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AMERICAN CULTURE STUDIES (L98)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)FL2017

L98 AMCS 301UHistorical Methods - United States History3.0 Units
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01-T-R---1:00P-2:30PTBAFriedmanNo final15100
Desc:HOW TO DO THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY: Researching and writing the history of sexuality presents a unique set of challenges. At many times and places sex has been supposed to be confined to the "private" sphere and so the kinds of evidence that historians often rely on can be difficult to find. Sex is also highly policed, with the result that the diversity of sexual practices is often hidden--"what ought to be" is radically different from "what is." This course will investigate how historians have responded to these challenges to understand how sexual practices, ideologies, identities and regulatory systems have changed over time. We will explore innovative approaches to evidence as well as theoretical frameworks for thinking about the relationship between private and public, experience and identity, practice and power. Most of our examples will be drawn from the United States, but where useful we will compare the U.S. experience to other locales as well. PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Modern, U.S. This section is crosslisted with L77 301U.
02-T-R---2:30P-4:00PTBAKastorNo final15159
Desc:HAMILTON'S AMERICA: HOW TO DO THE HISTORY OF POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: The popularity of the musical Hamilton has fueled a renewed interest in the politics of the early American republic. This seminar explores that world by examining how Americans sought to translate their notions of government into a realistic set of priorities and a functioning set of public institutions during the years following ratification of the Constitution. In the process, this course also considers the methods that historians can use to analyze politics, policymaking, and governance. This course uses the life and career of Alexander Hamilton as a point of departure for investing how the federal government came into being, what it did, and who populated the civilian and military rank of American officialdom. The course will examine the various methodologies that historians can use to address these topics. We will consider the relative merits and limits of both qualitative and quantitative methods. This course will also devote considerable attention to the methods of digital history that have emerged in recent years, both as a means of analyzing and representing historical material. This course does not require any prior knowledge of early American history or digital methods. PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Pre-modern, U.S.


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