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Spring 2015

Fall Graduate Course Listings (January 12th - April 27th)

 HIST 7000 Introduction to Historical Methods and Theory (Multiple sections listed below)

  • CRN 14843, T 5:30-8:55pm, Joe Perry
  • This course explores the interpretative methods used by professional historians and is meant as an introduction to the "tool box" of historical studies. Readings generally pair theoretical texts with examples of history books and/or articles that apply the theories under consideration to a historical problem. Beginning with the new social history and Marxist critique, we will explore interpretative models drawn from women's and gender history, anthropology, and ethnography, and cultural studies, literary criticism, postcolonial studies, and world history. Assignments include an in-class presentation, four reading response comments, and four short papers based on a set of primary sources of the student's choice. While it is not required, students could use the four papers as an exercise to develop ideas for a full-length research paper or longer piece of writing, such as a master's thesis or dissertation.
  • CRN 15350, R 1:00-4:25pm, Greg Moore
  • This course offers an introduction to the history and practices of historical research ad writing. We will examine both the history of the discipline and analyze its current state, by exploring a selection of classic texts and recent works.

HIST 7010 Issues & Interpretations in American History, CRN 14041, W 5:30-8:55pm, John McMillian
This intensive graduate course is divided into four units, each of which explores a big topic in American history. Tentatively, the plan is to read books on the Founding Fathers, the economic history antebellum slavery, sex and gender in New York City, and America in the 1970s. This course requires a lot of reading (normally one scholarly monograph each week) and a lot of writing (short response papers each week, and two longer comparative reviews).

HIST 7045/7050 Introduction to Graduate Studies/Pedagogy, CRN 17539/17540, T 9:30-12:00pm, Denis Gainty

HIST 7060 Research Seminar, CRN 14431, M 5:30-8:55pm, Ghulam Nadri

HIST 8035 US Legal & Constitutional History, CRN 17559, T 2:45-5:30pm, Rob Baker
Seminar in the historiography and evidentiary materials od Medieval English and United States Legal and Constitutional History. Examines the multiple legalities of English and American law, the debate about the origins and meanings of the Constitution, the law of slavery, and the development of both public and private law through the twentieth century. Intellectual topics will also include metahistorical accounts of law and constitution, as well as theories of jurisprudence and their relation to the lived experience.

HIST 8040 Sem: US Cultural & Intellectual History, CRN 17542, 9:00-12:20pm, David Sehat
This seminar will explore American cultural and intellectual history with a focus on American modernism and American modernity. We will be reading books about American modernism, American cultural politics, and the American intellectual and cultural avant-garde. Students will also write a research paper on a topic of their choice.

HIST 8060 Sem: History of the South, CRN 17561, T 5:30-8:55pm, Glenn Eskew

HIST 8070 Seminar in African-American History, CRN 17560, T 1:00-4:25pm, Jacqueline Rouse
This course is designed to explore the modern southern civil rights movement over a twenty-five year period with specific attention to the different levels of activism and leadership. This course will examine the role of local institutions, individuals, culture and beliefs in creating strategies to confront injustice. While exploring the major civil rights organizations and national leadership, the student will also examine community-based groups, social and civic groups, entrepreneurs, community voices who cultivated consciousness among neighborhoods that propelled them into confronting discrimination, while being fully aware of the consequences of activism. Gender and intergenerational activism will also be explored. Why would young people - secondary students to college students - risk their futures in demonstrations and incarceration to end segregation? An, who were those person who understood nonviolence as a political strategy to expose the violence of segregation but who also understood the need for self-determination/defense in protecting their families and communities? Could nonviolent direct action and black self-determination/black power coexist? 

HIST 8200 Seminar in Ancient History, CRN 17564, R 5:30-8:55pm, Lela Urquhart
This seminar is designed to introduce students to the major themes ad questions in the study of ancient Greek history via the use of both textual and material sources. Its primary focus is the study of the development and transformation of the Greek polis, the definitive state form of the Greek world. Key issues include: the relationship between 'mass' and 'elite"; colonization; cultural politics; civil and international war; the social production of knowledge; and Greek historiography.

HIST 8252 Seminar in German History, CRN 18053, W 9:00-12:20pm, Jared Poley

HIST 8260 Early Modern British, Irish, Atlantic History, CRN 16288, T 1:00-4:25pm, Jake Selwood
This course will combine and examination of major issues in the historiography of the early modern British world with an emphasis on the use of primary sources and the production of a research paper. Students will read a combination of influential texts and recent historiography in areas such as the English Reformation, gender and sexuality, English expansion in the British Isles, incipient empire/global expansion and the English civil war. We will also draw upon the many primary source resources available to GSU students. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of Early English Books Online (EEBO), a collection of over 100,000 printed texts written between 1473 and 1700.

HIST 8400 Global Social Movements, CRN 17566, M 5:30-8:55pm, Ian Fletcher
The turbulent nature of the current world situation has revived interest in the study of historical as well as contemporary social movements. This reading seminar explores movements, networks, and what Sidney Tarrow calls "cycles" and "waves" of contention over the long nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will focus on inter/transnational and diasporic connections among movements; intersections of gender, race, and class in activism; and issues of communication, culture, identity, and subjectivity in framing claims and mobilizing protest. In addition to "old" and "new" social movements, we will consider emerging "next" movements addressing LGBTQ rights, indigenous self-determination, and environmental and climate justice. The seminar should appeal to graduate students interested in global, imperial/colonial, gender, labor and subaltern history.

HIST 8410 Seminar in African History, CRN 17562, W 1:00-4:25pm, Mohammed Ali
This course is designed to introduce students to the history of the Horn of Africa (which includes two of the oldest African civilizations), its people, and its strategic significance. The Horn of Africa includes Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and the Sudan. However, since the early 1990s, three new countries (Somaliland, Eritrea and Southern Sudan) have been added to the list of countries in the troubled Horn of Africa. The new states not only altered the maps of Ethiopia, Somalia and the Sudan, but also have tremendous impact on the politics and political culture of the Horn of Africa. The focus as well as the parameters of this course, however, will mainly be related to the Sudan and Ethiopia, two modern states that spring out of an eventful past and entered the 21st century with an uncertain future.

HIST 8510 Migration and Diaspora, CRN 17563, W 5:30-8:55pm, Isa Blumi
This seminar tracks the issues of human migration and the communities they form comparatively across regions during the modern era. Drawing from leading studies that include labor and sex trade cases, this course considers the impact of migration on social and political developments and theoretically applied in specific cases stretching from North and South America, Eastern Africa, Europe and the Middle East. This seminar is of interest to graduate students who study regional and global history from 1800 to the present.

HIST 8635 U.S. Cities, CRN 13094, M 7:15-9:45pm, Tim Crimmins
U.S. Cities traces the growth and development of cities in the United States from colonial times to the present within the context of an urbanizing world. The term project is a paper that traces the physical and demographic patterns of growth of an American city.

HIST 8800 Directed Study in Public History, CRN 14024, R 4:30-7:00pm, Kate Wilson
The purpose of this course is to provide a guided structure and intellectual community support for completion of the MHP capstone project in public history.