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History - CEA Courses


HIS320 Italy in the 19th and 20th Centuries

This course is a study of the history of the nation-state of Italy from the Risorgimento to modernity, drawing on a range of historical accounts, literature, music and film, exploiting the Italian cities and their environs as primary sources for considering the interplay of politics, society and public spaces in Italy’s recent past.  Additional fee applies.  Credits: 3

HIS321 Etruscans & Romans

This is a survey of the extraordinary history, culture and society of two of the most important civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world: the Etruscan and the Roman. To unravel the historical significance of these two great peoples you will make use of documentary and archaeological evidence, investigating their literature, religion, urbanism, architecture, art and philosophy. Many classes are held onsite exploring archaeological sites throughout Tuscany and Rome. Credits: 3

HIS322 The American Idea of Italy: the 1880s to the present.

This course explores how Americans have viewed and related to Italy and Italians since the late nineteenth century. Integrating historical studies, diplomatic and military relations, literary analysis, and film and cultural studies, the course examines the complexities of American attitudes—often idealized, sometimes derogatory—toward Italy, Italians, and Italian-Americans. Prerequisites: None. Language of instruction: English. Credits: 3.

HIS323 The Museum in Perspective: A Social History of Collection & Display  

This course analyzes the sociology, evolution and contemporary practice surrounding the creation of national museums and their collections in major European cities, focusing on theories of representation, the politics of cultural patrimony, and the ethics of collecting. You will explore some of the world’s most important museums while meeting professional curators to discuss their work. Prerequisites: Two 100-level or one 200-level courses in History, Cultural Studies, or Sociology. Language of instruction: English. Credits: 3

HIS330 Christian, Muslim & Jewish Heritage in Spain

The course will be focused on the contribution and repercussions of the Jewish and Muslim legacies to Spanish culture and heritage.  Special attention will be placed on the convivencia (or co-existence) in the context of a multicultural and multi-religious society that exists in Spain, regarding aspects related with social, economic and creative life.  Credits: 3

HIS331 History of Spain

This course traces the political, socio-economic, cultural and religious history of the Iberian Peninsula from prehistory to the contemporary period. The main focus of this course is upon the lands and peoples of what has today become Spain but the course will also examine the creation of Portugal, the interaction of Spain with European and North African neighbors, as well as her historical relations with American countries and former colonies. Prerequisites: One course in World or European History, Introduction to History, or equivalent. Credits: 3.

 HIS336 The Spanish Civil War: Dictatorship & Cultural Aftermath  

This course examines the Spanish Civil War, the most influential phase of recent Spanish history, and explores its ongoing influence on contemporary cultural, political, ideological and social life in Spain. The course provides practical and analytical tools for recognizing the ongoing consequences of the war through both an exploration of artistic expression (film, literature and theater) and a study of Barcelona's historical sites related to the conflict. Prerequisites:Introductory courses in history, cultural studies or with the approval of the instructor. Language of instruction: Spanish. Credits: 3.

HIS340 The Medici: History of a Dynasty

This is a course focusing on the Medici family that ruled Florence for over 300 years. Students experience Renaissance history not just in class but also at sites in Florence and Rome to discover the Medici family through their palaces, churches, villas and their art collections, exploring firsthand the uniquely complete surviving legacy of their achievements.  Additional fee applies.  Credits: 3

HIS341 Social History of the Italian Mafia

The course aims to analyze the Italian Mafia through two different and yet related perspectives: one political and historical, and the other sociological. Students study the history of the Mafia from the Italian national unity through today and explore the place of the Mafia and its variants in the perspective of international organized crime.  Prerequisite: a basic knowledge of general Italian history is desirable.  Credits: 3

HIS350 Contemporary History of Argentina

This course traces the political, social, and economic history of Argentina from the early 20th Century to the present. Particular emphasis is given to Peronism and the involvement of the military in politics and the impact political instability and recurrent economic crises have had on the performance of Argentina's fragile democratic institutions and economic growth. Credits: 3

HIS351 History of Latin America

This course examines the political history of the Latin American subcontinent from the civilizations of pre-Columbian times to the present. The course traces the major events of Spanish and Portuguese colonial times; the turbulent history of the nation-state consolidation in the 19th century; and the process of social unrest, dictatorship and weak democracy of the 20th Century. Prerequisites: Introductory courses in history or political science. Credits: 3.

HIS352 Argentine Political History: The Era of Juan & Evita Perón 

This course surveys the political and social history of Argentina during the era of Juan and Evita Perón and evaluates the political opposition it sparked; the popular myths and hopes the Perón couple created; and the different manifestations of Perónism after Perón’s death in 1974. Prerequisites: One introductory course in history or political science.  Language of instruction: English.  Credits: 3

HIS360 History of Ireland: People, Politics & Power

This course examines the history of Ireland and the social change & economic development of the country particularly from the early 20th century to the present. Postwar renewal, the crisis of the late 1980s, the Celtic Tiger era, and the 2008/2009 economic crash will be considered as well as the accompanying social changes in population, immigration, education and culture. Credits: 3

HIS361 Revolution, War & Social Change in Modern Europe

The course analyzes the numerous revolutionary events in Europe between 1789 and 1989. Addressing both political and industrial change, you consider how revolution led to war and how war resulted in social mutation. You consider how these transformational centuries sparked new ideas, ideologies, and artistic and intellectual expressions that were both causes and symptoms of Europe’s calamitous historical experience after 1789.  Prerequisites: One course in modern European history.  Credits: 3

HIS370BCN Barcelona: Past & Present

Through an overview of the most important cultural influences that have shaped the city over the past 2000 years, students will develop an understanding of the social, political, and historical "evolution" of Barcelona over time and how it became a modern, cosmopolitan city. Critical study and analysis of urban planning along with comparisons to students' home cities will provide the tools necessary for understanding "the City" as one of the most important expressions of human organization.  Prerequisite: Some Spanish or romance language ability and a capacity for historical analysis.  Credits: 3
Also offered as: HIS370SVQ Seville: Past & PresentHIS370MAD Madrid: Past & Present orSPN355 Barcelona: Past & Present taught in Spanish 

HIS371 Building Barcelona: Designing the European Metropolis

This course examines how the city of Barcelona developed into an urban experiment for designing and building the modernist European metropolis.  With onsite reference to the exemplary techniques of urban planning and architectural creativity drawn directly from the city, the course provides a history of European construction and architectural expression from pre-historic to post-industrial times.  Credits: 3

HIS372 Blood Sport & Spectacle in Ancient Rome

This course explores the complex historical, social, and political nature of violent entertainment and brutal sport in ancient Rome. The course consists of onsite classes held at archaeological sites and museums throughout the city of Rome to examine firsthand the vestiges of arena, race track, stadia and blood sport. Prerequisites: None. Language of instruction: English. Credits: 3.

HIS380 Shanghai: Imperialism, Revolution and Modernity 

Using the city of Shanghai as a lens to view the recent history of China, this course explores the political events, intellectual movements, cultural developments and socio-economic trends that have shaped the history of China in the twentieth century. By exploring the physical landscape of Shanghai, we will connect the city to its history. Field trips to selected sites will situate specific events and developments within the unique geographical space of Shanghai and its immediate environs. Prerequisites: An introductory course in World History. Credits: 3

HIS381 Chinese Migration in Global Context

Covering the history of Chinese migration from the sixteenth century to the present, this course focuses on the domestic and international situations that shaped the conditions for Chinese migration to different parts of the world. With its emphasis on the global nature of the immigrant experience, this course offers a comparative perspective that enhances student understanding of world history and global migration. Credits: 3