Expanded Course Descriptions Summer Sessions 2019

The Department of History scheduled these undergraduate courses for SPRING QUARTER 2018. This list is subject to change, so please check back often.

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HIS 4C - 17B


History 4C: History of Western Civilization (Summer Session 2) 

Instructor: Professor Campbell

This course presents an overview of the major questions of European history from the late 18th century to the present. In the first part of the course, we will investigate the fundamental changes to European life that the French and Industrial Revolutions wrought. In the second, focusing on the 20th century, we will turn to the problems that an increasingly mobile and diverse continent confronted in world wars hot and cold, while tracing the gradual emergence of a new European order.

Of particular importance to us will be the theme of violence as a means of both challenging and maintaining Europe’s political and economic systems.

Students will be assessed on the basis of short (one-page) weekly writing assignments, a longer final paper, an essay-based final exam, and their participation in weekly discussion.


History 6: Introduction to Middle East History (Summer Session 1) 

Instructor: Professor Anooshahr

This is the history of the Middle East from 600 to the present. This is a not just a history of Islam (which is offered in Religious Studies Department). Our main goal is to learn about a variety of social, economic, political, and cultural matters and to focus on broad historical patterns. The course is both thematic and chronological. Each week’s topic is analyzed in the context of larger events in the world. Please be sure to read the relevant reading by the Thursday of each week which is reserved for discussion.


History 9A: East Asian Civilization (China) (Summer Session 1) 

Instructor: Professor Howard Chiang

This course is an introduction to Chinese history from earliest times until the present day. It is open to all students without prerequisite. The course surveys traditional Chinese civilization and its modern transformation, with an emphasis on China’s connection to the wider world. Themes include thought and religion, political and social life, art and literature. Perspectives on contemporary China are provided. To focus our study of China’s long history, the course places special emphasis on the global history of China and the Chinese migration experience.  We will examine the formation of Chinese communities and cultures in the diasporic context, colonial and postcolonial Southeast Asia, the settler societies (including North America and Australia), and transnational cinemas.  This class counts toward the following GE requirements: Arts & Humanities; Social Sciences; World Cultures; Writing Experience.


HIS 10C: 19th-20th Century World (Summer Session 1) 

Instructor: Logan Cledening

"This course examines world history from c. 1850 to the present, surveying some of the key trends and changes that have shaped the world in the last 170 years. The central focus of the course will be to explore the global formation of the modern epoch by analyzing the following themes and interlocking global patterns: population growth and mass migration; technological acceleration; the globalization of the world economy; the emergence and impact of modern notions of race, ethnicity, and nationalism; imperialism and its legacies in the contemporary world; the ideological underpinnings and wide-ranging effects of modern wars and revolutions; and finally, humanity’s impact on the planetary biosphere through the present."


HIS 17A: History of the United States (Summer Session 2)

Instructor: Nicholas Garcia

"This course covers the experience of the American people from the Colonial Era to the Civil War (roughly 1492 to 1865). Topics covered include colonialism, slavery, the development of racism, and the forging and reforging of the United States. Special emphasis will be placed on the following: 1) the development of Native American societies, their response to European colonization, and the methods by which Europeans subdued Native Americans, and 2) the rise of plantation slavery in the colonial period and its subsequent demise in the nineteenth century.”


History 17B: History of the United States (Summer Session 1) 

Instructor: Lilian Hodges 

This course surveys the past 150 years of United States history to better understand the present issues. Major topics include: settler colonialism, immigration policies, social movements, and the effects of the Cold War. Students will read primary documents and scholarly texts for discussions and assessments. Students will also investigate influential songs, films and documentaries that question what kind of bodies the United States has valued over time. 


History 17B: History of the United States (Summer Session 2) 

Instructor: Joshua Thomas 

This course surveys the history of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. Among the themes covered will be civil and voting rights, westward conquest, industrialization, populism, American empire, progressivism, immigration and restriction, the New Deal, the politics of fear, suburbanization, environmentalism, and globalization. The expansion of government at all levels ties these themes together, and this expansion has provoked fierce debates over the relationship of government to liberty, justice, equality, and prosperity. Through reading the words that historical actors have written about the expansion of government, students will uncover for themselves themes and patterns in American discourse, as well as develop a better understanding of how different groups of Americans have argued for more and less government for themselves and for others. By the end of this course, students will grasp that the particular ways in which the past unfolded was not inevitable, that the United States has continually changed as a result of political decisions, and that these decisions continue to shape but not determine the present.  



HIS 146B - 174C 


History 146B: Europe, World War II to the Present (Summer Session 2)

Instructor: Stephen Silver

This course examines European history since 1939 and focuses on major developments in Eastern and Western Europe up to the present. Our central themes will include: World War II and the Holocaust; the Cold War and a divided Europe; decolonization and the end of European empires; the “economic miracle” and the postwar welfare state consensus; political protests in 1968 and their broader global context; new challenges to Western European societies in the 1970s and 1980s; the causes and outcomes of the collapse of Eastern European communist regimes from 1989 to 1991; the long-term processes of European integration; and the outlook of the European project after Brexit.


History 159- Women and Gender in Latin American History (Summer Session 1) 

Professor Schlotterbeck 

Starting in 2015, #NiUnaMenos movements emerged across Latin America to denounce gender-based violence.  This recent resurgence of grassroots feminist movements is the latest in a long struggle for full gender equality in the region. This course seeks to historicize contemporary social movements by examining Latin American history through the lens of women’s and gender history. It emphasizes women’s experiences as participants and protagonists actively shaping social, political, economic and cultural transformation.  It understands gender as a social construct in which changing definitions of masculinity and femininity are bound up in understandings of colonial, national, and transnational change. 

By the end of the course, you should understand the general contours of Latin American history; be able to explain the differences between and significance of women’s and gender history; and assess how different groups of men and women benefited from, were restricted by, and struggled over the meanings of gender in different historical contexts.


History 168: History of Inter-American Relations (Summer Session 2) 

Instructor: Genesis Lara

Since the beginning of the year 2019, the news cycle has been inundated with stories that make it impossible to escape the intricate, complicated, and often times conflicted relationship between the United States and Latin America. Starting with the Mexican War of Independence to the present day, this course demonstrates how interactions, negotiations, war and migration between the U.S. and Latin America has shaped the political destiny of one another. By looking at questions of race and gender, the meaning of words such as freedom, revolution, and empire this course will take a deep dive into one of the most pressing issues of our times. We will study past and present case studies, using diplomacy and transnationalism, in an attempt to decipher the stakes for the future of the relationship between the United States and Latin America.


History 174C: The US After World War 2 (Summer Session 1) 

Instructor: Ashley Serpa

This course examines the United States as it approached the challenges and transformations of the post-Second World War world. General themes include: domestic and foreign policies, economic and political developments, social movements and strife, and the globalization of the nation. Students will read graphic novels and watch films in addition to utilizing scholarly texts, and lecture will include documentaries and discussion to illuminate and assess the period.