History

Special Classes

Spring 2018-Upper Division Courses

HI 300A (10556), The Great War: World War I, 5:30-8:00 Tuesday, Dr. Tom Prasch & Dr. Kara Kendall--Morwick, Instructors
 
The Great War-a it was known until an even greater one came along-was a true watershed in world history, a rupturing of the existing order that, if remembered mostly for the dire conditions of trench warfare on the Western Front, was fought from Asian shores to Middle Eastern deserts to African colonies to the high seas.  The war introduced new technologies of warfare, from chemical weaponry to air power; it left large swaths of Western Europe in ruins and, by undermining the Great Powers, set the stage for decolonization; the Russian Revolution, that sprang from the war's Eastern Front, established the first Soviet state; the war's conclusion established the United States and Japan as new world powers.  In literature and art as well, the war had a dramatic impact, with wartime artistic production seeking to find visual and literary expression for the horrors of a new kind of conflict, and postwar artistic work deeply reflecting the scrs of war on the lives of the "lost generation" (whose very name reflects the war's huge human cost.  This is a team-taught course.  It is cross-listed with EN-399B (10858).

HI 300B (10733) / HI-600GA (11709), History of American Childhood, 9:30-10:45 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Rachel Goossen, Instructor
 
This course will survey the wide range of historical literature on children and youth in American culture, and will consider evolving notions of childhood from America's colonial period to the present.  This is a seminar-style, discussion-oriented course, complemented with lectures, films and students' research presentations.  Readings will include historical monographs, autogiographies, and primary sources.  Grading criteria will be based on students' research and essay-writing, class participation, and a final exam.  Graduate component:  Research paper incorporating primary sources.

HI 300C (10867), Traditional Japan, 1:00-2:15 Monday/Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Silvestri, Instructor
This course explores the political, military, economic, religious and cultural history of Japanese civilization from prehistoric times through 1868.  Students will read primary and secondary literature from and about Japan in order to understand major topics and themes, such as the earliest development of civilization in Japan; Shinto, Buddhism and religious life in Japan; the integration of Chinese influences; the development and culture of the imperial court; the rise of the warrior aristocracy; samurai culture; the development of the Shogunal system of government; the influence of Europeans on the development of early modern Japan; the Warring States Period and the rise of Tokugawa; high Tokugawa culture; and finally, the opening of Japan to American and European trade in the 19th c.  In addition, students will explore the nuances of Japanese history by developing and playing a complex strategy game based in the Sengoku (Warring States) period.  Students should expect both brief and longer essay assignments, brief presentations, and midterm and final essay exams.

HI 300D (10868), History and the Community, 1:00-2:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Kerry Wynn, Instructor
Work with a community partner to research and present historical narratives in this course based on High Impact Community Engagement Practices.  Students will work in archives and librries to discover local history, and then they will present their findings to the community partner s a public history project.  Students will gain a greater understanding of research, history, nd the way we shape historical narratives through public presentation. Croslisted with HN-302A (12782).

HI 300E (12074), Intro to Women's Studies, 11:00-11:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Kelly Erby, Instructor
The main objective of this class is to introduce students to the principal history, methods,issues and debates in Women's and Gender Studies utilizing an interdisciplinary approach.  We will address a broad range of gender issues and examine both historical and contemporary ideas.  Attention will be focused in differences among women as well as the potential for women's unity and empowerment.  Three main questions will drive this course: 1) What are gender, sex, and sexuality? 2) How are these concepts created, negotiated, and used as political, social, medical, and cultural tools over space and time? 3) What are the ways in which other individual identites such as race, ethnicity, nation, ability, religion, class, etc. influence experiences of sex, gender, and sexuality?  This class is cross-listed with WG-175A (12736) and HN-301A (12778).

HI 300XF (11792), Exploring Civil Rights, Team-Taught Travel Lecture Class, Dr. Bruce Mactavish, Dr. Dina Bennett, Ms. Connie Gibbons, Instructors
 Have you ever wanted to walk across the bridge in Selma, Alabama?  Have you ever wanted to experience Blues culture in the heart of the Mississippi Delta?  Join us during Spring Break 2018 (Motorcoach travel March 17 through March 24) as we explore the Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.  Experience southern culture, art, foodways and music.  This trip is partially supported by WTE funding.  Student coase is tuition plus $400.  Students will have the opportunity to curate and interpret their experiences and participate in an exhibition at the Mulvane Art Museum in April/May 2018.  Six class meetings Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 pm:  January 23, February 6, February 20, March 6, March 13, and April 10, 2018.

HI 322A (10466) / HI 622GA (11739), Kansas History, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Bruce Mactavish, Instructor
A comprehensive survey beginning with the land itself and its earliest inhabitants and ending with an overview of the state today. Political and economic aspects of the state's development are covered, but there is also an emphasis on evolutionary and dramatic changes in agriculture, education, transportation, manufacturing, and the social fabric lead to a better understanding of the state's history. Several papers and essay exams.

HI 354VA (12719), History of the Middle East, ONLINE, Dr. Sara Tucker, Instructor
ONLINE FORMAT.  Background coverage of Islam and Islamic Civilizatoin to the 18th c., then more focused study of the Middle East in the 19th c. era of Western intrusion and industrialization, struggles for independence, and independence in the Cold War era and ager.  Course is divided into 3 sections, each with open-book unlimited time map and text chapter reading exercises plus section essay.  Also, one short research paper. Prerequisite: 3 hrs. of History or consent.

HI 395A (10467), History Forum, 9:00-9:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Kelly Erby, Instructor
A seminar exploring history as a discipline and vocation, this course will combine research experiences with in-class discussions that introduce students to the craft of history, particularly the dialogue among historians, and finally enable students in preparation for their capstone projects.  Emphasis is on the development of research skills, organizing the results in a coherent form, and developing an effective writing style.  Required of all majors as prerequisite for HI 399, and recommended for anyone interested in developing research and writing skills or in discovering what historians do.

HI 397XA (10212), Internship in Historical Agencies, Dr. Rachel Goossen, Instructor
A program designed for Junior/Senior level undergraduates in cooperation with the Kansas State Historical Society and other agencies in northeastern Kansas, primarily in museum interpretation, archival, and records management.  Interns complete 124 clock hours of work under the supervision of professionals in the field, and are evaluated both by their supervisor and by a History Department member.  Prerequisite: prior approval at least a semester beforehand.  (Arranged)  

HI 398A (10213), Directed Readings, Dr. Tom Prasch, Instructor
Students select a topic and work with the professor in whose area of expertise the topic falls. Evaluation is generally through written reports on books read or oral discussions.  (Arranged)

HI 399A (10214), Historical Methods and Research, 12:00-12:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Tom Prasch, Instructor
A seminar designed to draw together the techniques of historical research in a capstone course where students will develop a topic in consultation with a faculty member and write a research paper based upon primary sources.

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