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Introductory Survey Courses

HIST BC 1062y Introduction to Later Middle Ages: 1050-1450

Social environment, political, and religious institutions, and the main intellectual currents of the Latin West studied through primary sources and modern historical writings. - J. Kaye
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

HIST BC 1101x Introduction to European History: Renaissance to French Revolution

Political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual history of early modern Europe, including the Renaissance, Reformation and Counter-Reformation, absolutism, Scientific Revolution, and Enlightenment. - D. Valenze
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC1101
HIST
1101
05950
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
304 BARNARD HALL
D. Valenze 131 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 1302y Introduction to European History: French Revolution to the Present

Emergence of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary mass political movements; European industrialization, nationalism, and imperialism; 20th-century world wars, the Great Depression, and Fascism.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

HIST BC 1401x Survey of American Civilization to the Civil War

The major theological and social concerns of 17th-century English colonists; the political and ideological process of defining an American; the social and economic forces that shaped a distinctive national identity; the nature of the regional conflicts that culminated in civil war. - R. McCaughey
3 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC1401
HIST
1401
02245
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
LL104 Diana Center
R. McCaughey 41 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 1402y Survey of American Civilization Since the Civil War

Examines the major intellectual and social accommodations made by Americans to industrialization and urbanization; patterns of political thought from Reconstruction to the New Deal; selected topics on post-World War II developments.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

HIST BC 1760y Introduction to African History: 1700-Present

Survey of African history from the 18th century to the contemporary period. We will explore six major themes in African History: Africa and the Making of the Atlantic World, Colonialism in Africa, the 1940s, Nationalism and Independence Movements, Post-Colonialism in Africa, and Issues in the Making of Contemporary Africa.
Corequisites: Students who take this course may also take Introduction to Africa Studies: Africa Past, Present, and Future. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

HIST BC 1801x Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia

Introduction to South Asian history (17-20 c.) that explores the colonial economy and state formation; constitution of religious and cultural identities; ideologies of nationalism and communalism, caste and gender politics; visual culture; and the South Asian diaspora.

- A. Rao
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3440x Intro to African American History

Major themes in African-American History: slave trade, slavery, resistance, segregation, the "New Negro," Civil Rights, Black Power, challenges and manifestations of the contemporary "Color Line."General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS). - C. Naylor
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3440
HIST
3440
02510
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
302 LEHMAN HALL
C. Naylor 19 [ More Info ]

HIST W 3661y Modern Latin American History (Latin American Civilization II)

Explores major themes in Latin American history from the independence period to the present. It will trace economic, political, intellectual, and cultural trends. Particular attention will be given to the enduring issue of social and racial inequality and the ways that the interactions of dominant and subordinate groups have helped shape the course of Latin American history.General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS). - N. Milanich
3 points

Ancient and Medieval

HIST BC 3062x Medieval Intellectual Life, 1050 to 1400

Development over three centuries of a language of the heart, of the intellect, and of the polity. Primary readings in devotional and courtly literature, university speculation, and political thought, discussed in their historical and cultural contexts. - J. Kaye
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3062
HIST
3062
08421
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
324 MILBANK HALL
J. Kaye 11 [ More Info ]

Europe

HIST BC 3116y The History of Money

Examining the history of money and the history of ways of thinking about money. We investigate how different monetary forms developed and how they have shaped and been shaped by culture, society, and politics. Tracing money from gift-giving societies to the European Monetary Union, the focus is on early modern Europe. - C. Wennerlind
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3116
HIST
3116
08301
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
409 BARNARD HALL
C. Wennerlind 35 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 3180x Merchants, Pirates, and Slaves in the Making of Atlantic Capitalism

Examines how the Atlantic Ocean and its boundaries were tied together through the flow of people, goods, and ideas. Studies the cultures of the communities formed by merchants, pirates, and slaves; investigates how their interactions and frictions combined to shape the unique combination of liberty and oppression that characterizes early modern capitalism. - C. Wennerlind
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

HIST BC 3230y Central Europe: Nations, Culture, and Ideas

The making and re-making of Central Europe as place and myth from the Enlightenment to post-Communism. Focuses on the cultural, intellectual, and political struggles of the peoples of this region to define themselves. Themes include modernization and backwardness, rationalism and censorship, nationalism and pluralism, landscape and the spatial imagination.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3255x Democracy and Dictatorship: Italy, the Balkans, and Turkey Between the Two World Wars

The course examines the social, economic and political impact World War I had on the Balkans, Italy, and Turkey. In particular, the growing influence of fascism from its birthplace in Italy to its emergence in various forms throughout the Balkans will be the central theme in the course. - P. Anastasakis
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3255
HIST
3255
03820
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
203 Diana Center
P. Anastasakis 11 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 3305x Bodies and Machines

Situates key scientific and technological innovations of the modern era in their cultural context by focusing on the interactions between bodies and machines. Through our attention to bodily experience and material culture, we will explore the ways in which science and technology have shaped and been shaped by the culture of modernity. - D. Coen
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3321x Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Culture of Empire

Examines the shaping of European cultural identity through encounters with non-European cultures from 1500 to the post-colonial era. Novels, paintings, and films will be among the sources used to examine such topics as exoticism in the Enlightenment, slavery and European capitalism, Orientalism in art, ethnographic writings on the primitive, and tourism. - L. Tiersten
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3323y European Women in the Age of Revolution

Exploration of the origins of the "modern" European woman: changing political and legal definitions of women; new concepts of women's work and authority during industrialization; women's involvement in religion and reform; and emergence of socialist and feminist critiques of 19th-century womanhood.

- D. Valenze
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3374y France in Modern Times, 1789-Present

Explores the history of modern France in its wider European Mediterrean and imperial contexts. Major themes include: republicanism and rights; revolution and reaction; terror and total war; international rivalry and imperial expansion; cultural and political avant-gardes; violence and national memory; decolonialization and postcolonial migration; May '68 and temporary challenges to the republican model. - L.Tiersten
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 3380y Social and Cultural History of Food in Europe

Course enables students to focus on remote past and its relationship to social context and political and economic structures; students will be asked to evaluate evidence drawn from documents of the past, including tracts on diet, health, and food safety, accounts of food riots, first-hand testimonials about diet and food availability. A variety of perspectives will be explored, including those promoted by science, medicine, business, and government. - D. Valenze
Prerequisites: Previous course in history strongly recommended. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3388x Introduction to History of Science since 1800

How has modern science acquired its power to explain and control the world? What are the limits of that power? Topics: the origins of scientific institutions and values; the rise of evolutionary thought and Darwin's impact; the significance of Einstein's physics; ecology and environmental politics; the dilemmas of scientific warfare. - D. Coen
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

United States

HIST BC 3401x The Politics of Crime and Policing in the US

This course will examine the historical development of crime and the criminal justice system in the United States since the Civil War. The course will give particular focus to the interactions between conceptions of crime, normalcy and deviance, and the broader social and political context of policy making. - M. Vaz
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3401
HIST
3401
07834
001
TuTh 6:10p - 7:25p
203 Diana Center
M. Vaz 41 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 3403x Mexican Migration in the US

Examines the history of Mexican migration in the United States since the end of the XIX century. The course will analyze the role played by U.S. immigration policy, the labor demands of U.S. employers, the social and economic conditions of Mexico, and the formation of Mexican immigrant communities. - R. Alarcon
3 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3403
HIST
3403
02396
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
501 MILBANK HALL
R. Alarcon Acosta 4 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 3408y Emerging Cities: 19th Century Urban History of the Americas and Europe

Urban history of 19th century cities in Europe and the Americas. First, we study the economic, geographic, and demographic changes that produced 19th century urbanization in the Western world. Second, we examine issues of urban space: density, public health, housing conditions, spatial reforms, and the origins of the modern city planning. - G. Baics
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

HIST BC 3413x The United States, 1940-1975

Emphasis on foreign policies as they pertain to the Second World War, the atomic bomb, containment, the Cold War, Korea, and Vietnam. Also considers major social and intellectual trends, including the Civil Rights movement, the counterculture, feminism, Watergate, and the recession of the 1970s. - M. Carnes
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3423x The Constitution in Historical Perspective

Development of constitutional doctrine, 1787 to the present. The Constitution as an experiment in Republicanism; states' rights and the Civil War amendments; freedom of contract and its opponents; the emergence of civil liberties; New Deal intervention and the crisis of the Court; and the challenge of civil rights. - H. Sloan
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3423
HIST
3423
01067
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
302 LEHMAN HALL
H. Sloan 10 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 3424x Approached by Sea: Early American Maritime Culture

Thematically and chronologically ordered narrative of the impact of the Atlantic Ocean and its tidal tributaries upon the beginnings and subsequent development of the American colonies and of the Early American Republic. Special stress will be placed upon the physical givens and cultural implications of the coastal environment in which early Americans went about their lives. - R. McCaughey
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3440x Intro to African American History

Major themes in African-American History: slave trade, slavery, resistance, segregation, the "New Negro," Civil Rights, Black Power, challenges and manifestations of the contemporary "Color Line."General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS). - C. Naylor
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3440
HIST
3440
02510
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
302 LEHMAN HALL
C. Naylor 19 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 3457x A Social History of Columbia University

Traces the University's history from 1754 to the present; will focus on institutional interaction with NYC, governance and finance, faculty composition and the undergraduate extra-curriculum; attention also to Columbia professional schools and Barnard College.

- R. McCaughey
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3466y American Intellectual History Since 1865

Examination of the major ideas engaging American intellectuals from Appomattox to the present, with special attention to their institutional settings. Topics include Darwinism, the rise of the professoriate, intellectual progressivism, inter-war revisionism, Cold War liberalism, and neoconservatism.

- R. McCaughey
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3494y Era of Independence in the Americas

Comparative examination of colonial independence struggles in the New World, c. 1760-1830. The transition from the monarchical ancient regime to a more or less "republican" order. State formation and the invention of nationality. Special attention to the cases of the United States, Haiti, and Mexico. - H. Sloan
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

HIST BC 3567x American Women in the 20th Century

A consideration of women's changing place in modern America; the "family claim"; women in the workplace; educational expansion; the battle for suffrage; social reformers; the sexual revolution; women in the professions; the crisis of depression and war; the feminine mystique; and the new feminism. - P. Nadasen
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3567
HIST
3567
07622
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
324 MILBANK HALL
P. Nadasen 47 / 60 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 3570y Alma Mater: A History of American Colleges & Universities

The founding, growth, and present condition of American colleges and universities, with particular attention to the social history of Columbia University. Issues of governance, faculty rights and responsibilities, student activism and the public perception of institutions of higher learning will be considered. - R. McCaughey
Prerequisites: NONE BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

HIST BC 3978y 20th Century Cities: Americas and Europe

Urban history of 20th century cities in the Americas and Europe. Examines the modern city as ecological and production system, its form and built environment, questions of housing and segregation, uneven urban development, the fragmentation of urban society and space. Course materials draw on cities in the Americas and Europe. General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).- G. Baics
Prerequisites: None Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Middle East, Africa and Latin America

HIST W 3661y Modern Latin American History (Latin American Civilization II)

Explores major themes in Latin American history from the independence period to the present. It will trace economic, political, intellectual, and cultural trends. Particular attention will be given to the enduring issue of social and racial inequality and the ways that the interactions of dominant and subordinate groups have helped shape the course of Latin American history.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

HIST BC 3664x Reproducing Inequalities: Families in Latin American History

Explores changing structures and meanings of family in Latin America from colonial period to present. Particular focus on enduring tensions between "prescription" and "reality" in family forms as well as the articulation of family with hierarchies of class, caste, and color in diverse Latin American societies. - N. Milanich
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3676y Latin America: Migration, Race, and Ethnicity

Examines immigrations to Latin America from Europe, Africa, and Asia and the resulting multiracial societies; and emigration from Latin America and the formation of Latino communities in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. Analyzes the socioeconomic and discursive-cognitive construction of ethno-racial identities and hierarchies, and current debates about immigration and citizenship. - J. Moya
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3681x Women and Gender in Latin America

Examines the gendered roles of women and men in Latin American society from the colonial period to the present. Explores a number of themes, including the intersection of social class, race, ethnicity, and gender; the nature of patriarchy; masculinity; gender and the state; and the gendered nature of political mobilization. - N. Milanich
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3682y Modern Latin American History

See W3661 Modern Latin American History (Latin American CivII). Explores major themes in Latin American history from independence to the present, with a special focus on the evolution of socio-racial inequality, political systems, and U.S.-Latin America relations. We will discuss not only "what happened" in Latin America's past, but how historians know what they know, the sources and methods they use to write history, and the theoretical frameworks they employ to interpret the past. - N. Milanich
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3980x World Migration

Overview of human migration from pre-history to the present. Sessions on classical Rome; Jewish diaspora; Viking, Mongol, and Arab conquests; peopling of New World, European colonization, and African slavery; 19th-century European mass migration; Chinese and Indian diasporas; resurgence of global migration in last three decades, and current debates. - J. Moya
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3980
HIST
3980
03012
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
LL104 Diana Center
J. Moya 53 [ More Info ]

Asia

HIST BC 3803y Gender and Empire

Examines how women experienced empire and asks how their actions and activities produced critical shifts in the workings of colonial societies worldwide. Topics include sexuality, the colonial family, reproduction, race, and political activism. - A. Rao
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3805x Law and Lawlessness in South Asia

Examines law as a critical site from which to explore changing conceptions of self and community from the pre-colonial to the post-colonial periods. - A. Rao
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3840x Topics in South Asian History

Examines caste and gender as an important lens for understanding the transformations of intimate life and political culture in colonial and post-colonial India. Topics include: conjugality; popular culture violence, sex and the state; and the politics of untouchability.

- A. Rao
Prerequisites: Some background in non-Western history is recommended. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3855y Decolonization: Studies in Political Thought and Political History

This course will take the historical fact of decolonization in Asia and Africa as a framework for understanding the thought of anticolonial nationalism and the political struggles that preceded it, and the trajectories of postcolonial developmentalism and the contemporary new world order. - A. Rao
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

HIST BC 3861x Chinese Cultural History, 1500-1800

Introduction to visual and material cultures of China, including architecture, food, fashion, printing, painting, and the theatre. Using these as building blocks, new terms of analyzing Chinese history are explored, posing such key questions as the meaning of being Chinese and the meaning of being modern. - D. Ko
Prerequisites: An introductory Asian history course preferred but not required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC3861
HIST
3861
05391
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
903 ALTSCHUL HALL
D. Ko 25 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 3865y Gender and Power in China

This course explores the power dynamics of gender relations in Chinese history and contemporary society. Specifically, we seek to understand how a range of women--rulers, mothers, teachers, workers, prostitutes, and activists--exercised power by utilizing available resources to overcome institutional constraints. - D. Ko
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

Seminars

All seminars require permission of the instructor. Enrollment is limited to 15.

HIST BC 4062y Medieval Economic Life and Thought ca 1000 to 1500

Traces the development of economic enterprises and techniques in their cultural context: agricultural markets, industry, commercial partnerships, credit, large-scale banking, insurance, and merchant culture. Examines usury and just price theory, the scholastic analysis of price and value, and the recognition of the market as a self-regulating system, centuries before Adam Smith. - J. Kaye
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
4 points

HIST BC 4064y Medieval Science and Society

The evolution of scientific thinking from the 12th to the 16th centuries, considering subjects such as cosmology, natural history, quantification, experimentation, the physics of motion, and Renaissance perspective. At every point we link proto-scientific developments to social and technological developments in the society beyond the schools.

- J. Kaye
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4119y Capitalism and Enlightenment

Traces the lively debates amongst the major European Enlightenment figures about the formation of capitalism. Was the new market society ushering in an era of wealth and civilization or was it promoting corruption and exploitation? Particular emphasis on debates about commerce, luxury, greed, poverty, empire, slavery, and liberty.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
4 points

HIST BC 4323y The City in Europe

A social history of the city in Europe from early modern times; the economic, political, and intellectual forces influencing the growth of Paris, London, Vienna, and other urban centers.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preference to upper-class students. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4324y Vienna and the Birth of the Modern

Examines Vienna from the 1860s through the 1930s as the site of intellectual, political, and aesthetic responses to the challenges of modern urban life. Through readings in politics, literature, science, and philosophy, as well as through art and music, we explore three contested elements of personal identity: nationality, sexuality, and rationality. - D. Coen
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4327x Consumer Culture in Modern Europe

The development of the modern culture of consumption, with particular attention to the formation of the woman consumer. Topics include commerce and the urban landscape, changing attitudes toward shopping and spending, feminine fashion and conspicuous consumption, and the birth of advertising. Examination of novels, fashion magazines, and advertising images. - L. Tiersten
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4332y The Politics of Leisure in Modern Europe

Transformations in the culture of leisure from the onset of industrialization to the present day. Relations between elite and popular culture and the changing relationship between the work world and the world of leisure will be among the topics considered in such settings as the department store, the pub, the cinema, and the tourist resort. - L. Tiersten
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4360x London: From Great Wen to World City

Social and cultural history of London from the Great Fire of 1666 to the 1960s. An examination of the changing experience of urban identity through the commercial life, public spaces, and diverse inhabitants of London. Topics include 17th-century rebuilding, immigrants and emigrants, suburbs, literary culture, war, and redevelopment. - D. Valenze
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC4360
HIST
4360
02701
001
W 12:10p - 2:00p
502 Diana Center
D. Valenze 14 / 18 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 4368y History of the Senses

Examination of European understandings of human senses through the production and reception of art, literature, music, food, and sensual enjoyments in Britain and France. Readings include changing theories concerning the five senses; efforts to master the passions; the rise of sensibility and feeling for others; concerts and the patronage of art; the professionalization of the senses. - D. Valenze
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4391x-BC4392y Senior Research Seminar

Individual guided research and writing in history and the presentation of results in seminar and in the form of the senior essay.
Prerequisites: Open to Barnard College History Senior Majors. 8 points. 4 points each term.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC4391
HIST
4391
01944
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
201 LEHMAN HALL
R. McCaughey 25 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 4402y Selected Topics in American Women's History

Critical examination of recent trends in modern U.S. women's history, with particular attention to the intersection of gender, sexuality, class, and race. Topics will include: state regulation of marriage and sexuality, roots of modern feminism, altered meanings of motherhood and work, and changing views of the body. - R. Rosenberg
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4423x Origins of the Constitution

An examination of the creation of the Constitution; consequences of independence; ideological foundations; the Articles of Confederation and the Critical Period; the nationalist movement and the Convention; anti-federalism and ratification; and the Bill of Rights. Readings from selected secondary and primary sources, including The Federalist. - H. Sloan
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4456y The Craft of Urban History

This seminar introduces students to the key issues and the interdisciplinary practice of modern urban history. Readings draw from the scholarly literature on 19th and 20th century cities from across Europe and the Americas. We explore economic, spatial, ethnographic, and cultural approaches to studying modern cities. - G. Baics
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

AMHS BC 4500y Maids and Madams: Nannies, Maids, and Care Workers in a Global Economy

Examines construction of home as private space and gender expectations defining reproductive labor as "women's work." Emphasis on US, but also explores global patterns of race, labor and migration, shifting notions of "rights" and citizenship as well as domestic workers' strategies of resistance in a context of labor and feminist organizing. - P. Nadasen
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required.
4 points

HIST BC 4543y Higher Learning in America

Examination of the history of American colleges and universities from the colonies to the present; special emphasis on the evolving relationship between academic institutions and the political and social orders.

- R. McCaughey
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4546x The Fourteenth Amendment and Its Uses

The role of the 14th Amendment in shaping the modern American Constitution; theories of judicial review; the rise and fall of economic due process; the creation of civil liberties; the civil rights revolution; and the end of states' rights. - R. Rosenberg
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4587y Remembering Slavery: Critiquing Modern Representations of the Peculiar Institution

The enslavement of people of African descent signifies a crucial historical and cultural marker not only for African-Americans but also for Americans in general. We will interrogate how and why images of slavery continue to be invoked within the American sociocultural landscape (e.g., in films, documentaries, historical novels, and science fiction). - C. Naylor
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
4 points

HIST BC 4592y Maritime History Since the Civil War

Critical consideration of the maritime aspects of American life and culture since the Civil War: rise of American sea power; peaking of American maritime commerce and labor; historic seaports and coastal areas as recreational resources; marine science and environmentalist concerns in shaping recent American maritime policies. Seminar will make extensive use of the web for resources and communication.

- R. McCaughey
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and prior course in 19th - 20th century European/American History. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4651x Jewish Tales from Four Cities: The Immigrant Experience in New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and London

Examines Jewish immigrant experience in New York, Buenos Aires, London, and Paris, c.1880-1930. Focus on the Old World origins of the arrivals, the formation of neighborhoods, ethnic institutions, family, work, cultural expressions, and relations with the rest of society. Based on readings and primary research (newspapers, letters, songs, photographs, etc.). - J. Moya
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4666x Origin Stories: Race, Genealogy, and Citizenship

Explores historical constructions of heredity, origins, and identity in the modern world in terms of family/genealogy; race/ethnicity; and citizenship. Drawing on evidence from diverse societies around the globe, considers how science, law, and culture define origins and how definitions have changed over time. Interdisciplinary focus ranges across history, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. - N. Milanich
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4669y Inequalities:Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Latin America

Latin America has long been characterized by extreme and enduring inequalities - of class, income, race, and ethnicity. Examines patterns of inequality from different disciplinary perspectives, both historically and in the present. Examines not only causes and solutions but how scholars have approached inequality as an intellectual problem. - N. Milanich
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. A general background on Latin America recommended but not absolutely required. Course limited to 15 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4672x Perspectives on Power in 20th Century Latin America

Examination of recent Latin American historiography concerns with power in the context of 20th-Century Latin America. Focus on such diverse topics as the Mexican Revolution and migrant culture in Costa Rica, labor mobilization in Chile and the dirty war in Argentina. Themes include the relationship between popular culture and the state; the power of words and the power of symbols; structure and agency; the role of the law; the relationship between leaders and followers; and the intersections of gender, race, and power.

- N. Milanich
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4763x Children and Childhood in African History

This course focuses on the history of childhood and youth in African societies and how young people as historical agents have impacted the social histories of their communities. How did young Africans live in past times? What forces shaped understanding of their status as children or youth? How have major historical processes such as colonialism, industrialization, apartheid, and liberation, neocolonialism, and neoliberalism impacted and been impacted by children and youth in Africa? What roles have young people themselves played in the making of African histories? These questions will be explored in course readings, discussions, and students' original research projects. - A. George
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4771y Critical Perspectives on the Mobilization of Race and Ethnicity on the Continent and in the Study of Africa

Critically examines the relationship between social difference and narratives and practices of power in historical and contemporary African publics. Race and Ethnicity are the key axes of social difference that will be examined. Other axes of difference such as gender, sexuality, class, caste, generation and nationality will also be examined through points of intersection with race and ethnicity. - A. George
Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4788x Gender, Sexuality, and Power from Colonial to Contemporary Africa

This course deals with the scholarship on gender and sexuality in African history. The central themes of the course will be changes and continuities in gender performance and the politics of gender and sexual difference within African societies, the social, political, and economic processes that have influenced gender and sexual identities, and the connections between gender, sexuality, inequality, and activism at local, national, continental, and global scales. - A. George
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4791y Lagos: From Pepper Farm to Megacity

Examines the many Lagoses that have existed over time, in space, and in the imagination from its origins to the 21st century. This is a reading, writing, viewing, and listening intensive course. We read scholarly, policy-oriented, and popular sources on Lagos as well as screening films and audio recordings that feature Lagos in order to learn about the social, cultural, and intellectual history of this West African mega-city. - A. George
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4805y Caste, Power, and Inequality

Draws on the experiences of life and thought of caste subalterns to explore the challenges to caste exploitation and inequality.

- A. Rao
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4830y Bombay/Mumbai and Its Urban Imaginaries

Explores the intersections between imagining and materiality in Bombay/Mumbai from its colonial beginnings to the present. Housing, slums, neighborhoods, streets, public culture, contestation, and riots are examined through film, architecture, fiction, history and theory. It is an introduction to the city; and to the imaginative enterprise in history. - A. Rao
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4861y Body Histories: The Case of Footbinding

The deceptively small subject of footbinding provides a window into the larger family dynamics and sexual politics in Chinese history and society. Explores the multiple representations of footbinding in European travelogues, ethnographic interviews, Chinese erotic novels and prints, and the polemics of modern and feminist critiques. - D. Ko
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
4 points

HIST BC 4870x Gender and Migration: A Global Perspective

Explores migration as a gendered process and what factors account for migratory differences by gender across place and time; including labor markets, education demographic and family structure, gender ideologies, religion, government regulations and legal status, and intrinsic aspects of the migratory flow itself. - J. Moya
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. Sophomore Standing. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC4870
HIST
4870
05571
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
201 LEHMAN HALL
J. Moya 10 [ More Info ]

HIST BC 4879x Feminist Traditions in China

Explores the intellectual, social and cultural grounds for the establishment and transmission of feminist traditions in China before the 19th century. Topics include pre-modern Chinese views of the body, self, gender, and sex, among others. Our goal is to rethink such cherished concepts as voice, agency, freedom, and choice that have shaped the modern feminist movement.

- D. Ko
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Background in Women's Studies and/or Chinese Studies helpful, but not necessary. Sophomore standing. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4886y Fashion

Investigates the cultural, material and technological conditions that facilitated the development of "fashion systems" in early modern Europe, Japan and contemporary Asian diasporic communities. In the global framework, "fashion" serves as a window into the politics of self-presentation, community formation, structure of desires, and struggles over representation. - D. Ko
Prerequisites: At least one course in a Non-U.S. Area in History, Literature, Anthropology, Film Studies or Art History. Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4901y Reacting to the Past II

Collision of ideas in two of the following three contexts: "Rousseau, Burke and Revolution in France, 1791;" "The Struggle for Palestine: The British, Zionists, and Palestinians in the 1930s," or "India on the Eve of Independence, 1945". - M. Carnes
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20. Preregistration required. Reacting I, a First-Year seminar, is recommended. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4903x Reacting to the Past III: Science and Society
Prerequisites: Not offered 2008-09.
Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. Not offered in 2014-2015.

4 points

HIST BC 4904x Introduction to Historical Theory and Method

Confronts a set of problems and questions attached to the writing of good history by examining the theories and methods historians have devised to address these problems. Its practical focus: to prepare students to tackle the senior thesis and other major research projects. The reading matter for this course crosses cultures, time periods, and historical genres. Fulfills all concentrations within the history major. - J. Kaye
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. Preference to JUNIOR and SOPHOMORE Majors. Fulfills General Education Requirement (GER); Historical Studies (HIS); Reason and Value Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4905x Capitalism, Colonialism, and Culture: A Global History

From Indian Ocean worlds of the seventeenth century, to Atlantic world slavery, to the establishment of colonies in Asia and Africa during the nineteenth century, colonization was critical to the development of metropolitan ideas regarding politics and personhood. This seminar will examine these histories, along with emerging constructions of race and gender, as precursors to debates about human rights and humanitarianism in the twentieth century.

- A. Rao
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4907y Edible Conflicts: A History of Food

Conflicts emerging from the production and consumption of food from prehistoric to modern times. Settled agriculture and the significance of geography and social stratification in determining food consumption; ideologies of social status and "taste" in Europe; impact of knowledge about health and hygiene on European dietary habits; drink in diets and social life; dining out in European culture; role of transport and technology in consumer culture; food and the welfare state; mass production and globalization of food.

- D. Valenze
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4909x or y History of Environmental Thinking

A consideration of how experiences of the natural world and the meaning of "nature" have changed over the past three centuries. Follows the development of the environmental sciences and the origins of environmentalism. The geographical focus will be Europe, with attention to the global context of imperialism. - D. Coen
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preference to upper-class students. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4953y Anarchism: A Global History

Explores the historical development of anarchism as a working-class, youth, and artistic movement in Europe, North and Latin America, the Middle East, India, Japan, and China from the 1850s to the present. Examines anarchism both as an ideology and as a set of cultural and political practices. - J. Moya
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4973y 20th Century Cities: Americas and Europe

Urban history of 20th century cities in the Americas and Europe. Examines the modern city as ecological and production system, its form and built environment, questions of housing and segregation, uneven urban development, the fragmentation of urban society and space. Course materials drawing on cities in the Americas and Europe. - G. Baics
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

HIST BC 4999x Transnational Feminism

Examines the theory and practice of transnational feminist activism. We will explore the ways in which race, class, culture and nationality facilitate alliances among women, reproduce hierarchical power relations, and help reconstruct gender. The course covers a number of topics: the African Diaspora, suffrage, labor, development policy, colonialism, trafficking, consumerism, Islam, and the criminal justice system. - P. Nadasen
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: HIST BC4999
HIST
4999
08471
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
403 BARNARD HALL
P. Nadasen 16 [ More Info ]

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