United States

280D.002 Spring 2017 The Historiography of American Foreign Relations

This course is a reading seminar in the history of the United States and the World, focused on the making of U.S. foreign policy and the exercise of American power in the world. It focuses for the most part on the history of the twentieth century, although particular readings delve into the nineteenth-century origins and foundations of U.S. power in the twentieth-century world.

285D.001 Spring 2017 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in America

This research seminar is ideal for students who want to develop and write an original research paper that may form the basis of a dissertation chapter or a publishable quality essay on the subjects of race, gender, and/or sexuality in America.

136C Spring 2017 Defiant Women: Gender, Power and Violence in American History

Taking as its focus diverse groups of women who have shaped the course of North American history, this class will explore the relationship between gender, power and violence from the colonial period to the modern era.

101.012 Spring 2017 Popular Culture in US History

How does experience with popular culture anchor someone in a particular time and place? Defined by one scholar as “the expressive practices of everyday life,” popular culture includes religious rituals, sports spectatorship, foodways, pedagogy, and musical trends. It can be experienced as a national, regional, local, or cultural practice.

101.011 Spring 2017 Capitalism: The Other Big C

Capitalism may have been denaturalized for one early American colonist after he attempted to purchase land from an Indian using hand gestures and wampum only to find out later that the Indian had no idea that such a transaction had taken place, much less that land could be someone’s private property—literally a foreign concept. Even today using words, historians have a hard time defining capitalism. Perhaps it is this illusive nature, yet immense influence, that explain why the history of capitalism is currently such a hot field.

101.010 Spring 2017 US Latina/o History since 1848 (or, Writing about Race and Ethnicity in US History)

The History 101 aims to support students as they produce an original piece of historical scholarship—the 101 Thesis. Early in the semester we will meet to discuss common readings and to provide students with basic training in how to conduct original historical research. By the end of the semester, students will have designed a research plan, implemented research and writing strategies, engaged in intellectual dialogue with their peers, and produced an original piece of historical scholarship 30-50 pages in length.

101.001 Spring 2017 California

Research topics in California history.

Kerwin Klein is a Professor in the Department of History.

103D.002 Spring 2017 Making a Modern African American Liberation Struggle: From Civil Rights to Black Power and Beyond

The African American Liberation Struggle, broadly conceived, is the enduring, multi-faceted, and complex freedom struggle waged by Africans in the Americas from the period of enslavement down to the present. Our focus will be a narrow and specific location and time within that broad and centuries-long liberation/freedom struggle: the US from 1940 to 1980.


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