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Spring 2014

Spring Undergraduate Course Listing (January 13 - April 28, 2014)

The courses and times listed below are subject to change. Please refer to the schedule of classes in GoSOLAR for the most current information.

A listing of our Spring courses can be found here - Spring 2014 Offerings

History Survey Courses

Multiple sections offered on various days/times. Consult the schedule in GoSOLAR for a detailed schedule.

  • History 1111 (Survey of World History to 1500)
  • History 1112 (Survey of World History since 1500)
  • History 2110 (Survey of US History)

Upper-Level History Courses:

History 3000: Introduction to Historical Studies (multiple sections listed below)
       • CRN 13268, TR 10:00-11:45, Jared Poley 
       • CRN 14377 (Honors Section CRN 15309), TR 5:30-7:15, Marni Davis
This course introduces students to the methods historians use to research, understand, and write about the past. The class will be thematically organized around the history of the "Jazz Age" -- the United States in the 1920s -- with particular attention paid to issues such as race, gender, business, morality, religion, and immigration. We will also engage the history of downtown Atlanta during the 1920s by analyzing primary sources such as maps, census records, photographs, and newspapers, as well as the urban landscape itself.

History 3200: North America Before 1800, CRN 17517, MW 1:00-2:45, Jeffrey Young
This course explores the experiences of African, Europeans, and Native Americans during the initial centuries of European colonization of North America. After considering the role of slavery in colonial society, we will examine the forces that led to the American Revolution. In the final part of the class, we will study the extent to which the new nation fostered the principle of freedom.

History 3220: 20th Century US History, CRN 13270, MW 1:00-2:45, Scott Matthews

History 3240: Sport & Leisure in America, CRN 18182, TR 11:00-12:15, Denis Gainty

History 3250: Religion in American Life, CRN 18183, TR 9:30-10:45, David Sehat
This course will consider the history of religion in the United States from the colonial settlements to the present. We will be discussing how religion fits into American life most broadly -- how it influenced culture, politics, and intellectual debate and how its role in American life has changed over time. We will also be reading a source book of American religion, so that students can interact with a wide variety of religious voices that have been such an important part of the American past.

History 3400: History of Sex, CRN 17072, TR 1:00-2:15, Michelle Brattain & Jared Poley

History 3710: China and Japan Since 1600, CRN 16288, MW 5:30-715, Doug Reynolds

History 3730: Latin America Since 1810, CRN 16285, MW 2:50-4:35, J.T. Way

History 3790: The Middle East Since 1800, CRN 17521, TR 2:50-4:35, Isa Blumi
This course aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of Modern Middle Eastern History in its global context. This course will not only interest the historian, by those wishing to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion about this vital region. Ultimately, our aim through a study of society, economics and politics at various moments and contexts is to investigate how power and inequality emerges within the context of a regional history in order to speak to our larger world.

History 3795: The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1922, CRN 17522, TR 10:00-11:45, Isa Blumi
This course explores the Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire, a six hundred year history that bridges the Medieval and Modern eras in world, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean/European history. As an approach, different reading will examine social institutions, economic dynamics, and modernization in the Empire. As such, this course brings a detailed look at a crucial series of processes that ultimately helped to create the Modern Middle East after World World One.

History 3810: South Asia Since 1757, CRN 16293, MW 2:50-4:35, Ghulam Nadri
This course covers the history of modern South Asia (focusing on India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) from the beginning of British colonialism in the 1750s to the present. The region went through two centuries of colonial rule, first under the English East India Company and then under the British Crown. After a prolonged nationalist struggle, colonialism ended in 1947. Independence was followed by a partition, birth of a new nation (Pakistan), and large-scale human migration. Today, South Asia is a mosaic of religious, social, political, and economic cultures. The region has experienced varying degrees of economic growth and institutional development. India and Pakistan have, in the recent past, experienced high rates of economic growth yet, paradoxically, they are also confronted with serious challenges of poverty, ethnic violence, corruption, inter-state disputes, religious fanaticism, and terrorism. Through a combination of reading and analysis of the literature and primary sources, watching Bollywood movies, and in-class discussions, students will learn about major historical developments in colonial and post-colonial South Asia.

History 4200: American Culture and Ideas, CRN 16287, TR 1:00-2:45, David Sehat
This course will consider the history of American culture and ideas from, roughly, the Civil War to the present. We will discuss how American culture and American thought have changed over that time, the ways in which that thought and culture are in some ways distinctive from other nations, and the ways in which American thought and culture are part of a wider conversation in the Western and now globalized world. Among the many things we will discuss: Christianity, feminism, the black intellectual tradition, communism and the Red Scare, multiculturalism, and much more.

History 4230: Foreign Relations of the U.S., CRN 16289, TR 10:00-11:45, Christine Skwiot
This course explores U.S. foreign relations from the American revolution to the end of the Cold War. We will focus on understanding the transformation of the United States from a fragile nation struggling to keep its place in the world of nation into a regional power and global superpower. Our investigation will reach beyond "traditional" diplomatic history to investigate the cultural, economic, and social realms of foreign relations. As such, we will not only study foreign "relations" but transnational and cross-cultural "relationships." There are four book: Jay Sexton, The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-century America; Andrés Reséndez, Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800-1850; Michael Hunt and Steven I. Levine, Arc of Empire: America's War in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam; and, Nick Cullather, Secret History: The CIA's Classified Account of Its Operation in Guatemala, 1952-1954.

History 4245: United States in the 1960s, CRN 18073, TR 10:00-11:45, Tom Bobal

History 4260: African-American Women, CRN 17518, TR 1:00-2:45, Jacqueline Rouse

History 4310: Georgia, CRN 13660, TR 8:00-9:45, Mary Rolinson
This course will explore important themes in Georgia History from Native American societies prior to European settlement to the present, including: physical geography and natural resources; economic and political development; and race, class, gender, and cultural influences on society. Some of the material will be presented in lectures, but reading and discussion of assigned texts is an equally important component of the student's engagement with Georgia History. We will investigate particular themes in detail through critical analysis of assigned readings, supplementary handouts, web resources, documentaries, and film clips.

History 4320: Metropolitan Atlanta, CRN 13562, W 4:30-7:00, TBD

History 4350: Film and History, CRN 16292, W 1:00-4:25, Joe Perry

History 4470: The Founders' Constitution, CRN 17527, TR 10:00-11:45, Rob Baker
The Founders' world was one vastly different from our own, but they produced a Constitution revered as "timeless" and "immutable." This course examines the political and social world of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and other Founders. We will also critically examine the intellectual, political, and cultural origins of the Constitution, the Founders' intentions, and the process of Ratification. The course will examine the Founders' Constitution in its operation up through the constitutional crisis precipitated by secession and the Civil War. 

History 4532: Crime & Law in Early Modern Europe, CRN 17525, TR 1:00-2:45, Nick Wilding

History 4540: Britain, Ireland & the British Atlantic, 1485-1689, CRN 17529, TR 1:00-2:45, Jake Selwood
This course will examine the history of the British Isles and their ties to the wider world from the Reformation in the sixteenth century to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Attention will be paid to the relationship between England and the other kingdoms of the British Isles, Britain's ties to Europe and to the world at large and, in particular, to connections between English expansion in the Celtic fringe and burgeoning imperialism overseas. Particular emphasis will be place on the analysis of primary documents, especially use of the Early English Books Online database. 

History 4600: Russia and the Soviet Union since 1861, CRN 17526, TR 1:00-2:45, Hugh Hudson
This survey examines the cultural and political heritage of Russia and the Soviet Union from the period of the Great Reforms of the nineteenth century to the contemporary era. Emphasis is placed on the factors that led to the emergence of the special governmental societal structure of the Soviet Union, especially Stalinism, and efforts since 1953 to change the political and social culture, culminating in the period of Perestroika, the end of the Soviet Union, and the emergence of the post-Soviet Russian Federation. The conflict between Russia/the Soviet Union and the West will also be analyzed. The ultimate objective of the course is for the student to be able to argue effectively in written form a thesis regarding the forces of change and continuity in Russia since 1861.

History 4620: Europe: Culture & Ideas, CRN 16286, TR 10:00-11:45, Greg Moore
This course will explore the cultural and intellectual history of Europe between 1918 and 1939. We shall investigate how writers, film-makers, artists and thinkers throughout the continent, from Madrid to Moscow, responded to the issues, events and emergencies of the interbellum period, including the legacy of the First World War; the fascist and communist state; technology; the Great Depression; and the Spanish Civil War. Along the way we'll consider such varied phenomena as the Bauhaus school of architecture and design; modernism in art and literature (Futurism, Surrealism, Constructivism); mass media (radio, cinema); and sport.

History 4630: European Intellectual History to Marx, CRN 17530, TR 2:50-4:35, Greg Moore
This course introduces students to the practice of intellectual history and explores key theme in European thought from the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. It is not an exhaustive examination of the dominant beliefs, theories and philosophies of that period, but will instead focus on three leading ideas and trace their evolution over time: self, society and nature. In other words, we'll be looking at how Europeans understood themselves, their relationship to one another and to the wider physical world. Topics include mysticism, humanism, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and nationalism.

History 4770: Western Africa, CRN 17520, MW 2:50-4:35, Harcourt Fuller
This course surveys West African history from early times to the present. It explores the central themes in the growth, development and continuation of indigenous West African civilizations, kingdoms and empires. The course also examines interaction between indigenous and foreign civilizations, including the ability of West African societies to adopt, absorb and utilize outside influences such as Islam, Christianity and European secular ideas.

History 4774: African Rebellions, CRN 18358 (Crosslisted with AAS 4774), MW 1:00-2:45, Cora Presley

History 4805: Middle East and the Americas, CRN 17533, TR 5:30-7:15, Isa Blumi
This course studies the relationship between the Middle East and the Americas, both North and South. This course asks how race, migration and political Islam reflect the exchanges between the "old" world and the new through literature and mass media. The main themes of the course filters through the Cold War and current US/Middle East relations, making it as much a study of current events as modern history.

History 4855: Social Movements in History, CRN 17523, TR 10:00-11:45, Ian Fletcher
Social movements and popular protests against austerity and for the democracy are making history around the world today. This course explores the history of social movements over the last two centuries. We will map the lives and travels of activists, examine and interpret the ideas and imagery of movements, and trace the ways in which widespread and often interconnected struggles have shaped and change the world from below. Our sources will include novels by two women writers of the turbulent 1930a. One half of the class will read Kang Kyong-ae's story about young people in Korea under Japanese rule and the other half will read Muriel Rukeyser's story about young lovers in the Spanish Civil War. Another set of sources will be documents of the global Sixties collected by historian Jeremi Suri.

History 4990: Historical Research (multiple sections listed below)
       • CRN 13271 (Honors Section CRN 17531), TR 10:00-11:45, Nick Wilding
The Scientific Revolution. This course will address the transformation of attitudes towards, and knowledge of, nature and the universe, during the early modern period (c. 1500-1700). You will produce a major research paper, drawing on your own work with primary sources from the period. We will read a wide variety of primary and secondary sources to introduce you to the central historiographical debates concerning the nature and development of scientific thought and practice in this period. You will also receive a basica training in descriptive bibliography. No scientific knowledge is necessary.
       • CRN 13269 (Honors Section CRN 17428), MW 2:50-4:35, Doug Reynolds
Revolution in History. Our seminar theme is revolutionary change in time, all places, and all aspects of history. Seminar discussion begins with Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (50th anniversary edition, 2012). This classic study has shaped historian's analytical understanding of revolutionary change in general. Serving as reading thereafter are works related to China and Japan (my research field), Europe, and the United States, places already familiar to students. Kuhn's insights are applicable to historical change anywhere in the world, and to virtually any dimension of history. Student research papers (20-25 pages) will focus on geographical areas and topics of your own choosing, ideally something you are passionate about but subject to being "doable" - availability of secondary and primary source materials, and having authentic "revolutionary" dimensions with reference to Kuhn and class discussion. Guidance will be offered on how to proceed step by step. Come to class with working ideas about possible research paper topics.