280U.001 Spring 2015 Politics, Culture and the City at the Dawn of the Modern World

What is the relationship between the built environment of the city, the cultures of its inhabitants, and the practices of their politics? How did cities around the world become the crucible in which modern political regimes were forged? This course examines these questions through the study of the politics and cultures of the early modern city. It has two related objectives.

101.017 Spring 2015 Writing The Consequences of Conflict in the Modern Period

“After every war,” Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska reminds us, “someone has to clean up. Things won't straighten themselves up, after all.”  This writing seminar will investigate the consequences of conflict in transnational perspective during the 19th and 20th centuries and explores how conflict altered international law, political belonging and the everyday experiences of people living in war's wake.

103U.003 Spring 2015 Making Rights in a Global Modern America

"This course will focus on the meaning of “rights” in a global, modern, United States. Specifically, it will focus on the meaning of rights, who has had access to them, and what this concept has meant to different people at different times. For instance, has work been a right in the twentieth-century and for whom? What happened to the idea of “rights” between the right to refuse labor (emancipation), and the right to employment (institutionalized racism)?

280U Fall 2014 Asymmetrical Conflict

Reading and research in the history of asymmetrical conflict, including case studies in topics such as domination and resistance or guerrilla warfare and counter-insurgency, with special attention to historical sources and methods. Students will develop a research project on a relevant topic of their choice.

101.002 Fall 2014 Writers Group

This section is designed for seniors with well-conceived thesis projects that do not fit within the rubrics of other 101 seminars. Members of the group will observe a common schedule in developing, drafting, and critiquing material but will not share a common subject area. Admission requires a written statement and the consent of the instructor.

103U.004 Fall 2014 The Global Color Line

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the Color Line,” argued American civil rights activist and author W. E. B. DuBois in 1906. This course explores the global debate over race and equality which gripped the world from the mid-nineteenth to the twentieth century. We will focus mainly on the ideological and political dynamics of, and powerful resistance to, racial discrimination in the British and French empires, the United States, and South and East Asia from 1860 to the 1930s.


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