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2C World History

Survey of the peoples, cultures, and social, economic, and political systems that have characterized the world’s major civilizations in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania from 1700 to present.

4A World History

Prehistory to 800 CE. History 4A introduces students to the histories of the ancient Near East, North Africa and Europe, an understanding of which is important for studying later European history. Lectures and readings examine cultural, economic, intellectual, military, political, religious, and other aspects of the period. Weekly small group sections in which students discuss historical sources and methods are an essential part of this course.

4C Modern Europe

Survey of the history of Modern Europe, 1650-present. Discusses the major social, political, religious, and cultural characteristics and developments of the period, as well as key interactions between Europe and other parts of the world. Weekly discussion sections are an important feature of this course, enabling students to develop and expand upon material presented during the lecture hour.

8B Intro. Histo Lat. Am., Nationl

History 8A-B are general survey courses designed to introduce students to major themes in Latin American history. This course encompasses the crisis of colonial rule in the late eighteenth century, independence wars in the early nineteenth century, and the birth and transformations of independent republics from Mexico through the Caribbean to the Andes and the Southern Cone, into the twenty-first century. The course emphasizes the diversity of the Latin American experience with special attention to political processes and social transformations including revolutions, slavery and its legacies, and the struggle for citizenship and democracy, with particular attention to the working classes and ingenious movements.  

Méndez Gastelumendi  
9 Methods & Theories

Through studying a particular topic in history, students gain insight into historical methods and skills. Course designed for freshmen and sophomore history majors or prospective majors. Others may enroll by permission of instructor. Topics vary by quarter and instructor.

9 Methods & Theories

In this course, you will learn how historians, art historians, archaeologists, journalists and creative professional have interpreted different types of primary sources, including received texts, inscriptions, archaeological data from tombs and settlement sites, sculpture, paintings, and other works of art and architecture concerning the reign of Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) in Egypt. We will pay close attention to how they use evidence, and the nature of their arguments and narrative structure. You will then model these practices in your own interpretation of this pharaoh and his times.

17C American Peoples

World War I to the present. A survey of the leading issues in american lifefrom colonial times to the present. The course focuses on politics, cultural development, social conflict, economic life, foreign policy, and influential ideas. Features discussion sections.

46A The Middle East from Muhammad to the Nineteenth Century

Introduces students to the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam until the nineteenth-century Ottoman reforms known as the Tanzimat. Subjects covered include the early caliphates, the influence of Turkic and Mongolian peoples on the region, the Crusades and jihad, the Ottoman and Safavid dynasties, and the interactions between people of different cultural and religious backgrounds in the region.

46MI Modern Iran and Global Politics

Modern Iranian history from the 1906 Constitutional Revolution to the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the post- revolutionary years. Shi’i Islam, the rise of nationalism, the quest for modernization, democracy and authoritarianism, and imperialism and politics of oil.

49C Survey of African History

1945 to present. History 49-A- B-C is a general survey course designed to introduce students to major themes in African history. The course focuses on colonialism and decolonization, nationalism and self-liberation, development and neocolonialism, Cold War contexts, as well as African experiences of independence and the everyday in our contemporary, global world. Weekly discussion sections are an important feature of this course, enabling students to develop and expand upon material presented during lecture.

101SR Research seminar in the History of Sexuality

Undergraduate research seminar exploring the histories of sex and sexuality from the late-18th through to the 21st century. Focuses on the changing social, cultural, legal, and political meanings of sex and sexuality in its varied forms. Students conduct historical research in a seminar context, using both primary and secondary source materials, to produce an original and substantial research paper.

109T Machines, People, & Politics: Histories of Modern Technologies

Surveys social history of technology in American life with attention to 19th and 20th centuries. Focuses on history of U.S. industrialization, the place of innovation in U.S. history, and role of technology in intellectual, political, and social life.

111F Achaemenid Persia

History of the Persian Empire from its formation under Cyrus II of Anshan (r. 559-530 BCE) to the conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (356-323 BCE).

144F US Border Through Film

Using historical and contemporary films, this class examines and analyzes interpretations of the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the myriad of characters who roam the borderlands, including migrants, border patrol agents, smugglers, and humanitarians. The films include English- and Spanish-language popular films, independent films, and documentaries.

145B The Middle East II: The Era of Invasions, 1000-1500

The failure of the Caliphate and the search for a new political order; Turkish military and political domination; the structures of urban society; the rebirth of Persian literature; the classical formulations of Islamic religious thought.

147R  Undergraduate Research Seminar in African History
A seminar on a topic in African history. A research paper is required.
150CL Colonialism and Language

All colonial projects had to face the problem of linguistic differences. The ways in which they did so varied widely and are very revealing of their different ambitions, ideological foundations, and local circumstances. Explores the history of colonialism comparatively from the perspective of language, from the late fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, in the Americas, Africa, and Europe.

Cobo Betancourt  
151R Lat Am Research Seminar

A research seminar in Latin American history. Students will conduct historical research in a seminar context, using both primary and secondary source materials, to produce an original and substantial research paper. Topics addressed: defining a research problem, identifying an original topic, conducting research, citing sources, and presenting results. Intensive writing required.

Cobo Betancourt  
153A Honor, Race, Gender , Class

Explores the intersectionality of honor, gender, race, and class during the colonial period and the nineteenth century, in the Americas, with an emphasis in Iberoamerica. Looks into the ways in which these notes, ideas, or concepts served as a metaphor for policies, rights, inclusion, and discrimination. Through the reading of secondary and primary sources, we explore ways in which women and men from different backgrounds and ethnicities negotiated, internalized and resisted hegemonic, imposed assumptions about their honor or lack of it. Lastly, we consider ways in which the sequels of these assumptions linger up to the present and shape the way we perceive one another.

161R Seminar Early Am History

Students will conduct historical research in early American history in a seminar context. An original and substantial research paper is required.

166B US 20th Century: 1930-59
Political, cultural, social, and economic development of the United States from 1900 to the present: B. 1930-1959
167Q Labor Studies Internship Research Seminar
Readings and assignments assist students in using historical/social science methods to develop a 20-page research paper on some aspect of their internship.
170B A History of Social Policy in the United States

Study of the identification formation, and consequences of social policy in the U.S. over the past 200 years. Policies toward poverty, civil rights, family and population, health, education, crime, religion, and urban development are studied, among others.

174Q Capstone Seminar in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice
Required for instructor approval: HIST 74, HIST 196SJ (or equivalent internship), and two upper division electives toward the minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice.
Capstone seminar for the Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice. Students participate in structured discussion and in-depth reflection of the knowledge acquired through interdisciplinary coursework and internship experiences, to produce a final paper, series of essays or policy briefs, and/or other kinds of creative products in consultation with the course instructor. Students will present their work at a public symposium, providing an opportunity to hone their public speaking skills, while contributing to community understanding of how poverty and inequality can be addressed through purposive social research and action.
177 California History
California as a case study of national trends, and as a unique setting with its special problems and culture.
184R Undergrad Seminar in Early Chinese History

Specific topics will differ from year to year. Through readings and discussion students will explore a topic or problem in the history of Pre-Modern China. The course will culminate with a 10-20 page research paper.

185B Modern China from 1911
The fall of the dynastic system, the revolution against traditional values, the rise of the Nationalist Party, the challenge from the Communists, the founding of the People’s Republic, and the Post-Mao reform, focusing on the theme of revolution.
185T Chinese Thought
Leads students to understand some of the most important ideas, theories, and concepts in Modern China.  
187C Recent Japan
The history of Japan since World War II, dealing with the American occupation, economic recovery and growth, social change, and political development.
187S Samurai
The samurai of Japan were a hereditary military class that evolved over a millennium. Course traces this history and clarifies the range of differences that separated samurai in each era as their roles and ideologies changed.
189M South Asian Public Culture
Historical and contemporary forms of South Asian expressive and popular culture, including cinema, television, popular music, material culture, performance, and literature. Focuses on relations among popular culture, everyday life and social history in post-colonial South Asia.
195IB Senior Thesis – Public Policy
8 units of credit will be awarded at the end of two quarters assigned for the thesis. A two-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of History 195IB.
A two-quarter individual research project, under the direction of a history professor selected with the advice of the departmental adviser to public policy students.
David Stein
196JA/B/C Journalism Internship

Through this year-long internship, students work under faculty direction to produce an issue of the UCSB History Department’s Undergraduate Journal. Students meet every two weeks and gain practical experience in scholarly publishing disseminating calls for papers, soliciting undergraduate contributions, locating peer reviewers, facilitating revisions with authors, and bibliographic and copywriting work. They also gain a working knowledge of the UCSB Library’s online publication platform, which will host the journal. Students utilize various digital humanities tools – podcasts, social media, and websites – to promote the undergraduate research being published in Journal as well as host an annual showcase of scholars’ work.

196SJ  Internship in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice
This course fulfills a requirement for the Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice. Must be taken for a letter grade.
Students gain practical experience by working in organizations or initiatives engaged in addressing poverty and inequality through policy analysis, advocacy, direct social provision, community action, and/or political organizing. Opportunities to cultivate problem-solving, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills needed to work effectively in institutional or collectively organized settings and to gain exposure to professional, post-graduate educational and training, and related career opportunities in anti-poverty and social justice fields. Students work under faculty supervision to produce reports, a research paper, or other types of creative material based on their experiences.
201E Latin Paleography
A reading course in a field of the professor’s specialty. Introduces the student to the sources and literature of the field in question. Written work as prescribed by the instructor. E. Europe.
201RE HIST 201RE

A reading course in a field of the professor’s specialty. Introduces the student to the sources and literature of the field in question. Written work as prescribed by the instructor. RE. Race and Ethnicity

204 Research Workshop
May qualify by petition for graduate research seminar credit when combined with a History 596 in which the student has developed a research proposal for this course.
Practicum in the writing and critiquing of specialized research papers in all fields of history. May be repeated for credit. May qualify by petition for graduate research seminar credit when combined with a History 596 in which the student has developed a research proposal for this course.
215A Seminar in Medieval History
A two-quarter course.
221A Research Seminar in Transnational Empire
A two-quarter research seminar that explores the history of modern empire from a transnational perspective. Open to graduate students in any area field.
223B Seminar in Modern European History
A research seminar in selected topics in the history of Europe, 1815 to the present. A two-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of History 223B.
266B Seminar in Recent US Hist
A research seminar for graduate students interested in any aspect of recent U.S. history.
282E Empire and Decolonization in South Asia
This graduate reading course on Empire and Decolonization in South Asia introduces students to important literature on the history of the Mughal, British, French, and Portuguese empires in the South Asian subcontinent. The course covers the activities of the Mughal State, European East India companies, the establishment of British imperialism, and Partition. The course also tracks key moments and problems in the course of South Asia’s experiments with decolonization since the late 19th Century. This course trains graduate students to analyze the contingencies and violence of imperial rule, the tense oppositions to colonial ambition, and the politics of difference under empire and post-colonial nation-states.
287J  Reinventing “Japan” Colloquium
This year long interdisciplinary colloquium brings together graduate students who study Japanese history and culture. It introduces current scholarship on Japan via readings, discussions and presentations by visiting scholars, UCSB scholars and graduate students. The colloquium meets bi- weekly. Students will prepare readings for discussion, write a seminar-length paper and present their paper to the colloquium once during the year.
292C Foundations of U.S. History, 1846 to 1917
A colloquium introducing the important issues, themes, and literature in the history of the United States, from 1917 to the present. Historiographical in nature, the course assumes a basic familiarity with the period.
294 Work, Labor, and Political Economy
Hosts leading scholars of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. whose work touches upon the history and character of work, employment, labor, poverty, race, ethnicity, political economy, and public policy. The colloquium meets three to four times per quarter.
295GS Gender and Sexuality Workshop

This year-long interdisciplinary colloquium brings together graduate students and UCSB scholars who study the histories of women, gender, or sexuality across time and space. It introduces students to current literature and contemporary debates through readings, discussion, and public presentations by visiting scholars, UCSB scholars, and graduate students. Participants will meet every other week. Preparation might include coordinating readings for discussion, writing a chapter/article for peer review, or presenting original research to colloquium members.

295TS Worskshop in Technology and Science

Writing/reading workshop, professionalization seminar, and guest lecture series for graduate students working in area of history of science/technology. Meets monthly throughout the academic year.