Course Descriptions 2012-2014 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
HIST 111Modern World History3.00
Examines forces that bring areas of the world together, including Chinese and Ottoman trade and conquest, the consolidation of nation states like Portugal, Spain and Japan and their interactions with trade and colonization, the Columbian exchange and the impact of the New World, the slave trades from Africa and migrations to the Americas, revolutions in Europe and the Americas, colonization in Asia and Africa and nationalist movements, wars of ideology and resources: world wars, cold wars, and Middle Eastern wars. Emphasis on learning to think globally. Code 7.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 115History of World Religions3.00
An introduction to the history of religions and how they are related with examples of Abrahamic, Dharmic, Taoic and indigenous religions. Includes visits and films. Code 7; World History.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 151History of the United States Through 18773.00
Examination of a series of questions and controversies in United States history from the European conquest to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Explores issues such as the nature of the U.S. Constitution, immigration and industrialization, slavery and emancipation. Provides general education students and majors with an introduction to history as a field of study. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 152The United States Since 18773.00
Examination of a series of questions and controversies in United States history from the late 19th Century through the present. Explores such issues as labor and social class, race and civil rights, gender and women's rights, the U.S. as global superpower, the Great Depression and social reform. Provides general education students and majors with an introduction to history as a field of study. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 160Arab Identities3.00
Explores the construction of Arab identities through language, culture, the spread of Islam and historical events: the birth of Islam, the colonial experience, Arab nationalism, Pan Arabism, the Palestinian conflict. Examines forces that brought Arabs together and those that have been divisive: social class, religions and sects, ethnicities in the Lebanese Civil War and Iraqi conflicts. Films. No prior knowledge needed. Code 6. RE.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 161African Peoples and Issues3.00
Introductory course on modern Africa which covers major historical trends. Particularly useful for future high school teachers. Covers topics like the slave trade, the impact of colonialism, nationalist resistance movements, African aspirations at independence and political unity and disunity. Many films are shown and all texts are written by Africans, including autobiography, drama and novels. Code 3.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 189History elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent ot a UW-Superior course.
HIST 212The Ancient Mediterranean World3.00
General-education-level course introducing students to the basic outlines of the history of the Mediterranean region -- including Greece, Rome, Spain, northern Africa, and Palestine -- from the earliest times to the Middle Ages. While investigating some key events and stories from these places and times, students learn to critically evaluate the ways these stories are re-told in our time, using actual texts and documents from the times in comparison to books and movies about those times from our day. Code 2.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 219History of Premodern East Asia3.00
Examination of “premodern” East Asia with emphasis on: East Asian philosophical and spiritual traditions and how these traditions affected the development of East Asian civilizations; the contribution East Asia played in the development of European and world history; and to challenge Euro-centric perspectives that often view East Asia civilization as monolithic, static, and backward. Some particular themes include how Confucianism created a self-regulated society, how Chinese civilization developed and implemented a democratic ethos in government, Genghis Khan and the making of the modern world, the great treasure fleets of the Ming Dynasty, and Japanese samurai (warrior) culture. Course uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Course centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essay. Code 5.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 220History of Modern Asia3.00
Examination of Asia in the modern period (1600 to present). Requires no prior knowledge of the region. Emphasizes how the rise of the West affected the historical development of Asia and how Asia responded to Western dominance. Themes include: why the powerful Chinese tributary system failed to meet the challenge of Western colonialism and conversely, how Japan became the first Asian nation to utilize western-style gunboat diplomacy to expand its empire; why race played a significant role in the Asian Pacific Theater during World War II; the communist revolutions throughout Asia; and how Southeast Asian countries have struggled for national sovereignty since the Cold War. Uses several Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 223First Nations History I3.00
Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from their origin to the Dawes Act of 1887. Cross-listed as HIST/FNS 223. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
HIST 224First Nations History II3.00
Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from 1887 to the present. Special attention given to the federal government's role in administering Indian policy. Cross-listed as FNS/HIST 224. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
HIST 225Latin America Since Independence3.00
Introduction to major themes and issues in modern Latin American history. Focus is on issues of development and underdevelopment. Students consider various theories of underdevelopment and weigh their relative merits using Latin America as a case study. Code 4.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 230Modern Europe-1500 to 1800 CE3.00
Introductory course tracing development of European societies from the great artistic, economic, and scientific transformations at the end of the Middle Ages up to the full flowering of the “modern age” at the end of the 18th century. While the basic structure is a broad survey covering 300 years and all regions of Europe, a focus on selected key issues -- such as the Protestant Reformation, Galileo to the Scientific Revolution, the Columbian Exchange to the emergence of Capitalism -- allows students to delve more deeply into history while also introducing them to basic questions and methods of the historical discipline. Code 2.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 231Contemporary Europe 1800 to 2000 CE3.00
Introductory course surveying the past two centuries of “Modern” Europe. Close attention to key episodes -- like the Industrial Revolution, the artistic revolts of Romanticism and Modernism, the rise of Fascism and other “totalitarian” ideologies, and the recent collapse of the Berlin Wall -- will afford a broad overview of European developments from 1800 to the present from a variety of methodological perspectives: economic, political, social, and cultural. As an introductory level, General Education course, it introduces students to the basic questions and methods of the historical discipline. Code 2.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 240Africa In Early Times3.00
How do we know early African history? Looks at archaeology in South Africa, oral traditions in Mali, written documents in West and East Africa, ethnography of the East African coast and a fictional treatment of the slave trade between Dahomey and Brazil. Many films. Code 3.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 241Africa In Modern Times3.00
A topics course that looks at modern trends in African history, including the slave trade, colonialism, independence movements, challenges of national unity and economic and social progress. Several films. Code 3.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 254African-American Voices3.00
Explores the African-American experience over the past two centuries with an emphasis on social and political discourse. The ideas of major political, literary, cultural and intellectual figures, as well as the content of black folk and popular culture, will be examined in a social and historical context. Authors include Douglass, DuBois, Hurston, Garvey, King, Malcolm X, and bell hooks. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 256Introduction to Historical Research and Writing-History of Wisconsin3.00
Introduction to basic methods of research and writing in the discipline of history using the History of Wisconsin as a subject matter. Either HIST 256 or HIST 257 is required of all history majors and minors. HIST 256 is required of all students seeking secondary certification in history. Should ordinarily be taken in the sophomore year. Enrollment limited to students majoring or minoring in History or Social Studies, or by permission of instructor. Code 1.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 257Introduction to Historical Research and Writing3.00
Introduction to basic methods of research and writing the discipline of history. Each time the course is offered it will have a specific thematic focus to be chosen by the instructor. Students produce a series of short research papers on topics of their choosing that are related to the focus of the course. Either HIST 256 or HIST 257 is required of all history majors and minors. Should ordinarily be taken in the sophomore year. Enrollment limited to students majoring or minoring in History and Social Studies, or by permission of instructor. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 281The Muslim World3.00
Survey-level course introduces students to a variety of topics about the Muslim world from multidisciplinary perspectives. The time and life of the prophet Muhammad, the rise of great Islamic empires, Islam and women, the spread of Islam in America and the explosion of Islamic resurgence and extremism are all topics for consideration. Code 6.
General Education Attributes:
HH Humanities-History
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 289History Elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the Social Inquiry faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if the content is different. (Regular ongoing topics: War and Peace in Bosnia.) Code 2.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 306African Archeology3.00
Introduces the main concepts of archaeological study of African excavations, ruins, material objects, and dating methods and examines how historians move from this scientific evidence to historical interpretations. Examples are drawn from many African regions and sites like Kerma, Meroe, Mapungubwe, Great Zimbabwe, Igbo Ukwu, Akan Gold weights or Yoruba carved doors and may change from year to year. Many films. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST 306.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 315War and Peace in the Former Yugoslavia3.00
An attempt to understand in historical perspective the recent conflicts in Yugoslavia. With those events and the questions they raise in the forefront, and attempting to get beyond the simplistic stereotypes which too often fill the media, the course aims to examine the historical antecedents for the warfare, the ways in which history (both real and mythical) is used to explain and justify it, and also the ways in which the conflicts are fueled not by "ancient hatreds" but rather by purely contemporary political and economic competition. A main goal is to understand the conflicts among the peoples of Yugoslavia within the context of their centuries of fruitful coexistence. Required for all participants in the War and Peace in Bosnia Study Abroad course. Code 2. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 317Men and Women in Nazi Germany3.00
Engages one of the central debates about Nazism and Fascism: How "Modern" was Fascism? Was it a reactionary repudiation of all that modern society stood for - liberalism, democracy, equality, progress? Or was it instead another version of the revolutionary vision of the Modern? In examining this debate, the course takes as its central focus the issue of gender. Changes in the role afforded to men and women, and in beliefs about what it means to be male and female, were at the very center of the revolutionary changes that constituted the shift to the "Modern Era." Investigating how those kinds of gendered roles and beliefs played out in Germany during the crisis of the early 20th Century - from the excitement of High Modernity after the First World War to the attempt to realize a German version of fascism in the Third Reich - should tell us a great deal not only about the essence of fascism and Nazism, but also of Modernity itself. Through extensive reading, discussion, and writing, students will gain a much broader, more complex understanding of the idea of "modern society," of the nature of fascism as both ideology and state form, and of social ideas about masculinity and femininity, and how all of these interact with each other. Code 2. G. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 317.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 320Workers in Industrial America3.00
An examination of workers and work in the modern United States. Topics range from the nature of the modern workplace to the impact of the labor movement. Examines the impact of industrialization on workers and work, and the efforts of working men and women to shape their working lives. Issues of Political Economy, including but not limited to collective bargaining, are emphasized. Code 1. DIV.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 321The Sixties3.00
Examines the interlocking series of social and political crises that erupted in the United States in the 1960s. Topics include: civil rights and black power, urban unrest, the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement, the youth rebellion, the rebirth of feminism, and the conservative backlash. Studies the underlying causes of upheaval as well as the decade's legacy. Code 1.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 322Women and Men in American Society3.00
Evolution of gender roles in the United States from colonial times to present. Explores the changing roles of men and women in American society and investigates social, economic, and political factors that produce these changes. Code 1. G. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 322.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 323The Asian-American Experience3.00
Examines the historical experience of Asian immigrants and how they developed into "Asian-Americans." Addresses the problem of the essentialization of Asian-Americans and instead seeks to show the complexities and conflict involved in the image or construction of Asian-Americans. Deconstructs notions of race, ethnicity and discrimination and uses other categories of analysis, such as gender and class, to understand the historical experience of Asian-Americans. Code 1. RE.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 324First Nations Wisconsin History3.00
History of the native peoples of Wisconsin from prehistoric times to the present. Major emphasis on the six federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin. Cross-listed as FNS/HIST 324. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HIST 340History of Modern Ireland,1600-Present3.00
This course will cover Irish history from the early modern period through the present. The course will focus on themes including gender and sexuality, society and popular culture, nationalism, identity, and memory. Particular emphasis will be placed on historiographical debates unique to Ireland's history. Code 2. RE
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Junior or Senior class standing.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 363Civil War and Reconstruction3.00
Examination of the American Civil War and its aftermath emphasizing social and political history. Organized around three main questions: Why did civil war erupt in the United States in 1861? What effect did the wartime experience have on American society? What was at stake in the struggles of the Reconstruction period? Code 1.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 368Cultures of Mesoamerica3.00
Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica such as Nahua/Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan. Employs archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data in a lecture, readings, film and discussion format. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST/FNS 368. ANTH 101 highly recommended. Code 4.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 369The Shadow Of Mexican Revolution3.00
The revolution of 1910-1920 was the central event of modern Mexican history. Examines the revolution and its legacy with particular emphasis upon the ways in which the culture, politics, and society of contemporary Mexico have evolved in the revolution's shadow. Code 4.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 371The Modern Middle East3.00
Topics in Middle East history such as the Ottoman Empire, the Armenian genocide, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Iranian revolution and the Gulf conflicts. Several films. Code 6.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 382East Asia and U.S. Interactions in Historical Context3.00
Examines East Asian (including Southeast Asia) and U.S. interactions at multiple levels (state-to-state, social, cultural and economic). Begins with the rise of Western imperialism in Asia in the mid-19th Century, to examining the major East Asia-U.S. wars in East Asia in the 20th Century (Philippines, Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam), the decision to use atomic bombs against Japan, and concluding with East Asia's development as a major economic power. Uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Codes 1 or 5.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 383The History of Modern Korea3.00
This course examines the historical causes for North and South Korea to develop into two extremely different countries on the world stage: South Korea, becoming the most technologically networked country in the world, and North Korea becoming America's "axis of evil." This course will present a general overview of the latter half of the Chosen Dynasty (1700) to the present focusing on topics such as peasant land and labor disputes, neo-Confucian statecraft reform debates, gunboat diplomacy, imperialist and nationalist movements, national division and Cold War ideologies, South Korean democracy movements and the global phenomenon of Hallyu media products. Some prevalent themes in this course will be Orientalism, modernity, postcolonial identities, class, gender, and transregional identity. We will be using Korean literature, (documentary and fictional) film and visual media to understand and analyze the past through a variety of mediums. This course centers on active-dynamic learning such as oral presentation, peer evaluation, student facilitated discussion, critical reading reflection, and analytical essays. Code 5, RE, G.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 384History of Modern China3.00
Examines how China, as one of the most powerful, wealthy, and technologically advanced premodern civilizations, buckled under Western imperialism and encountered a 20th Century history filled with peasant revolts, western modernization reforms, fractious nationalist movements, and revolution. Themes include: an examination of Europe's rising power in the East, the Opium Wars, Qing Dynasty's isolation policies and eventual collapse, why the Communists, under Mao Zedong, won the civil war, how China's communist and Cold War era affected the Chinese diaspora. Code 5.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 385History Of Modern Japan3.00
Examines how Japan emerged from a feudal society to a modernized country that challenged Western domination in several arenas (militarily, economically, etc.) Focuses on four key questions: How did Tokugawa feudalism ironically spur on Japan’s imperialism and modernization? Why was race/racism central to the Asian Pacific War/World War II? How did Japan emerge as an economic and technological superpower after its total defeat in World War II? And, ho w have the economic bubble and the Asian Debt Crisis affected contemporary Japanese society? Themes include: the role of warrior and peasant communities in feudal Japan, the rise of a strong centralized state and Japanese modernization reform movements, the global theatre of W.W.II war trials, and Japan's remarkable economic development. Uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 389History Elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 392Topics in World History3.00
Required for History and Broad Field Social Studies education majors. Looks at several topics, controversies and strategies to help prepare for teaching world history. Topics range from human evolution, urbanization, world religions, and great empires and includes new perspectives on what world history ought to involve. Normally taken junior year. Especially for EAA prospective teachers. Code 7.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 393Topics in Modern Southeast Asia3.00
This course focuses on one or two major themes in Southeast Asian history through both a regional lens as well as through national histories of Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam. Some of the theses include European colonization and the indigenous response; the shaping of a modern colonial plural society; the effects of economic transformation; anti-colonialism and nationalism, decolonization, the Cold War and nation-building; race and racism; the history of marginalized and everyday groups; women and gender in the construction of social and political identities; and so on. Code 5; Asian History.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 403African Voices on Gender3.00
Seminar-style reading class with autobiography, history, anthropology and fiction about gender issues in Africa. Topics vary from year to year and may include the legacy of slavery and race prejudice, health and gender, the impact of colonialism, environmental causes, African gender identities, the impact of war, and women as peacemakers. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 403. Code 3, G.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 404Arab Voices on Gender3.00
Seminar-style reading class with autobiography, fiction, history and ethnography about gender issues in the Arab World. Topics vary from year to year and may include topics like women and nationalism, progress through education and ideology, the Arab feminist movement, gender identities in Arab societies, gender in Islam. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 404. Code 6, G.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 406Construction of Gender in East Asia3.00
Advanced seminar course examining the construction of gender in East/Southeast Asia. The construction of gender is placed into a historical context of East Asia, with emphasis on how the nation-state, the family, and war/imperialism affected gender roles and norms. Although primarily focused on the modern period, the course examines the pre-modern context as means to assess the continuities and ruptures in gender roles. In addition, the course devotes more time to women's perspectives because women's voices historically have been marginalized; however, the course examines the construction of masculinity. Strong theoretical focus: construction of gender, the ideology of Orientalism, and the relationship of nationalism and gender. Extensive use of feature films and documentaries, primarily from East Asia, that complement the readings, and how to analyze film as a means to understand the construction of gender. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 406.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 407History of Women and Work in the Pacific Rim3.00
Images of factory girls in sweat shops, under-aged prostitutes, and foreign nannies are prominent in portrayals of East Asia. This course investigates the history behind the how Asian women are racialized through a labor-class nexus, starting in the 19th century and continuing to the present. Some crucial questions will be: How did the state and media transform Asian concepts of gendered ethics to establish a cheap labor pool for emerging industries? How did mechanized wage labor change the status of women as workers? How did laborers mobilize and negotiate for better working and living conditions without unions? What types of subcultures emerged around “factory girl” communities? How did the trafficking of women’s bodies change over time? This course is designed to read East Asian films, history texts and fiction as a means to understand and analyze the past through aesthetic mediums. This course centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5, RE, G. Cross-listed as HIST/WST 407.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 412Socialism in the West: Theory and Practice3.00
Introduction to the history of socialism in modern Europe and North America, both as radical theoretical critique of the existing social and political orders, and as mass movements of working people seeking immediate political and economic benefit. The primary goal is to understand -- critically, but without Cold War blinders -- the socialist idea in all its variety and diversity, how it has evolved over the course of the past two or three centuries, and its central importance in the development of today's society and government. Code 2.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 415The History of Nationalism in Europe3.00
Introduction to the phenomenon of nationalism and its roles in the history of modern Europe. One of the two main foci is on in-depth examinations of key nationalist movements in European history like the Irish, German, and Serbian. These case studies are paired with an examination of the evolution of Western social scientists’ attempts to understand the nature of the phenomenon, from political-intellectual to sociological and anthropological perspectives. Code 2. RE.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 421Slavery and Prejudice3.00
Reading seminar explores the relationship between the institution of slavery and race prejudice in different time periods and regions of the world. May include the United States; the Caribbean, especially Cuba; Brazil, Africa, and the Middle East. No prerequisites but students need to be strong readers. Code 7. RE.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 440Ireland and World History3.00
Though a small nation in western Europe, Ireland has played a significant role in the grand scope of world history. The course will focus on Ireland as a locus of global historical phenomena, including the Irish Diaspora,Ireland's role in the colonization and decolonization of the British Empire, perceptions of Ireland throughout the world, and Ireland's international cultural influence. Code 7, RE.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Junior or Senior class standing.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
HIST 450The Construction of Race and Nationality3.00
In recent years scholarship on race and nationality has been revolutionized by a growing realization that racial and national identities are not fixed, but rather are social constructions that are fluid and changeable. This team-taught seminar examines the social, political and cultural processes through which race and nationality are formed. Cross-listed as HIST/SOCI 450. RE.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 460The Holocaust in Modern Memory3.00
The Holocaust, which took place over half a century ago, has never been more present than it is today. From the United States to France to Germany, Poland, Russia and Bosnia, the incantation to “Never Forget!” exercises more power today than ever before; even more than in the immediate aftermath of the war. But why should that be true? Why is it that the memory of this particular event should have such power over generations so far removed in both time and space -- particularly when other episodes of genocidal violence, similar in scale and historical importance, play almost no role in our collective memories and consciousness? In part, this course brings to students a fuller appreciation of just what “the Holocaust” was; to understand precisely what the attempted genocide of European Jews, Roma, Poles, homosexuals, mentally ill, and others involved, and how and why it happened. While investigating those kinds of factual questions, however, the main focus is on the memory of the Holocaust as memory. Why is the Holocaust remembered? What is remembered, and what is forgotten? What are the ways in which the memories of the Holocaust are used by various societies, and how/why do they differ? Much reading and discussion focuses on different ways in which facts and memories of the Holocaust are used to draw meanings -- about Germany, about Jews, about mankind, about history -- and how those types of decisions can have profound consequences for the way a given society or group behaves and feels in the present. Code 2, RE.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 470Watersheds in Global History3.00
This course will examine watershed moments in history, focusing on a particular year or trend. Students will be challenged to draw connections between regions so as to best understand cause and effect of seminal moments in history. Offerings will differ and courses may include studies various event , themes, and/or global phenomena.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Junior or Senior class standing.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
HIST 489History Elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 490Public History Internship3.00
A structured field experience. Students provide 150 hours of museum, archival, or other public history work to a local organization. Students receive training and experience under the supervision of a public history professional. Permission of a supervising faculty member required. See the History Program coordinator for information. No Code
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 495Special and Student Initiated Seminar1.00 - 3.00
This department offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when interest warrants. In certain circumstances this course can be adapted to serve as the capstone experience. For further information see Special or Student-Initiated Seminar in the index of this catalog. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 496Historiographical Research Theories and Methodologies3.00
Advanced seminar in current methodological and historiographical debates and trends in the historical profession. Introduces students both to the ways in which the writing of history has evolved and changed over time, and to the wide variety of theories and methods that dominate approaches to historical research and writing today. Through focused readings and discussions, students learn to recognize and critically evaluate the underlying assumptions, starting questions, methodologies and theoretical models at work in some of the most important historical debates of the past few decades. Individual historiographical research projects serve as the first step toward the students' primary research for their senior theses in HIST 497. Required of all History majors, and ordinarily taken in the fall of a student’s senior year.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of 6 credits of History at the 300-level or above, or with instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
HIST 497Senior Thesis3.00
Guided research on a selected historical topic resulting in a thesis paper. Working closely with history faculty, students move beyond engagement with the existing secondary literature on their topic to conduct their own primary research and arrive at their own findings and argument. Individual work in cooperation with a faculty thesis advisor will be balanced with collaborative discussions among all students writing theses. The capstone will be a mini-conference in which each student presents her or his research findings to peers and guests.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of HIST 496.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
HIST 498Study Abroad1.00 - 5.00
Field trips designed to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the instructor. With consent of the department chair and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Code depends on region visited.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 499Independent Study1.00 - 3.00
For advanced students majoring or minoring in History who have shown themselves capable of independent work. Each student is directed by a faculty member chosen by the student. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chair. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand

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