Spring Semester History Courses

The City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago

This course will incorporate academic texts, primary source music, the arts and architecture, politics, crime, sports, and more to thematically explore the history of Chicago. Chicago's moniker "The Second City" is now defunct; the city is the equal of any other in the United States and has the stories to prove it. From a small outpost on the edge of the new nation to its status as a world-leading metropolis, Chicago rewards those who take the time to learn about its history. Assessments will include tests, essays and projects. [Half credit.]

Global Economics

This course asks: how is the world connected through diplomacy, culture, war, and technology? To answer this question — and to understand how conflict and cooperation happen on a global scale — students will explore current events in historical perspective. Likely topics for study include, but are not limited to, the ongoing civil war in Syria, the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, worldwide health crises, and energy, amongst other topics. In addition, we will follow current events, incorporating worldwide changes and developments into the curriculum as they arise. A current subscription to The Economist will be required. Assignments will include nightly reading, short papers (1-2 pages), presentations and an end of the semester project. These assignments will help students to develop critical thinking skills, analytical writing skills, and a deeper understanding of their place in a globalized world. [Half credit.]

Comparative Indigenous Histories

In this course, students will be introduced to different elements of Indigenous culture. Students will be able to identify similarities between these cultures and will also examine the unique characteristics of each culture based on its geography, history, and traditions. The students will discuss the contemporary situation of Indigenous Peoples in the context of their cultural traditions and the historical interactions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies. This course will also include the multifaceted encounters that resulted from European colonialism. The focus. will be on the lives and experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Africa, the Americas and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) to develop a comprehensive understanding of colonialism and resistance on a global scale. Emphasis will be placed on specific tribes from the United States, the Zulu of Southern Africa, the Aborigines of Australia, and the Maori of New Zealand. This course will also include film studies within each unit and several film nights, in which students will watch both historically significant and contemporary films to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures and the impact of colonial contact. [Half credit.]

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