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HIST463 - HISTORY OF AMERICAN EDUC

Description: 
This course will examine the growth and development of American schools, from the colonial era into the present. By 1850, the United States sent a greater fraction of its children to school than any other nation on earth. Why? What did young people learn there? And, most of all, how did these institutions both reflect and shape our evolving conceptions of “America” itself? In an irreducibly diverse society, the answers were never simple. Americans have always defined their nation in a myriad of contrasting and often contradictory ways. So they have also clashed vehemently over their schools, which remain our central public vehicle for deliberating and disseminating the values that we wish to transmit to our young. Our course will pay close attention to these education-related debates, especially in the realms of race, class, and religion. When immigrants came here from other shores, would they have to relinquish their old cultures and languages? When African-Americans won their freedom from bondage, what status would they assume? And as different religious denominations fanned out across the country, how would they balance the uncompromising demands of faith with the pluralistic imperatives of democracy? All of these questions came into relief at school, where the answers changed dramatically over time. Early American teachers blithely assumed that newcomers would abandon their old-world habits and tongues; today, “multicultural education” seeks to preserve or even to celebrate these distinctive patterns. Post-emancipation white philanthropists designed vocational curricula for freed African-Americans, imagining blacks as loyal serfs; but blacks themselves demanded a more academic education, which would set them on the road to equality. Protestants and Catholics both used the public schools to teach their faith systems until the early 1960s, when the courts barred them from doing so; but religious controversies continue to hound the schools, especially on matters like evolution and sex education. How should our public schools address such dilemmas? How can the schools provide a “common” education, as Horace Mann called it, melding us into an integrated whole while still respecting our inevitable differences?
Instructors: 
ZIMMERMAN, JONATHAN
Day and Time: 
MW 0200PM-0330PM
Room: 
EDUCATION BUILDING 203
Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US
    • Major Concentrations: American
    • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: US

    HIST451 - US AND THE WORLD SINCE 1898

    Description: 
    This class examines the emergence of the U.S. as a world power since 1898, and considers both the international and domestic consequences of U.S. foreign relations. In one respect, the twentieth century was a strange time to become a global empire: it was the period when colonial systems centered in Europe, Russia, Japan, and Turkey collapsed, and new nations emerged throughout Africa and Asia. This class explores the changing strategies of military, economic, and political intervention that the U.S. pursued as colonization lost legitimacy. Within that framework, the class invites students to think about several questions: How did the idea and practice of empire change over the twentieth century? How did the United States relate to new visions of independence emerging in Africa, Asia, and Latin America? How did global interactions both inform and reflect racial ideology in the United States? Finally, how did international affairs transform U.S. politics and social movements?
    Instructors: 
    OFFNER, AMY
    Day and Time: 
    TR 1200PM-0130PM
    Room: 
    ANNENBERG SCHOOL 111
    Activity: 
    LEC
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      HIST349 - HIST OF SEXUALITY IN US

      Description: 
      This course explores the history of sexuality in the U.S. Centrally, it explores the past to consider why sexuality has become so central American identities, culture, and politics. Using both primary and secondary sources, we will explore the relationship between expression, regulation, ideology, and resistance; trace the emergence of distinct sexual cultures and identities; and interrogate the relationship between sexuality and other forms of social difference such as gender, class and race. We will also explore the relationship between sexuality and state building, both domestically and transnationally. Topics include reproduction, censorship, sexual violence, gay and lesbian identities, slavery, and the politics of sexually transmitted disease.
      Instructors: 
      LAKHANI, ZAIN
      Day and Time: 
      MW 0200PM-0330PM
      Room: 

      COLLEGE HALL 314

      Activity: 
      LEC
      Cross Listings: 
        Registration Notes: 
        CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US

        HIST367 - PHILADELPHIA 1700-2000

        Description: 
        This course will trace and explore the important history and role of Philadelphia in the founding of the United States from the pre-colonial era to the present. It will not be simply a celebration of elite figures and historical events and sites around the city, but an in-depth examination of the social, cultural, and political events that shaped a city and a nation as well as an evaluation of how we view this history today. While the course focuses on Philadelphia, we will also make connections to the larger history of Pennsylvania, the Delaware Valley, and the Middle Atlantic region in general.
        Instructors: 
        HANSON, RICHARD
        Day and Time: 
        T 0600PM-0900PM
        Room: 

        WILLIAMS HALL 219

        Activity: 
        LEC
        Cross Listings: 
          This is an LPS course. Registration may be limited to LPS students.
          • Major Concentrations: American
          • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: US

          HIST411 - INTRO TO PRINT CULTURE

          Instructors: 
          STALLYBRASS, PETER
          CHARTIER, ROGER
          Day and Time: 
          M 0200PM-0500PM
          Activity: 
          SEM
          Cross Listings: 
            Registration Notes: 
            CONTACT DEPT or INSTRUCTOR FOR CLASSRM INFO

            HIST210 - THE CITY

            Instructors: 
            JOHNSON, NINA
            NAIRN, MICHAEL
            Day and Time: 
            M 0200PM-0500PM
            Room: 
            MCNEIL BUILDING 169
            Activity: 
            SEM
            Cross Listings: 
              Registration Notes: 
              HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCE SECTOR; PERMISSION NEEDED FROM INSTRUCTOR

              HIST212 - UTOPIA

              Description: 
              Western thinkers from the ancient Greeks to the present have speculated about what the ideal human society would look like. We can study the resultant utopias as works of literature, philosophy, religion, psychology or political science; we must understand them in their historical contexts. This seminar will take a multidisciplinary approach to utopian thought from Plato's Republic to the ecological utopias of the 1980s. Works to be examined include More's Utopia; seventeenth century scientific utopias like Bacon's New Atlantis; the political theory of Rousseau (Social Contract); essays of the French utopian socialists and Hawthorne's version of the Brook Farm experiment; Morris' News from Nowhere; its American counterpart, Bellamy's Looking Backward; Gilman's feminist blueprint, Herland; BF Skinner's psychological utopia, Walden Two; and the utopian science fiction of LeGuin. Huxley's dystopia, Brave New World, will be set against his later utopia, Island.
              Instructors: 
              TODD, MARGO
              Day and Time: 
              W 0200PM-0500PM
              Room: 

              VAN PELT LIBRARY 626

              Activity: 
              SEM
              Cross Listings: 
                Registration Notes: 
                BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS

                HIST214 - RE-READING THE HOLOCAUST

                Description: 
                This course explores how the Holocaust has been constructed as an historical event. Beginning in the mid-1940s, with the first attempts to narrate what had transpired during the Nazi era, this seminar traces the ways that the Holocaust became codified as a distinct episode in history. Taking a chronological approach, the course follows the evolution of historical and popular ideas about the Holocaust and considers the different perspectives presented by a variety of sources. We will examine documentary films, memoirs, survivor testimonies, as well as other scholarly and popular representations of the Holocaust. Students will be introduced to unfamiliar sources and also asked to reconsider some well-known Holocaust documents and institutions.
                Instructors: 
                WENGER, BETH
                Day and Time: 
                T 0130PM-0430PM
                Room: 

                COLLEGE HALL 315A

                Activity: 
                SEM
                Cross Listings: 
                  Registration Notes: 
                  BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS

                  HIST216 - HOW TO RULE AN EMPIRE: INTRO TO EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN IMPERIALISM

                  Description: 
                  Over the last five centuries, European and American powers developed changing strategies of empire designed to order societies at home and overseas. The practice of empire spurred worldwide debates that continue today: how did imperialism operate, what purposes did it serve, could it come to an end, and what might replace it? Over the course of two hundred years, these questions inspired some of the world’s great historical writing, and this seminar introduces students to a sample of it. Together we’ll explore varied forms of political, economic, military, and cultural power involved in imperial expansion; the experience and consequences of empire for both colonized and colonizer; and the emergence of anti-imperialist movements. We will read an average of 150 pages per week. No background is required. The books we’ll read reward slow, careful reading. What you learn in this class, and the quality of our experience together, depends on your reading closely, coming to class with informed questions, and being prepared to help your classmates answer theirs. Active, informed class participation will account for forty percent of your grade.
                  Instructors: 
                  OFFNER, AMY
                  Day and Time: 
                  R 0300PM-0600PM
                  Room: 

                  VAN PELT LIBRARY 305

                  Activity: 
                  SEM
                  Cross Listings: 
                    Registration Notes: 
                    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS

                    HIST231 - CONFLICT, LAW AND JUSTICE IN EARLY AMERICA: CROSS-CULTURAL APPROACHES

                    Description: 
                    This course provides a comparative study of law and legal pluralism in the early North American borderlands. From the sixteenth century through the early nineteenth century, Europeans, Native peoples, African descended peoples, and mixed race peoples committed acts of violence throughout the borderlands. People trespassed on land, killed other people and livestock, and stole property–non-human and human. In the resolution of intercultural conflicts, European and Native systems of law clashed. When a Menominee named Achiganaga allegedly killed two French traders in 1682, or when a Georgian official shot a Chehaw prisoner during an alleged escape attempt in 1802, or when Spanish officials accused Lower Creeks Juan and Jorge Galphin of raiding plantations on the Florida–Georgia border and taking seven slaves, eleven horses, and ninety heads of cattle in 1793–whose law governed the outcome? How and under what authority did Europeans prosecute indigenous people for murder? How did Native law impose justice when Europeans killed indigenous people? How did free and enslaved African Americans exercise legal power in both European and Native legal regimes? In other words, how and why did people from different cultures make their understandings of law intelligible to one another in violent contests over land, property, and freedom? Finally, how did these plural legal orders change over time? In this seminar, we will explore these questions to uncover the nature of legal pluralism and the ways it shaped the multiple meanings of law, justice, sovereignty, empire, and slavery in early North America. Drawing on a mix of primary and secondary sources, we will discuss competing ideologies and jurisdictional disputes in the constitution of law. We will also examine conceptual approaches to analyze how legal pluralism defined relations between Native peoples, African Americans, and settlers in early North America. Ultimately, we will consider how the legal complexity of the early modern era informs our understanding of the meanings of law and justice in the present day.
                    Instructors: 
                    GALLMAN, NANCY
                    Day and Time: 
                    R 0300PM-0600PM
                    Room: 

                    COLLEGE HALL 311F

                    Activity: 
                    SEM
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