Gender in Middle Eastern-Islamic History
Korean Culture and Institutions
This lecture course is the second of a three part sequence on the history of Korea from earliest times into the 21st century. HIEA 209 covers the period bracketed by the Mongols in the 13th and 14th centuries and the ‘opening’ of Choson in the late 19th century. Students will study the rise and fall of the Mongols on the peninsula; the founding and consolidation of Choson (1392-1910); social, cultural, political and economic changes on the peninsula through the late 19th century; the unique relationship between Choson and Ming/Qing China; and responses to the real and perceived challenges to the territorial and cultural integrity of Choson in the 19th century..
Reading material for the course will include Korea Old and New; Sources of Korean Tradition; Korea: A Religious History; Classical Korean Literature; and The Five Years’ Crisis, 1866-1871: Korea in the Maelstrom of Western Imperialism. In addition to assigned reading students will be required to complete two take-home research/writing assignments, one mid-semester and one at the end of the semester, and two in-class quizzes.
The course grade will be based on the writing assignments (25% each), and a mid-semester and a final quiz (25% each).
This course examines the development of scientific thought and institutions in Western Europe during the critical period from 1450 to 1700 known as the Scientific Revolution. Because those engaged in scientific pursuits during this period were very consciously reacting to the thought of their predecessors, the course opens with a survey of developments in science from classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages. With the reintroduction throughout the Renaissance of ancient Greek and Roman texts, scientific thinkers and philosophers both adapted and rejected classical thought in formulating their own interpretations of the phenomena observable in the natural world around them. As a result of their efforts, "new" versions of "old" sciences emerged, and areas such as astronomy and astrology, chemistry and alchemy, coexisted within the accepted body of scientific knowledge. Open to all undergraduates, this course---primarily in the history of ideas---requires no prior training in the sciences or in European history.
Classes will be conducted in a lecture/discussion style. Students will write one short (5-7-page) paper, a research prospectus and annotated bibliography, and a (12-15-page) research paper, in addition to taking an in-class midterm and a final examination. (This course satisfies the Second Writing Requirement.)
Readings will average 100 pages each week and will be drawn from a photocopied packet containing excerpts from the works of such writers as Plato, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Galen, Bacon, Kepler, Paracelsus, Harvey, Galileo, and Newton, as well as from the following required texts:
Debus, Man and Nature in the Renaissance
Descartes, Discourse on Method
Lindberg, The Beginnings of Western Science
Galileo, Sidereus Nuncius
Independent Study in Latin American History
In exceptional circumstances and with the permission of a faculty member any student may undertake a rigorous program of independent study designed to explore a subject not currently being taught or to expand upon regular offerings. Independent Study projects may not be used to replace regularly scheduled classes. Enrollment is open to majors or non-majors.
War, Colonialism, and Forced Migration in the Modern World
This research seminar explores the problem of forced mass migration in (especially though not exclusively) the modern era. Focusing on the role of colonialism and war behind forced migration, the course attempts to view the phenomenon in a global perspective, while paying special attention to individual historical cases: central and eastern Europe, 1944-46; the Sub-Indian continent, 1947-49; Palestine in 1947-49. We shall also discuss the cases of the Native Americans and of the forced migration of African slaves into the Americas. The aim is to gather students from diverse fields and departments, geographical areas and periods, for an intense, stimulating exploration of a topic that raises fundamental problems of interpretation, method, and justice. After six weeks of weekly seminar meetings, students will work on their research paper, based on primary sources, in close consultation with me.
Rise and Fall of the Slave South
This course will explore the emergence and destruction of the most powerful slave society of the modern world: the American South. It will begin with the sixteenth century and extend through the Civil War and Reconstruction. We will examine the lives of slaves and slaveowners, small farmers and large planters, men and women, soldiers and civilians.
Requirements include substantial research in primary documents in Alderman Library. Research topics are broad and require students willing to tackle open-ended assignments. Readings will be diverse, including original documents, materials on the Web, fiction, and secondary accounts. Energetic participation in a weekly discussion section is a central part of the course.