- Academic English Studies (ESL)
- Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
- Classical Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Ethnic Studies
- Exploration and Discovery
- Foreign Languages
- French Studies
- Gender Studies
- German Studies
- Health Professions
- Hispanic Studies
- International Affairs
- Latin American Studies
- Mathematics/Computer Science
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- Political Science
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Course Offerings Fall 2013
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HIST 110: Early East Asian History
Early histories of China and Japan from earliest origins to the 13th century. Prehistory; early cultural foundations; development of social, political, and economic institutions; art and literature. Readings from Asian texts in translation. The two cultures, covered as independent entities, compared to each other and to European patterns of development.
HIST 120: Early European History
Social, intellectual, political, and economic elements of European his- tory, 800 to 1648. Role of Christianity in the formation of a dominant culture; feudalism and the development of conflicts between secular and religious life. Contacts with the non-European world, the Crusades, minority groups, popular and elite cultural expressions. Intellectual and cultural life of the High Middle Ages, secular challenges of the Renaissance, divisions of European culture owing to the rise of national monarchies and religious reformations.
HIST 135: United States - Empire to Superpower
The power of the United States in the world, from the Spanish-American War to Iraq. American economic growth and its consequences. The federal government and the people. Mass society and mass marketing. Changing political alignments, the policy elite, and “political will.” The welfare state, women’s and minority rights.
HIST 141: Colonial Latin America
History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century. Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.
HIST 221: Tudor and Stuart Britain
The development of the British Isles from the late medieval period to the Glorious Revolution. The church and state in late medieval Britain; the English and Scottish reformations; Elizabeth and her realm; the evolution of monarchical and aristocratic power under the Tudors and Stuarts; Shakespeare, Milton, and the English literary renaissance; the conquest and settlement of Ireland; Cromwell, the Puritans, and the English Civil War; life in the villages and the growth of the mercantile economy; the Glorious Revolution and the shaping of constitutional monarchy.
HIST 226: Modern Germany
Origins and consequences of World War I; attempts to develop a republican government; Nazism; evolution of the two Germanies after 1945 and their reunification. Readings on relationship between individual and state, pressures for conformity, possibility of dissent.
HIST 261: Global Environmental History
Introduction to major historical shifts in the relationship(s) between humans and their environment from prehistoric times to the present. Focuses particularly on Asia, Europe, and North America and covers such topics as the invention of agriculture, shifting conceptions and portrayals of nature, the exchange of biota between continents, responses to natural disasters, the ecological impact of the industrial revolution, and the 20th-century environmental movement. Exploration of the social, cultural, and political dimensions of environmental change through the work of environmental historians and a wide range of primary sources, including literature, artwork, philosophical texts, government documents, newspaper articles, and scientific data.
The literature and history of Ireland from the late nineteenth century to the present. Literary study will focus on the Irish literary renaissance including the works of Yeats, Joyce, Synge, Kavanagh and O’Casey. Contemporary authors will include Seamus Heaney and Roddy Doyle. Historical topics will include the Home Rule Movement, emigration and diasporic identities, Republicanism and Unionism, the war for independence and the Irish Civil War, the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, religion and civil society, and the role of women in Modern Ireland.
HIST 300: Historical Materials
Materials and craft of historical research. Bibliographic method; documentary editing; use of specialized libraries, manuscripts, maps, government documents, photographs, objects of material culture. Career options in history. Students work with primary sources to develop a major editing project. Topical content varies depending on instructor’s teaching field.
HIST 331: American Culture and Society - 1880 to 1980
Formation of modern culture from the late Victorian era to the “me decade.” The influence of consumer culture, popular psychology, mass media, changing definitions of work and leisure in the development of a modern self. Origins and impact of the gender and race revolutions, relationship of “high” and “popular” culture. Readings in primary and secondary sources.
HIST 345: Race and Nation in Latin America
Social thought about race and nation in Latin America. The Iberian concept of pureza de sangre, development of criollo national consciousness, 20th-century indigenista movements. Linkages between national identities and constructions of race, particularly in the wake of revolutionary movements. Freyre (Brazil), Marti (Cuba), Vasconcelos (Mexico), and Sarmiento (Argentina).
HIST 398: Crime and Punishment (Inside-Out Prison Class)
Criminal justice is one of the most important and controversial issues in contemporary America. Given that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, it is crucial that as citizens we understand how this came to be. This course will trace the rise of the carceral state in the United States, examining how American have reckoned with crime in different historical eras as well as the various ways Americans have sought to deter, punish, and rehabilitate. The course will explore subtopics such as the changing role of the police, changing definitions of what constitutes a crime, the evolution of the prison system, the rise of convict labor, the political economy of the recent prison boom, the emergence of the victims’ rights and prisoners’ rights movements, the privatization of prisons and the War on Drugs. The reading material will include works of history, literature, and memoir. The most distinctive aspect of this course is that it will be taught on the Inside-Out model, meaning that the course will take place in a nearby correctional facility. Half the members of the class will be incarcerated students, and half will be L&C students. Both the inmates and the students will undergo a screening process. There are no prerequisites for the course, but as there are a limited number of spots (15) Lewis & Clark students will have to write application essays and be interviewed by the instructor for admission.
Restrictions: Consent of instructor and Junior or Senior standing required.
HIST 400: Reading Colloquium - The History of History
The topic of the Fall 2013 colloquium will be “The History of History,” aka ‘History’s Greatest Hits’. We will explore the repertoire of history writing in the Western tradition by reading the very best the field has to offer. The class will spend the first weeks on histories that are still great reading and represent the epitome of the art of history in their time. These will include selections from Herodotus, Livy, Gibbon, and McCauley, Isaiah Berlin’s The Hedgehog and the Fox, Marx’s Communist Manifesto, Nietzsche’s The Advantages and Disadvantages of History for Life. The rest of the course will focus on the variety of historical approaches that have characterized Western historiography in the last fifty years. These approaches will include gender history,
environmental history, economic history, cultural history etc. For example, we’ll likely read The Midwife’s Tale, The Great Cat Massacre, and The Return of Martin Guerre.
HIST 450: History Seminar - Britain and the Empire in the 20th-Century
This seminar focuses on the transformation of Britain and the decline and dismantling of its empire from the Edwardian period to the beginning of the 21st century. Readings and discussions will provide thematic emphasis on the political, social, and cultural history of British society. Topics include the impact of the two world wars, the building of the welfare state, cultural and social changes during the interwar and postwar years, and decolonization and the rise of a multicultural society. The aim of the course is the completion of a major research paper.