HIS 102, p. 1.
History 102 Sections 06 and 07
Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum
TTh12:30-1:45; TTh 2-3:15
313 Main Hall
Office Location: 502 Main Hall
Office Hours: T 10-12; W 1-3; Th 11-12
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The course explores the last 500 years of
world history. It aims to introduce students to 1)
the discipline of history -- what kinds of methods and evidence do historians use to
construct a picture of the past? -- and 2) the unique perspective that a study of the past
brings to urgent questions of the present.
While students will be responsible for
understanding certain crucial information, the course’s chief goal is to familiarize students
with how historians design and try to answer questions about the past, why they often
propose differing interpretations of the “facts,” and how these historical debates relate to
our understanding of the present.
As a survey course, HIS 102 covers a wide variety of approaches to history, which
historians often label “political,” “social,” and “cultural.” Rather than surveying a multitude
of individual national histories, the course focuses on the history of global interconnections
and exchanges -- cultural, political, social, economic. It aims to “decenter” or “provincialize”
the West, and to see world history from multiple points of view. The two case studies
included in the course will provide opportunities to examine in depth how historians
construct the past and how individuals connect to and help to make history. The overall goal
is to help students to see history not as an immutable chronicle that explains why the world
must be as it is, but as a multiplicity of contingent and shifting interactions to which a wide
range of interdependent global actors contribute.
This course meets the student learning outcomes for information literacy, general
education, and history by requiring and reinforcing skills in written and oral communication,
critical thinking, and ethical decision making.
This course encourages the open exchange of
controversial ideas while maintaining a respect for persons of any gender, sexual orientation,
age, religion, and ethnicity.
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The course website contains updated information about assignments and exams, access to
course readings, and study guides.
We will be using the “Discussion Board” section to share
notes and responses to the readings. The Blackboard homepage provides detailed
instructions for logging on for the first time.
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