Graduate Level Courses

Spring 2012: Graduate Level Courses

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HIST 610 Topics in World History (3)

R 3:30-6:00p Bentley, Jerry


Content: HIST 610 this semester will be a research seminar concentrating on the general theme of migrations and diasporas. While focusing on movements of peoples, the seminar will allow scope for studies dealing with borders, margins, frontiers, and other contested spaces. Members of the seminar will read and discuss selected works as a group, then will investigate cases pertinent to the seminar’s theme in research papers that might draw inspiration from traditional as well as various postmodern or postcolonial perspectives.


Requirements: Discussion of readings, preparation of a seminar paper.


Required Texts: Cohen, Global Diasporas; Gilroy, The Black Atlantic.


ASAN 620 Philippine Social and Intellectual History (3)

R 3:00-5:30p Mojares, Resil and Lanzona, Vina


Course Description: The Philippines has a unique history. Beginning from the 16th century, it became part of the Spanish empire in the Asia/Pacific, a colonial arrangement that lasted for more than 300 years. Towards the end of the 19th century, a series of revolutionary upheavals led to the establishment and then decline of the new Philippine republic. The end of the Philippine-American War paved the way for 50 years of “tutelary” colonialism under the Americans. The promise of independence, disrupted by the Japanese occupation, was finally achieved in 1946 only to be challenged by political turmoil and groups contesting to define the new nation. The postwar period was marked by rebellions, revolutions, and military dictatorships. All these elements constitute the nationalist narrative that traces the emergence of a unified Philippine nation and identity.


Much of Philippine history and historiography focus on this developmental trajectory and centralizing narrative where political developments are prioritized and its capital Manila always appears at the center. But much of the historical movements in the Philippines occur outside of politics and of Manila. Since the 1980s, Philippine scholars working inside and outside the Philippines have been questioning the emphasis on the military and the political, propagating the social history of the archipelago. Simultaneously, new and established scholars, working in fields such as religion, languages, and literatures, defined the cultural and intellectual history of the Philippines. The rise of social, cultural and intellectual history led to new ways of inquiry, in effect redefining the field of Philippine studies.


This course will look at seminal and new works in Philippine social, cultural and intellectual history. By focusing on writings that challenge the conventional boundaries of the historical discipline, this course interrogates issues such as culture and colonialism, science and education, nationalism, race, class, morality and gender as well as trace the intellectual movements in Philippine studies. Moreover, students in this course will have an opportunity to read and discuss primary sources and illustrative texts produced by Filipinos. Students will gain an understanding of the developments and uses of Philippine social and intellectual history through an understanding of both general and particular historical and historiographical trends, discussion of critical issues in intellectual production, and analysis of texts and books in shaping popular knowledge and the national scholarship on the Philippines. This exploration would hopefully present not a unified vision of Philippine history but one that’s nuanced, complex, always intriguing and constantly changing.


Requirements: To be announced in class.


Required Texts: Brody, Visualizing American Empire: Orientalism and Imperialism in the Philippines; Ileto,Pasyon and Revolution in the Philippines: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910; . Lanzona,Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines; McCoy,Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State; Mojares,Brains of the Nation: Pedro Paterno, T.H. Pardo de Tavera, Isabelo de los Reyes, and the Production of Modern Knowledge; Rafael,Contracting Colonialism: Translation and Christian Conversion in Tagalog Society under Early Spanish Rule; Neferti Tadiar, Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization.


HIST 634C Research in American History: Republic to 1877 (3)

W 3:00-5:30p McGlone, Robert


Content: Memoirs and autobiographies face two ways: inward in representing the meaning of their authors' lives, and outward in mirroring the times in which they are written. This research seminar will consider personal narratives both as acts of self-creation and as products of particular historical moments. We will assess how memory anchors us in particular times, to specific generations, and how it reflects their social codes and cultural transformations.


Requirements: Students will be asked to write a research paper or to produce a chapter of a thesis or dissertation relying in part on perspectives opened by memoirs and other personal narratives or using such narratives as a window on a historical subject. Initial class meetings will introduce recent scholarly discussion of the construction of memoirs -- notably of their purposes, rhetorical strategies, and truth claims. Later, students will be asked to report on their research findings and to present their conclusions to the class orally as well as in writing.


Required Texts: Popkin, History, Historians & Autobiography; Adams, The Education of Henry Adams.


HIST 639B Adv. Topics in U.S. History: Social/Cultural/Intellectual (3)

W 3:00-5:30p Rapson, Richard


Content: Most graduate students focus on historical fragments and confront large-scale interpretations with skepticism. The whole is often seen through the lenses of gender, class, and ethnicity. These seminars return us to the sources of those debates: the bold attempts to see thing whole, to look for large patterns, to see the shape of the forest rather than zero in on each separate tree.


Each student will have a chance to read one of the great, influential “big picture” histories and to reflect upon the enterprise. Though the emphasis will be on America, we will also perforce take in models from Western history writ large and from world history. This will be done during both the Fall and Spring semesters.


Additionally, in each semester, five of our seminar will be held jointly with the graduate seminar in Social Psychology as we all try to stretch ourselves beyond the conventional disciplinary barriers. These joint seminars have brought great excitement to our Wednesdays.


The Fall seminar is the first half of a two-semester sequence; students can effectively take either semester separately, or else they can take both semesters in any order. Students will be encouraged freely to stake out positions on a variety of important and controversial matters in a series of what are usually lively conversations. In the Fall semester, students will do more individualized reading than in the Spring, where each person’s research interests will be given scope. The Fall seminar attends to the large debates that have shaped writing about America. The Spring class devotes some time to the teaching enterprise, to the academic career, to the issues that excite the Academy, and to the use of films and fiction in shedding light on the past.


Requirements: In addition to reading and lots of discussion, students in the Fall term will make brief oral presentations. In the Spring term, the focus is expanded to take on innovative research design.



Required Texts: Doctorow, Ragime; Rapson, Amazed By Life: Confessions of a Non-Religious Believer; Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind; Levine, The Opening of the American Mind; Rapson, Magical Thinking and the Decline of America.



HIST 639C Advanced Topics in American History: Foreign Relations (3) W 3:00-5:30p Reiss, Suzanna


Content: This course is a research seminar thematically focused on the historical relationship between policing and the rise of US-dominated global capitalism, from the arrival of Europeans in the Americas to the contemporary US-led “War on Terror.” The emergence of the modern nation-state was fundamentally dependent on the capacity of the state to use “legitimate” violence as a mechanism of social control, and as the basis for consolidating and expanding political power. We will study the evolving relationship between the coercive power of the state and the economic structures that provided both the justification and material basis for its expansion. We will study how categories such as “legal” and “illegal” gained historical resonance; how designations of “criminality” have been shaped by racial, gender, economic, colonial and other hierarchies and how fear of “crime” has framed debates about “national security.” The structure of the course is methodological and loosely historical: it is designed to expose students to a variety of approaches which they can use in their own research and writing while surveying a number of critical moments in the evolving relationship between criminality and capitalism. The focus of our class discussions will be upon the efforts of historians and historical actors (including ourselves) to devise a systemic understanding of crime and penal practice in relation to the economic growth and expansion of the United States.


Requirements: To be announced in class.


Required Texts: Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison; Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making an Unmaking of the Third World; Gill, School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas; Weimer,Seeing Drugs: Modernizations, Counterinsurgency, and U.S. Narcotics Control in the Third World; McCoy, Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Rise of the Surveillance State.



HIST 658 Seminar in Southeast Asian History (3)

M 3:00-5:30p Kelley, Liam


Content: This reading/research seminar will cover the broad themes of colonialism and modernity in Southeast Asia. By focusing mainly on social and intellectual history, we will examine the myriad ways in which colonial practices and ideas of modernity interacted and transformed Southeast Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the process, students will become familiar with many of the main works on modern Southeast Asian history.


Requirements: Weekly readings, presentations of readings, book reviews and a final paper.


Required Texts: Tagliacozzo, Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier, 1865-1915; Pieris,Hidden Hands and Divided Landscapes: A Penal History of Singapore’s Plural Society; Kramer, The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States and the Philippines; Reid,Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce 1450-1680, Volume One; Reid, Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce 1450-1680, Volume Two; Scott,The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia; Peleggi,Lords of Things: The Fashioning of Siamese Monarchy’s Modern Image; Edwards, Cambodge: The Cultivation of a Nation, 1860-1945; Ikeya,Refiguring Women, Colonialism, and Modernity in Burma; Bradley,Vietnam at War; Ruth, In Buddha’s Company: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War; Laban, Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide; Mrazek, A Certain Age: Colonial Jakarta through the Memories of its Intellectuals



HIST 675E 20th (and 21st) Century Pacific Islands (3)

M 2:30-5:00p Chappell, David


Content: This graduate seminar examines the struggles of Pacific Islanders for self‑determination, mainly during the 20th and 21st century. Despite outsider colonization, they still asserted their wills and identities in various ways, from protest to appropriation. World War II opened an era of decolonization, but Cold War geopolitics and economic dependency have often hindered that process; fewer than half of Pacific Islands countries have fully separated politically from their colonizers. All of them face ongoing challenges to their sovereignty in a multi-polar, changing global arena.


Requirements: Twelve weekly readings, ten written reviews on those readings, or else students may choose to write a 20‑25 page research paper and do only half as many weekly readings (6) and written reviews (5). Active oral participation and regular, timely attendance are expected.


Required Texts: Thomas, Colonialism’s Culture; Waddell, Jean-Marie Tjibaou: Kanak Witness to the World; Hanlon, Remaking Micronesia; Morto Lee, Tongan’s Overseas: Between Two Shores.


HIST 677 Seminar in the History of Hawaii (3)

W 3:00-5:30p Rosa, John


Content: This reading seminar introduces students to basic historiography of the nineteenth-century Hawai‘i but focuses more this Spring 2011 semester with Dr. Rosa on recent scholarship on twentieth-century Hawai‘i. (Focus in alternate years with Dr. Arista will be more on nineteenth-century Hawai‘i.) Repeatable one time.


Requirements: Five short papers/book reviews, one formal presentation, and one final historiographic essay.


Required Texts: Bishop Museum, Restoring Bishop Museum’s Hawaiian Hall: Ho‘i Hou Ka Wena I Kaiwi‘ula; Nogelmeier,Mai Pa‘a I Ka Leo: Historical Voice in Hawaiian Primary Materials; Kodoma-Nishimoto, Nishimoto & Oshiro, eds.,Talking Hawai‘i’s Story: Oral Histories of an Island People; Malo, Hawaiian Antiquities: Mo‘olelo Hawai‘i; Bacchilega, Legendary Hawai‘i and the Politics of Place; Silva, Aloha Betrayed, Silva; Mohr, Plague and Fire; Takaki, Pau Hana; Bailey & Farber, The First Strange Place; Andrade, Hā‘ena: Through the Eyes of Ancestors; McGregor,Nā Kua ‘Āina: Living Hawaiian Culture; Walker, Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawai‘i; Yano, Crowning of the Nice Girl: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture in Hawai‘i’s Cherry Blossom Festival