History

Special Classes

Spring 2015-Upper Division Courses

HI 300A, Women in World War II, 2:30-3:45 pm Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Kerry Wynn, Instructor
In this interdisciplinary course, we explore women's roles during WWII in French and American fiction, film, autobiography, and history.  Frequently cast as victims, resistors, collaborators, patriots, and protesters, women were expected to play multiple roles during WWII and the period immediately afterward.  This course explores the female experience during the war and the anti-nuclear movement that followed, and aims to investigate the various representations of women as agents or victims of change.

HI 300B, The Age of Enlightenment and Revolution, 11:00-11:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Joel Gillaspie, Instructor
This course examines important intellectual, political, and social developments in early modern Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries.  We will look at the origins of the Enlightenment and its development as an intellectual and cultural movement both in Europe and the Americas.  Through the reading of various primary sources we will consider the transformative impact of this broadly based movement throughout the 18th century.  In addition to studying the different intellectual, political, and social iterations of the Age of Enlightenment, the class will also focus on the echoes of these ideas in different 18th century revolutions.

HI 300C, Traditional Japan, 1:00-2:15 Monday/Wednesday, Dr. Charles Anthony (Tony) 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; 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 century.  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, Witchcraft, 2:30-3:45 Monday/Wednesday, Dr. Brendan Fay, Instructor
One of the most disturbing episodes in early modern history, the great European witch hunts which spanned 1450-1750 resulted in nearly 100,000 convictions and executions, though the number of accused was undoubtedly much higher.  This course explores the perpetrators and victims of those hunts and the societies which gave rise to them through close examination of the religious, social, legal, political, and cultural dimensions of early modern life.  Students will closely read and analyze both primary source materials, such as demonological treatises and trial records, as well as some of the classic secondary literature on witchcraft and magic.

HI 300E, Early National U. S., 11:00-11:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dr. Kelly Erby, Instructor
This class examines topics and themes in American society, politics, economics, and culture between roughly 1787 and 1850, undoubtedly one of the most tumultuous and exciting periods in American history.  America in these years was marked both by more inclusive democracy and greater hierarchy; it became simultaneously more confident and defined as a young, independent nation, but also more fragmented according to the regional, economic, gender, racial, and ethnic distinctions among its peoples.  In our assessment of early national U. S. history, we will pay special attention to the profound economic, technologic, and cultural upheavals historians refer to as the market revolution as a way to view the period as a whole and to understand the transformations in human experience and national identity that took place during it.

HI 308VA, Making Modern America, ONLINE, Dr. Kerry Wynn, Instructor
ONLINE FORMAT.  From the conquest of the American West to the patriotic fervor of World War I, the period between 1880 and 1920 transformed the United States.  As Americans battled to reshape their country in response to industrialization, immigration, and urbanization, they recreated the U. S. as a modern nation.  We will discuss topics such as westward expansion, populism, segregation, imperialism, political machines, and labor conflict.  Requirements include discussion and two exams as well as a combination of brief writing assignments and a longer research paper.

HI 311A/HI 511GA, Cold War America, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday, Dr. Rachel Goossen, Instructor
This course considers the causes and consequences of American post-World War II supremacy in world affairs through the end of the twentieth century and analyzes American political developments.  Students will develop a historical basis for understanding the civil rights movement, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and wide-ranging social and cultural changes during the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s.  Course components include research and writing, film-viewing, engaging with guest presenters, discussion of a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, and two exams.

HI 322A/ HI 522GA, 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 social and cultural history.  Analysis of the 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 338A / HI 538GA, Victorian Britain, c. 1830-World War I, 2:30-3:45 Monday/Wednesday, Dr. Tom Prasch, Instructor
This course provides an intensive and strongly interdisciplinary history of the Victorian era, broadly defined as 1815-1914.  Aspects of Victorian literature, art, and science will be included as well as political and social history of the era.  Major themes will include industrialization and class formation, urbanization, Victorian social and political reform initiatives, the changing role of women, and British imperialism.  The grade for the course will be based on 3 exams, 3 primary-source papers, and one 7-10 page research paper (20 pages for graduate students).  The exams will be divided into two parts: an in-class portion covering text and lecture material, and a take-home portion covering primary sources selected by the students.

HI 358VA, History of Modern China, ONLINE , Dr. Sara Tucker, Instructor
ONLINE FORMAT.  Origins, historical development and interplay of major forces, events and characteristics of Chinese Civilization.  Covers c.1800 to the present.  Online course is divided into 3 sections, each with open-book, unlimited time map, text chapter reading, exercises and essays.  Also one short research paper.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of History or consent.

HI 364A, History and Literature of Latin America, 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday , Dr. Kim Morse and Dr. Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas, Instructors
This course will focus on the relationship between history and literature in modern Latin America.  Through the study of novels, poetry and film, the course will examine how authors use literature to interpret the meaning of historical events as well as moments in which literature became part of the historical process.  Team taugh by Dr. Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas, Modern Languages, and Dr. Kim Morse, History.  While lecture will be a component of the course, much of the content will be discussion driven.  Requirements will include a 10-page paper, one short reflection paper, two short reaction papers, and a final exam.  Cross listed with SP 340A.

HI 397A, 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/HI 598 GA, 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, 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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