Comparative

103U.002 Fall 2016 History of Women in the Ancient Mediterranean and Medieval Europe (Proseminar in Comparative History)

Ancient and medieval historians paid little attention to women. When they did, it was either to praise them lavishly or disparage them irredeemably. Since the 1970s scholars have done much to change this two-dimensional presentation through new readings of visual and textual sources as well as through innovative new theories and methods. In this class we’ll engage this rich scholarship with several objectives in mind.

103U.001 Fall 2016 Introduction to Military History (Proseminar in Comparative History)

An introduction to global military history from the late eighteenth century to the late twentieth century, with emphasis on the interplay between strategic paradigms, technology, and society. The format is a seminar: regular and active participation is required. Each student will produce a stand-alone research paper that is suitable as a thesis proposal.

280D.001 Fall 2016 Gender, Medicine & Science

This seminar comprises a selective overview of the scholarship on gender and sexuality as the subject of medical and scientific study and practice. Specifically, we will explore how physicians, sexologists, biologists, psychiatrists and other researchers have sought to explain sexual difference and sexuality in scientific terms and how these differences have in turn affected medical and scientific practices. The course emphasizes three interlocking questions: How have medical and scientific concepts of the body informed notions of masculinity and femininity?

C187 Fall 2016 The History and Practice of Human Rights

What are human rights? What institutions, norms, and practices have people used to advance them, and what have been the effects? In this course, we will examine the processes through which human rights have been conceptualized, defined, violated, and vindicated.

100U.001 Fall 2016 Special Topics in Comparative History: World War II

The Second World War was true to its name. It was not the first war fought on a world scale or to shake the established order among powerful states and their empires. Indeed the second followed the first by less than two decades and is inexplicable without reference to that conflict, including its terms of settlement. But the second, which merged two vast conflagrations in Europe and Asia, was destructive on a scale all its own.

C192 Spring 2016 History of Information

This course explores the history of information and associated technologies, uncovering why we think of ours as "the information age." We will select moments in the evolution of production, recording, and storage from the earliest writing systems to the world of Short Message Service (SMS) and blogs. In every instance, we'll be concerned with both what and when and how and why, and we will keep returning to the question of technological determinism: how do technological developments affect society and vice versa?

103U.002 Spring 2016 Human Rights Practice in Comparative Perspective

How have advocates promoted human rights, and what have been the effects? In this seminar, we will examine the history of human rights practice at the national level -- comparing experiences in the United States and Argentina -- and as a transnational and global phenomenon. With a focus on the mid-twentieth century to the present, "Human Rights Practice in Comparative Perspective" will trace the development and results of modern human rights strategies used to address problems like racial inequality, impingements on freedom of expression, and state violence.

101.012 Spring 2016 Writer's 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.

280U Spring 2016 Economic History and Economic Culture of the Early Modern Atlantic World

This course explores the development of European economies and the creation of new Atlantic economic systems during the era of European contact with and expansion into the "new worlds" of sub-Saharahan Africa and the Americas.  In doing so, it also attend to distinctive features of economic life emerging in this era -- new theories of political economy, experiments in monetary systems and credit networks, radical new forms of slavery and labor commodofication, the rise of cultures of consumption -- that helped to create the modern world.

280U Spring 2016 Comparative Genocides

This graduate seminar is an introduction to the field of genocide studies from a comparative perspective.  It will not focus on any single genocide; instead, it will try to provide a good understanding of the extreme diversity of this form of mass killing. Even though it will emphasize twentieth-century cases, it will also cover earlier occurrences. 

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