Comparative

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. 

280U Spring 2016 When Empires Come Home: Postcolonial Migrations to Europe

Through the lens of migration studies, this course introduces participants to a key aspect of twentieth-century European history: namely, the profound impact that the End of Empire after World War II had on the societies, politics, and cultures of Europe’s colonial powers. Perhaps ironically, the independence of former colonies did not stop the diverse movements of people from Africa and Asia into France, Great Britain, Portugal, Holland, and Italy, but rather increased existing migration flows and created new ones.

L&S23 Fall 2015 The Humanities

"The Humanities" were once considered the core of a liberal arts education, but today they often find themselves forced to justify their very existence.

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.

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