Spring 2014 Course Guide
HIST 101 The Shaping of the Contemporary World
· Please see schedule for instructors and sections.
· Fulfills college core requirement for history.
· Prerequisite for all other history courses.
This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the discipline and methodologies of history through the study of the relationship of the West to non-Western societies in the contemporary world. Attention is focused on understanding the unique events and trends of the 20th century and their political, social, economic, literary and artistic antecedents in the previous century. (CORE: DH).
HIST 110 History Outside the Classroom, Required Course
Instructor: Your advisor
All History and History Education majors who entered Siena under the 2008-2009 catalog must complete (pass) this course by the end of their senior year. It is a departmental requirement for graduation. The course is designed to give History and History Education majors an opportunity to experience history-related activities beyond the normal classroom. To complete this requirement, students must consult their advisor about an experience and complete the departmental forms. See the catalog for examples of what may qualify to fulfill the requirement. The course is graded P/F and carries 0 credits.
HIST 190 Level One Honors Seminar: The Contemporary World T 1:00-3:05
Instructor: Dr. Karen Ward Mahar
This is the honors level section of HIST101. Permission is required.
HIST 201 The West and the World I MWF 8:00-9:00 or 10:20-11:20
Instructor: Fr. Daniel Dwyer
*History Major Requirement
The purpose of this course is to analyze the Western Tradition as it evolved from the Greeks to the Italian Renaissance; to understand and appreciate non-Western civilizations and their encounters with the West; to examine the human condition over time, both the role of the powerful and the powerless.
HIST 202 The West and the World II MWF 10:20-11:20 or 11:30-12:30
Instructor: Dr. Karl Barbir
*History Major Requirement
This is the second of two courses dealing with world history offered at Siena College (I do not include here HIST101, The Shaping of the Contemporary World). It covers the period between the emergence of the modern world, starting in 1500 C.E. and the advent of the twentieth century. This is a broad survey that emphasizes certain themes: the increasing contacts among civilizations, “technology and the environment,” and “diversity and dominance.”
(1) to introduce the student to the broad patterns in the emergence of human societies and of an increasingly integrated world;
(2) to allow students to appreciate the importance of technology and the environment in human history;
(3) to appreciate the diversity of human societies and the tragic effects of their efforts to dominate one another
(4) to engage in the skills of analysis, synthesis, and comparison in historical studies
HIST 203 American History I MWF 1:30-2:30 or MW 3:50-5:15
Instructor: Dr. Jenn Dorsey or Dr. Bruce Eelman
*History Major and History Education Major Requirement
This course explores American history from early European settlement through the end of the Civil War in 1865. Some of the key topics for this course include: the reasons for and the nature of settlement in the various colonies; the collision of English and Native American cultures; the origins and development of African slavery in North America; the development of distinctly American political, social, and economic institutions; the ideology of American Independence; the creation of a new political order; economic and geographic expansion; growing sectional division; and the causes of the Civil War. These topics will be explored from political, economic, and social perspectives. Tentative requirements will include substantial reading from a survey text, a document reader, and one or two monographs, a mid-term examination, a final examination, class participation, a class debate, and two short papers.
HIST 204 American History II TR 11:10-12:35 or 2:35-4:00
Instructor: Dr. Mara Drogan
*History Major and History Education Major Requirement
A survey of the political, economic, cultural, and social history of the United States from 1865 to the present. In particular, this class will look at the concept of “freedom” as it has changed from Reconstruction in the late 19th century to the “War on Terror” in the early 21st century. All Americans claim to value “freedom” or “liberty,” but what do we mean by these words? We will consider not just the meaning of freedom at home, but how the United States has both promoted and undermined these ideals abroad. Required reading: Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty!: An American History, Volume II, Brief 3rd Edition, Eric Foner, Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, Volume II, 3rd Edition, Geoffrey R. Stone, War and Liberty: An American Dilemma: 1790 to the Present. Assignments include daily writing exercises, three essay exams, a short primary source essay, and a book review.
HIST 312 American Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1763-1815 MW 3:50-5:15
Instructor: Dr. Jenn Dorsey
A survey of the origins and development of the American Revolution and the United States from the British imperial crisis of the 1760s through the conclusion of the War of 1812. Topics will include the political, social, and economic causes of the American Revolution, the military course of the war, the consequences of the war for African Americans, women, and Native Americans, as well as the politics, economy and culture of revolutionary and early national America. Class schedule will include visits to the Office of Cultural Education at the New York State Library where students will conduct research in manuscripts and special collections related to the American Revolution in New York State.
N.B. History 312 will not be offered in 2014-2015
HIST328 The Dutch Roots of New York W 6:00-8:55
Instructor: Fr. Daniel Dwyer
Travel course: Permission required
In this course students will be able to analyze the ways in which New York State and the Netherlands have interacted with each other over 400 years. As the course will involve travel to the Netherlands during Spring Break special attention will be paid to Dutch history and culture. On-site visits will explore the work of historians in the field of New Netherland studies. Visits will be made to sites connected to Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, The Dutch West India Company, artists of the Dutch “Golden Age”, and the religious background of New Netherland. Other topics covered will include the Dutch background to the Pilgrims of Massachusetts; and the Dutch experience during the Nazi Occupation of 1940-1945. This course may be used by history majors to fulfill the European History requirement. Permission of the Instructor is necessary.
HIST 333 Modern Middle East TR 11:10-12:35
MULT372 Instructor: Dr. Karl Barbir
Course Description: This is the second of two courses dealing with the history of the Middle East offered here at Siena. It covers the period between about 1800 and the present; it provides the student with historical knowledge to appreciate the modern experience of Middle Eastern peoples; and it offers broad generalizations rather than a highly specialized and narrowly-focused approach. No specialized preparation or prerequisite is needed, other than HIST101 or its equivalent. Curiosity and a willingness to work with unfamiliar and new materials are essential, however.
Course Objectives: These conform to the broader college learning goals that are reproduced below.
(1) to introduce the student to a major world region with a long history and tradition;
(2) to illumine present conditions at least in part by acquiring knowledge and understanding of the recent past, the modern period;
(3) to study the emergence since 1800 of the regional Middle Eastern state system, deep economic transformation, and wrenching social and cultural change. Particular attention is given to the causes of conflict and war.
And more broadly:
(4) Doing history – demonstrating and understanding the methods of finding things out about the past, even a remote and unfamiliar past;
(5) Analysis and synthesis – taking apart a primary source and reading between the lines; reconstructing a portion of the past based on one’s reading and reflection; weighing evidence and making informed judgments;
(6) Application of knowledge - handling large blocks of content and using one’s own words to explain what one has studied and understood;
(7) Geographical knowledge: to identify the principal topographical, political, and cultural-geographical features of the Middle East before modern times.
HIST 401 The U.S. and the World in the Nuclear Age MW 3:50-5:15
Instructor: Dr. Mara Drogan
The creation and use of the atomic bomb in 1945 transformed American and world politics, society, and culture. This course serves as a wide-ranging introduction to nuclear history, focusing on the period between World War II and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Topics to be studied include the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the nuclear bomb in popular culture and propaganda, nuclear testing, nuclear diplomacy and the arms race, the militarization of everyday life, and gender and sexuality in the nuclear age. We will make use of diverse sources such as scholarly books and articles, novels, journalistic accounts, government reports, advertisements, music, and film. Students are expected to actively participate in this seminar-style class and will write a 10-12 page research paper.
HIST 402 Africa and the Cold War, 1945-1991 MWF 9:10-10:10
Instructor: Dr. Nii Nartey
This course will attempt to build on what students studied in Hist. 101 on the Cold War, focusing on the way Africa featured in the ideological conflict between the super-powers in the four and a half decades between 1945-1991. The Cold war occurred during the period of decolonization in Africa when anti-colonial movements were blossoming in pursuit of self-determination and independence from European colonial rule. In many parts of Africa the Cold War compounded the problems and challenges of the decolonization process. Selected examples will be used to illustrate, illuminate, and analyse this phenomenon. These examples will include Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Lusophone Africa (i.e. Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau), Algeria, Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia), and Ethiopia where super-power rivalries complicated the politics of an independent nation. Further, the course will focus on South Africa where foreign intervention in multiple ways complicated and slowed down the movement to end "apartheid" and create a multi-racial democracy.
Required Readings: One main textbook on Modern Africa, two novels, and relevant hand-outs taken from scholarly journal articles.
Course Requirements: Attendance and participation, Quizzes on the readings, Mid-term and Final Examinations, Book reports on the novels, Oral Presentations, and and a Research Paper.
No previous knowledge of African History is required to enrol in this course. However, students must be committed to engaging in a rigorous manner to deal with palpably unfamiliar data on Africa and the global community. Be prepared to add to your knowledge of the interconnectedness in our contemporary world.
HIST 415 The French Revolution and Napoleon TR 1:00-2:25
Instructor: Dr. Karen Sonnelitter
This course examines the origins, trajectory, and legacy of one of the most significant events in modern history that continues to be source of debate among historians. It also looks at its culmination in the leadership of one of history’s best-known figures. We will consider key aspects of French social, cultural, intellectual, and political life and examine the relationship between developments in France with those in Europe and beyond. Readings will include secondary and primary sources. Course requirements include active participation in class discussions, a semester long research project, a geography quiz, and exams.
HIST 463 U.S. Military History W 6:00-8:50
Instructor: Prof. John Vallely
An examination of the military experience of the United States from the early European settlements to the post-Cold War period. Emphasis will be placed on the challenges posed by war and the nation’s response. The role of the military in a democracy, the influence of English civil-military traditions, the impact of war on society, the campaigns and battles of the major conflicts,
and America’s role in the international arena will also be discussed. The lectures and readings are supplemented by a field trip to the Gettysburg battlefield (this is optional).
Course work: 12-15 page research paper, mid-term, final exam, quizzes.
HIST 475 Public History TR 11:10-12:25
Instructor: Dr. Karen Ward Mahar
Do you like history museums, historic sites, and re-enactments? Wonder what it would be like to create an exhibit, save historic buildings, or work as an costumed interpreter? Public History 1) examines the theory and practice of presenting history to the public across a wide spectrum, from museums to living history sites, battlefields, documentary films, amusement parks, and internet sites, and 2) offers students the experiences of public history practitioners from the Capital District who will be our guests. Experts in historic preservation, archives, costumes, archaeology, material culture, state government jobs, interpretation and more will visit our class to discuss their field and their own careers. There will be two half-day field trips: 1) to the Rensselaer County Historical Society in Troy, and 2) to Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany. This will be a service learning course, as students will be putting theory to practice by curating an exhibit on the history of Albany businesses for the new exhibit space adjacent to Ten Broeck Mansion. There are no exams but there will be weekly reading summaries and considerable research and writing for the exhibit. There may be minor fees to offset the cost of the field trips. AMSA, HAM.
HIST 480/AMST 480 Internship in History
PERMISSION REQUIRED: See Dr. Karen Mahar or Dr. Jenn Dorsey
Internships are open to second-semester Juniors and Seniors who have completed a minimum of 9 credit hours in history, including U.S. history, and who present a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Internships involve work in local historical societies, museums, archival and resource centers, etc. The places where past interns have most often served include
¨ Historic Cherry Hill (a house museum in Albany)
¨ Rensselaer County Junior Museum,
¨ New York State Museum,
¨ Historic Albany Project-New York State Museum
¨ National Museum of Racing
¨ Saratoga National Battlefield.
Permission required from the Director of American Studies and the Head of the History Department. Evaluation of such credit is made by the staff of the participating institution, and the Director of American Studies or a member of the History Department chosen by the Department in consultation with the Director of American Studies.
There are two projects that could particularly use history interns Spring 2014. Please see Dr. Mahar for details.
1) Assisting in research and curating duties for an exhibit on historic Albany businesses at Ten Broeck Mansion. https://sites.google.com/site/tenbroeckmansion/
2) Conducting research to assist the Pruyn House in Colonie, including the history of the Pruyn family, the Van Rensselaer patroonship, public education, agriculture and rural life in mid-19th century Colonie. http://www.pruynhouse.org/
SEE INTERNSHIP INFORMATION ONLINE: https://www.siena.edu/pages/1827.asp
HIST 490 Honors: Pacific Empires, 1845-1945 T 1:00-3:05
MULT300 Instructor: Dr. Tim Cooper
Japan was the only non-Western nation to modernize, industrialize, and imperialize. This brought the “Land of the Rising Sun” into direct conflict with that other emerging Pacific Empire: America. This course will examine the growing confrontation between Japan and America between 1854 and 1945 that led ultimately to the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Readings will begin with a brief review of Japanese politics, society, and culture prior to the coming of the West. All Japanese primary sources will be read in English translation. No prior knowledge of Japan or Japanese is necessary. Students will lead classroom discussions for this reading and writing-intensive honors course. Additional requirements will include written responses to readings, presentations, and a series of analytical papers. Research papers will incorporate the original papers of Robert Pruyn, an Albany native and U.S. ambassador to Japan under President Lincoln. Pruyn’s papers are held at the Albany Institute of Art and History. Transportation to/from archives to be arranged. Permission of instructor required.
HIST 497 Proseminar for Capstone M 6:00-8:55
Instructor: Dr. James Harrison
Open only to History Majors, History Education Majors, History Minors, and
American Studies Majors
This seminar aims to introduce history students to both the methods and philosophical problems of history. That is why it is called a proseminar, because it is rooted in problems of a particular academic discipline. The seminar will first consider the way history is done (or history as a way of thinking), then turn to the philosophy of history and the questions historians have asked about their discipline. Students will complete readings in the theory and practice of history and assignments will include a primary source analysis, an annotated bibliography, and a research prospectus in preparation for the capstone.
HIST499 Capstone M 6:00-8:50 or T 6:00-8:50
Instructor: Dr. James Harrison or Dr. Bruce Eelman
Open only to History and History Education majors with Senior standing.
The capstone course is focused on the production of a thesis paper of approximately 30 pages that will be based on primary and secondary sources. Students will be writing and researching their own papers as well as acting as peer reviewers.