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Spring 2020, Graduate Courses

Updated October 2019.

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, 9:10-12:00 noon, Benson 200. Professor Arleen Tuchman.

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, 9:10-12:00 noon, Benson 200. Professor Celso Castilho.

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.

HIST 8320: Studies in European History, Day, time and location, TBA. Professor Celia Applegate.

HIST 8340 Studies in German History: Problems and Sources in Modern German History, Wednesday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Benson 200, Professor David Blackbourn.

The course examines different approaches to German history of the nineteenth and twentieth century. These include different interpretations, methodologies, genres and source materials. Topics include continuities and discontinuities, the transnational turn, environmental history, literary and visual sources, the sources for political history, the commodity as source, biography/prosopography and microhistory.

HISTORY 8475 U.S. and the World, Monday, 12:10 – 3:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Paul Kramer.

Recent trends in internationalizing the historiography of the modern United States, both to deepen the study of the past and to identify alternative, non-national frames of historical analysis. Immigration and nativism, transnational social movements, cultural borrowings, colonialism, war, missionary projects, and international dimensions of civil rights politics.

HISTORY 8610 Atlantic World History. Wednesday, 9:10-Noon; room TBA. Professor Brandon Byrd. 

Spanning the sixteenth century to the present, this seminar explores the history of the Atlantic littoral as a socio-cultural, intellectual, political, and economic space and examines foundational and recent scholarship on the Atlantic World. It puts particular emphasis on understanding the geographic, historical, and theoretical parameters of the Black Atlantic. Topics and themes of special interest include the Transatlantic Slave Trade and slavery; imperialism and colonialism; transnational political and social movements; migration and diaspora; religion and music; and race and ethnicity.

HISTORY 8620 Studies in Latin America: Readings in Modern Mexican History. Tuesday, 12:10 – 3:00 pm, room TBA. Professor Edward Wright-Rios

Spanning from the late 1700s to the present day, this seminar explores the “grandes problemas nacionales” (the central national problems) in historical context—as Mexicans lived and discussed them—and the central historiographical issues that have shaped the understanding of Mexico’s past. Among the topics, that will anchor the class is the transition from colony to nation (and subject to citizen), the Mexico’s nineteenth-century cultural conflicts, the Mexican Revolution of 1910, state building, government-led attempts to reshape national identity and culture, gender, and Mexico’s complex relationship with the United States.