Syll_Spr10_H210A_Jan30 - SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY Advanced...

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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY Advanced Graduate Colloquium in American History History 210a—Spring 2010 Professor Ruma Chopra Class Meets: Mondays, 6:00-8:45 p.m., HGH 221 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9-10:00, Wednesdays, 1-3:00, and by appointment Office: DMH, Room 316 Telephone: 408-924-5515 Email: [email protected] Class Website: (You can access the syllabus via this website.) Course Description This colloquium will explore some of the major historical and historiographical problems of early American history from the earliest contact between Europeans and native peoples through the American Revolution. Through discussion of recent path-breaking works and classic texts, we will examine topics including: the multi-faceted interactions between Europeans and Native Americans, change and variety in emerging slave cultures, shifting political and religious currents of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the economic, cultural, and intellectual upheavals of the Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary era. Throughout, we will evaluate whether recent syntheses have succeeded in crafting a new narrative for this diverse field. While students should leave the course with a firm understanding of major historical events of the period, class emphasis will be on historians’ (often conflicting) interpretations. This class is part of a three-semester sequence in American History: 210a covers early America from the Age of Discovery through the American Revolution; 210b covers American history from post-Revolutionary times through the end of the nineteenth century; 210c covers American history during the twentieth century. Graduate students in American History are required to take all three courses. Teaching Method and Assignments This semester we will have a lively conversation about the history of early America. An avid participant in this colloquium attends all class sessions and offers valuable contributions to the discussion. Each session will take the form of a large group discussion, led by the students themselves. You will be evaluated on your ability to ask questions of each other and debate the merits and weaknesses of the arguments presented in the readings. Each week all the participants will complete the common reading. You should come to class with at least one concern/question from the text. We will use your questions to frame our discussions. Guidelines for reading a historical monograph: You should come to each of our weekly meetings prepared to discuss all of the assigned readings. Bear in mind the following questions when you read a scholarly work: 1
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What is the problem/issue/question that the author sets out to solve/address/answer? What is the author's central argument?
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