HY200 - Topics in History:

Selected topics in the study of history. Specific content and emphasis to be determined by the instructor.

.5 or 1 unit — Atuire, Golightly, Mehta, Murphy, Neel, Pavlenko, Ragan, Ratchford, Sanchez, Williams

Previously Featured Offering

Learn about the relationship between violence and revolutionary change in twentieth-century Mexico with this history/southwest studies course. The story of Mexico is often told as a failure narrative. This course will challenge this basic assumption by situating the experiences of ordinary people, front and center.
Zacatecas Landscape with Hanged Men II by Francisco Goitia. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
This course explores the relationships between violence and revolutionary change in Mexico; how the post-revolutionary state and its adversaries mobilized memories of the revolution to meet their particular political and social ends; the Mexican dirty war of the 1970's ; and the drug war that has devastated Mexico over the past decade.
'I am the Greatest': American Sport and Society explores diverse issues, personalities, events, social forces, and historical moments that have and continue to shape American athletes.
Image of Johnson vs. Burns (1908)
Image of Johnson vs. Burns (1908)
This course explores diverse issues pertinent to American athletes. The Department of History, and Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies Program as disciplines, offer strategies to train students for a multicultural and diverse society. We will study, discuss, present, and contextualize issues, personalities, events, social forces, and historical moments that have and continue to shape American athletes. In this course chronology is circular rather than linear as we will discuss issues from a wide range of time periods. The primary focus of this course will be to examine the ways race, class, gender, politics and history concentrically impact American athletes. Although this class requires no formal prerequisite, it is recommended that students either can grasp and/or have a theoretical and historical understanding of United States and African American History.
The History and Future of the Book explores different technologies of the written word, including clay tablets, sheepskin scrolls, modern printing, and digital text. Students will analyze how reading, writing, and preserving texts intersect with identity, memory, and history.
 The History and Future of the Book
The History and Future of the Book. Examines the development of technologies of the written word, from clay tablets and sheepskin scrolls to the manuscript codex, early printed book, modern printing, and digital text. Questions the way reading, writing, and preserving texts intersect with identity, memory, and history, making extensive use of primary materials in the library’s Special Collections and incorporating a hands-on experience at The Press at Colorado College.
What does it mean to be Jordanian at the start of the twenty-first century? What does the long mythic and historical past of this region mean for questions of personal and national identity?
The Nabatean city of Petra
The Nabatean city of Petra
Through site visits, historical, literary, and political texts, and engagement with host-families and local residents, we’ll re-examine identity and historical imagination in this desert and mountain land. We’ll visit the Nabatean capital of Petra (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), Old and New Testament sites, and Roman sites in Amman and the well-preserved Roman city of Jerash, to consider religious and ethnic pluralism in antiquity; camp with Bedouins in the desert of Wadi Rum and consider desert life and its role in Islamic reality and myth; visit crusader castles and explore military and trade in the medieval Mediterranean world; and enjoy and examine the expanding eco-tourism of the Dead Sea and mountainous Ajloun. Ultimately, we seek to understand how this long historical past inflects contemporary political relationships with the large Palestinian population and neighboring Israel, Syria and Iraq, and how Jordan has remained so safe and stable in the modern period.

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2023 Block 1 Topics in History: 19th Century Paris: Art and Cultural History Topic Details Tip Ragan, Gale Murray Taught Abroad 001 15 / 1 05/25/2024
Fall 2023 Block 1 Topics in History: Rise of American Sport Topic Details Jamal Ratchford Palmer Hall 216 25 / 10 05/25/2024
Fall 2023 Block 1 Topics in History: Community Organizing in the 20th Century USA Paul Adlerstein Palmer Hall 229 25 / 1 05/25/2024
Fall 2023 Block 2 Topics in History: Visions of the End Topic Details Carol Neel Palmer Hall 233A 25 / 1 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block H Topics in History: The History and Future of the Book Topic Details Jessy Randall, Steve Lawson Tutt Library 19/20 10 / 2 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block 5 Topics in History: Martyrs & Saints Topic Details Pamela Reaves Taught Abroad 001 25 / 13 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block 5 Topics in History: Book History and Materiality Topic Details Jared Richman Armstrong Hall 231 25 / 5 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block 5 Topics in History: Fashion, Power, and the Politics of Aesthetics Topic Details Jake Smith, Jennifer Golightly Palmer Hall 223 32 / 0 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block 6 Topics in History: Caste: Histories and Theories of Exclusion, Stigma and Discrimination Purvi Mehta Palmer Hall 225 25 / 1 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block 6 Topics in History: Modern Southeast Asia John Williams Palmer Hall 227 25 / 16 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block 7 Topics in History: Colonial Africa Topic Details Danielle Sanchez Palmer Hall 233A 25 / 10 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block 7 Topics in History: Art and Power Susan Ashley Taught Abroad 001 25 / 12 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block 8 Topics in History: American Sport and Society Topic Details Jamal Ratchford Palmer Hall 233A 25 / -4 05/25/2024
Spring 2024 Block 8 Topics in History: Global Africa Danielle Sanchez Palmer Hall 225 25 / 0 05/25/2024
Summer 2024 Block A Topics in History: Art of Greece & Rome Topic Details Sanjaya Thakur Taught Abroad 001 25 / 9 05/25/2024
Fall 2024 Block 1 Topics in History: Rise of Sport Topic Details Jamal Ratchford TBA 25 / 8 05/25/2024
Fall 2024 Block 1 Topics in History: Colonial Latin America Topic Details TBA 25 / 23 05/25/2024
Fall 2024 Block 3 Topics in History: Caste: Histories & Theories of Discrimination, Exclusion, and Stigma Topic Details Purvi Mehta TBA 25 / 22 05/25/2024
Fall 2024 Block 3 Topics in History: Modern Latin America Topic Details TBA 25 / 23 05/25/2024
Fall 2024 Block 4 Topics in History: Russia History in Russian Literature Alexei Pavlenko TBA 25 / 22 05/25/2024
Fall 2024 Block 4 Topics in History: Islamic Cities Topic Details Jane Murphy TBA 25 / 20 05/25/2024
Spring 2025 Block H Topics in History: Trauma and Healing Topic Details Jamal Ratchford TBA 32 / 31 05/25/2024
Spring 2025 Block 6 Topics in History: Islam and Science Topic Details Jane Murphy TBA 25 / 25 05/25/2024
Spring 2025 Block 7 Topics in History: Prison: Representing the Past to Change the Future Topic Details Carol Neel TBA 25 / 25 05/25/2024
Spring 2025 Block 8 Topics in History: The Korean War Topic Details John Williams TBA 25 / 25 05/25/2024
Spring 2025 Block 8 Topics in History: Hollywood Rainbows: Queer Cinema in the United States Topic Details Tip Ragan TBA 25 / 25 05/25/2024
Spring 2025 Block 8 Topics in History: American Sport and Society Topic Details Jamal Ratchford TBA 25 / 25 05/25/2024
Spring 2025 Block 8 Topics in History: Cutpurses and Courtesans: Criminal Identities in 18th-Century Britain Topic Details Jennifer Golightly TBA 25 / 25 05/25/2024
Spring 2025 Block 8 Topics in History: Colonial Africa Topic Details Danielle Sanchez TBA 25 / 25 05/25/2024
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