Graduate Courses

C250 — Topics in Science and Technology Studies

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Instructor:  Massimo Mazzotti

Units: 3

Class Number:  21696


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This course provides a strong foundation for graduate work in STS, a multidisciplinary field with a signature capacity to rethink the relationship among science, technology, and political and social life. From climate change to population genomics, access to medicines and the impact of new media, the problems of our time are simultaneously scientific and social, technological and political, ethical and economic. 

275D — Survey: United States

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Instructor: Rebecca M. McLennan

Units: 4

Class Number: 21592


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A rapid immersion class, this is the orientation course for entering graduate students intending to study the history of North America, whether as a first or second field, and may be particularly complementary for those studying modern Global, Latin American, and European History. Graduate students from all fields and disciplines are welcome. A reading intensive class, 275D surveys the historiography of most of the key fields of North American History and introduces students to the department's North Americanist faculty, each of whom will visit the class for a face-to-face discussion of their work and respective subfield/s of research. In preparation, students will read a mix of classic and leading-edge texts with a view to orienting themselves in the various historiographies. These include the Atlantic World, the History of Slavery, the History of Capitalism, and Environmental, Legal, Cultural, African American, Borderlands, Gender and Sexuality, Civil Rights, and International History. With an eye to coming to terms with not only some of the major historiographical and analytical debates but contending modes of periodization, we will tack between highly focused and more generalist treatments of particular eras. Finally, as well as reading widely in the North Americanist field, students will have the opportunity to dig more deeply into two subfields or literatures of their choice through their written work and in-class presentations.

275E — Survey: Latin America

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Instructor: Elena A. Schneider

Units: 4

Class Number: 25930


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This seminar is a selective survey of early Latin American and Caribbean history, c. 1400-1898. Our approach will combine classic texts with new lines of inquiry inspired by the overlapping field of Atlantic history. The goal is to develop a sense of key developments in the historiography of the region, build core knowledge, and identify promising new directions for future research. Topics covered include social, cultural, environmental, and economic ramifications of “the conquest”; capitalism and the world system; cultural encounter and religion; gender, sexuality, and race; indigenous and African slavery and the transatlantic slave trade; Brazil, Angola, and the South Atlantic system; and revolt, rebellion, and the Age of Revolutions.

275F — Meiji 150

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Instructor: Andrew E. Barshay

Units: 4

Class Number: 26071


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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, the event which by pretty much unassailable consensus marks the beginning of Japan's modern age. The purpose of the seminar is to explore the question of what the events of 1868 and the subsequent Meiji era (1868-1912) meant for Japan itself and for the world at large, both in their own era and since. As far as possible course themes will be set around (translated) primary documents of various kinds, accompanied by classic and more recent scholarship pertinent to those themes. Students in all fields are welcome. Those interested in enrolling should contact the instructor in advance.

280A — Slavery, Agricultural Labor, and the Economy in the later Roman Empire

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Instructor: Susanna Elm

Units: 4

Class Number:  21628


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Beginning with a discussion of the principal historiographic works and hence the central areas of scholarly controversy regarding slavery and other forms of agricultural labor and the late Roman economy (Harper, Hickey, Sarris, Bransbourg, Grey), the course will then focus on the evidence from legal, literary, and documentary sources, to end with a discussion of Augustine of Hippo's recently discovered letters on slavery and coloni.

280B — Introduction to Soviet Historiography

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Instructor: Yuri Slezkine

Units: 4

Class Number:  21622


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The landmarks of Soviet historiography from Leon Trotsky to the latest academic fad, in loose chronological order. Weekly book reviews, no papers.

280B — After Empire

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Instructor: James Vernon

Units: 4

Class Number:  25917


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In Postwar (2005) Tony Judt sought to understand the history of Europe after 1945, and the brief life of its social democracies, as primarily shaped by the experience of World War Two. In contrast, this class will ask how far the history of Euro-America’s neoliberal present, even in its increasingly nativist and populist forms, was shaped by decolonization. Apart from examining the end of European empires during the Cold War we will also explore what role decolonization had on the various revolts of 1968 and the counter-revolutions they spawned, as well as their influence on the formation of what we now refer to as neoliberalism. Chronologically the class will stretch from the 1940s through to 2008 and its aftermath, while geographically it will work outwards from (predominantly western) Europe and the United States. Each week students will be expected to provide brief responses to the readings on bcourses and to participate in class discussion. The final assignment could take one of several forms:- a syllabus that outlines how you would teach the history of post-1945; a 3,000 word op-ed on how some element of Europe’s postwar history shapes its present; a podcast or blog interview with a historian engaged in an area of research or debate that engages you; a review of a recent work that you could submit to a journal; a 5,000 word historiographical review (with abstract) that you could publish; or some other exercise that you would find helpful.

280B / 285B — Ancient Israel in the Modern Western Imagination

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Instructor: John M. Efron

Units: 4

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  • For 280B, use class number 24511
  • For 285B, use class number 21606

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Spanning the 17th through the 20th centuries this course sets out to explore the way Europeans, Americans and Israelis have imagined and represented Biblical Israel. Among the topics we will address are: Spinoza’s heresy, the Enlightenment Bible, the politics of archaeology, histories of Ancient Israel, Christian and Jewish representations of Jesus and the Holy Land, Israelite-Sephardic authenticity and Masada and the Zionist imagination.

280B / 285B — Later Medieval Law: Practice, Literature, Ritual

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Instructor: Geoffrey Koziol

Units: 4

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  • For 280B, use class number 32908
  • For 285B, use class number 22909

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This course will focus primarily on France and England from the late 12th through the 14th centuries. However, assignments for the last several weeks will remain open, in order to accommodate students’ different interests. The first purpose of the course is simply to introduce some of the basic elements of legal organization and practice. We will therefore cover English writs, eyres, and commissions of oyer et terminer and trailbaston, and French “common law” rules of procedure and proof. A second purpose is to expose the public performative elements of legal procedures, concentrating especially on the ceremonial of the last great judicial circuits of Edward I’s reign and arbitration proceedings in 14th-century Marseille. A third purpose is to examine the highly self-aware literary construction of legal texts and argumentation (for example, Beaumanoir’s Coutumes de Beauvaisis), and some representations of law in literature (such as the English Song of Trailbaston and probably some French fabliaux). Most readings will be available in English or available in English translation.

280F — Tomb Manuscripts, Sites, and Artifacts in early China

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Instructor: Michael Nylan

Units: 4

Class Number: 21599


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This course is part 1 of a two-part course, with the second half to be taught by Mark Csikszentmihalyi (EALC) in the spring of 2019. Every three weeks this course will examine an important tomb site whose manuscripts, layout, and other tomb contents have provided important evidence for the reconstruction of life in early China. In the fall semester, the tombs whose site and contents will be reviewed will including Liye (Hunan), Zhangjiashan, the tombs of Zhang Anshi (Shaanxi, in Xi'an) and Haihun hou (Jiangsi), Fuyang (Anhui), and Zhangjiashan (Hubei, near modern Jingzhou). Students will have the opportunity to explore how an object's medium affects its reception, also to compare received texts to those that have been scientifically excavated.

280F — Advanced Studies: Asia

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Instructor: Peter B. Zinoman

Units: 4

Class Number:  24510


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This seminar examines important topics in the field of modern Southeast Asian history through a reading of works written and inspired by the recently deceased giant in the field Benedict Anderson (1936-2015). During his long career, Anderson carried out serious research on the politics and political history of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. He also excelled at comparative analysis, an approach he pursued in numerous articles as well as his masterwork Imagined Community: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism. We will examine Anderson’s scholarly preoccupations with Southeast Asia including the nature of its states and statecraft, the history of its local radical movements and the relationship between its culture and politics. For Indonesia, topics addressed by Anderson include the nationalist revolution of 1945, the military coup of 1965 and the role of language, history and mythology in modern political culture. Topics on Thailand include 20th century literature and politics, class development, the endurance of the monarchy and wars over historiography. On the Philippines, we will read Anderson’s work on the origins of the nationalist intelligentsia, the life and work of Jose Rizal and the globalization of local politics in the 19th century.

280H — Advanced Studies: Africa

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Instructor: Bruce S. Hall

Units: 4

Class Number: 21595


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This course will focus on recent innovative approaches to African history published within the last ten years.

280M — World War One in the Ottoman Empire

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Instructor: Christine Philliou

Units: 4

Class Number:  32389


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We will be reading the emerging scholarship on World War One in the Ottoman Empire in light of a) the larger concerns of scholarship on World War One in European and Russian historiography, and b) the existing patterns and disjunctures in Ottoman and Modern MIddle East/Balkan historiography. Topics will include constitutionalism, Balkan Wars, ethnic/confessional conflict, genocide, peace settlements, and divergences and convergences in the "post-Ottoman" space. A paper involving a critique of historiography and/or a research paper based on primary sources will be required, depending on whether students take the class as a 280 or 285 (in consultation with the professor).

283 — Historical Method and Theory

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Instructor: Peter Sahlins

Units: 4

Class Number:  21580


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This course, now required of first-semester graduate students in History (who will be given priority in enrolling), is a survey of the craft, both in its premodern and contemporary iterations. The first half focuses on canonical works of historical writing in the Western and non-Western traditions, while the second half treats a sampling of themes and topics in the modern and premodern worlds as a way of introducing a range of approaches and methods practiced at Berkeley and beyond, introducing students to the varieties of historical writing and building a shared vocabulary (about class, race, and gender for example; about borders and frontiers; about the scale of history; and about archives). Requirements include all weekly reading to be done before each class (including the first one); regular short writing assignments posted on bCourses (reading prompts and responses); and a term paper (~30 pp.) on a historiographical topic (approved in advance by the instructor).

285D — Research Seminar: United States

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Instructor: Brian DeLay

Units: 4

Class Number:  21637


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This research seminar is for students working on all topics in American history. We'll begin by considering important aspects of the historian's craft, including the relationship between sources and questions; formulating topics; mapping out research programs; and effectively situating one's work within the historiography. Most especially, the seminar will be devoted to the planning, drafting, and refinement of your article-length seminar papers. We will meet regularly at the start of the semester and then reconvene near the end of the term for peer-review of drafts. All students should work to develop a mature paper topic before the start of the term, and come prepared to discuss it during our first session.

290 — Historical Colloquium

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Instructor: Massimo Mazzotti

Units: 4

Class Number:  21581

375 — Teaching History at the University

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Instructor: Sarah Gold McBride

Units: 2

Class Number:  21609


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This class will introduce graduate student teachers to the theory and practice of teaching, with particular attention to the opportunities and challenges of teaching history. The course has two goals. First, it will train graduate students to become skillful Graduate Student Instructors at UC Berkeley, focusing on topics such as how to run discussion section effectively and how to conduct formative and summative assessment of their students. Second, it will provide graduate students with an introduction to the process of designing and running a course independently, including designing a syllabus and assessing and improving their own teaching practice. Students will also focus on their own professional development as teachers, as they begin to formulate a teaching statement and construct a preliminary teaching portfolio. Through assigned readings, assignments, and in-class conversations with the instructor and their peers, graduate students will become familiar the basic pedagogical methods and practices that will enable them to transition to careers in teaching at different levels and institutions.