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Interim 2013


HIST W10 Vietnam & Cambodia: Legacy of Empire & 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 and discussing the material in class before departure. We then 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 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 will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 3 - 20. Fee: $4199. W. Van Vugt. Off campus.

HIST W60 Turkish Transformations. Few places in the world today match the complexities and ambiguities, or embody the confluence of ancient and modern, secular and sacred, European and Asian, Christian and Muslim, of Turkey. And in few places is the question of the role of religion in public life so pressing. This course explores the topic both historically, through evidence ranging from the Turkish conquest of the Greek Christian Byzantine Empire in the fourteenth century to the founding of the secular Turkish Republic in the twentieth, and by observing the society of contemporary Turkey. Site visits include Istanbul, Edirne, Bursa and Nicaea, Ankara, Ephesus and Pergamum. Readings introduce the inclusive vision of the human encounter with God of the medieval mystic Rumi; the history of the Christian-Jewish-Muslim encounter and dialogue in the Ottoman era through case studies; and the situation of modern Turkey through Muslim writers Bediüzzaman Said Nursi and Fethullah Gülen, hugely influential but little known in the West. Before departure students read a book and write a take-home test; while traveling students visit historic sites, listen to evening lectures, participate in and lead structured discussions, and keep a journal; on return students write an integrative paper. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: IDIS 150. Course dates: January 3-23. Fee: $4200. D. Howard. Off campus.

HIST 294 Research Methods in History (2 hours). This course, required for majors in history, and optional for minors, offers an introduction to historical sources, bibliography, and research techniques, giving particular attention to the different genres of history writing, the mechanics of professional notation, and critical use of print and electronic research data bases. The course is intended as preparation for 300-level courses. This class also focuses on the role of the Christian historian as a professional and a person of faith. Student learning objectives include learning how to analyze primary sources (measured through practice exercises and assessed document analysis; learning how to locate, evaluate, and cite a range of sources (measured through practice exercises and an assessed bibliography; and learning how to craft strong research papers in history (measured through assessed research paper). Evaluation is based on several reports, essays, and exercises as well as a final exam. Prerequisite: one course in history or permission of the instructor. B. Berglund. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W50 Film Noir and American Culture. J. Bratt, W. Romanowski. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

IDIS 375 Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary School Social Studies. R. Schoone-Jongen. 8:30 a.m. to noon.