History courses offered for May and June 2013
- HIST 274 / 3.0 Cultural History of Modern France
France – May 2013
This course will be an intensive exploration of the political, social, economic, technological, scientific, literary, and artistic components that fashioned notions of progress, modernity, and contemporaneity in France from 1750 to the present. Our lessons will be structured as discussion, debates, and on-site activities in order to take full advantage of the French cultural milieu within the cities we will visit wich will mainly be Paris, Avignon, Nice, and surrounding areas. Our main objective is to gain insight into the complex notion of culture by experiencing first hand the concrete factors that condition and produce it, and the tangible manifestations that define it. We will address such overarching themes as French notions of identity based on language, sociability, conceptions of private and public spaces, and individualism. Through a chronological rather than thematic approach we will engage in a journey of living-history as we witness the cultural landmarks that have shaped modern France.
Prerequisite: Level 2 or above.
- HIST 330 / 3.0 Topics in History: Spain from Empire to Nation 1492-1992
Spain – May 2013
Not a traditional survey of Spanish history, this course explores how the discovery and conquest of the Americas created a global Spanish empire, how Spaniards confronted the practical challenges and moral dilemmas of being a colonial power, and what the eventual loss of her overseas territories meant for Spain as it emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as a modern European nation-state. Treating the history of "mother country" and empire as one intertwined whole, the course provides a perspective on how imperialism and decolonization shape cultures and peoples.
Prerequisite: Level 3 or above and enrolment in a History Major, Medial or Minor, or permission of the department.
- HIST 255 / 3.0 Renaissance and Reformation Europe
Italy – June 2013
A survey of the social, cultural, political and intellectual life of Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation. Topics to be discussed include humanism, secularism, printing, and exploration; war and the early modern state; prophecy, heresy, and dissent; popular culture; sex, marriage, and family life; witch hunts, panics, and magic; and the impact of the Reformation and the Counter–Reformation.
Prerequisite Level 2 or above.