Historical Analysis

Kings and Queens

This course draws on and interrogates our ongoing fascination with kings and queens to study the construction, representation, and undoing of monarchy in France and French-speaking world regions. How did kings and queens—and the favorites, mistresses, artists, writers, artisans, courtiers and institutions around them—legitimize their authority, construct and communicate their image, craft their rule, connect to their subjects? What made queenship different from kingship in a nation bound by Salic law?

Euro Chic: The Invention of Fashion

Since the Renaissance, Italy and France have occupied a fundamental role in the establishment and development of fashion as a creative and commercial enterprise deeply rooted in cultural mores.  The course address the historical shifts in the cultural understanding of gender roles, class belonging, consumption habits and expectations, the international circulation of craftmanship and celebrities, and technological innovation.  We will start addressing the anthropology of body ornamentation, gender markings and the difference between costume and fashion.

History of Jazz

The course focuses on the chronological development of jazz from its beginnings on the plantation to its present state as a world concert music.  Various styles such as ragtime, blues, gospel, spirituals, rhythm and blues, rock, soul, etc., Are examined.

Combined Section:
AFRCNA 0639

Introduction to Korean Culture and Civilization

This course explores the evolution of Korean civilization from antiquity to the present. The main goal of this course is gaining foundational knowledge of the origin and dynamic developments of Korean civilization. Yet, the students will also be guided to situate Korean history within a larger context such as East Asian civilization and world history. Through such a comparative approach, this course will help students not only identify key political, economic and cultural developments in Korea but also engage in critical intervention into established views on Korean society.

Euro Chic: The Invention Of Fashion

Since the Renaissance, Italy and France have occupied a fundamental role in the establishment and development of fashion as a creative and commercial enterprise deeply rooted in cultural mores.  The course address the historical shifts in the cultural understanding of gender roles, class belonging, consumption habits and expectations, the international circulation of craftmanship and celebrities, and technological innovation.  We will start addressing the anthropology of body ornamentation, gender markings and the difference between costume and fashion.

Darwinism And Its Critics

Charles Darwin's ideas have had an enormous impact on biology and on culture generally.  These ideas have been criticized within biology, by philosophers, social theorists and religious fundamentalists.  This course studies the historical growth of Darwinism and the criticisms mentioned, and evaluates those criticisms and their impact on the theory.

Afro-American History 1

This course surveys the history of Afro-Americans from their African origins to their emancipation during the Civil War.

Combined Section: HIST 0670

Roman History

This course surveys the history of Rome from the earliest times through the late empire, with particular emphasis on political and social developments during the late republic and early empire.

Combined Section:
CLASS 1220

Varieties of Early Christianity

Through early Christian literature (such as non-canonical gospels and the writings of the Church Fathers) and various types of archaeological evidence, this course examines the many different and often competing forms of Christianity that developed in the first four centuries of the common era. Among the areas of examination are key theological issues, creedal formulation, Gnosticism, martyrdom, asceticism, Christian relations with pagans and Jews, and the battles over orthodoxy and heresy.

Health Controversies In History

Controversies related to human health have dominated the news in recent years, whether the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Zika virus in Latin America, or measles outbreaks in California, but a sense of context and causation is often lacking in the public discourse.  This introductory course explores the historical roots of selected, current controversies in public health and medicine through the examination of specific case studies from a diverse geographical and chronological range.  We will identify and explore the broad historical antecedents of current issues and offers points of compar