Spring 2018 Courses



FRPG 2079   FYS/HIST:  The American Struggle to Define & Achieve Economic Justice
TTH 10:10-12:20

FRPG 2082   FYS/HIST: Is the Hijab Dangerous? Islam, Gender, & Sexuality in the Modern Middle East
TTH 10:10-12:20

FRPG 2099   FYS/HIST:  Human, Cultural & Environmental Trauma in WWI
TTH 10:10-12:20

FRPG 2018   FYS/AFS/HIST: Freedom Struggles in Southern Africa
TTH 12:00-2:10

HIST 104      United States to 1877
MWF 9:20-10:20

HIST 106      Modern Asia
MWF 10:30-11:30

HIST 108      Intro to African Studies
MW 8:50-10:20

HIST 110      The Scientific Revolution
MWF 12:50-1:50

HIST 112      Funk Ensemble (.25 Unit)

HIST 115      Survey of Carib & Latin Am History
MWF 12:50-1:50

HIST 200      Sophomore Seminar
W 1:00-4:00

HIST 203      Early Canada
TTH 8:30-10:00

HIST 214SUST   Global Environmental Movement
TTH 2:20-3:50

HIST 229      Intro Native American History
MWF 10:30-11:30

HIST 231      Modern Middle East
MW 8:50-10:20

HIST 233      Colonial Latin America
MW 10:30-11:30

HIST 273      History - Civil Rights Movement
TTH 10:10-11:40

HIST 299AFR   SEM: Hist. Res. Meth. - Africa
TTH 12:40-2:10

HIST299ASIA   SEM: Hist. Res. Meth. - Asia
MW 12:50-2:20

HIST 321      Senegal in the World
TTH 12:40-2:10

HIST 333      Age of American Revolution
TTH 2:20-3:50

HIST 368      Palestine & Arab Israeli Conflict
TTH 8:30-10:00

HIST 3063    Ancient Rome
TTH 12:40-2:10

HIST 4007    Cold War in Latin America
MW 2:30-4:00

HIST 480      SYE: Topics African History
W 1:00-4:00

Special Topics Course Descriptions

FRPG 2079: “We hold these truths . . .”? The American Struggle to Define and Achieve Economic Justice (L. Boyette)
This course counts as a 100-level History course and fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements.

Equality.  Life.  Liberty. The pursuit of happiness.  Government by the consent of the governed.  What is the relationship between these fundamental American political values and beliefs, as embedded in the Declaration of Independence, and the values and beliefs that have shaped our economic structures and theory: property, self-interest, efficiency, entrepreneurship?    Exploring the tensions between these sets of values will be our project.  We’ll conduct a number of case studies: deindustrialization today in Massena NY, slavery and freedom in colonial America, the sharp turn in economic thought in recent decades towards free-market ideals and globalization and the relationship between this trend and growing inequalities of wealth and of political influence.  We’ll rediscover “lost” American economic thinkers like Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who sought to understand women’s exploitation, and Henry George, who wondered why greater economic production and efficiency should produce progress but also poverty.  We’ll meet Owen D. Young, one of SLU’s most distinguished graduates and an internationally celebrated business leader, by exploring the vast collection of his papers deposited here.  Through this work we’ll develop the research skills, questions, and context to facilitate your own research on issues of interest to you that involve the ongoing struggle to reconcile our political and economic values.

FRPG 2082: Is the Hijab Dangerous?  Islam, Gender, & Sexuality in the Modern Middle East (H. Eissenstat)

This course counts as a 100-level History course and fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements.

Feminist scholarship has long taught that “the personal is political.”  Nowhere, however, is this truer than in the contemporary Middle East, where gender rights, sexuality, and even the most basic elements of women’s clothing are all hotly contested and debated.  This class aims to explore why and how gender and sexuality have become so central to broader societal debates in the contemporary Middle East.  Why has the hijab, or head covering, become so central to both Western and Middle Eastern discourses about women in the Middle East?  How do gender identities change over time?  What does it mean to fight for LGBT or women’s rights in the context of a Middle Eastern society?  The class will be research based, but also include scholarship, films, and literature aimed at giving the student a sense of the sheer diversity of Middle Eastern experiences.

FRPG 2099: We are Making a New World: Human, Cultural, & Environmental Trauma in the First World War (C. Hagerman)

This course counts as a 100-level History course and fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements.

The Great War did not inaugurate trench warfare, but it brought to such fighting an unheralded degree of industrial intensity. The inevitable corollary of this evolution toward perfection was a four-year spasm of destruction and trauma unprecedented in scale and severity—one that visited unspeakable horrors upon millions of soldiers. None emerged unchanged. Taking as its focus the three great traumas of trench warfare manifest on the Western Front—the destruction of human life, of civilization, and of the environment—this course explores the Great War’s impact on individual soldiers and, through them, culture at large.  Our approach will be interdisciplinary, compassing studies of the physical environment, traditional historical documents (diaries, letters, government documents, and memoirs), and trench maps, photographs, film, poetry, painting, novels, and music. It will also be active, emphasizing group and individual projects involving original research. Circumstances permitting, students will have a chance to conduct archival research in the collections of the Military History Research Centre at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

FRPG 2108: Race, Power, Resistance: Freedom Struggles in Southern Africa (R. Williams)

This course counts as a 100-level History and AFS course and fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements.
In the 1960s, people in Southern Africa who had lived for generations under colonial and white settler regimes took up more radical forms of resistance to these racist power structures. That resistance took many forms: from civil disobedience, to artistic expression, to the taking up of arms. It provoked intense debates among supporters of these movements, of all races and ethnicities, about how the struggle should be fought and about what a future society should look like. From the mid-1970s, white supremacist political systems across Southern Africa were gradually defeated, and, in 1994, the world celebrated when Nelson Mandela, a former political prisoner, become the first president of a democratic South Africa. But the debates which emerged during these years of struggle continue. Today, younger generations who were 'born free' in Southern Africa question why their societies remain so unequal; they ask what can be learned from the past and how they can transform their futures.  This FYS will ask you to consider these questions yourself, through researching the perspectives of Southern Africans expressed in sources ranging from political speeches, underground newspapers, memoirs and fiction to posters, films and music.

HIST 200: Sophomore Seminar: History of Work in the Adirondack North Country (M. Schrems)

North Country Public Radio (NCPR) is partnering with Dr. Schrems and other university and public historians to collaborate on the North Country at Work Project. The multi-year project requires the collection of photos and stories into a digital, fully-searchable public archive. We will be collecting the past and adding to the historical narrative and public discourse on the nature of work in the North Country. The archive will house images, documents and audio from the late 18th century into the present. This course will form the basis of St. Lawrence University’s contribution to this project. This project combines public history and digital humanities and will provide students with experience in these combined areas. Within the framework of the course, students will study the unique history of Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg and the surrounding areas while also working to gather and provide context for the collected images, documents and audio. The course will require class time as well as time spent with NCPR reporters, researchers, as well as possible field work.

HIST 299AFR: African Identities (M. Carotenuto) (Historical methods course)

This course analyzes the changing constructions of ethnicity, gender, and race throughout the last 200 years of African history. We will examine how African peoples have historically negotiated their identities in the wake of internal struggles and foreign pressures. The overall objective of this course is to investigate how cultural identities, and studies about these identities, can change over time.

HIST 299ASIA: The Hidden Side of World War II in the U.S. and Japan (A. Csete) (Historical methods course)

Many historians have argued against the conventional narrative about World War II in both the United States and Japan. In this course we start with a unit about opposition to war in the US, and opposition to empire-building in Japan. The second unit examines how contemporary Japanese-Americans uncovered and interpreted the experience of Japanese-Americans in internment camps in the United States during WW II. The third unit turns again to Japan to look at the “underside” of Japan’s modernization, Japanese colonial rule in Korea and China, and the global forces pushing Japan toward empire. The fourth unit explores American and Japanese racism during the war.

HIST 214SUST: Global Environmental Movements (A. Csete)

OPEN TO ALL SLU STUDENTSThis course fulfills both the EL and HU general education requirements.  Transportation to and from the Sustainability Semester location (less than five miles from campus) will be provided.

From Japanese villagers marching in the 1890s to fight a copper mine that was poisoning their fields to the current efforts of the Cherokee Nation to protect its land and maintain traditional knowledge, this course examines environmental ideas and movements in a global and historical context. Our textbook, Environmentalism: A Global History examines the origins, surveys the main ideas and thinkers/activists, and presents a typology of contemporary environmentalism. Specific topics which we then examine in more depth include environmental movements in Africa and Mexican farmers’ efforts to control forest management. Students write reading responses, and research an environmental movement of their choice.

HIST 3063: Ancient Rome (C. Hagerman)

200-level course, no pre-requisites: An examination of Ancient Roman history from the legendary foundation of the city in 753 BCE through the Republican Period, the Principate, and the Dominate, to the ‘fall’ of the Western Roman Empire in 476 A.D.  We will pay special attention to the evolution of the Roman constitution and the spread of Roman imperial domination throughout the Mediterranean, but we will also explore a variety of social and cultural phenomena in order to round out our understanding of Roman civilization.

HIST 4007 / CLAS 4007: Age of Apocalypse: The Cold War in Latin America (T. Feinstein)

300-level course, no pre-requisites: Traditional depictions of the twentieth century Cold War have focused on the tense power plays between two ideological poles: the bastions of capitalism (the USA) and communism (the Soviet Union), and the global political flashpoints between these two forces. This course will explore a more recent turn in the literature that expands the exploration of Cold War history by looking at the impact and influence on Latin America during the Cold War. This approach looks beyond the way superpower struggles bled through into Latin American realities, and instead examines how Latin American protagonists helped to shape Cold War politics themselves.