Upper-Division Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Upper-Division History Courses

Course Number Course Name Instructor Day(s) Time Attributes
HIS202 (D01) American History
Zeman MWF 9:05-9:55 a.m. American Studies, International Relations
American History
Miller TR 12:30-1:45 p.m. American Studies, International Relations
HIS301 The U.S. and Latin America Warren MWF 9:05-9:55 a.m. IR, Latin American Studies
HIS317 Rise of the West (400-1000) Lewin TR 9:30-10:45 a.m. Ancient Studies, Classical Studies, MRRS, pre-1800, Writing-Intensive
HIS341 Genocide and Human Rights in the 20th Century Chakars MWF 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m. Justice and Ethics in the Law, International Relations, Ethics-Intensive
HIS358 Contemporary China Carter TR 12:30-1:45 p.m. Asian Studies, International Relations, Non-Western
HIS362 The Civil War Era Miller TR 8-9:15 a.m. American Studies,
HIS370 Infectious Diseases in World History Mansfield MWF 2:30-3:20 p.m. International Relations
HIS383 Food in American History Hyson MWF 12:20-1:10 p.m. American Studies,
HIS391 American Military History Sibley TR 3:30-4:45 p.m. American Studies,
International Relations
HIS472 The Inquisition Close W 3:30-6:15 p.m. Justice and Ethics in the Law, MRRS, Ethics-Intensive, Writing-Intensive, pre-1800
HIS478 Oral History, Migration and the Archive Abbas M 3:35-6:20 p.m. Asian Studies, International Relations, Writing-Intensive


HIS370: Infectious Diseases in World History
Dr. Julia Mansfield, MWF 2:30-3:20 p.m.
This course explores the impact of infectious disease on human societies from the Black Death of the 14th century to the AIDS epidemic of the 20th century. We will discuss major outbreaks from the perspective of economic, military, cultural, and environmental history and learn about evolving theories of disease that have shaped modern public health policy.

HIS472 Seminar in European History: The Inquisition
Dr. Christopher Close, W 3:30-6:15 p.m.
A heretic being burned at the stake is one of the iconic images of attempts to punish and suppress religious difference in early modern Europe, an effort commonly referred to as the Inquisition. But while the Inquisition may loom large in the popular imagination as a brutal, monolithic system that oppressed millions, the individual inquisitions in Europe’s different regions displayed widely varying goals and purposes. In this seminar, we move beyond common perceptions of the Inquisition to explore the real history behind early modern criminal justice. We will adopt a thematic approach, addressing some of the most important issues raised by early modern criminal justice while reflecting on the ethical components of studying crime and punishment from a historical perspective. Our first unit will examine historical records of torture and public execution to refine the theory of philosopher Michel Foucault, who has posited a direct relationship between power and punishment in the Inquisition. Then we will investigate the Spanish Inquisition, the largest and most controversial inquisitorial system in Europe. For the research paper, students can investigate any of the numerous criminal courts in Europe by drawing on a variety of possible sources including trial records, criminal codes, gallows speeches, an executioner’s diary, and images of torture and public punishment.

HIS478: Seminar in Global/Comparative History: Oral History, Migration and the Archive
Dr. Amber Abbas, M 3:35-6:20 p.m.
This course examines the major themes in Asian American Studies including Migration, Assimilation, Acculturation, Multiculturalism, Discrimination, Gender and Sexuality through an exploration of the experience of South Asian migrants to the United States. The course begins with an examination of oral history as a methodology and its role in historical research and preservation. Students will design and conduct an oral history project with a South Asian migrant in the Philadelphia area. These interviews will be linked together in a collection to be archived at the South Asian American Digital Archive. The interviews that the students conduct, therefore, will add to a growing body of knowledge on South Asian America that they will use to write a culminating research paper incorporating the data from their own interviews, those of colleagues and those available in local and online archives.