Graduate Courses

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Fall 2016
275E.001: Survey: Latin American History
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Elena A. Schneider
2231 Dwinelle
Th 10-12
CCN: 15998
275F.001: Advanced Studies in Asian History
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Andrew E. Barshay
2303 Dwinelle
W 12-2
CCN: 15852
280A.001: Advanced Studies in Ancient History
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Susanna Elm
2231 Dwinelle
Tu 2-5
CCN: 16120
280B.002: Advanced Studies in European History
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Jonathan Sheehan
3205 Dwinelle
M 10-12
CCN: 16091
280B.002: Advanced Studies in European History
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Thomas W. Laqueur
175 Dwinelle
Thu 3-6P
CCN: 33834
280B.003: Advanced Studies in European History
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Jonathan Sheehan
3104 Dwinelle
M 10-12P
CCN: 16092
280B.004: Advanced Studies in European History
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John M. Efron
3104 Dwinelle
Tu 2-4P
CCN: 16093
280B.005: Advanced Studies in European History
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James Vernon
2393 Dwinelle
F12-2P
CCN: 16094
280B.006: Advanced Studies in European History
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Geoffrey Koziol
2231 Dwinelle
Th 2-5p
CCN: 16095
280D.001: 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? How did medical and scientific knowledge and practice shape understandings of sex difference, gender, and sexuality over time? How did medical views of male and female bodies shape gendered conceptions of health and illness? Topics include the medicalization of sex and the nineteenth-century medical interest in hermaphroditism; sexology and the emergence of the homosexual; race and class in medical practice; explanations of sex determination in terms of chromosomes and hormones; the study of animal model organism for human sexual behavior; twentieth-century concepts of intersexuality and transsexuality; and debates about sex and/or race specific diseases from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. The course focuses on the USA but takes into account the transnational nature of medical and scientific theories and practice. While we will take a historical approach, we will read relevant works from gender studies, sociology, anthropology, and science and technology studies.
Sandra Eder
2303 Dwinelle
Th 2-4p
CCN: 15801
280D.002: Advanced Studies in United States History
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Dylan Penningroth
3205 Dwinelle
F 9-12
CCN: 15801
280D.005: American Legal History

The Law & History Foundation Seminar is a reading and discussion seminar.  It is taught under the auspices of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Ph.D. Program and is open to all JSP graduate students, Berkeley Law JD, LLM and JSD students, graduate students from History, Critical Theory, other campus programs, and from other Bay Area institutions.  The course is cross-listed with the History Department and with the Program in Critical Theory.

Considered as a field of study, legal history is as much history as it is law, and history is primarily a discipline of the book.  For this reason, I have chosen to make this a course that focuses on books, largely books written about the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Our goal will be to explore the "main currents" of American legal history while also acquainting ourselves with the methodological and theoretical possibilities for innovation in the production of legal history that exist at the conjunction between history and other social science and humanities disciplines.  The course concentrates on the United States, but to set our discussion of theory and method off with a bang, we will begin in the dark undergrowth of a forest in eighteenth century England.  

Over the course of the semester our goal will be to achieve a thorough and complete grounding in legal history's formative literatures by reading a wide selection of the field's best work, ranging from the classics that have structured the field, stirred controversy, and inspired generations of scholars (like James Willard Hurst's Law and the Conditions of Freedom and Morton Horowitz's Transformation of American Law), to the best work of the current generation of field leaders (like Laura Edwards' The People and their Peace and Kunal Parker's Legal Thought Before Modernism), to notable recent work by rising scholars (like Max Edling's A Revolution in Favor of Government and Ken Mack's Representing Race).  Along the way, we will accumulate considerable knowledge of the substance of American legal history, while giving close critical attention to the very different ways in which scholars have chosen to write the history of American law (and the very different subjects they have considered appropriate to write about).

Christopher Tomlins
40 Piedmont 102
Tu 10A-1240P
CCN: 15801
280D.006: Advanced Studies in United States History -- Bodies, Boundaries, and Belonging: Law in Historical Perspective

In this joint History-Berkeley Law seminar, students will engage with some of the most exciting new research by scholars working at the intersection of Law and History. Attentive to both the material and symbolic power of law, we will explore law’s historical role in the constitution of space, place, the body, and various modalities of belonging. We’ll trace law and its effects beyond the institutions, discourses, and people with which it is conventionally associated (courts, legislatures, statutes) to law’s unofficial makers, interpreters, enforcers, messengers, claimants, subjects, spaces, and objects. Our geographic focus will be largely North American, though we will situate the continent’s legal history in the broader flow of the ideas, empires, peoples, commodities, and vital matter that have unmade and remade law as we know it. We will also have the chance to engage face-to-face with several prominent scholars in a workshop format. Requirements for this 280 include active participation in all discussions, reading one to two books (or equivalent) per week, and writing a final review paper (15-20 pages). 

Karen Tani
Rebecca M. McLennan
12 Boalt
Tu 335-525P
CCN: 15806
280F.001: History of Nationalism in Asia

This course opens by surveying a range of general theoretical approaches to the history of nationalism put forward by scholars such as Ernest Gellner, Anthony Smith, and Benedict Anderson.  It then examines research monographs on the history of a handful of Asian nationalisms, ranging from Thailand and Vietnam to China and Japan. Some attention will be paid to contrasting "modernist" approaches with both older studies of the topic and newer attempts to take seriously the possibility of pre-nineteenth century ideas or forms of the nation. In addition to examining the origins and development of Asian nationalism, the course will look at the relationship between nationalism and other forms of politicized identity. It will also pay some attention to connections between nationalism, newspapers, and the novel and to the gender dynamics of nationalist movements. Requirements for the course include short weekly written assignments, several in-class presentations, and a final reflection piece.

Nicolas Tackett, Peter B. Zinoman
2303 Dwinelle
Tu 2-4
CCN: 15931
280F.002: Advanced Studies in Asian History: Self and Society in the Chinese Tradition

The idea that Chinese culture values society at the expense of the individual has become cliché, particularly in the West, where Chinese “collectivism” is almost always contrasted with Western “individualism.” However, for artists, intellectuals, and literati in the Chinese tradition, the individual person possessed important philosophical, social, and political meaning and required constant redefinition and affirmation. In this course, students will examine the construction of the individual and the self in Chinese society and culture, from the early imperial period through the early 20th century, and the relationship between these concepts—as they are variously defined—to larger social categories such as family, state, and society. Although the historical texts will focus primarily on China and East Asia, theoretical readings for the course will reflect the contemporary expansion in approaches to this topic, including neurobiology, historiography, social theory, philology, and narratology. Opportunities for comparative approaches will be available for students of different historical traditions. Sources will be available in English, but students with the ability to read Chinese will be encouraged to do so. 

 
The Staff
2231 Dwinelle
F 10A-12P
CCN: 33826
280U: Advanced Studies in Comparative History
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Abhishek Kaicker
3205 Dwinelle
W 10-12
CCN: 15824
283: Historical Method and Theory

In this seminar, you will be introduced to theoretical reflections by historians on defining problems of our discipline as well as to some new directions in the practice of history. Weekly responses and two short papers constitute the principal writing assignments.

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
3205 Dwinelle
W 2-5
CCN: 15809
285D: Research Seminar in U.S. History: Topic TBA
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Mark Brilliant
3205 Dwinelle
Tu 12-2
CCN: 16178
285H: Research Seminar in African History
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Tabitha Kanogo
3104 Dwinelle
Tu 4-6
CCN: 15908
290: Historical Colloquium: History of Science

This is a 1-credit S/U graduate course in history of science, accompanying the history of science colloquium and the brownbag series. It meets every Thursday, 4-6 pm. Meetings consist of: invited lecture on a special topics, followed by an extended session of questions and answers; informal discussions over the work of affiliated scholars; and roundtable sessions on broader methodological issues in the history of science and technology. The course brings you up to the research front in these topics, interacting with historians on subjects that currently engage their scholarship. Attendance is compulsory.

Massimo Mazzotti
470 Stephens Hall
Th 4-6
CCN: 15811
375: Teaching History Pedagogy Seminar

This course, required of first time GSIs and open to all History GSIs, introduces graduate students to a variety of pedagogical theories and techniques used in teaching history at the university level. It will examine readings dealing with a range of classroom situations, opportunities, and challenges, with the goal of enabling future college teachers of history to understand the learning process of their students and to develop and improve their own teaching skills. The course will have two primary goals: (1) to train graduate students to work more effectively as graduate student instructors in history classes at Berkeley; and (2) to introduce students to techniques of designing and running their own classes that they will use when they become independent instructors and, ultimately, professors of history in their own right.

The Staff
3205 Dwinelle
M 9-12
CCN: 16048
C250: Advanced Studies in History and Science and Technology Studies
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Massimo Mazzotti
470 Stephens Hall
Tu 4-6P