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Spring 2021, Graduate Courses

Updated September 2020

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

HISTORY 6110 Introduction to Historical Methods and Research, Tuesday. 9:10 am - noon, Benson 200, Professor Ari Bryen 

This course is an introduction to methods in historical research and writing. By the end of the semester, students will produce a research paper of 25-35 pages, on a topic of their choice, with the goal of crafting an article that could be submitted for publication in a professional peer-reviewed journal. The semester will culminate in a public mini-conference in late April, where students will deliver a 15-20 minute presentation on their research. Along the way, we will discuss matters of professional development, including grant writing, the peer review process, oral presentations, and applying for jobs.

HISTORY 6300 The Art and Craft of Teaching History, Thursday, 9:10-noon, Benson 200. Professor Michael Bess 

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 6500 Readings in Colonial Latin American History, day, time and room, TBD, Professor Jane Landers.
This seminar provides graduate students with an overview of the field of Colonial Latin American history through key readings that include historiographical essays and a selection of monographs and articles designed to acquaint you with the best and most recent scholarship in the field.

HISTORY 8300: Studies in Early Modern European History: Post-Reformation Religion, Wednesday, 6:10-9 pm, Benson 200, Professor Peter Lake
This course will concentrate on post reformation English religion in all its political, cultural and social, as well as theological and religious, ramifications. It will start with the Henrician reformation and end in the period immediately before the civil war. This will not be solely about English Protestantism and a certain stress will be given to things Catholic throughout.  

HISTORY 8050: Studies in Comparative History: "Dark Histories," Monday, 6:10 pm - 9:00 pm, location TBD, Professor Helmut Smith.
Comparative course on how countries face, commemorate, and reflect on the difficult, tragic, or genuinely criminal aspects of their past. Among the topics to be discussed are the United Sates and slavery (and its treatment of first nation peoples), Germany and the Shoah, Japan and World War II, India and the Partition, Mexico and the Caste War, Poland and its collaboration in the “Final Solution,” and Great Britain and its colonial legacy. There will also be discussions of recent efforts, including those in the digital media, to construct and represent more truthful national pasts.

HISTORY 6410 Readings in American History: Civil War to the Present, Wednesdays 12:10-3 pm, room TBD, Professor Jeff Cowie.
Intensive reading seminar on the history and historiography of the United States since the Civil War. This course is not a comprehensive survey, but rather an introduction to the field and a starting point for exam preparations in modern U.S. history. Topics include Reconstruction; corporate consolidation; immigration, ethnicity, race, and identity; expertise, bureaucracy, and the state; political economy and consumer cultures; labor and liberalism; civil rights; the politics of sex and the family; the exercise of U.S. power in the world; radicalism and conservatism in the 1960s and beyond; and "postmodern" America. Throughout, we will be attentive to existing frameworks of interpretation that organize this period of U.S. history, their strengths as well as their weaknesses.

Other courses outside the History Department taught by History professors:

Law 7323: Islamic Law, Date, time and location TBD, Professor Leor Halevi.