Spring 2014 Graduate Course Descriptions

November 4, 2013

 Graduate Course Descriptions--Spring 2014

History 546:  The Holocaust and Genocide for Educators       Thursday 1600-1845                 SH279    Professor Beth Cohen

 An overview of the Holocaust and the concept of genocide, with a focus on the analysis and evaluation of varied resources for educators, including film, photographs, literature, art, music, documents and other primary source materials.  (Cross-listed with JS 546)

HIST 596AN  Colloquium in Colonial Southeastern Borderlands    Monday  1600-1845         SH279            Professor John Paul Nuño

The traditional image of the antebellum U.S. South consists of stately plantation homes surrounded by slave quarters, a stark reminder of the inhumanity of chattel slavery.  Southern prosperity rested on a strictly enforced sociopolitical hierarchy that separated people along black and white racial lines.  However, this oversimplified version of the South obscures the region’s previous history as a geographical and sociopolitical borderlands.  During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Southeastern indigenous peoples, while maintaining positions of power, encountered and lived alongside diverse groups hailing from different parts of Europe and Africa.  This course will survey recent scholarship that examines historical developments beginning with the transformation of the Mississippian peoples in the sixteenth century to the removal of Native Americans in the 1830s.  Scholars have emphasized themes such as cultural change and continuity, identity formation, indigenous and African resistance, developing notions of race, and expansion of the market economy.  This course seeks to understand how a fluid and malleable South gave way to a new order in the nineteenth century based on political centralization, market capitalism, and a rigid racial order.  

History 585:  Colloquium in the U.S. South: Focus--The Natchez District                    Wednesday 1900-2145                            SH288  
 Professor Joyce L. Broussard                         

 This course examines some of the important episodes, events, ideas, and themes in the history of the American South using the focal point of Natchez, Mississippi.  Natchez was the wealthiest enclave of plantation slavery in the antebellum South, a hotbed of African-American radicalism in the post-bellum era, the very center of the so-called Mythic South Movement in the early 20th century, and a region deeply embroiled in the modern-day Civil Rights Movement.  We will touch on such issues as race, slavery, the plantation South, gender, the Civil War and its aftermath, southern politics, religion, the “Jim Crow” South, the “Southern Diaspora,” the Civil Rights Movement, and memory and culture—mixed together with a measure of the mint-julep garden affair.  Students will explore various themes of southern history including the southern rage to explain itself along with the interplay of race and the “mythic South” in the formation of southern identity.  Students will write précis on selected readings, present their findings, and produce a historiographic essay that can be used as a literature review for possible future research.

 History 601:  Theory and History                                Tuesday 1900-2145                                          SH186    Professor Frank Vatai

 The aim of this seminar is threefold. A brief if necessary introduction to the incoming graduate student of the major themes and developments in history writing from the Ancient Near East to the present. Then an analysis of intellectual and social developments that inform present day attitudes towards the past along with a survey of recent trends. Thirdly an attempt will be made to offer a heuristic of history: how to read a text, how to do research, how to write a historical essay. Students will chose a major historian from their area of specialization and write a historiographical essay that will incorporate biographical material, an awareness of the historian’s background, an appreciation of impact the historian left or has on the profession as well as a critical assessment of the seminal works of the author. It is also expected that your analyses will take advantage of the approaches and methodology from the required readings (where applicable.)  The essays will be presented to the class. The grade will be based on seminar participation and the quality of the research essay.

 History 681:  Seminar, U.S. West                               Tuesday   1600-1845                                        SH186    Professor Josh Sides

 In this course, graduate students will conduct secondary reading and primary historical research into the history of California and the American West.

History 660:  Seminar, Latin American History      Wednesday  4:00-6:45 pm                      SH 288            Professor Patricia Juarez-Dappe

During the 1960s and 1970s, many Latin American nations fell under military rule. This course explores the breakdown of democratic governments and the emergence of authoritarian regimes that were committed to economic restructuring, political demobilization, and the abrogation of civil liberties. It examines the use of torture, disappearances, and other counterinsurgency methods by Latin American military officials. Students are expected to pick a topic and develop an original research paper dealing with any military or authoritarian government in Latin America. Prior familiarity with Latin American history is desirable for this course. If you would like more information, please contact Professor Juarez-Dappe at pjuarez@csun.edu