Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Graduate Courses

Spring 2016

  • 400 Historiography (Kaufman)
  • 410 20th Century Violence (Weinreb)
  • 458 U.S. Social & Intellectual History (Gorn)
  • 482 Archives & Records Management (Young)
  • 479 Public History Media
  • 500 The Global Metropolis (Nickerson)

Spring 2016 Course Descriptions

HIST 400—Twentieth Century Approaches to History
Dr. Kaufman
Thurs. 4:15-6:45 p.m.

This colloquium focuses on twentieth century historical writing, emphasizing interpretive paradigms and innovative methodologies.  It examines the rise of social history and then cultural history as the dominant historical genres in the profession.  In particular, the course explores the impact of social science models on the writing of history in the post-World War II era, as well as the more recent challenges posed by historians of women and gender, post-colonialism and postmodernism.  By examining key historical works that have shaped the discipline of history, we will try to understand the profound changes in ideas about the nature of history and historical writing that have emerged over the preceding century.

HIST 410—Histories of 20th Century Violence
Dr. Weinreb
Tues. 4:15–6:45 p.m.

Violence is an especially tricky subject for historians to analyze, yet it is something that is central to human experience. This course uses the theme of violence to understand the history of the "short twentieth century" (1914-1990.) This was an age marked by unprecedented bloodshed, demonstrating a level of violence that challenged popular assumptions of progress, modernity, and civilization.  We will begin with a theoretical discussion of how scholars have analyzed the topic of violence, and then move on to case studies exploring different methodological and thematic approaches. Our focus will be on the United States and Europe, emphasizing the two World Wars, the Holocaust, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. We will also pay special attention to memory and the short- and long-term legacies of violence. 

HIST 458—U.S. Social & Intellectual History
Dr. Gorn
Wed. 6–8:30 p.m.

HIST 479—Public History Media

HIST 482—Archives and Records Management
Ms. Young
Wed. 4:15-6:45 p.m.

HIST 500—The Global Metropolis
Dr. Nickerson
Mon. 4:15-6:45 p.m.

This is a graduate research seminar exploring transnational urban history in the archives. Two generations of urban history scholarship has given us deep insight into the dramatic transformations that convulsed lives and landscapes in American metropolitan regions. But the ethoracial mosaic and political economies of these cities and suburbs demand that scholars take a more transnational approach even to the most local of histories.  This class is designed to offer students working in any geographical region and any time period to develop a project that is at once local and global.   Areas could include (but are not limited to) the following areas of study: borderlands, Atlantic Word, Caribbean, Pacific Rim, early modern, silk road histories.  Topics might cover immigration, refugee displacement, missionary work, migration of capital and/or workers across borders.  The class is focused on developing a final research paper that could possibly be developed into a scholarly article or dissertation proposal.  Students interested in the class should choose a topic in consultation with Professor Nickerson before the semester starts in order to make sure archival sources are available when the courses begins.


Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Course Descriptions

HIST 400—Twentieth Century Approaches to History
Dr. Pincince
Wed. 6–8:30 p.m.

This course focuses on twentieth century historical writing, emphasizing changing interpretive paradigms and innovative methodologies. It examines the rise of social history and then cultural history as the dominant historical genres and the new focus on previously ignored subjects like gender and sexuality. In so doing, it also explores the impact on historians of theories and methodologies from other fields, especially the social sciences and literary criticism. This course should be taken early in the student's program.

HIST 410—Topics in Western Imperialism
Dr. Forth
Thurs. 4:15–6:45 p.m.

This class is an introduction to the rich historical scholarship on Western imperialism from the origins of early modern Atlantic empires to the decline of the European colonial world in the late twentieth century. Why did empires form and how did they change over time? What was the relationship between “metropole” and colony? What comparisons and connections can we detect between different empires? What forms of knowledge and power derived from and facilitated empire? And finally, what are the legacies of the imperial relationship and its dynamics of violence, economic exploitation, multicultural interchange and globalization?

HIST 445—Atlantic World
Dr. Donoghue
Tues. 4:15–6:45 p.m.

This course surveys indispensable and cutting-edge scholarship in the burgeoning field of British Atlantic history ca. 1500–1800. Course goals include: acquainting students with the field; preparing them for MA and PhD comprehensive examinations; providing historiographic foundations for graduate research in early American and/or early modern British and European history.

HIST 460—US Urban History
Dr. Gilfoyle
Mon. 2:45–5:15 p.m.

This courses focuses on significant issues in the development of Urban America. Attention will be given to economic development, industrialization, crime and policing, music and entertainment, race and ethnicity, as well as the role of religion in urban social and cultural life. The ways in which certain cities developed into cultural capitals will also be explored. This is the basic course for students who wish to take a concentration in U.S. Urban Social and Cultural History.
*Instructor Consent required. Please e-mail the professor for permission (mostro2@luc.edu) to enroll.

HIST 480—Public History: Method and Theory
Dr. Mooney-Melvin
Mon. 6–8:30 p.m.

This course will survey the development of the field of public history with special attention given to the history, philosophy, and purposes of historical agencies; archives; museum organization and operation; cultural resource management; the involvement of historians in local, state, and federal government; the relationship between historians and the business community; and historians and public programming. The professional responsibilities of the historian in dealing with employment issues, society, and the historical profession will also be considered.
*Restricted to Public History Students *Instructor Consent required. Please e-mail the professor for permission (mostro2@luc.edu) to enroll.

HIST 483—Oral History, Method and Practice
Dr. Manning
Thurs. 6–8:30 p.m.

This course begins with a review of the various approaches to oral history and a survey of studies which have depended on it. Students will be asked to design a group oral history project. After testing the design and evaluating their initial interviewing efforts, they will complete the project and interpret the data. Each student will be expected to complete part of the research report as well as conduct one or more interviews.
*Instructor Consent required. Please e-mail the professor for permission (mostro2@luc.edu) to enroll.

HIST 533—Seminar in Nationalism and National Identity
Dr. Hajdarpasic
Mon. 4:15–6:45 p.m.

This seminar explores the meaning and uses of identity and nationalism in the modern era. As such, this course is open to students in any geographic area of modern history and is especially suited for students working in European and American fields. This course defines identity and nationalism broadly as it seeks to enable students to explore a range of individual research topics, such as ethnic politics and identities, state- or community-building strategies, cultural discourses of belonging, and gendered and social dynamics of identity construction. Students will initially read a number of scholarly works that will provide possible models for historical writing and research. Students will then spend the rest of the semester working on their individual research project, with ample guidance and feedback from both the instructor and fellow students. The goal of the course is to enable students to produce an article-length research paper.