar (see note below), explores that history at the same time as it considers approaches to the topic and methods to do research in it. After a brief overview of current theories of emotions, we will read some old ways of doing emotions history and some new ones that include histories of the United States, Africa, and Europe. Students will participate in one or more in-class reports on various readings. Those taking the course as a colloquium will write a book review on a book of emotions history in their particular field. Those taking it as a seminar will write a research paper and will also present their findings in a mini-conference on the last day of class.
N.B. This class can count for a 500-level seminar for students graduating in academic year 2014-15 with the instructor's permission and on condition that the final paper is a primary-source research paper. Seminar credit should be worked out with the instructor and the GPD within the first two weeks of the semester.
HIST 441 - Women's and Gender History: Europe
Thur: 4:15PM - 6:45PM
This course explores major topical, theoretical, and methodological issues in women's and gender history, including work on the body, feminism, sexuality, masculinity, and the family. We will examine the ways in which this scholarship has influenced the study of core concerns of modern history ranging from labor and empire to to politics and popular culture. While our core texts will be taken from case studies in 19th and 20th century Europe, readings will also draw upon recent scholarship on the United States and the Global South. Thus, students not focusing on Europe are explicitly encouraged to enroll.
HIST 480 - Public History: Method and Theory
M: 6:00PM - 8:30PM
This course explores the field of public history with special emphasis on the theoretical and methodological challenges faced when preserving or presenting history outside of a formal classroom environment. Also under consideration will be the professional and ethical responsibilities of the historian both inside and outside of the university setting. Students will be able to understand the theoretical and methodological issues of importance to the field of public history, reflect upon ethical issues involved in the collection, curation, and presentation of history, and participate in applied projects drawing upon public history methodologies and presentation modes.
Instructor consent required. Email Graduate Program Assistant: email@example.com
HIST 483 - Public History: Oral History: Method and Practice
Thur: 6:00PM - 8:30PM
This course begins with a review of the various approaches to oral history and a survey of studies which have depended on it. Students will be asked to design a group oral history project. After testing the design and evaluating their initial interviewing efforts, they will complete the project and interpret the data. Each student will be expected to complete part of the research report as well as conduct one or more interviews.
HIST 484 - Material Culture
Wed: 4:15PM - 6:45PM
This course introduces graduate students to a wide range of approaches to the study of American material culture in its many forms, including homespun artifacts and mass-produced consumer objects, roadside architecture and urban form, the body and fashion, foodways, and the material culture of childhood. The course will consider the various ways scholars use material culture to "do history", with an emphasis on artifacts as evidence of cultural expression and as products and mediators of social relations. Department consent is required for this Public History Course. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll.
HIST 558 - Studies in American Cultural History
Mon: 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Research seminar using primary sources in American cultural, social, technological, intellectual and institutional history. The emphasis will be on the city but will vary according to the instructor.