Graduate Courses

Fall 2018
275B: Survey — Europe
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2231 Dwinelle
Thu 12–2pm
Class #: 25918
275D: Survey — United States
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Rebecca M. McLennan
2303 Dwinelle
Tue 9am–12pm
Class #: 21592
275E: Survey — Latin America
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Elena A. Schneider
2303 Dwinelle
Tue 2–4pm
Class #: 25930
275F: Survey — Asia
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Andrew E. Barshay
3104 Dwinelle
Wed 12–2pm
Class #: 26071
280A: Advanced Studies — Ancient
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Susanna Elm
2231 Dwinelle
Thu 9am–12pm
Class #: 21628
280B: Advanced Studies — Europe
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James Vernon
2303 Dwinelle
Wed 2–4pm
Class #: 25917
280B: Introduction to Soviet Historiography

The landmarks of Soviet historiography from Leon Trotsky to the latest academic fad, in loose chronological order. Weekly book reviews, no papers.

Yuri Slezkine
2220 Dwinelle
Tue 4–6pm
Class #: 21622
280B/285B: Ancient Israel in the Modern Western Imagination

Spanning the 17th through the 20th centuries this course sets out to explore the way Europeans, Americans and Israelis have imagined and represented Biblical Israel.  Among the topics we will address are: Spinoza’s heresy, the Enlightenment Bible, the politics of archaeology, histories of Ancient Israel, Christian and Jewish representations of Jesus and the Holy Land, Israelite-Sephardic authenticity and Masada and the Zionist imagination.

  • For 280B, use class number 24511
  • For 285B, use class number 21606
John M. Efron
3205 Dwinelle
Thu 3–5pm
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280F: Advanced Studies — Asia
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Peter B. Zinoman
2303 Dwinelle
Wed 10am–12pm
Class #: 24510
280F: Tomb Manuscripts, Sites, and Artifacts in early China

This course is part 1 of a two-part course, with the second half to be taught by Mark Csikszentmihalyi (EALC) in the spring of 2019.  Every three weeks this course will examine an important tomb site whose manuscripts, layout, and other tomb contents have provided important evidence for the reconstruction of life in early China.  In the fall semester, the tombs whose site and contents will be reviewed will including Liye (Hunan), Zhangjiashan, the tombs of Zhang Anshi (Shaanxi, in Xi'an) and Haihun hou (Jiangsi), Fuyang (Anhui), and Zhangjiashan (Hubei, near modern Jingzhou).  Students will have the opportunity to explore how an object's medium affects its reception, also to compare received texts to those that have been scientifically excavated.

Michael Nylan
2231 Dwinelle
Wed 2–5pm
Class #: 21599
280H: Advanced Studies — Africa
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Bruce Hall
2303 Dwinelle
Wed 12–2pm
Class #: 21595
280M: World War One in the Ottoman Empire

We will be reading the emerging scholarship on World War One in the Ottoman Empire in light of a) the larger concerns of scholarship on World War One in European and Russian historiography, and b) the existing patterns and disjunctures in Ottoman and Modern MIddle East/Balkan historiography. Topics will include constitutionalism, Balkan Wars, ethnic/confessional conflict, genocide, peace settlements, and divergences and convergences in the "post-Ottoman" space. A paper involving a critique of historiography and/or a research paper based on primary sources will be required, depending on whether students take the class as a 280 or 285 (in consultation with the professor).

Christine Philliou
2303 Dwinelle
Thu 10am–12pm
Class #: 32389
283: Historical Method and Theory
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Peter Sahlins
3205 Dwinelle
Fri 12–3pm
Class #: 21580
285A: Reading Leo the Deacon

The course will concentrate on reading closely (in Greek) the History of the tenth-century historian Leo the Deacon. Leo’s literary style continues the tradition of ancient historiography and his closest model is the work of the sixth-century historian Agathias. His narrative covers events that transpired in the second half of the tenth century. Besides experience in analyzing a primary source, the course will offer practice in reading high-style Byzantine Greek (from a printed edition and from Greek manuscripts). Attention will be paid to the manuscript tradition of the text, as well as to the history of its editions. As a result, students will gain some experience in Greek paleography and the problems of editing texts.

Maria Mavroudi
2231 Dwinelle
Tue 2–4pm
Class #: 32253
285D: Research Seminar — United States
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Brian DeLay
2303 Dwinelle
Mon 10am–12pm
Class #: 21637
290: Historical Colloquium
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Massimo Mazzotti
470 Stephens
Thu 4–6pm
Class #: 21581
375: Teaching History at the University

This class will introduce graduate students to a variety of techniques and theories used in teaching history at the university level. It will examine readings dealing with a range of classroom situations, opportunities, and challenges, with the goal of enabling future college teachers of history to understand the learning process of their students and to develop and improve their own teaching skills. The course will have two primary goals: (1) to train graduate students to work more effectively as graduate student instructors in history classes at Berkeley; and (2) to introduce students to techniques of designing and running their own classes that they will use when they become independent instructors and, ultimately, professors of history in their own right. 

Mark Brilliant
3205 Dwinelle
Tue 12–2pm
Class #: 21609
C250: Topics in Science and Technology Studies
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This course provides a strong foundation for graduate work in STS, a multidisciplinary field with a signature capacity to rethink the relationship among science, technology, and political and social life. From climate change to population genomics, access to medicines and the impact of new media, the problems of our time are simultaneously scientific and social, technological and political, ethical and economic. 

Massimo Mazzotti
470 Stephens
Tue 4–6pm
Class #: 21696