Comparative

101.002 Fall 2015 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.

103F.004 Fall 2015 Sugar and Spice (and Everything Nice): Commodities in World History

Our world is defined in many ways by our commodities. We run lights on electricity so cheap we don’t think about it; drink coffee from Ethiopia and Indonesia while taking comfort in the label’s assurance that workers and nature have been respected; eat 19¢ bananas that have been shipped from Honduras in interchangeable boxes kept at a constant 57°; and put on shirts, made with Brazilian cotton and sewn together in Cambodia, that advertise brands from all over the world.

103B.003 Fall 2015 The Frontier in Global History

What is a frontier? It is certainly more than a line on a map. “The frontier” has been represented as place of egalitarianism and rugged individualism, a source of elementary energy and democratic ideals. It has also stood for conquest and appropriation, a place of exploitation and genocide.

100U Fall 2015 From Plato to NATO: Great Books, Big Ideas

Why read “Great Books”? Who or what makes them “Great,” and for whom and for what purpose? What is the relationship between text and historical context, and between the historical text and our present social, cultural, and intellectual contexts? These questions inform our approach to the (mostly) European canonical texts studied in the course, the foundations of modern thought.

C187 Fall 2015 The History 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.

24 Fall 2015 Human Rights in Documents

What are human rights?  Where do they originate?  To whom do they apply?  Human Rights in Documents will explore the evolution and applications of human rights through an examination of primary sources.  From Locke to the Universal Declaration and beyond, this course will invite students to engage with the texts that have created contemporary human rights sensibility.  Readings will be short and will be drawn from a variety of legal, political, cultural, and intellectual sources.

280U.008 Spring 2015 North American Borderlands

This reading seminar will introduce students to important historical work on North American borderlands regions, defined as regions where people interact across independent legal and political regimes. Put differently, borderlands are zones of plural sovereignty. Readings will include work on native polities and empires in colonial-era borderlands; borderlands and the rise of nation-state projects in the nineteenth century; and key problems in the US-Mexican and US-Canadian borderlands in the twentieth century.

280U.005 Spring 2015 Private Lives in the Public Eye: Men, Women, and Children in Western History

This course will provide a broad focus examination of how matters relating to gender, childhood and family have been integral to western development since the Reformation.  We will be reading books and articles that examine the political, social and cultural dimensions of matters relating to private lives and focus especially on how private lives have been affected by and also altered public life, including religion, economics, and politics.

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