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January Term Course Offerings

January term 2014

For more information, contact the faculty member teaching the course. Times listed are tentative, and subject to change by the Registrar, who will issue the official time schedule.

History 185: Look It Up! Using Text from Hieroglyphs to Google
Mark Singer

From the beginnings of writing, those who have created documents have not only recorded text but also developed and employed a variety of techniques and tools to help readers use that text. Students in this course will explore how changes in the technologies of and ideas about document production have altered how people record, use, and understand information. They will investigate the history and "archaeology" of the book from antiquity through the present, and they will gain hands-on experience in assessing and using sources of information by exploring and reporting on print and electronic databases and other sources covering historical topics of interest to them. Students also will have direct experiences with both a copy of the Bible that was printed in 1498 and a facsimile of the famous Gutenberg bible of 1455, and they  will explore many digitized examples of handwritten illuminated manuscripts and printed texts drawn from libraries and archives around the world, including such works as the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells. (FYS) 

History 185/Africana Studies 185: "Free At last": The Global Anti-apartheid Movement
Lauren Kientz Anderson

How should oppressed peoples fight against the powers that oppress them? How should different ethnic, national, and racial groups interact with each other and with their government? How should the government treat these different groups? How can violent conflict be resolved and both sides learn to live with each other? How should we remember and document these conflicts and resolutions? These are pressing questions we face today in many areas around the globe. We can study the beginnings of answers by investigating a recent global movement—the world-wide anti-apartheid struggle. Students will become investigators through this course by examining several different multi-media sources, including a seven-part documentary about the anti-apartheid movement entitled "Have You Heard from Johannesburg," online interviews and podcasts with participants, oral histories, autobiographies, and newspaper sources. We will travel the globe as we meet activists from many different nations engaged in the anti-apartheid struggle and ask what made their activism more or less effective. The course will cultivate critical thinking skills, ask philosophical questions, and examine historical sources. (FYS)

History 225: Golden Age of Atlantic Piracy, 1550-1815.
Edward Tebbenhoff

Our fascination with seafaring outlaws includes fictional characters such as Long John Silver and more recently Captain Jack Sparrow but also actual historical figures such as Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. This course examines the popular image of pirates and compares it with the lives and culture of actual pirates who plied their criminal trade throughout the Atlantic over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Through readings, lectures and class discussions, we will address the major themes of the course which include the rise of buccaneering in the early modern era, ships and seafaring culture during this period, the developing economy of the Atlantic world, the social structure of pirate society on sea and land, authority, liberty and violence among pirates, and the increasing military efficiency and reach of the early modern state which eventually spelled the end of widespread piracy.


History 239: From Muscle to Machine:  Industrialization and its Effects
Anna Peterson

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, an economic revolution occurred in Western Europe that changed the way work was organized and products were made. Commonly referred to as the “Industrial Revolution,” this transformation also drastically altered the political, social, and environmental landscape of Europe. In this course, we will survey the process of industrialization from its origins in England to its adoption on the European continent. We will also explore industrialization’s effects on major European historical developments, including the founding of political ideologies such as Marxism, the creation of welfare policies, formation of the working class, and alterations of family life. We will examine primary sources – including political manifestos, art, parliamentary hearings, laws, oral histories and diaries – and secondary sources in order to investigate the broad impact industrialization had on European history. (Hist, HB)