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History 3395/CCS 2394/RELS 3396: Modern India since 1900: Society, Culture, Religion & Politics

This course will examine the origins of the modern state of India and her subcontinental neighbors from 1900. During the semester we will trace the social, cultural, religious and political forces which have molded South Asia up to the departure of the British Empire in 1947. The course will also look closely at the impact of Partition on life in the subcontinent and events thereafter that shaped India and the subcontinent’s road to the present-day. Examining the ideas, thoughts, lives and works of prominent South Asians such as Swami Vivekananda, Subhas Chandra Bose, Saytajit Ray to name but a few will give students insights into the formation of the modern Indian subcontinent and a deeper understanding of the problems facing South Asia in the post – 1991 world.

This course is being offered by the History & Comparative Studies Departments in Spring 2014(Tues/Thurs 1:00 – 2:30 PM) Course Instructor: T.H. Ali, PhD.

Hist 3367: Japan Since 1600

Spring 2014
Dr. Xiaoping Cong(

This is a survey course on the general history of modern Japan. The course will start with Japan from Tokugawa period and Meiji Reformation; then continue to look into Japan in WWII and the postwar period up to the present. The emphasis of the course will be on the major political, social, and economic transformations of the time. It reviews the cultural changes in an age when Japan faced the challenge of the West and examines the rise of militarism in Japan and the major transformation of Japan in the postwar period. It also examines the remained issues of the war and the challenges Japan is facing in its politics and economy in contemporary time. The course is a combination of lectures, readings, discussions, presentations, and films.

History 3394, #22498: The History of Madness

Tuesday/Thursday 11:30-­‐1:00 Professor Hannah S. Decker


This course will cover the history of mental illness in the past 200 years, since the primary jurisdiction over madness passed from religion to medicine. Topics include the start of psychologically-­‐oriented treatment, the beginning of psychiatry, 19th century theories about the causes of madness and biological approaches, the warehousing of patients in large state asylums, the “anti-­‐psychiatry” movement from its beginnings to the present, stigma in mental illness, the theories and impact of psychoanalysis, patients’ own writings, the eugenics movement and Nazi “racial hygiene,” the blossoming of clinical psychology, the demise of the large asylum, 20th and 21st century biological approaches, the impact of “Big Pharma,” ethical and cultural issues, and the controversial topic of what is normal human variation and what is pathology. Requirements include readings, films, and writing of a paper with the guidance of librarians and the Writing Center.

History 4394: Selected Topics in U.S. History / Honors 3301: Readings in Medicine & Society

Race, Medicine, and American Cultural History/ Readings in Medicine and Society

Dr. Mark Allan Goldberg
Tuesday/Thursday, 11:30-1:00
Room TBA

This course explores the historical connections among race, medicine, and culture in the Americas. We will begin by looking at race and medicine during initial European and Indian contacts in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, and we will end the semester by examining health and healing in the age of twentieth-century globalization. Scholars have shown that everyday cultural practices, such as healing, have historically shaped the meanings of race. Studying the intersections of race and medicine illuminates how people of color and immigrants have been subject to stigmas of disease and of unfamiliar, “alternative” cultural practices. We will discuss the emergence of these stigmas, their roots in empire and nation building, and the ways that people have responded to such forms of discrimination. This course centers on individual research projects in which students will explore specific topics of their choice and craft a research paper over the course of the semester. It serves as a capstone for history majors, as a Readings in Medicine and Society course for Medicine and Society students, and as an upper-level Honors course for honors students, but it is open to anyone interested in historical research, ethnic studies, and medical history.

Hist 3394: Mexican Expulsions in the U.S.

Course Overview: This course examines the expulsion and deportation of the Mexican-origin populace in the US during several historical moments. The repatriations of the Mexican-origin population after the end of hostilities during the Mexican American War; at the turn of the century following the Mexican Revolution (1910-1922), the return of 1 million individuals to the country of Mexico following the Great Depression (1929); those expulsions during “Operation Wetback” (1954); and more the more contemporary deportations since IRCA in 1986 will represent the historiographical cases that we will be examining. We will analyze how these major historical transformations have shaped and influenced our understanding of racial identity as it relates to the inclusion and exclusion of various ethnic groups in the US.

History 4355: The British Empire Capstone Seminar

We will explore the history of the British Empire from 1500 to the present using digital sources and online articles as our guide.

History 3381: African Civilizations to 1750

  • Learn the Amazing History of Ancient Africa!!! Spring 2014
  • Dr. Kairn Klieman Wed: 5:30-­‐8:30 pm
  • Course Topics and Themes: Africa in Global History
  • Egyptian Contributions to the World
  • Empires and States of the Sudan
  • Early Christianity in Africa
  • Islam and Sufism in Africa
  • The Swahili City States and Indian Ocean Trade
  • Great Zimbabwe
  • The Kingdom of Kongo
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade

History 3391: Africans, Islam, and the Indian Ocean World

TOPICS INCLUDE: -Africans and Indian Ocean Trade Networks, 300-1900 CE -Islam as a World System, 700-1700 -Egyptian, Ethiopian, and Swahili History -The African Diaspora in: India Pakistan Iraq Iran Oman

HIST 4365-Women in Latin America (Capstone)

Prof. Natalia Milanesio Spring 2014

Class meetings: T-Th. 5.30-7.00 p.m What does it mean to be a woman in Latin America? Who defines womanhood and why? How have these meanings changed over time? In order to answer these questions, this class examines the historical transformation of women’s roles in Latin America by looking at politics, sexuality, motherhood, domesticity, the economy, the labor market, art, and popular culture. This class will teach students the skills of historians so they can write a final research paper.

HIST 3396-01  Environment in Latin America

Prof. Kristin Wintersteen
TTh 1:00-2:30pm – AH 304

This course surveys the intertwined histories of social and environmental change in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the colonial era to the present. How have environmental ideas and processes shaped human societies across the hemisphere? And how have humans transformed the land- and seascapes in which they lived? HIST 3396-01 – Spring 2014 Environment in Latin America Prof. Kristin Wintersteen TTh 1:00-2:30pm – AH 304

Topics include:

  • Amazonia, from ‘El Dorado’ to Chico Mendes
  • Hurricanes in the Caribbean
  • Construction of the Panama Canal
  • Production, circulation, consumption of agricultural commodities
  • Water regimes in Andean societies
  • El Niño and the Pacific Ocean in global environmental history

Readings and lectures combine a historical approach with insights from anthropology, geography, and visual studies. Assignments include short essays, midterm, and final exam. For further information, email