Africa in World
Perspective: This course is an introduction to Africa. While our
attention and work is centered on the continent of Africa, at every major
step we will be moving outward to the larger African world and
Europe/North America--hence the title "Africa in World
American History to
1877: This course offers an interpretive overview of American history
from the European invasion of North America, beginning in the late
fifteenth century, through the American Civil War and Reconstruction in
the mid-nineteenth century. We focus on the changing aspirations and
behavior of ordinary Americans, as well as on the transformative
achievements of the powerful and famous.
African History: This course is designed as an introduction to the
history of Ancient Africa. It begins with the origins of humankind in
prehistoric Africa and ends with the Age of European expansionism,
approximately the 16th century. It would be impossible to cover a
continent as vast as Africa during one semester. Therefore I have chosen
several regions and states as the focus for the course. The exclusion of
other areas/states does not imply their insignificance but is usually
related to the type of materials available for undergraduate reading.
History and Appreciation:In this course you will investigate a
representative sampling of the art of the world. This statement means that
you will spend time looking at pictures of objects that are widely
recognized and accepted as works of art by art professionals. Some
selections may challenge your current definition of art. This
challenge is to be expected. People, including art scholars, have argued
the definition of art for thousands of years! Why shouldn't you
ask some of the same questions?
The Center for History and New Media: A
collaborative effort between the George Mason University History Department
and the American Social History Project, this Center features a comprehensive
list of teaching resources including, The New Media Classroom, Online
Syllabi and Courses, The Composition in Cyberspace Project, and a link to
Social Studies Resources for Teachers maintained by Robert J Konczal,
under the direction of Dr. Fred Risinger at the Indiana University School
Fire and the Web of Memory: The exhibition was created entirely from
materials in the Chicago Historical Society's Collections including
documents, newspapers, books, paintings, photographs, and three
dimensional artifacts. With the assistance of the Office of Instructional
Technology at Northwestern and with the expert guidance of Professor Carl
Smith, author of a very important book on the Fire, the Historical Society
was able to create an online resource unlike any other. The Chicago
Historical Society is also an H-Net Regional Center.
War to the Present: History 102, American History: Civil War to the
Present, taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by Professor
Stanley K. Schultz, is survey course in American history. Lecture topics
will be focused on (I) The reconstruction of American Society, 1865-1917,
(II) The reordering of American society, 1880's-1970's, and (III) The
thousand days of knights: The Kennedy years.
Electronic Blackboard: Using Multimedia to Teach a College Level US
History Course: This article by Professor John F. Reynolds of the
University of Texas at San Antonio was first presented at the Annual
Meeting of the American Historical Association in January 1997. Links
to Professor Reynold's class syllabus and related resources can also be
located on this site. The University of Texas at San Antonio is also an
H-Net Regional Center.
Empire of Nature...(A graduate Seminar, UC-Santa Cruz): An
interdisciplinary graduate seminar directed at students from the natural
and social sciences and history, who work on environmental topics. It is
concerned with exploring the utility of historical analysis for
understanding contemporary human-ecological problems.
History of the Americas (U of Dayton): This course compares and
contrasts the histories of conservationism and environmentalism in the
United States, Canada and Latin America. It will also examine the
histories of certain transboundary issues such as water rights and acid
rain. The course aims at developing a sense of the gradual globalization
of concerns for and actions about the environment.
Environmental History of the US(U of Wisconsin-Madison): This course concerns
itself with relationships between social change and ecology in what is now
the United States. The basic premise is that the "natural" environment is
an active participant in human affairs, not a passive object to be
developed, contemplated, or "preserved". One need not be a committed
environmentalist to find this course worthwhile; the focus here will be on
non-human nature as a particular, important but little-understood aspect
of human experience rather than on environmentalism per se. The course
treats ecology, social change, and people's changing views of their place
in nature as an interactive whole so as to provide different perspectives
on what we are as people, both in relation to the non-human world and to
each other. A major goal of the course, however, is to enhance students'
ability to understand and to make their own decisions on current
380: People and Production in South Africa: This course explores the
history of interactions between humans and the environment in South
Africa, focusing particularly on food production. [The historical
treatment of industrial production including mining, has little
consideration of environmental issues, and we will consider these
important issues only in our discussion of contemporary conditions.]
History Courses at the
University of Virginia: The University of Virginia History department,
located at (http://www.virginia.edu/~history/home.html) also features a
number of online course initiatives. Of particular note are HIUS 323,
"Nineteenth Century South" taught by Prof. Ed Ayers, HIUS 316, "Viewing
America" taught by Prof. Brian Balogh, and HIUS 324, "The American South
in the Twentieth Century" taught by Scot A. French. The University of
Virginia is also an H-Net Regional Center.
of Private Life: Created by Professor Steven Mintz, this on-line
course at the University of Houston includes extensive "screen shows" and
on-line resources as well as a class listserv. The University of Houston
is also an H-Net Regional Center.
and History at UCLA: Developed by Professor Jan Reiff, this course
explores hypermedia theory and its application to the presentation of
historical information. Offered in winter 1996 to five UCLA undergraduates,
eight UCLA graduate students, and auditors from California State
University at Fullerton and local historical hypermedia projects, this
syllabus was also used at universities in Michigan and Illinois. UCLA is
also an H-Net Regional Center.
Japan: The course will cover Japanese history from 1600 to the
present. Topics to be discussed include the Tokugawa shogunate, the Meiji
Restoration, the rise of imperialism, the creation of an empire, WWII, the
dropping of the atom bomb and the post-war recovery of Japan.
Premodern China: The course will provide a general survey of Chinese
history from the Shang Dynasty (1766-1027 B.C.) to the Manchu conquest of
1644 A.D. Besides highlighting the major developments of each dynasty, the
course will devote special attention to the Confucian and Legalist
underpinings of the Chinese empire, the influence of Buddhism on Chinese
society, the emergence of gentry culture and the civil service examination
system, and the phenomenon of "barbarian" conquest.
knowledge Network for the Mississippi River Basin: During 1996 and
1997, an alliance of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
(NCSA), the Geographical Modeling Systems Laboratory and History
Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Illinois
State Museum and several other prospective partners, worked locally,
regionally and nationally with numerous organizations in education,
business and government to develop a multifaceted education and outreach
program called RiverWeb. Based on both the WWW and CD-ROM, this project
involves a number of components, including the "Living WebTM," a
multifaceted program of training, education and outreach projects centered
on the Web and targeted at schools, colleges, libraries and their
communities. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is also an
H-Net Regional Center.
Showcase: I've got one main goal with this class, and that's to have
fun. That's not to say that I don't think we'll be covering some really,
really important and weighty issues, of course. But the first priority is
to have some fun in doing it. The difficult thing for me was actually
whittling this class down to one semester's worth of material. Also, it
was hard to choose which books to order: there's so many good ones to
choose from. There's a big book list for this course, but I feel very
certain that most or all of the students in the class will be happy with
most or all of these books: they are all very readable, interesting works.
University of Illinois Text Project (Text96): UI-TEXT96 has scanned
and converted to simple HTML text 30,000 pages of historical
documents--primary sources. This textbase will be used for supplementary
reading and termpaper assignments in the freshman and sophomore history
survey courses in US History and Western Civilization at UIC and UIUC. The
textbase will be stored on the World Wide Web and become a permanent asset
for teachers and students.
The University of
Wisconsin Student History Network: During the summer of 1996 fifteen
UW System historians began to craft the following Web pages and email
lists for their students in U.S. history and World history courses.
Participating historians-turned-webmeisters came from a dozen campuses
across the state. The goal of this project is to foster an exciting
learning process via cyberspace that supplements current classroom
activities--that is, to create an innovative, active form of distance
learning. Each of the menu choices on their webpage is designed to take
students through a self-paced learning project as well as to help
stimulate discussion on our statewide, student-centered email listservs.
The University of Wisconsin at Eau-Claire is also an H-Net Regional
Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War:
This well known project has been pioneered the field of multimedia
resources. A course on "Digital History and the American Civil War" which
relates to this resource is also planned for the near future. Students in
this four-hour course, aided by the Teaching with Technology Initiative,
will integrate social, military, and political history with techniques of
scanning, image manipulation, and web authoring. Using official records,
newspapers, censuses, pensions, diaries, letters, and other sources from
the Civil War era, student will create both web sites and historical
narratives related to the two communities featured in the Valley of the
Shadow Project, a web and CD effort based at the University of Virginia.
The UVa is also an H-Net Regional Center.
History Center at Northeastern University: The mission of the World
History Center is to create a nexus of sustained and collaborative work on
research and curriculum in world history, in order to coordinate and
consolidate work in this new, growing and important area of historical
scholarship and teaching. The objectives of the World History Center fall
into three areas: (1) to conduct research in world history, (2) to develop
teaching materials for world history at secondary, undergraduate and
graduate levels based on recent research and conceptualization, and (3) to
develop institutional structures facilitating the study of world history.
The World History Center at Northeastern University is also an H-Net
Regional Center. Included in this site are collections of bibliographies,
text reviews, reviews of books and media, lesson plans and links to
related internet sites as well as information about, and exerpts from,
CD-ROMs such as the IMMIGRANT project.