History 160B2: World History to 1600 (Summer 2018)
This course introduces students to the study of World History utilizing the thematic focus of inventions and innovations. The course focuses on eight key inventions, ranging from writing to gunpowder to anatomical flapbooks, that shaped, created, and cultivated culture and civilizations and influenced cross-cultural contacts. These inventions are treated as “microhistories,” allowing students to peer into civilizations from prehistory to the turn of the seventeenth century with an emphasis on examining primary sources and identifying similarities across time and space.
Taught as a five-week online course. Syllabus available upon request.
History 160C1: The Making of American Cultures, 1600-1877 (Fall 2017)
This course introduces students to the history of the United States before 1877. It focuses on the creation of a distinctive set of American cultures. Central themes include the colonial meetings of multiple cultures (including indigenous cultures); race and conquest; the American Revolution and the creation of a republican political culture; the transformation of that political culture through struggles over industrialization and wage labor, slavery, and women’s rights; and the revolution in American political culture and social relations during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Taught as a seven-week online course. Syllabus available upon request.
History 310: The Black Death (Winter 2016; Spring 2018)
This course investigates Europe in the age of the Black Death (from 1348 to 1720) as people attempted to understand and circumvent the spread of the disease. Local and royal governments adapted to the spread of this (and other) disease(s) by enforcing better sanitation measures and imposing quarantines. The medical profession fought the disease according to the current standards of medical theories and knowledge. Perhaps equally important were religious explanations of the disease (those of Christians, Jews, and Muslims), which, inter alia, encouraged those suffering from a variety of ills to confess, repent, and improve their general morality.
Taught as a three-week and seven-week online course. Syllabi available upon request.
History 320: Tudor & Stuart England (Summer 2017)
This course aims at a broad analysis of the history and legacies of the Tudor and Stuart dynasties that ruled England from 1458 to 1714. The objective is to understand how, in a quarter century, radical political and religious events (and figures) transformed the social, political and religious structures of England, giving birth to the foundation of England as a united kingdom, and significant world power. The course emphasizes the “reformations and revolutions” of the late medieval and early modern periods, including the Wars of the Roses, the English Reformation, the English Civil Wars, the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, and the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
Cross-listed with Religious Studies. Taught as a five-week online course; also developed into a three-week version. Syllabi available upon request.
History 150C1: Europe in the Modern World (Fall 2013)
History 150C4: World History, 1600-2000 (Spring 2016)
History 160B2: World History to 1600 (Spring 2017)
History 160C1: Making of American Cultures, 1600-1877 (Spring 2013; Fall 2014 & 2015)
History 301: Introduction to the Study of History (Fall 2012)
History 404B: History of the Roman Empire through Constantine (Spring 2015)
History 408: The Renaissance (Spring 2014)
Classics 160B1: In the Beginning: Roots of Western Cultures (Fall 2016)