Spring 2010 Graduate Course Description

Course#: 8101

Course Title: Introduction to United States I

Instructor: Waldstreicher

Day, Time, & Location: Tu 7:30-9:50 TUCC

Description: Course Description: An introduction to current scholarship in U.S. history up to and including the Civil War.


Course #: 8153

Course Title: Introduction to Archives and Manuscripts

Instructor: Levitt

Date, Time, & Location: Th 5:10-7:30 Location TUCC

Course Description: This is an introductory course in archives management and the application of archival techniques. The areas of study will include: the nature of primary sources and their relationship to history; the history and nature of archives; archival appraisal, arrangement, and description; reference, access and use of records; management and administration of archives, manuscript collections and archival collections; and issues and techniques of conservation and preservation in an archival setting. In addition, students will become acquainted with archival automation, legal issues related to archival administration, records management, historical methods, and some of the principle philosophical issues in archival thought.

To some extent--especially in the second half of the semester--classes will be conducted in seminar fashion, rather than in traditional lecture-style. Students should be aware that in order to make the class meaningful, this format will require a good deal of independent study, preparation, and participation.


Course #: 8800 I

Course Title: Topics in History: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Formation of 20th Century American Culture

Instructor: Berman

Date, Time, & Location: W 12-2:20 Main

Course Description: This course broadly examines the intersection of religion and ethnicity in the formation of twentieth-century American political, economic, artistic, and spiritual life. It focuses primarily on Jews and Catholics, exploring their immigrant experiences and the ethnic, religious, and racial terms of their Americanization. Of special attention are efforts to put these two groups in comparative perspective. This is a reading course and requires students write a historiographic essay surveying the scholarship on a particular theme related to the course topic.


Course #: 8800 II

Course Title: Topics in History: Grand Strategy

Instructor: Hitchcock & Immerman

Date, Time, & Location: Tu 5:00-7:30 Main

Course Description: How do leaders make decisions? Are there certain principles that guide nation-states and their leaders as they confront the major challenges of war, peace and diplomacy? Through readings, discussions, and writing assignments, this course explores the concept of Grand Strategy and how that concept has changed over time. Students will be introduced both to classics of Grand Strategy and recent scholarship, and they will evaluate the relationship of theory to practice by examining case studies, mostly located in the twentieth century. Participation in occasional outside lectures is required.


Course#: 8206

Course Title: Studies in Recent Urban History

Instructor: Simon

Day, Time, & Location: M 2:30-4:50 Main

Course Description: 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.


Course#: 8301

Course Title: Introduction to Europe

Instructor: Glasson

Day, Time, and Location: M 5:00-7:20 Main

Course Description: 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.


Course#: 8501

Course Title: Introduction to the Third World

Instructor: Schmidt

Day, Time, & Location: Th 5-7:30 Main

Course Description: An introduction to the historical issues and recent literature concerning broad thematic areas of Third World life from the sixteenth century to the present. Issues examined include imperialism, economic development, global economic organization, peasant life, urbanization, migration, nationalism, cultural and social change, the role of the state, and international relations. Students should expect to participate actively in classroom discussion based upon weekly readings. Written assignments consist of three book review essays spaced at intervals across the semester.


Course#: 9200

Course Title: Seminar in American History

Instructor: Varon

Day, Time, & Location: Th 2:30-4:50 Main

Course Description: 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. The chronological and thematic focus of the course will vary depending on the instructor; for the spring of 2010, the focus will be on the "long" nineteenth century.


Course#: 9898

Course Title: Dissertation Colloquium

Instructor: Kusmer

Day & Time: W 5-7:20 Main

Course Description: For doctoral students who have passed the comprehensive examination and residing in the Philadelphia area. Provides a sense of community among prospectus, dissertation, and grant-proposal writers in which they can explore problems confronted in design, research, and writing, and find helpful comments and criticism at the time they are engaged in research. Prospectuses, grant proposals, and chapters may be offered to the group for discussion.