Spring 2011 Courses

Simon           8101            Intro  US                  W          7:30-9:50               Main
AKA: The Long Twentieth Century in U.S. History. This course is designed to introduce graduate students to some of the key issues and central themes in post-Reconstruction US history and historiography.  The readings and discussions will examine new and innovative scholarship as well as some durable classics.  In particular, this course will focus on the complex interaction among place, identity -- race, class, and gender -- and politics.  The goal of this course is to familiarize students with long-standing, and sometimes, heated debates as well as new perspectives and new literature in the various fields and disciplines, and to sharpen analytical and writing skills and tools. 

Bailey           8102            Cultural History          M          5:00-7:20              TUCC
Despite the notion that cultural history dominated the discipline of history from the mid-1980s until quite recently, there is no journal of US cultural history, no US cultural history association, and no clear sense of its divergent schools of thought or approach. In this readings course we’ll try to pin down this slippery beast, reading key works, discussing methodologies and their implications, and attempting to identify major questions, trends, and conversations.

Zubok         8121               Stalinism                   T             7:30-9:50              Main
The course takes an in-depth look into the phenomenon of Stalinism from many sides. We will analyze and discuss the historiography on the politics and terror; the ideological landscape and economic policies; the impact on science and education, art and intellectual history; social changes; everyday life perspectives and personal diaries; the external factors and, not to forget, the impact of World War II and the Cold War.

Levitt         8153                 Archives                   R            5:00-7:20          TUCC/APS
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.

Klepp        8204               Early US Social           T            5:00-7:20              Main
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.

Lockenour  8301                Intro Europe                R            5:00-7:20            Main
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.

Glasson       8302               Atlantic World             M            7:30-9:50              Main
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to key themes and texts in the burgeoning historiography of the Atlantic world. It takes as is its underlying premise the idea that “oceans connect” and the course will explore how lands surrounding the Atlantic Ocean were part of an interconnected zone of economic, social, and cultural exchange in the period between the late 15th century and the 19th century. This seminar will treat a number of themes of importance to Atlantic history including migration, slavery and the slave trade, religion, politics, and culture. Our readings and discussions will focus on making connections and comparisons between different regions of the Atlantic world.

Talton       8501               Intro 3rd World             M            5:00-7:20              Main
This course examines major themes in the history of the “Third World” during the nineteenth and twentieth century. Through debates within the field history around issues related to empire, race, gender, natural resources and the nation state, our goal is to understand the major events and processes that shaped politics and popular culture in the global south. We emphasize events that have influenced the various meanings and perceptions of the economic and political status of the Third world and Third World nations.

Immerman/Zubok   8800(1)     Grand  Strategy          W          5:00-7:20                Main
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 extensive readings, intense discussions, and multiple 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. Attendance at occasional outside lectures is required.

Isenberg       8800(2)           Environmental                   W            5:00-7:20             Main
This seminar examines the interactions between human societies and the natural world in North America from the sixteenth century to the present.  Participants in the seminar will explore the challenge of placing human history in an environmental context, and the concomitant challenge of understanding the environment in a historical context.

Winling          8800(4)         Public History/Media          T             7:30-9:50            Main
This course is an introduction to the role of media in presenting history to the public. It will focus both on the ways that emerging media have affected our historical understanding in the past and on developing basic skills in emerging media in contemporary times. With this dual focus on precedent as well as the present, the course will help students develop an understanding of the variety of possible media that have been, are, and may in the future be at the disposal of public historians.

Wells            9200              Seminar US                        R            7:30-9:50             Main
General research and writing seminar in American history. At the beginning of the term students will read selected books and articles in common to appreciate the various strategies historians employ in their writing and research. At the same time students --in concert with the professor -- will develop a specific topic for an article-length paper. Students will devote considerable time outside of the classroom engaged in their own original research and writing. At the end of the course students will submit an article-length paper demonstrating significant original research and professional writing skills.

Goedde        9208               Sem Int'l History                 T            5:00-7:20            Main
This course provides a thematic framework for the completion of a major research paper in the field of international history.  Students will explore major methodological approaches to the field of international history; discuss specific aspects of the research process and report on their progress; research and write individual papers; and discuss and critique each others’ drafts. The objective of the course is to guide students through the process of conceiving a viable research project, conducting primary research and writing an article-length paper that can be submitted to a scholarly journal for publication or serve as a basis for the dissertation.

Farber       9999 (Sec 2)      Diss Colloquium                  M            5:00-7:20           TUCC
For doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy and reside in the Philadelphia area. Provides a sense of community among students who are writing their disserations, 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.