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Summer 2018 Courses

updated March 22, 2018

Vanderbilt University offers many summer course options.  Please see the web site here:

Online registration for all Summer Sessions begins on March 27 and ends depending on the session you want to enroll in.  See the calendar here.

Maymester abroad summer courses offered by Vanderbilt University.   See the complete list here

Dear History Majors,

Below are the descriptions of the history courses being offered by the Department of History for summer  2018.  ***NOTE: Summer courses need a minimum enrollment to run. Vanderbilt University may cancel courses on the first day of class for courses that don't have enough enrollment.


MAYMESTER 2018 (May 7 – June 1)

HIST 2280 Europe, 1900-1945. MTWRF, 1:10-4:00 pm.
Instructor: Carolyn Taratko.
Description: Political socioeconomic, cultural, and colonial history of Europe from 1914 to the fall of Hitler. Details: Survey of political, cultural, and social history of Europe from lead up to World War I to the fall of Hitler. Emphasis on film as a medium for exploring history. [3] (INT). View syllabus here.
Areas of concentration for history majors: Europe
Eligible for European Studies major.

FIRST SUMMER SESSION 2018 (5 weeks, June 5 – July 6)

HIST 2780 Superhuman Civilization. MTWRF, 1:10-3:00 pm.
Instructor Danielle Picard.
Description: Trends in human biological enhancement through the re-engineering of basic physical and mental traits. Debates over transhumanism, designer babies, neuro-ethics, and technological determinism. Long-term implications for social justice and human identity. [3] (P) View the syllabus at
Areas of concentration for history majors: U.S. and Science, Medicine and Technology.

HIST 3890.01 Special Topics in History: Revolution in the Caribbean: Haiti and Cuba. MTWRF 8:10-10:00 am.
Professor Frank Robinson. Special Topic, not offered during the regular academic year.
Description: The Caribbean has witnessed two of the world’s most momentous revolutions. The Haitian Revolution stands alone as the only successful slave revolt in history. It resulted in a complete transformation of the social, political, intellectual, and economic life of the colony, and it represents the most thorough case study of revolutionary change anywhere. Meanwhile, no hemispheric event of the past half-century rivals the Cuban Revolution in terms of its impact on Latin American history and international relations. When Fidel Castro led his army into Havana in January 1959, he inaugurated a new age in regional and global affairs. Few revolutions have had such profound consequences. This course will examine the causes, consequences, and legacies of these Caribbean revolutions.  [3] No AXLE credit. View syllabus here.
Areas of concentration for history majors: U.S., Latin America. 
Eligible for Latin American Studies majors.

HIST 3890.02 Special Topics in History: America's Global War on Drugs: From History to Policymaking and Beyond. MTWRF, 10:10-12:00 noon.
Instructor Aileen Teague. Special topic, not offered during the regular academic year.
Description: In this course students will examine twentieth century drug control policies and consider their many social, cultural, and political effects both positive and negative. The course will begin by looking at the origins of the drug trade and its historical trajectory, particularly as it relates to drug-related violence. In addition to examining the role of narcotics in U.S. society, students will "travel" to places such as Myanmar, Mexico, Thailand, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Bolivia to gain perspective from the impoverished societies that grow drug crops. Additionally, students will study drug addiction and treatment in western countries, the origins of drug cartels in Latin America, and politicians' efforts to halt the global drug trade. The course will also devote much attention to the war on drugs as a discursive practice, specifically how national energies are mobilized on a full scale and sociocultural issues like drug abuse are conceptualized such that they legitimate the implementation of stricter law enforcement measures and the use of force. In the midst of the current, so-called opioid epidemic, students will be encouraged to play close attention to current drug control debates as they explore the process by which narcotics came to be seen as a threat to both our society and humanity.[3] no AXLE credit. View syllabus here.
For History majors this course will count for these areas of concentration: U.S. and Global and Transnational.

SECOND SUMMER SESSION 2018 (5 weeks, July 10 – August 10)

The department of history is not offering any courses.