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Spring Schedule 2016

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HIS 501 Fourth-Century Greece and Hellenistic World
MWF 9:00-9:50

Dr. Gragola

A history of Greece and the Greek world from the death of Alexander to the Roman conquest of Egypt.

HIS 510/HIS 650 Medieval Law
TR 12:30-1:45

Dr. Firey

This course examines the development of the various legal systems to which people in western Europe had recourse between the fourth century and the fourteenth century. Topics to be covered include the shift from oral to written law, the problems small communities faced in dealing with transgressors, the competition between various authorities for jurisdiction, the ways in which Judaeo-Christian values and beliefs affected the orientation of medieval law, the use of procedures such as ordeals and inquisitions, the evolution of ideas about natural rights, and how law reflects the massive social and political reorganization of the west that occurred after the Roman Empire.

HIS 542  German History  1789-1918
MWF 11:00-11:50
Dr. Albisetti

This course examines the political, social, and cultural history of Germany during the century when it arose from utter defeat by Napoleon to become the strongest economic and military power in Europe, then concludes with Germany’s fate in World War I.

HIS 564 History of Brazil
MWF 12:00-12:50

Dr. Myrup

Provides students of U.S. or European history with a broad introduction to the historical roots of modern Brazilian society and culture.  Central themes include the multiethnic dynamics of colonial society; the political transformations of independence; and the legacies of race, slavery, and abolition in the modern era.  Please note that no previous coursework in Latin American history is expected or required.  For additional information see http://web.as.uky.edu/history/faculty/myrup/brazil

HIS 577 Frontier America, 1869-Present
MWF 11:00-11:50
Dr. Mark Summers 
A survey of the many Westerners, women as well as men, Native Americans, Chinese, and Hispanics as well as whites, sodbusters as well as six-shooters, and of the many Wests, wild and not-so-wild, from the prairie homesteaders to the Sagebrush Rebellion; and how they made, inherited, and were imprisoned by the frontier heritage.

HIS 580 History of Appalachia 
MW 2:00-3:15
Dr. Kathryn Newfont

A survey of the social, economic, and cultural history of Appalachia from the colonial period to the present with emphasis on the interaction of this social state region with the broader forces of social change at work in modern America. Prereq: HIS 108, 109 or consent of instructor.
HIS 584 Health and Disease in US
TR 3:30-4:45 
Dr. Eric Christianson 
Examines the emergence of modern medicine and the allied health professions, from colonial times to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the social, institutional, and scientific contexts of medical thought, education, and practice. It also explores how social and professional thought and action shape the meaning of health and disease.
HIS 606 Historical Criticism
F 1:00-3:30
Stephen Davis

HIS 641 Readings Since 1877
T 3:00-5:30
Dr. Campbell

An introduction to some of the major historiographical debates since 1877.


HIS 650 001 Readings in Special Topics:  Migration
M 1:00-3:30
Dr. Musoni

His 650 02/GWS 600-401 Readings: Biography and Gender History
T 5:30-8:00
Dr. Chassenlopez


HIS 701 Research Seminar in American History
W 3:00-5:30

Dr. Paul Chamberlin
History 701 is a research seminar in American history and is open to History graduate students.  The purpose of the seminar is to train students in the techniques of historical research, writing, interpretation, and criticism.  Each member of the seminar will research and write a research paper -- a paper based largely on primary source materials of about 25-30 pages in length.  Each paper will be presented to the seminar for comment and criticism.  Each paper will then be revised.  In addition, each seminar member will be assigned as the formal critic for one of the papers and each will also prepare a documentation report on one of the papers.

HIS 705 Colloquium In Pre-Modern European History: Medieval, Mediterranean, and Memory
F 4:00-6:30
Dr. Firey 

The purpose of this course is two-fold. First, we will be participating in a colloquium of works-in-progress of scholars from across the university and elsewhere. This is one of the most important activities of a historian’s professional life, and this class will give you the chance to develop your skills participating in such a colloquium. Second, students will be developing your own historical argument using original research. This of course is parallel to discussing other scholars’ works in progress—that is, researching and writing your own historical work. By the end of the semester, students will write their own 25 page research paper from primary and secondary sources, as well as develop skills in reading and critiquing others’ historical writing


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