Winter 2020 Intersession Courses
This course focuses on the region’s development from the 1820s to the present. Students will study the aftermath of independence, Latin America’s insertion into the global economy, the impact of modernization on society, and the region’s experimentation with various political models, including conservatism, liberalism, populism, neo-liberalism, and revolution. Special emphasis will be placed on culture, with analysis of music, film, art, literature, and dance. Students should expect to be active participants in class and to examine and debate materials with their colleagues.
Spring 2021 Courses
In this course, students will work with the Career Advisor for AddRan College of Liberal Arts, to learn to market themselves effectively to perspective employers. Students will learn to articulate the skills and abilities that they possess, the skills and abilities that employers look for. Upon completion of this course students will have a polished resume and cover letter, a working professional portfolio, and will have practiced their interview skills.
This course will explore the path of European history from the origins of civilization to 1348. Its principal elements include the early societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Israel, the political and cultural contribution of Greece and Rome, the rise of Christianity and Islam, the characteristics of the medieval world, and the Black Death.
This course will explore the history of Europe in the early modern period, bracketed by the Black Death and the French Revolution. Principal themes include the artistic achievements of the Renaissance, the expansion of education and literacy, the invention of the printing press, the religious conflicts of the Reformation, the growth of centralized nation-states, the dramatic discoveries of the Scientific Revolution, and the creation of a global framework for the European experience.
Review of the emergence of the American nation through the transitional crises of the past hundred years, with emphasis on the roots of movements persisting into the modern period. Readings, course requirements and course design vary with the individual instructor.
This course examines the history of African-descended people in the United States from the colonial era to the present. We will explore major themes such as slavery, abolition, freedom dreams, Black internationalism, Jim Crow segregation, state violence, and Black political visions.
This survey course is an introduction to the history, politics, culture and societies of the modern Middle East. The central issue is the major transformations of the last two centuries. We will focus on the domestic, regional and international forces that have shaped contemporary Middle Eastern realities. To understand how and why the Middle East changed from a relatively peaceful region into a radicalized environment, we will study particular Middle Eastern countries and the regional experience with European imperialism, authoritarian rule, the challenges of social and economic development, the rise of political Islam, the Arab-Israeli conflict, oil, and the role of the United States in the region.
This course focuses on the region’s development from the 1820s to the present. Students will study the aftermath of independence, Latin America’s insertion into the global economy, the impact of modernization on society, and the region’s experimentation with various political models, including conservatism, liberalism, populism, neo-liberalism, and revolution. Special emphasis will be placed on culture, with analysis of music, film, art, literature, and dance. Students should expect to be active participants in class and to prepare readings for every session. They will examine documents and debate materials with their colleagues, and they will take essay-based exams and complete several small papers.
This course is designed to instruct students in the research and writing skills specific to the discipline. Taught in a seminar format, the course is based on students' discussions and written and oral work.
In this course we will explore the history of Western Europe from the fourteenth through the eighteenth centuries (from the Black Death to the French Revolution). Historians often refer to this time as the “early modern” period, during which Europe developed many of the characteristics we associate with modern civilization. These centuries saw, among other things, the artistic glories of the Renaissance, the expansion of education and literacy, the invention of the printing press, the religious conflicts of the Reformation, the growth of centralized nation-states, the dramatic discoveries of the Scientific Revolution, and Europe’s gradual rise to supremacy on the world stage. Our principal task over the course of the semester will be to explore and define these changes, question why they happened, and evaluate their impact. Coursework includes primary source analysis, article summaries and comparisons, and essay exams.
In the first millennium B.C., a settlement of Latin-speaking people established themselves on the plain of Latium. They built one of the great civilizations of antiquity, as they conquered not only the Italian peninsula, but the Mediterranean world. When the Roman people in Latium overthrew the early monarchies, they established the Roman Republic (rule by the senate), a form of government that served them well for almost five centuries. How did the Romans build such a dynamic civilization? As some historians have argued, it was about timing - they made the right decisions at the right time. They were also practical. Incorporating the ideas, culture and technology of conquered peoples into their own culture, they strengthened the Republic. In return, they extended their expertise in administration, conquest, law and warfare by spreading Roman culture and institutions into the territories of subject people. They practiced an inclusiveness that extended Roman citizenship to many of the conquered. We will also consider the challenges that the Roman state faced and the limitations of their power, as a series of civil wars tore the Republic apart, senatorial power declined, and Rome was transformed into one of the greatest empires in history. When Augustus established his principate (rule by emperors), peace returned to the Roman world. Although civil and foreign conflict erupted periodically, the Empire survived until 476 A.D., when the Visigoth Odoacer seized the imperial throne and the once powerful Roman Empire in the west was carved into a number of smaller Germanic kingdoms. What caused the fracturing of the Roman Empire? Was it the “barbarian invasion,” Christianity, social upheaval, or something else? Finally, why did the Western Empire fall, while the Eastern Empire survived for another millennium?
Contact Dr. Szok for details.
Contact Dr. Szok for details.
“Two world wars and one World Cup, we’ve won!” is the chant that can still be heard among England fans at their national team’s football matches. And certainly the violence of two total wars and the evolution of a culture of leisure and affluence have imprinted Britain’s twentieth century. But this course goes further to trace the evolution of Britain from sprawling empire to a European partner to a union in retreat; from Victorian prudery to the Swinging Sixties to the “Broken Britain” of the 21st century; and from a society preoccupied with class to one struggling with its multiracial character. Based upon a blend of lecture, discussion, and students’ written work, History 30543 will enrich students’ knowledge of how this island nation has affected world history, and how the world has helped to shape Britain as it is today.
Females make up slightly more than half of the population of the United States. But because their activities have usually taken place outside of the public sphere, women do not often appear in the standard historical record. This course will examine the history of women in America primarily as they have intersected with the public realm—employment, politics, reform, war—but it will also consider women at home in their roles as daughters, wives, and mothers. We'll read in depth about Puritans and freedom fighters. The course includes three essay exams, reflections on primary sources, and a twelve-page research paper.
Survey and analysis of revolutionary movements in modern Latin America, with special emphasis on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Central America.
The growth of the Brazilian nation and civilization from colonial plantation beginnings through experiments with monarch and republic, to the rank of major country.
Contact Dr. Szok for details.
This course deals with the Vietnam War in the larger context of modern Vietnamese history, with an emphasis on the period since 1862. It emphasizes such topics as the impact of colonial rule, the rise of Vietnamese nationalism and communism, and the French and American wars in Vietnam. This period of Vietnamese history involves many of the ideas and forces that shaped the twentieth century: nationalism, colonialism, revolution, communism, capitalism, nation building, and the Cold War.
Research seminar on the US experience in Panama during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will participate in semester-long readings on the history of Panama and the US presence, focusing on the Canal Zone, a 553 square mile territory controlled by the United States from 1903 to 1979. The class will examine the dynamics of the US colony, including politics, economics, family life, race, gender, leisure activities, and the Zone’s relationship to the Panamanian republic. For their research projects, students will pick a Canal Zone narrative, written by a US resident, and contextualize the book in its time period.