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Fall 2018, Graduate Courses

Updated June 5, 2018. If you see any discrepancies between times listed below and the YES schedule please notify Heidi Welch. The YES schedule is always correct.

If you would like additional information on the following courses, please contact the instructor by clicking the email link beside their name.

HISTORY 6100 Introduction to Historical Methods and Research, Thursday, 9:10-noon, Benson 200. Professor Moses Ochonu

This course examines major trends in historical writing, from ancient to recent times. It seeks to introduce students to the "historian's task" and the various ways scholars/writers have approached it.

HISTORY 6300 The Art and Craft of Teaching History, Tuesday, 9:10-noon, Benson 200. Professor Marshall Eakin.

Introduction to the theory and practice of college-level teaching. Readings on pedagogical theory, current research on teaching and learning. Hands-on exercises in course design, preparing tests and assignments, grading, lecturing, leading discussion, cooperative learning, service-learning, and the use of technology to enhance teaching.

HISTORY 6400 Readings in American History to the Civil War, Wednesday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Kimberly Welch.

This course is the graduate level introduction to recent literature in early American history, from the era of colonization through the Civil war. Books have been selected to include a wide range of periods, regions, topics, and methods. Weekly discussions will focus on the historiographical and methodological significance of each book.

HISTORY 8050 Studies in Comparative History: Cultural History: Theories, Methods and Themes, Monday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Celia Applegate.

This course will consider a range of approaches to cultural history including microhistory as well as big history; the history of the book as well as aural and visual sources; the history of the senses and of consumption; the history of ideas from below as well as from above; the history of cultural transfer as well as cultural hegemony, local and global. Although the majority of the texts will come from historians of Europe and European cultural theorists, the methods and the problems we address are common to non-European historiographies as well, and graduate students in all areas are welcome.

HISTORY 8200 Third Year Dissertation Seminar, Tuesday, 3:10 – 6:00 pm, Buttrick 308 during May; in the fall Benson 200. Professor Julia Cohen.

Note that this course meets intensively during May 2017 and then on Tuesday evenings August - October up to VU Fall break.

HISTORY 8250 Early Modern Empires, Wednesday, 3:10 – 6:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Samira Sheikh.

This course offers an interdisciplinary study of early modern societies, including, but not limited to, non-European contexts. Themes may include land and seaborne empires, political, diplomatic, social, and religious history, material culture, environmental history, and globalization.

HISTORY 8600 Comparative Slavery in the Colonial Americas, Tuesday, 12:10-3:00 pm, room TBA. Professor Jane Landers.

This is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of comparative slavery in the Americas. It will introduce you to exemplary scholarship in what is an exciting and rapidly growing field of "Atlantic world" slave studies. You will read works examining slavery in Spanish, British, French, and Portuguese America. Topics covered will include labor and culture in slave communities; the legal and customary treatment of slaves; varieties and examples of slave resistance, and free African communities in the colonial Americas. Please note, this is not a course on the antebellum United States.

HISTORY 8630 Research Seminar in Latin American History, Wednesday, 9:10 am -12:00 pm, room TBA. Professor Celso Castilho.

The primary aim of the seminar is the production of a research paper of about 10, 000 words (30-35 pages, double spaced). Students will develop their topic in consultation with the instructor, and are encouraged to frame their inquiries around the central issues animating the study of Latin American politics. We will survey key topics in this field—empire, citizenship, state formation, and the public sphere—during the first few weeks of the term, and the papers are expected to substantively engage, and ideally move forward, the theoretical discussions on their respective problem of analysis. Students from other departments (literature, anthropology, LAS, etc...) are welcome, and in the past have done exceedingly well. Broadly, the group readings and individual papers will push us to consider how and why the field has changed as it has in the last 20 to 25 years, taking into account the transnational turn, the digital revolution, shifts in global geopolitics, and greater international collaboration among scholars. Once more, the fundamental goal of the course is to further your research interests through the writing of a primary-based paper. Accordingly, you will spend most of the term writing and revising. The course requires three, full-length versions of the paper, a conference-style presentation, and a committed effort in peer-review. In the past, those that arrived with a topic in mind, and having identified/gathered the bulk of their primary materials, have benefitted from the structure of the course. This will be a demanding and rewarding seminar. Please write me prior to the start of classes if you have any questions. I am looking forward to working together.


DIV/REL 6730 The History of Religion in America, Tuesday 1:10-3:50, room TBA, Professor Dennis Dickerson, a 3-credit course.

The history of the religions in America beginning with colonial religious experiments in the New World. Examines American "church history" as well as the influence of non-Christian religions in American culture.