Current Course Descriptions and Schedules
Spring 2017 Course List
- HIST 410 Special Topics: Transnational Urban History (Hajdarpasic)
- HIST 450 Reading in Nineteenth-Century U.S. History (Gilfoyle)
- HIST 481 Management of Historical Resources (Karamanski)
- HIST 487 Management of History Museums (Fraterrigo)
- HIST 558 Studies in American Cultural History (Gorn)
- HIST 584 Local History (Mooney-Melvin)
Spring 2017 Course Descriptions
HIST 410: Special Topics: Transnational Urban History
Dr. Edin Hajdarpasic
Thursdays 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
This class examines urban history from a transnational perspective. We will explore major themes in urban history, including social control, urban design, state intervention, racial segregation, sexual politics, class divisions, and the city in times of war and disaster. Tracing global connections, we will engage with multiple cities in diverse national, cultural, and political contexts, crossing Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and beyond (with our home city of Chicago featuring prominently in readings and discussions). The historical focus is on modern cities as they emerged in the 19th and 20th centuries.
HIST 450: Reading in Nineteenth-Century U.S. History
Dr. Timothy Gilfoyle
Wednesdays 2:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Modern, industrial America was born in the nineteenth century. The United States experienced its most remarkable changes between the presidencies of Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. American cities and per capita levels of immigration grew at their greatest rates ever. The most sophisticated form of coercive labor in world history became a dominant institution. A new feminine ideal flourished. The factory was born and industry replaced agriculture as the nation’s dominant economic force. The public school, the Mormons, the prison, the department store and "Wall Street" were created. The United States completed its final continental boundaries. Political officials left imprints which still define American politics and culture: James Madison, Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. An American literary renaissance produced canonical writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Edith Wharton and Walt Whitman. And the century witnessed the most devastating war in U.S. history. This colloquium provides a historiographical introduction to the major questions and issues of nineteenth-century America. Class discussion will also examine different possibilities for future research.
HIST 481: Management of Historical Resources
Dr. Ted Karamanski
Tuesdays 6:00 pm-8:30pm
This course will consider the problems of protecting and interpreting historical and cultural resources. Topics will include: historic preservation, historical architecture and urban redevelopment, the National Register of Historic Places, historical archaeology, and the writing of cultural resource impact statements. Instruction will involve both faculty and practitioners of public history.
HIST 487: Management of History Museums
Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo
Tuesdays 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
This course will introduce graduate students to the issues involved in the management and operation of history museums while considering many questions about the role and function of museums in American society. What does it mean to say that museums serve the public? Why do museums preserve some objects and not others? How do they care for the objects they collect and how do they make them available to the public? How do museums tell stories and who gets to decide what stories to tell? Why do people come to museums? What do they experience there and what do those visits mean to them? What does “success” look like and how does one measure it? What financial, administrative, and ethical issues do museums face today? Finally, how is the past preserved and interpreted in museums and what role do historians play in these efforts?
HIST 558: Studies in American Cultural History
Dr. Elliott Gorn
Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This course is a research seminar. Students will use primary sources to write long essays on topics in American social, cultural, intellectual, and/or urban history. Early on each student will meet with the instructor to formulate a topic for his or her semester's work. The goal by the end of the term is that each student will produce the draft of an article that is publishable, perhaps with some revision, in a scholarly journal.
HIST 584: Local History
Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin
Mondays 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This course will examine the nature and practice of local history and explore various methods and approaches central to local history research. This course has three objectives: (1) to introduce students to the literature on local history; (2) to acquaint students with methodology critical to local history research; and (3) to conduct research on a local history topic. The course is organized around a particular theme and focuses on a particular geographical area. This year we will examine the nature of neighborhoods and their relationship to the larger urban community. Research topics will explore the communities of Rogers Park, West Ridge, Edgewater, and Uptown.
Fall 2016 Course List
- HIST 400 Historiography (Pincince)
- HIST 410 Indigenous and Setter Colonialism: In Comparative Perspective (Karamanski)
- HIST 461 20th Century US History (Johnson)
- HIST 479 Public History Media (Roberts)
- HIST 480 Public History Method and Theory (Mooney-Melvin)
- HIST 483 Oral History Method and Practice (Manning)
- HIST 523 Seminar in Medieval History (Stabler-Miller)
- HIST 561 Women's and Gender History Seminar (Fraterrigo)
Fall 2016 Course Descriptions
HIST 400: Twentieth Century Approaches to History
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: Indigenous and Setter Colonialism: In Comparative Perspective
This course will explore the growing literature on settler colonialism and indigenous studies. Settler colonialism refers to the process by which colonist/settlers displace indigenous populations. Settler projects are differentiated from other colonial endeavors by the desire of the newcomers to remove indigenous people from the colonial space. The approach will be comparative, to analyze the broad sweep of European-American settler colonialism including the Mexican borderlands and Canada as well as touching upon the experience of other settler societies in Africa, Australasia, and South America. In the course of reading recent literature in this growing field the course will consider the impact of post-colonial studies, Indian-centered history, and the New Western History. Among the constructions explored through the readings will be genocide, gender, religion, racism, frontiers, and borderlands.
HIST 461: 20th Century US History
This course focuses on major historiographical questions reflecting the diversity of inquiry in the field of twentieth century US history, including political, transnational, social, cultural, and economic studies
This course is an introduction to the role of new media and the digital humanities in the service of cultural heritage. It will focus on examining the ways that emerging media have affected our historical understanding in the past and present and on developing facilities with digital applications, methodologies, and platforms that scholars and public history professionals increasingly need to use in the present and future. This includes archiving, blogging, digitizing, digital storytelling, editing and analyzing, social media, virtual exhibitions and web design. It will also take up broad social and ethical questions surrounding media and contemporary culture, including accuracy of evidence, intellectual property, and open access to knowledge. By the end of the semester, students will have produced a digital portfolio of their work.
*Department consent required; please email email@example.com for permission to enroll.*
Cross-listed with DIGH 400: Introduction to Digital Humanities Research.
This course explores the field of public history with special emphasis on the theoretical and methodological challenges faced when preserving or presenting history outside of a formal classroom environment. Also under consideration will be the professional and ethical responsibilities of the historian both inside and outside of the university setting. Students will be able to understand the theoretical and methodological issues of importance to the field of public history, reflect upon ethical issues involved in the collection, curation, and presentation of history, and participate in applied projects drawing upon public history methodologies and presentation modes.
*Restricted to Public History Students*
HIST 483: Oral History: Method and Practice
This course will give students a basic understanding of oral history by asking several questions of the discipline, including: What exactly is oral history and what sets it apart from other historical research methodologies? What are the ethical issues involved in undertaking oral history? How does one conduct, record, and archive an interview? What steps are necessary in constructing an oral history project? What are the merits of the various products that can be derived from oral history in both texts and multimedia? In addition to reading oral historical texts and theory, students will conduct at least two interviews and participate in an ongoing oral history project.
*Department consent required; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to enroll.*
HIST 523: Seminar in Medieval History: Gender, Bodies, and the Body Politic in Medieval Europe
Thur. 2:00-5:00pm (Taught at The Newberry Library, September 29th - December 8th)
This course will examine the relationship between gender, sex differences, and politics—defined broadly—in medieval Europe, exploring the ways in which systems of power mapped onto perceived sex differences and bolstered, reproduced, or authenticated those systems. Through a close reading of political treatises, sermons, mystical literature, and church decrees, we will evaluate the ways in which gendered discourses supported or weakened institutional, political, and religious authority, even in situations that seemingly had nothing to do with “real” women. Thus, our investigations will move beyond “exceptional” women who exercised political power (for example royal and noblewomen), illuminating the effects of gendered symbols and discourses on institutions or spaces from which real women were increasingly marginalized (for example royal authority) or completely excluded (for example the medieval university).
*Department consent required; please email email@example.com for permission to enroll.*
This seminar focuses on the use of gender as a category of analysis in history, and is particularly appropriate for those who have taken courses in Women's and Gender History or Women's Studies. Students will produce a major research paper; they may choose any topic relevant to issues of gender or women for any time period or society, as long as adequate primary sources are available.