Courses

What are the roots of tolerance, and intolerance, in Western Europe? This course is a survey of the philosophical, ecclesiastical, legal, cultural, and social attitudes toward and treatment of minorities in Western Europe from the end of the Roman Empire forward.

This course considers the social, political, religious and cultural development of Britain and Ireland from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of empire and industrialization. Topics include the Tudor revolutions in government and religion, relations between kings and parliaments, the evolution of toleration, and ideas about rights and liberty. Special consideration is given to the interaction of the three kingdoms (England, Ireland and Scotland) in the formation of Great Britain and the role of that interaction in the emergence of the British Empire.

The study of the evolution of British society from the beginning of the 18th century to the present. Major political, economic, social, and cultural developments are covered including industrialization and the rise of the working class; the emergence of imperial Britain; the Irish Question; the rise of welfare state; and the role of decolonization, diversity, and devolution in the emergence of contemporary Britain as well as its place in a united Europe.

A study of the Mexican people from the early native cultures to the present, with particular emphasis on the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and the major political, social, economic, and cultural developments of modern Mexico. Includes major Indian cultures, the Conquest, religion and the Catholic church, literary and artistic expressions, machismo and women, and relations between Mexico and the United States.

Explores the profound changes that have taken place in China from around 1600 to the present, including the apogee and decline of the imperial system, the encroachments of the West, the failure of Republicanism, the rise and eventual victory of the Chinese communists, and the consequences of China's adoption of a market-based economy in the 1980s.

Traces the development of Japanese society from earliest times to the present. While some attention will be given to early aristocratic culture and the emergence of the warrior elite, emphasis will be on the period after 1600, particularly the emergence of Japan as an international power after 1868 and economic success since World War II.

Course will address the history of women in America from one of several topical or regional perspectives. Topics may include law, women, and family in American history; women and work in American history; or women in the American West. When the class is offered, prospective students should consult the departmental descriptions for the periods and topics to be covered. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

A study of the status and role of women in America from the pre-colonial period to the present. Special attention will be given to the educational, labor, and political reforms of the 19th century, women's associations, and the various "waves" of women's rights and feminist activism. Cross-listed as WGS 446.

This interdisciplinary course (originates in WGS) offers advanced work in queer studies by looking at the production of theories about same-sex sexualities in history, culture, and politics. The course presents queer theory in conjunction with critical race theory, feminist theory, and post-colonial studies.

This course examines the changing definitions, institutions, and behaviors related to gender, sexuality, and the formation of families in Latin America from indigenous civilizations to contemporary societies. The course explores how women handled the transition from European colonies to nation-states and how various Latin American men and women in the 20th century were able to position themselves in "traditional" nation-states. The course concludes by evaluating the social, economic, and political changes in Latin America and contemporary social movements. This course is cross-listed as WGS 449.

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