HIST 395 - Advanced Seminar
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, or 15 credits in history, or consent of the instructor. Prerequisites may vary by topic. A seminar offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, in a selected topic or problem in history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Winter 2019, HIST 395A-01: Advanced Seminar: Darwin and His Critics (3). Not open to students with credit for HIST 295: Darwin and His Critics. One of the most influential scientific theories is the theory of organic evolution. Its history has largely been written by Darwin and his followers. This course looks at the "Darwin industry" and at a revisionist history that incorporates the non-Darwinian approach to the origin of life and species. Giving close attention to the scientific facts and the different theories, we also raise such questions as "Where were these theories situated?" and "What socio-political purposes and religious connotations did they have?" The course ends with bringing to bear the historical perspective on today's ongoing controversies about evolution theory. Students in this section are required to produce a greater research component in their assignments. (HU) Rupke.
Winter 2019, HIST 395B-01: Advanced Seminar: Race and Racism in Latin America (3). Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, or 15 credits in history, or consent of the instructor. This seminar examines the history of race and racism in the Americas from 1492 to the present. During the first half, we situate race within the history of ideas and trace its development across the Americas during the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment, analyzing how religion, science, colonialism and capitalism influenced European conceptions of "the Other." In the second half, we examine specific national case studies from the 19th and 20th centuries to explore "the work that race does"—that is, how race has operated in distinct local-historical contexts to generate social exclusion. (HU). Gildner.
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