HSTRY 388 A: Colloquium: Introduction to History

Spring 2021
Meeting:
TTh 1:00pm - 2:20pm / * *
SLN:
15262
Section Type:
Seminar
Instructor:
"U.S./MEXICO BORDERLANDS AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR" SYNCHRONOUS OFFERED VIA REMOTE LEARNING AUDITORS NOT PERMITTED IN THIS COURSE. RESTRICTED TO HISTORY MAJORS ONLY IN PERIOD I. NON- MAJORS MAY REQUEST AN ADD CODE IN PERIOD II. EMAIL HISTADV@UW.EDU FOR ADD CODE.
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

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HSTRY 388 - War and Civil War in the US/Mexico Borderlands

This course brings the histories of the US and Mexico into dialogue, focusing on the era leading up to the US Civil War as well as the Civil War itself. Both Mexico and the US were post-colonial societies, yet deep differences turned on the issues of slavery, sovereignty, and settler colonialism. The borderlands were where nations and ideas collided with devastating consequences. In this course we will look at the Texas secession, the US-Mexico War, the American Civil War, and the Mexican Second Empire in an effort to understand these borderlands both as a space and as a moral frontier.

This is a seminar format course. This means that coming to class prepared for discussion will be crucial to your success. There will be short, informal writing assignments to help you prepare for each session. Formal writing assignments include two analytical essays (~3 pages each), culminating in an essay (~10 pages) based on a relevant topic that you choose and research with my guidance.

Grade: discussion (30%); analytical essays (30%); research paper (40%).

Catalog Description:
Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
GE Requirements Met:
Social Sciences (SSc)
Writing (W)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
April 19, 2024 - 3:12 am