|/ME ST 200A||Interdisciplinary Approaches to Medieval Studies
Students attend and write responses to papers by visiting lecturers on topics in various fields of Medieval Studies. Themes will vary from year to year.
Enrollment Comments: Students enroll in the course for the entire Academic year. They attend and write papers on quarterly colloquia. A three- quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for all quarters issued upon completion of Medieval Studies 200C.
The course will meet about five times a quarter. It is a three-quarter in-progress course, so students will be expected to take it throughout the academic year. The topics of our discussion will be on the current and evolving interests of research in interdisciplinary Medieval Studies such as gender in Medieval culture, plague and society, the use of concepts of Medieval Europe in contemporary politics, ideas about race in Europe, and Europe and the wider world, among others.
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 prehistory to 1000 CE.
|Asynchronous lecture||Synchronous discussion sections||Online||Barbieri  |
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 2BH.
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 1000 to 1700 CE.
|Asynchronous lecture||Synchronous discussion sections||Online||Cobo  |
|8||Intro to Latin American History
Deals with major issues in Latin America’s historical formation: pre-Hispanic cultures, Spanish conquest, role of colonial institutions, development of trade, eighteenth- century reform, independence, formation of nations; and identify major issues in current Latin American affairs.
|Asynchronous lecture||Synchronous discussion sections||Online||Araiza Kokinis  |
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.
|17A||The American People
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 17AH.
Colonial through Jacksonian era. A survey of the leading issues in American life from colonial times to the present. The course focuses on politics, cultural development, social conflict, economic life, foreign policy, and influential ideas. Features discussion sections.
|Asynchronous lecture||Synchronous discussion sections||Online||Moore  |
|46B||The Middle East: From the Nineteenth Century to the Present
Repeat Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 46.
A general introduction to the history, politics, culture, and social life of the modern Middle East. Begins with the nineteenth century Ottoman reforms known as the Tanzimat and moves on to cover capitalist consolidation, the rise of European colonialism, the state-building process, social movements, Cold War politics, and the growth of the oil industry. Pays particular attention to how twentieth century transformations shaped new modes of identification including nationalism and citizenship, feminism, sectarianism, pan-Arabism, Third Worldism, Islamism.
|Asynchronous lecture||Synchronous discussion sections||Online||Seikaly  |
|49C||Survey of African History
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Black Studies 49C. Not open for credit to students who have completed History 49C.
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.
|Asynchronous lecture||Synchronous discussion sections||Online||Chikowero  |
|74||Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice in Historical and Global Context
Enrollment Comments: This class is an introduction and prerequisite for the Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice.
Historical and interdisciplinary perspectives on poverty and inequality globally and in the U.S., tracing structural transformations, shifting modes of thought, policy, and action, dynamics of class, racial, gender, ethnic and geographic stratification, and major theoretical debates from antiquity through the present. Course features guest lectures to introduce students to varied conceptual and methodological approaches to studying poverty and inequality, and draws on readings, discussion, writing, and related assignments to explore issues within a social justice framework.
|Asynchronous lecture||Synchronous discussion sections||Online||O'Connor  |
|107S||History of Biology and Society
Explores the social dimensions of modern biology and the biological dimensions of some of the contemporary social issues. A range of topics will vary year to year, including eugenics in the US and the Lysenko affair in the Soviet Union, the entanglements of biology and society in the early Cold War, and the commercialization of biology in the 1970s, as well debates that have taken place in the wider community about identity, citizenship, governance, ownership, human well-being, and expertise in relation to these developments in modern biology.
|Asynchronous lecture||Online||Aronova  |
|111R||Research Seminar in Greek History
Undergraduate research seminar focusing on ancient Greece and West Asia. Students select research topic in consultation with instructor, conduct individual research, write multiple paper drafts, and submit final research paper of 15-20 pages.
Explores the rich multicultural worlds of medieval Italy, 1000-1300: the Greek south and Muslim Sicily; Norman military conquest and their extraordinary multiethnic aristocratic courts; the commercial revolution and the fluid society of the towns; papal monarchy and religious reactions: saints and heretics; the brutal factional wars of the thirteenth century; popular stories and poetry. The course ends with Dante?s Inferno.
|Asynchronous lecture||Online||Lansing  |
The cultural, political, social, and gender history of the Italian city republics and court societies. Examination of how contemporaries viewed their own society, in an attempt to answer the intriguing question of what was the Italian Renaissance.
|Asynchronous lecture||Online||Bouley  |
|121R||Undergraduate Research Seminar in Early Modern Europe, 1450-1700
Recommended Preparation: History 9
A seminar in early modern European history, 1450-1700. Students develop research skills and use them to complete a research topic of their choice in early modern European history. Emphases will vary with instructor and offering.
|123Q/201C||Topics in Twentieth-Century Europe/Advanced Historical Literature – Comparative
A hybrid undergraduate/graduate student seminar.
HIST 123Q: Topics in twentieth-century European history. Format varies according to topic.
HIST 201C: A reading course in a field of the professor’s specialty. Introduces students to the sources and literature of the field in question. Written work as prescribed by the instructor.
Comparative Revolutions and Communism
This course will examine the history of revolutions and communism in comparative perspective, with a particular focus on the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China. Topics will include the influence and memory of the French revolution among 20th century revolutionaries; constitutional revolutions in Russia and China; the evolution of communist ideology; communist revolutions in Russia and China; cultural revolution and personality cults; peasants under communism; political terror; nations and nationalism under communism; and the interrelations of the world’s two largest communist states.
|M||10:00am-12:50pm||Online||Edgar  Zheng  |
|123C||Europe Since Hitler
European history from the end of World War II to the present.
|129C||Europe in the Seventeenth Century
Economic, social, political, and intellectual history of the eighteenth century. 1715 to 1763.
|129Q||Readings in Early Modern Europe
Recommended Preparation: Hist 9 and Writ 109HU
This course will be a discussion, reading of a single document, and critique of your peers’ papers. Certain principles and rules for the study of history will be discussed. The main thrust of the course, however, is the analysis and writing of one or two short (500 to 600) word papers on some excerpts translated from one of Richelieu’s most famous writings, The Political Testament.
Read more about the Fall 2020 offering here: For-whom-did-the-Bayle-Toil (2)
Examines how and why a small nation in the North Atlantic developed and lost a vast empire whose influence was felt across the globe and is still detected today. Also examines the role of violence, slavery and other systems of unfree labor, state politics, gender and race, as well as the exchange of commodities, ideas and people in forging and breaking imperial ties. Considers shifting power dynamics between colonizer and colonized and the nature of local experiences in the colonies. By focusing on imperial encounters in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific, we ask how Britain and its colonies shaped each other’s histories before, during and long after the heyday of European overseas empire.
|142AL||American Legal Constitutional History
Recommended Preparation: Hist 9 or WRIT 109HU
The U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on the nation?s most significant social questions ranging from segregation to same-sex marriage and women?s work. Designed to put these and other decisions in proper context, this course covers U.S. legal history from the founding period to the present, with special attention to the evolution of legal conceptions of property, race and gender, civil rights, and criminal justice. Students must read critically and make arguments based on evidence.
|145B||The Middle East II: The Era of Invasions, 1000-1500
Recommended Preparation: History 145A.
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.
|Asynchronous lecture||Online||Sabra  |
|151FQ||Latin American History through Film
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units.
A weekly seminar discussing films relevant to different periods and topics in the history of Latin America combined with selected readings. Written assignments required.
|W||4-6:50pm||Online||Méndez Gastelumendi  |
|159B||Women in American History
Social history of women in America from 1800 to 1900. Changing marriage, reproduction and work patterns, and cultural values about the female role. Attention to racial, class and ethnic differences. Analysis of feminist thought and the several women’s movements.
Enrollment Comments: This course is cross-listed with Feminist Studies 159B. History department majors/minors can sign up for either side of the course, and it will still apply to your major requirements.
|Asynchronous lecture||Online||Case  |
|164C||Civil War and Reconstruction
A history of the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century. Emphasis is placed on the causes of the Civil War, the outstanding developments of the war itself, and the major consequences of the reconstruction period.
|Asynchronous lecture||Online||Perrone  |
|167CB||Capital and Class in 20th Century America
A survey of American workers from the turn of the century to the present period. Topics include workers and American socialism, the 1919 steel strike, the rise of the CIO, labor and the cold war, and deindustrialization and workers.
|168CR||Undergraduate Research Seminar in Chicano History
Recommended Preparation: History 9 or WRIT 109HU
Studies in selected aspects of Chicano history and the United States-Mexico borderlands with an emphasis on social and economic history.
|168A||History of the Chicanos
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Chicano Studies 168B.
The history of the Chicanos from 1900 to the present. Explores issues such as immigration, second-generation experience, civil rights struggles, the Chicano Movement, the post-Chicano Movement, the role of women in Chicano history, and the new Latino millennials of the 21st century.
|170A||A History of Social Policy in the United States
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 148A or 148B.
Study of the identification, formation, and consequences of social policy in the United States over the past 200 years. Policies toward poverty, civil rights, family and population, health, education, crime, religion, and urban development are studied, among others.
|174B||Wealth and Poverty in America
Changing patterns and conceptions of inequality, seventeenth century to present. Examines influence of economic transformation, race, gender, class, attitudes towards work and welfare, social movements, social knowledge, law and public policy on opportunity, income, status, and power.Divides at Civil War and World War II.
|177||History of California
California as a case study of national trends, and as a unique setting with its special problems and culture.
|Asynchronous lecture||Online||Chavez-Garcia  |
|185A||Modern Chinese History
The Qing period saw the doubling of China’s territory, the enormous population growth, and the many encounters with the West. We will examine the politics, cultures, social norms, and different peoples, with a focus on the problem of modernization.
Enrollment Comments: This course is cross-listed with Chinese 185A. History department majors/minors can sign up for either side of the course, and it will still apply to your major requirements.
|187A||History of Japan
A survey of Japanese social and cultural history from the mid-sixteenth century to the nineteenth century.
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed History 191.
Topical history course to explore the field of public history. Course explores preservation, government, media, historical societies and museums, archives, and teaching of public history. Emphasis on field surveys and case studies.
|194AH||Senior Honors Seminar
Recommended Preparation: Writing 109HU.
Enrollment Comments: A 2-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of History 194BH. All 8 of the units may be applied toward the major.
Students taking part in departmental honors program will write a senior thesis on a research topic of suitable depth under close supervision of faculty mentors.
|196JA-JC||Internship in Scholarly Publishing
Through this year-long internship, students will work under faculty direction to produce an issue of the UCSB History Department’s Undergraduate Journal. Students will 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 will also gain a working knowledge of the UCSB Library’s online publication platform, which will host the journal. Students will utilize various digital humanities tools – podcasts, social media, websites – to promote the undergraduate research being published in Journal as well as host an annual showcase of scholars’ work.
Enrollment comments: This is part one of a two quarter internship. Students will earn 4 units total upon completion of HIST 196JA and 196JB. Use HIST 196JC to earn credit for journal participation beyond two quarters.
|201AS||Advanced Historical Literature: Asia
A reading course in a field of the professor’s specialty. Introduces the student to the sources and literature of the field in question (Japanese history). Written work as prescribed by the instructor. (Usually offered quarterly.)
Same course as East Asian Cultural Studies 201AS.
I will be teaching the advanced readings course Hist 201AS in the fall and all graduate students are welcome.
This year’s title will be “Gender in Early Modern and Imperial Japan 1600-1945”
We will explore the history of gender in Tokugawa (1600-1867) and Imperial (1868-1945) Japan in this reading and discussion course. Readings will include key works such as Amy Stanley’s recent A Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and her World and the now classic Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600–1950 by Greg Pflugfelder, and also some translated works by Japanese scholars. Additionally we will engage some readings not about Japan, such as Amia Srinivasan’s recent “He, She, One, They, Ho, Hus, Hum, Ita” for comparative and theoretical consideration.
|201AF||Advanced Historical Literature: Africa
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit. Open to both M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.
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. AF. Africa.
HIST 201AM. Advanced
|201AM||Advanced Historical Literature: America (Race after Slavery)
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit. Open to both M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.
Fall 2020: Race after Slavery
In light of the intensified calls for racial justice after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others, this course seeks to root anti-black violence, political disfranchisement, and white supremacy in the context of postbellum American history. It will explore the evolution of racial ideologies and discourses in the United States after the Civil War, investigate how they were applied to black Americans and other racial groups, consider their lasting legacies, and contextualize our present moment in this longer narrative.
We will design our syllabus together. Students who wish to enroll in or audit this course should email me for access to the list of possible readings. I will set the final syllabus based on your suggestions. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the emergence of Lost Cause rhetoric, racially motivated violence, convict leasing and the creation of the racialized penal state, anti-immigrant policies against Asian, South Asian, Mexican & Latin American peoples, the treatment of Native Americans, modern abolitionist movements, and examinations of the lives of those affected by racist policies and beliefs. These issues are politically charged, difficult to confront under the best of circumstances, and can be personally traumatic for students to encounter. Thus, we will proceed with sensitivity to one another as well as with scholarly rigor.
|201ME||Advanced Historical Literature: Middle East
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. ME. Middle East.
|215A||Research Seminar in Medieval History
A two-quarter course.
Fall 2020: This two-quarter course is designed to aid students to build research and writing skills, through developing and writing a research paper. The seminar is a community of scholars at various stages in their research. It draws students of premodern Europe and the Mediterranean, including people in ancient history, history of art, religious studies, English, French and Italian, even one brave (now very successful!) musicologist. Students in consultation with their advisors and the instructor use the seminar to test possible dissertation topics, which sometimes become articles. More advanced students often continue to work within the seminar as they write dissertation chapters. We develop bibliographies, discuss research guides and source collections, and work on translations. We also debate theoretical approaches to our work. During the first quarter students develop a prospectus and bibliography for their papers. In the second quarter they write them: the seminar becomes a writing group as we meet to discuss problems and challenges and read and comment on two rounds of rough drafts.
|223B||Research Seminar in Modern European History
Enrollment Comments: A two-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of History 223B.
A research seminar in selected topics in the history of Europe, 1815 to the present.
|266A||Research Seminar in Recent U.S. History
Research seminar in recent U.S. history. A research seminar for graduate students interested in any aspect of recent U.S. history.
History 266A is the first half of a two-quarter (F/W) research seminar designed to give graduate students an opportunity to explore a significant, originally-conceived topic in recent U.S. history, defined here as spanning 19th through the early 21st century. The course aims to provide a structured setting within which students can define, justify, and map out an approach to investigating a significant research topic; identify primary source materials and appropriate methods for accessing and analyzing them; develop an argument with reference to the existing secondary literature; prepare and receive comment on drafts; and participate in a workshop-like process of oral presentation and peer review of work in progress. Given the diversity of topics, approaches, and time periods this course aims to accommodate, assigned readings and discussion are meant to illustrate and explore the pragmatics of approach, method, organization, use of evidence and the like as much as to emphasize important developments and themes in U.S. history broadly conceived. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the topics others are pursuing in the course, in discussions of background readings assigned by their peers. And throughout we will talk about history as a way of writing as well as thinking and conducting research.
During the first quarter, students will concentrate on selecting and refining a viable research topic, preparing bibliographies of secondary and primary sources, identifying appropriate research strategies and methods and, by the end of the quarter, producing a 10-12 page prospectus that describes the substance and significance of the topic as a contribution to historical knowledge, presents the central research questions, identifies the key primary and secondary sources, reviews the relevant historiography, and lays out a coherent, feasible strategy for completing the project during the second half (266B) of the two-quarter sequence.
|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.
|292A||Foundations of U.S. History to 1846
A colloquium introducing the important issues, themes, and literature in the history of the United States, from colonial origins to 1846. Historiographical in nature, the course assumes a basic familiarity with the period.
|295GS||Gender and Sexualities 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 twice a month. Preparation might include coordinating readings for discussion, writing a chapter/article for peer review, or presenting original research to colloquium members.
|295PH||Public History Colloquium
A year-long professional colloquium on major topics and new work in Public History. Leading practitioners share theory and practice of the discipline in talks, workshops and occasional field visits. Relevant reading and writing assigned. Meets three to four times per quarter.
HISTORY 295PH (1 or 2 units), meets Fridays, 12-2:50 via Zoom;
One meeting per month (TBD), with public presentation from a working public historian/scholar/activist with faculty, students, staff and community covering major topics and new directions in Public History. Additional meetings as recommended, but not required. The last hour of each session (1:50-2:50) is reserved for enrolled students and instructor with (usually) the guest(s) to provide deeper response to and/or analysis of the required readings. Topics vary but are intended to represent some of the breadth and depth of public history scholarship and practice, both nationally and internationally. Brief response papers required (2-3 pp of all enrolled students) with those enrolled for 2 units completing a slightly longer (6-8 page) analysis on a mutually agreed-upon topic of public history literature. Colloquium runs all year, and students enroll each quarter for the number of units they prefer; students not enrolled may also, of course, attend the colloquium, which is open to the entire campus community.
|295TS||Workshop in the History of 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.