Topics Course Descriptions Fall 2016
Each semester, the History Department offers several "topics" courses. These are often new or cross traditional chronological and geographical divides. American History topics fall under HIST 533, European topics fall under HIST 597, and Non-Western topics fall under HIST 598. The KSU catalog does not offer a full description of these topics classes, so we do so below.
HIST 533: TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS
HIST 533B: Manifest Destiny
Prof. Sanders, Tu/Th 1:05-2:20 Course #16680
HIST 533C: Progressive Era
Prof. Sherow, M/W/F 11:30-12:20 Course #16681
This course will focus on examining both the culture and politics of progressivism. Political reform (which includes foreign diplomacy) will comprise urban movements, reform governors such as Robert LaFollette of Wisconsin, Theodore Roosevelt's New Nationalism, Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom and Fourteen Points, and the New Era politics of the 1920s, which culminates with President Hoover's administration. Examination of social, cultural, economic and environmental issues will form a large part of the course. The course material will be presented and interpreted through a combination of readings, lectures, videos, class discussions and independent research.
HIST 597: TOPICS IN WESTERN HISTORY
HIST 597: Himalayas
Prof.Mrozek,online, Course #17507
The course explores the history of countries in the Himalayan region from early times to modern times. This includes regions and countries such as Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh, while trying them into the larger political and military actors impacting this region over the centuries such as Genghis Khan and the Mongols, Imperial China, Great Britain, and others. The course explores fields such as philosophy and religion, art and architecture, and other forms of social interaction and expression. The course studies countries and regions whose histories have often been seemingly out of phase with that of much of the rest of the world, so that it becomes a study in the "social relativity of time." For example, in 1945, Tibet was more like the Europe of the 14th or 15th centuries than like the Europe of the 20th century. How the different states and territories have dealt with "modernization" in the second half of the 20th century and beyond is also important to this course.
HIST 598: TOPICS IN NON-WESTERN HISTORY