Undergraduate Studies

2017 Summer Semester

Below is the list of Undergraduate courses offered by the History Department for Summer 2017. Extensive course listings can also be found on the Enrollment Services Homepage.

Updated 6-21-17

Summer I

79-274 Russian Culture: Literature, Music, Art, Theater

Instructor Units Lecture
N. Kats 9 units MTWRF 1:30-2:50
This course will focus on the most significant historical events in 19th and 20th century Russian societies, and track their influence on the development of Imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet culture and cultural institutions. Students will learn about famous giants of Russian literature, painting, music, and drama who gained global recognition. The course, which includes secondary readings, primary documents, and films, will allow students to achieve a critical understanding of contemporary Russia.
79-347 European Society & Culture Between and After the Two Great Wars of 20th Century

Instructor Units Lecture
N. Kats 9 units MTWRF 3:00-4:20
How did World War I and World War II change European society and culture? Defining the meaning of "Europe" or "European" is complicated, since it refers to both a geographical location and a shared history and cultural identity. This course will focus on the most important cultural developments and achievements of Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries. Based on an interdisciplinary approach to the multiple regions and countries located on a single continent, the course will equip students with the skills, methods, and concepts essential for a better understanding of European culture, society and thought. It will focus particularly on such tragic events as World War I and World War II, and the rise and fall of Nazi and Communist regimes and ideologies. Students will learn how to present material effectively, to analyze texts critically and to construct coherent arguments.

Summer II

79-104 Global Histories

Instructor Units Lecture
C. Vaughn-Roberson 9 units MTWRF 12:00-1:20
Human activity transcends political, geographical, and cultural boundaries. From wars to social movements, technological innovations to environmental changes, our world has long been an interconnected one. Acquiring the ability to understand such transnational and even worldwide processes is an indispensable part of any college education. This course provides students with an opportunity to develop the skills and perspectives needed to understand the contemporary world through investigating its global history. A variety of sections are offered in order to give students the opportunity to choose between different themes and approaches. All sections are comparable in their composition of lectures and recitations, required amounts of reading, and emphasis on written assignments as the central medium of assessment. The sections all aim to help students: (1) master knowledge through interaction with the instructors, reading material, and other students, (2) think critically about the context and purpose of any given information, (3) craft effective verbal and written arguments by combining evidence, logic, and creativity, and (4) appreciate the relevance of the past in the present and future. For descriptions of specific sections, see "First Year Experience" at the Dietrich College General Education Website.

The American civil rights movement was a global phenomenon. Throughout the twentieth century, the fight for racial justice involved multiple areas of conflict that transcended national boundaries. The purpose of this course is to understand how global events and crises influenced the ways in which activists understood political power. How did civil rights activists pioneer a global identity for American blacks and create solidarities with oppressed people worldwide, and how did these solidarities in turn influence activism at home? Answering these questions will require us to analyze various ideologies and political movements and their impact on anti-racist activism within the United States. World historical events, and their impact on the civil rights movement, will cover the 1917 Russian Revolution, the rise of Fascist Europe, the Second World War, the United Nations, the Cold War, and today’s struggle for racial justice. By examining these issues, this class will shed light on the dynamic geo-political and socio-economic conditions that shaped the civil rights movement as well as today’s activism.
79-201 Introduction to Anthropology

Instructor Units Lecture
S. Alfonso-Wells 9 units MTWRF 10:30-11:50
Cultural anthropologists "make the strange familiar and the familiar strange," attempting to understand the internal logic of cultures which might, at first glance, seem bizarre to us, while at the same time probing those aspects of our own society which might appear equally bizarre to outsiders. In doing so, anthropology makes us more aware of our own culturally-ingrained assumptions, while broadening our understanding of the possibilities and alternatives in human experience. This course will use ethnographic writings (descriptive accounts of particular cultures), as well as ethnographic films, to investigate the ways in which diverse societies structure family life, resolve conflict, construct gender relations, organize subsistence, etc. We will assess the advantages and pitfalls of comparing cross-cultural data, analyze the workings of power within and between societies, and consider the politics of cultural representations. We will also discuss the anthropologist's relationship to the people s/he studies, and the responsibilities inherent in that relationship. Throughout the course, students will learn the importance of an historical perspective on culture, looking at how and why societies change, and considering how we, as anthropologists, should assess these changes.

Updated 6-21-17