W10 Vietnam and Cambodia: Legacy of Empire and War. This is an on-site course on the history and culture of Vietnam and Cambodia as it was affected by French colonialism and the ensuing war with the United States. Students prepare by reading a text on Vietnamese and Cambodian history; D. R. SarDesai’s Vietnam: Past and Present--and discussing the material in class before our departure. We travel to the main cities and sites where French colonialism and the war with the United States made their deepest impact. Places of focus will include Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, My Son, Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, and finally Cambodia. Students tour the main historical sites and talk with former soldiers and government officials in order to understand the history and culture of Vietnam, including the American War, from the Vietnamese perspective. Students record their thoughts in a journal and write an essay based on that journal and their readings and class discussions. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the History major. The dates for this course are January 3-24. Fee: $3,795 . W. Van Vugt. Off campus.
W11 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 Darfur. Student evaluation is based on class participation, presentations, 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. Kobes Du Mez. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W40 Museums for the 21st Century. Why is it that museums only seem to come alive at night? Western popular culture often perceives museums both as places of wonder and as out of touch with a modern, globalizing world. Yet these institutions hold immense potential to act not simply as keepers of arcane knowledge or preservers of material culture, but as vibrant centers of community life. Museums in the 21st Century briefly surveys the history and anthropology of museums using the latest in scholarship, seminar-style lectures, and hands-on site visits in Grand Rapids and Chicago. However, the course also seeks to move beyond current museum concepts, to explore their value as social spaces connecting people to other people, history, and culture. Of major concern is the future of museums, including their international value for cultural heritage and community development. Moreover, the class scrutinizes the role cutting-edge technology and media can play in defining the museum’s future. Participants complete regular readings, two brief exhibit reviews, and an original museum or exhibit proposal as a final project. Students are primarily evaluated on these endeavors, as well as in-class and on-site participation. Museums strongly encourages those interested to register, regardless of major. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the History major and Archaeology minor. Field trip fee: $150. P. Christians. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W80 Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Pre-Modern World. People have traveled all throughout history for a wide variety of reasons: trade, religious motivation, colonization, and pleasure. Whatever the reason, travel has a profound impact on the traveler often leading to self-discovery. This self-discovery stems in part from encountering people with different cultural values and world-views, which set one’s own understanding of the world into relief. This discovery can lead to utter bafflement or an individual completely altering his or her worldview, or to fear or a sense of superiority that leads to violence and oppression. Whatever the outcome encountering a truly foreign culture results in profound change. These changes are often documented by travelers and by those they encounter alike, and these accounts are wonderful sources for the study of world history. In this course students will read a variety of travel narratives dating from antiquity to the early-modern period including: Tacitus’ Germania, William of Rubruck, Ibn Battuta, Fulcher of Charte’s A History of the Expedition to Jerusalem, and the journals of Columbus. These accounts will describe travel undertaken for a number of different reasons, cover several regions of the world, and, where possible, be contrasted with accounts written by people the same travlers met. The course will be discussion oriented supplemented with videos, lectures, and slides. Students will give one in class presentation and write a five-page paper at the end of class. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the History major. Prerequsite: HIST 151 or 152 or permission of the instructor. B. Sutherland. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
294 Research Methods in History. 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. van Liere. 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 W27 Film Noir & American Culture. J. Bratt, W. Romanowski.
IDIS W40 Guatemala's Historic Paradox. D. Miller.
IDIS 306 Intro to Medieval Studies. F. Van Liere.