Note:More detailed descriptions of all undergraduate courses in history at Temple are available on the department website at www.temple.edu/histdept/und_course.html .
0401. Introduction to
World History (3 s.h.)
A review of the concept of World History and its historiography; an introduction to materials now available to the study of World History; and an introduction to key themes and conceptual frameworks in the study of World History.
0402. Introduction to
American History (3 s.h.)
Introduction to study of American history at the graduate level. Examines major interpretations and schools of thought. Political, social, and diplomatic history including republicanism, the Jacksonian revolution, slavery, social mobility in the U.S., the rise of America as a world power, the cold war, and the development of labor.
0407. World War II. (3
Refighting the military history of World War II, with the battles emphasized but placed in their diplomatic, political, and economic contexts. This course is designed as an introduction to graduate study in history for college graduates who have a basic knowledge of modern history. Through lectures and discussion, and with readings tailored to the interests of each student, the major issues of the causes, conduct, and significance of World War II will be raised and examined as they have emerged in debate among the participants in the events and historians.
0408. Introduction to
the Third World (3 s.h.)
An introduction to the historical issues and literature concerning broad thematic areas of Third World life such as imperialism, economic development, global economic organization, peasant life, urbanization, migration, nationalism, cultural and social change, the role of the state, and international relations.
0409. Introduction to
European History (3 s.h.)
Overview of the field, its shape, main lines of research, and central concerns. Through selected readings, discussion, and guest speakers, participants gain understanding of current practice including political, social, and cultural history, the treatment of Europe in global studies and in contemporary metahistory.
0412. Studies in 20th
Century Europe (3 s.h.)
Discusses major events in 20th century Europe such as the origins of the First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution, the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany, World War II, and the subsequent collapse of European political dominance. Investigates the Cold War, the demise of communism in Eastern Europe, and the gradual economic and political establishment of the European Union. In addition to a standard historiographic study of these topics, the course includes developments in the "new cultural history" and the history of "representations" and "memory."
0418. Family History/
Oral Histrory (3 s.h.)
The American family since the 17th century, together with training in the theory and methods of oral history. Emphasis on the changing role of the family in American society. Includes an oral interviewing project
0422. Vietnam War Studies (3
This reading seminar explores the significant English- and French-language historical literature on the "Vietnam wars," considered in the large sense of the political and military struggles from 1945 to 1991 for control of the Indochina peninsula.
0433. Studies in American
Material Culture (3 s.h.)
Introduction to literature from several fields that uses artifacts to understand culture. Exploration of various theoretical approaches. Topics include architecture, folk art, photography, decorative arts, landscape design, historic preservation, and the use of interior space.
0436. Studies in U.S.
Political History Since 1928 (3
A graduate studies course devoted to the critical evaluation of the historiography of U.S. political history since the election of 1928. Students read and evaluate selected writings on such topics as the politics of the Great Depression, the New Deal Revolution, Domestic Politics During World War II, the Politics of Fear and Loyalty, the Fair Deal, Eisenhower, Kennedy, the Politics of Civil Rights, the Politics of Dissent, LBJ and the Great Society, the "New Politics" (1968), the Republican Majority since Nixon, Interest-Group Politics, and the Paradigms of American Politics.
0437. Managing History (3
The organization an ddirection of historical museums, historical sites, and public programs in history. Strudents will work with case studies, paying close attention to both the presentation of hisrtorical content and the managmetn issues of nessity addresed in public progrmaing, budgets, grant writing, personnel, relations with other institutions and government,and public relations.
0438. Applied Social
History (3 s.h.)
Introduction to the practical uses of history outside the classroom. Practical experience in the application of oral history, historic preservation, history museums, living history, material culture, the interpretations of photographs, and other ways of using historical studies in the community. On-site visits, guest lecturers, and a chance to focus on one aspect of a growing field.
0441. Comparing Women's
Histories (3 s.h.)
Exploration of two to three selected topics in women's history in comparative, global perspective. Topics may include: 1) gender, race, and state; 2) women, religion, and social change; 3) women in industrializing societies; 4) domestic contestations; 5) histories and theories. See current semester description.
0443. Studies in Imperialism (3
This course will attempt to define imperialism and to understand the various ways in which historians and other scholars have approached the study of imperialism. Focusing primarily on the modern European empires, we will examine imperialism from the perspective of economic, enviromental, millitary, diplomatic and cultural history.
0445. Comparative Social
and Economic History (3 s.h.)
A comparative examination of peasant politics and rural social movements with particular focus on the questions of class/community, alternative nationalisms, and revolution. Suitable for students of various disciplines and world areas.
0446. Atlantic World:
1500-1800 (3 s.h.)
Examines main aspects of social and economic change in which the Old World and the New interacted in the 17th and 18th centuries: colonization; commercial agriculture and trade; servitude, free labor, and slavery; migration; changing lifestyles and expectations; the development of family and community; religion, reform, and revolts.
0450. Studies in American
Colonial History (3 s.h.)
A survey of how American society developed before the Revolution: the evolution of American politics and political institutions; the changing imperial system; internal and external conflicts; how the economies and lifestyles of the various colonial regions developed; the role of women; free and forced migration; the foundations of modern American life in the experience, thought, and values of colonists before 1775.
Republicanism, 1760-1820 (3 s.h.)
A readings course. Students read and evaluate recent historical literature about various topics including: the origins of the American Revolution; the origins and impact of "republican" ideology; the cultural impact of the Revolution; the political economy of the Constitution; the origins of early national politics; and the development of a pre-industrial society.
0454. Early U.S. Social
History (3 s.h.)
Introduction to American social history from 1800 until the Civil War. Recent research on the structure of American society, the American family, immigration, the worker, urban developments, and the reform movements of the Jacksonian era.
0455. Studies in Civil
War and Reconstruction (3 s.h.)
Unlike many courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction period, this course will focus on the ordinary citizen rather than the rich and powerful. Much attention will also be paid to issues of race, class, and gender.
0457. Studies in Recent
Urban History (3 s.h.)
This course is broadly interdisciplinary, concerned with major developments in America's large cities from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Basic issues include: the changing spatial structure of the city, social and geographical mobility, the nature of ethnicity and the Black experience, the development of crime and rioting, the structure of local politics, and the movements for urban reform.
0458. Recent U.S. History (3
Presents a new approach to the history of the United States since World War II, focusing on social and economic change. Topics include: urbanization and suburbanization, rise of post-industrial economy, racial problems, shift of population and political power to the Sunbelt, and the impact of new technologies. Relates the political history of the era to these fundamental socio-economic changes.
0459. American Intellectual
History (3 s.h.)
Investigates ways that historians and other scholars have interpreted modern popular culture, 1800 to the present. American media, sports, entertainment, fashion art, as well as American myths, ideas, and popular thought are some of the topics that will be explored.
0461. Studies in American
Diplomatic History (3 s.h.)
Introduction to American diplomatic history. Readings in, and discussion of, the principal schools of interpretation and conceptual frameworks. Chronological parameters vary each semester, but normally emphasis on the modern period.
0462. Studies in African
American History (3 s.h.)
The emphasis is on the period since the Civil War. Focus changes; possible topics include Reconstruction and rise of segregation; urbanization of the black population; history of black women in U.S.; Civil Rights revolution.
0463. History of U.S.
Military Policy (3 s.h.)
Surveys major interpretations of the critical issues in American military history -the proper organization of armed forces in democracy, the American attitude toward war and peace, questions of the effectiveness of American military planning and war making. Each student will present an oral and written report on an assignment topic involving such issues.
0467. Studies in Modern
American Social History (3 s.h.)
The theme of the course in recent years is Race, Ethnicity, and Poverty in the U.S., 1870-1940. The main subject is the impact of industrialization and urbanization on the working class, the poor, and minority groups during the period when the U.S. emerged as an industrial power. Attention is also given to the response to poverty, both by private charities and the state.
0469. Studies in U.S.
Urban Crime (3 s.h.)
Examines the significant scholarship and issues involved in understanding the history of crime in American cities, with special emphasis upon the period since the Civil War. The course deals mostly with the organized underworld, including drugs, gambling, bootlegging, prostitution, professional theft, and other on-going criminal activities. By linking the underworld to the city structure, sports history, entertainment, and reform, the course will examine the interrelationship of American urban and social history with the changing underworld.
0470. Knowledge in
America (3 s.h.)
Overview of significant themes in the social history of knowledge in America, 1750-1980. Treats scientific knowledge within its institutional setigns and its social, political, and cultural contexts. Considered are nationalism, technology and industialization, disciplinary settings for the study of man, and scientific medicine.
0472. Studies in Foreign
Policy of the Cold War (3 s.h.)
Focused discussion of the international environment from the Russian Revolution through the collapse of the Soviet Union. Sample topics: U.S. Russian relations, the nuclear arms competition and arms control, regional rivalries, summitry, alliance politics, crisis management, intelligence agencies, and critical personalities. Emphasis on historiography and contending methodologies.
0475. Studies in Comparative
History of War (3 s.h.)
Beginning with the emergence of armies and navies that can be considered "modern" because of the professional educational qualification of their officers, this course examines the historical literature dealing with warfare and armed forces around the world from the 17th century to the present.
0479. Studies in Naval
History (3 s.h.)
European, asian, and American millitary history with specail emphasis on the role of navies as institutions and their im,pact on modernhistory since the 17th century. The course is designed as an intensive introduction to an examination of the historical literature and historical methodology employed to desacribe the roles of navies and naval power as modern institutions.
0480. Women and Gender
in American Society (3 s.h.)
Introduction to the historiography of women and gender in the United States. Although not a survey, the course highlights major themes and approaches from the colonial era to the present.
0485. Gender, Class,
and Nation in Modern Europe (3
An exploration of changing social and economic roles of European women in the modern era and the impact of gender, class, and nationality on middle-class, working-class, and peasant women in England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Russia.
0490. History of Sexuality (3
Studies recent work on sexuality and its relation to gender, race, class, and power. The course's emphasis is on modern U.S. and Europe because that is where the most theoretically interesting recent work has been done, but the course will also look at the ancient world and pre-modern Europe, and consider cross-cultural.
0495. Women in Pre-industrial
Societies (3 s.h.)
A study of the social, economic, cultural, and political roles of women, with emphasis on pre-modern Europe but with attention also to traditional China, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Particular attention to issues of empowerment vs. oppression and continuity vs. change.
0515. Studies in Renaissnace
and Revolution (3 s.h.)
The transformation of European culture in the Renaissance and early modernperiod, with special attention to the role of intellectuals. Important works in the field help to focus discussion of histoiography, philosophical, and methodoligical issues, and the function of ideas and attitudes in sociocultural change.
0518. Studies in Early
Modern Europe (3 s.h.)
European society in the medieval and early modern period. Recent research on social class, family and kinship, work, literacy, urbanization, gender, resistance and rebellion, and marginal social groups.
0520. Studies in European
Expansion (3 s.h.)
This course examines the growth and decline of the modern European empires from the eighteenth century through the present-day post-colonial world. We will examine various theories of imperial expansion including economic, political, military and cultural and will look at specific topics such as gender and imperialism, post-coloniality, subalternity and resistance, colonial nationalism, and interactions between metropole and empire. The texts we will use range from some of the classic works on European imperialism to more recent texts in the fields of literary criticism, cultural studies and anthropology, as well as history.
0528. Age of Enlightenment (3
Examines the ideas that comprise the Enlightenment, focusing especially on the philosophers of France who helped to popularize the movement. The important topics to be studied include the origins of modern science, the critique of religion, empiricism in philosophy and psychology, political theory espousing natural rights and social contract, the foundations of classical economic theory, and the search for humanistic ethics.
0529. Studies in European
Social History (3 s.h.)
Introduction to the literature in European social history. Discussion on readings and the questions, issues, and problems of current interest in the field.
0532. European Military
History and Policy (3 s.h.)
Introduces the literature and problems of Europe's military history since 1789. Examines both the practical and theoretical contributions of the battlefield, the cabinet room, and the individual military leader as theorist. Social and economic factors are also considered.
0601. Studies in Japanese
History (3 s.h.)
Introduces selected issues in modern Japanese history through reading and discussion of key texts. Considers the role of native trends and foreign influences in the making of modern Japan.
0625. Teaching History
in College (1-3 s.h.)
Required of all teaching assistants and recommended for all graduate students interested in teaching on the college level. Methods of teaching are analyzed, including writing and delivering a lecture, leading a discussion, using audiovisual materials, writing exams, and techniques for grading.
0643. Practicum in
Archives and Manuscripts (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: History 624.
Students work for 12 hours per week at a local public or institutional archive or historical society which meets their own particular interest. Basic work in the standard professional archival operations with specific projects agreed upon between the student, the instructor, and the repository.
0644. Research in Archives
and Manuscripts (3 s.h.)
Second course of Archives sequence. Students, individually directed by the instructor, will undertake an in-depth research project. Investigations will concern some aspect of an operation or administration of archival institutions, or the care and preservation of records of historical significance.
0650. Seminar in Comparative
History (3 s.h.)
A research and writing seminar on topics in comparative history. Most recently this seminar has analyzed the origins, development, and repercussions of nationalism from a world-historical, comparative and historiographic perspective. Another frequently stressed theme is comparative women's history. In addition to producing a primary-source based paper, integral to the seminar is discussion of research techniques, the historian's methodology, and the craft of history.
0654. Seminar in Women's
History (3 s.h.)
The students' principal task in this seminar will be the research, writing, and completion of an original paper, based on primary research, in United States Women's history. Research topics will be of the students' choosing, subject to professor's approval.
0660. Seminar in American
Colonial History (3 s.h.)
Research in colonial American history, using resources locally available or by arrangement with the instructor. Research paper required, and seminar discussion of it. Topics open to negotiation.
0680. Seminar in International
History (3 s.h.)
This research seminar explores a range of subjects in international history, with particular emphasis on 20th century diplomatic and military history. Research topics are not restricted to any geographic area. Students will prepare an oral presentation and research paper on a specific subject of his/her choosing but approved by the instructor. The research will utilize some secondary but principally primary sources.
0685. Seminar in American
Cultural History (3 s.h.)
A research seminar designed for advanced M.A. and Ph.D. students in the cultural history of the United States. Focusing on the past patterns of a peoples' attitudes, values, and beliefs, and their interaction with the ways in which people actually behave, cultural history, broadly defined, is the study of cultural production. Specific subjects may include, among others, the study of literature and media; ritual (both religious and secular); or the construction of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality. In this course, the primary emphasis will be on the research and writing of an article-length paper based principally on primary sources.
0686. Seminar in American
History (3 s.h.)
General research and writing seminar in American history. Students engage in original research in a selected field and prepare an article-length paper; students also explore various research techniques and gain experience in writing and editing for publication.
Colloquium (1-3 s.h.)
For doctoral students writing dissertations and residing in the Philadelphia area. Provides a sense of community among dissertation writers, in which they can explore problems confronted in dissertation design, research, and writing, and find helpful comments and criticism at the time they are engaged in dissertation research. Prospectuses, outlines, and chapters may be offered to the group for discussion.