W10 Genocide in World History. This course examines incidents of genocide and human suffering in world history, with a focus on the twentieth century. It explores historical conditions that contributed to large-scale atrocities, as well as the world community's response to such events. Using primary and secondary historical works, documentaries, and films, attention will be given to historical memory and the moral challenges historians face in unearthing stories of genocide and suffering. Topics include (but are not limited to) Armenia , the Holocaust, Cambodia , Rwanda , and Sudan . Student evaluation is based on class participation and several brief critical writings on the readings and films. It is the purpose of this course to develop in students an informed historical understanding of past genocide and to work toward a sophisticated moral engagement with the problem of genocide in the modern world. K. du Mez. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W80 The American Revolution. This course will examine the coming, course, and consequences of the American Revolution. At the heart of this process was the War for Independence , but at the time and ever since people have disagreed about the relationship between the two. Were the War and the Revolution the same? If not, which one came first? Did the War (or the Revolution) produce a more radical or more conservative outcome than the participants intended? How does the American compare with other revolutions? What have been the enduring consequences of this process of nation formation in subsequent American history? From considering such questions, students should take from the course a sound and fairly sophisticated understanding of the origins of the United States as an independent nation. To that end we will examine the aftermath of the French and Indian War when a rift began to grow between Great Britain and her North American colonies, the political ideologies involved, the conduct of the war itself, and the postwar unrest that led to the writing of the Constitution. We will conclude with some readings analyzing the process as a whole in comparative perspective. The Revolution involved a great variety of actors, motives, and interests, not just among the Patriots but also among Loyalists, Indians, and African-Americans. We will therefore give special attention to the various interpretations that historians have made of the Revolution, including popular film and fictional depictions. Students will make a class presentation and write a paper on a particular figure, battle, or aspect of these events; and will write a take-home exam on an interpretation of the Revolutionary process as a whole. Prerequisite: one course in History. Suitable for elective credit within the major. J. Bratt. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
294 Research Methods in History (two semester hours). This course is an introduction to historical sources, bibliography, and research techniques, by giving particular attention to the different genres of history writing, the mechanics of professional notation, critical use of print and electronic research databases, and the development of critical reading skills with respect to historical exposition and argumentation. In this letter-graded course, evaluation is based on several reports, essays, and a final exam. Prerequisite: one course in history or permission of the instructor. NOTE: This is a required two-semester hour course in the history major. K . Maag. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
375 Social Studies Methods . This course introduces prospective teachers to important curricular and pedagogical issues related to teaching history and social studies at the middle and high school level. It examines the links between a Christian understanding of human nature, pedagogy, curricular standards, lesson planning and curriculum construction, teaching resources, classroom methods, and assessment instruments. Prerequisites: EDUC 302-303 or permission of the instructor. R. Schoone-Jongen. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W26 Model Arab League . D. Howard.
IDIS W40 Guatemala 's Historic Paradox. B. deVries, D. Miller.