Fall 2021  |  HIST 8910 Section 001: Topics in U.S. History -- New Approaches to African American History (35190)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
16 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue 04:00PM - 06:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 30
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics not covered in regular courses.
Class Description:
Although historians still largely research and write within the confines of the national boundaries that define their 'fields,' (like U.S. history), an increasing number of scholars have begun to use the lens of transnationalism to make visible how groups, ideologies, culture, capital, laws, and movements move across borders and nations. This course is a one semester readings and research seminar that examines the United States from various transnational perspectives. Topics will vary according to student research interests, but some common questions might revolve around racial formations, American imperialism, gender and sexuality, migration and diasporas, border lands and border zones, transnational identities and networks, law and policy, popular culture, international relations and politics. This seminar introduces students to recent theory and scholarship on transnational U.S. history and U.S. and the world. The first third of the semester will be organized in seminar format, with course participants engaged in scholarly debates, discussions, and conference-style presentations of the readings. This format will ideally help prepare students to engage in the range of scholarly activities that are central to the work of an academic. The rest of the semester will be devoted to individual research projects; a 20-30 page paper based on original research. We will spend the last few weeks engaged in paper presentations in conference format with student discussants.
50% Reports/Papers
10% In-class Presentations
40% Class Participation
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
22 November 2011

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