Fall 2011 Courses

Wells           8101            Intro to US                  R       7:30-9:50                  Main
An introduction to current scholarship in U.S. history up to and including the Civil War.

Watt            8107            US Religious History          5:00-7:20                  Main
This course explores the history of religion in the United States between 1877 and the present. In the past decade a cadre of creative scholars have focused their attention on American religious history. They've transformed the field: it's far more capacious, lively, and sophisticated than it was ten years ago. This course provides students with an introduction to the field.  It also offers them a chance to focus their attention on a set of questions related to historians' determination to "take religion seriously."  What does it mean to do take religion seriously?  What is the opposite of taking religion seriously supposed to be?  In what ways, if any, has the determination to "take religion seriously" hampered the development of the field?

Bruggeman   8152             Managing History                7:30-9:50                     Main
This course explores the practical considerations and theoretical issues concerning the management/ownership of the interpretation, preservation, and presentation of history for public consumption. Emphasis is on public management policies and methods of private ownership of critical historical issues, including, but not limited to, museum exhibits; historical preservation policies and practices; governance of historical societies and museums; publication practices; historical documentaries (aural and visual); and other elements related to the dissemination of historical interpretations, common historical knowledge, and public memory. This course asks: Who manages American history and American memory? Who owns history? Who is empowered to tell the story and how did they gain that power? What role does the historian play in the formulation and preservation of public memory?

Berman          8206            US Urban History           R        5:00-7:20             Main
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.

Immerman        8209          US Cold War For Pol       T         5:00-7:20           Main
The purpose of this course is to identify the questions that have bedeviled historians of the Cold War and, by reading competing interpretations, evaluate the strategies by which they have been addressed. Sample topics include U.S.-Russian (Soviet) relations, the nuclear arms competition and arms control, regional rivalries, alliance politics, cultural instruments of influence such as race and gender, crisis management, and critical personalities. Students read widely, write frequently, and speak extensively.
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Lockenour         8307         20th Century Europe          W        5:00-7:20            Main
This course 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.

Biddick              8714          Historical Methods            T         7:45-10:05              Main
This seminar is an introduction to the practice of professional history and to historical methodologies. One of the main purposes of the seminar is to familiarize its participants with the methodological and historiographical evolution of professional history. How has the approach of historians to their craft changed in the last century? What assumptions informed the decisions they have made about how to study the past? In short, we study methodology because it is a way of approaching the questions that are central to historical scholarship: How do we know what has happened? How do we decide what matters? How do we best study the past? Whose version of history is authoritative.

Neptune    8801               Cross-Cultural Encounters              5:00-7:20              Main
Readings of selected issues in the history of the interaction of various cultures and societies are discussed. Special attention is paid to issues of power.

Levitt        9153                Archives & Manuscripts           R        5:10-7:40        TUCC/APS
Second course of Archives sequence (prerequisite 815) . 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.

Bailey        9200                Seminar in US History              M      4:40-7:00            TUCC
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.

Klepp        9999 (Sec 2)      Dissertation Colloquium           R      5:00-7:20                Main
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.