Graduate Courses

Spring 2015

HIST 5990-60 THE CULTURE OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

MacLeod, Tuesday, 6-8:40pm

In this course we will examine the cultural history of the United States in the 1930s. We will study the film, music, art, literature, photography, and theater of the period, as well as the culture industries (Hollywood, radio, publishing, etc.) and the role of the government. We will also use the material to explore the question of how scholars study culture, investigating the methodologies of cultural history and cultural studies. We will make extensive use of the extraordinary amount of historical resources and artifacts from this period available online, including folk music, radio shows, photographs, films, magazines, comic books, and so on. We will also explore the presentation of these media, evaluating the educational and archival websites and their methods of exhibition.

 

HIST 5380-60 SEMINAR: EMPIRES

Dai, Wednesday, 6-8:40pm

This seminar examines empires in historical perspective. After initial discussion of core readings, the content of each seminar focuses upon one or more empires within the instructor's expertise. This semester we will explore the interaction, rivalry and mutual-dependency between the Chinese empire and its nomadic neighbors during the long imperial period (ca. 200 B.C.E-1800 C.E.). The main issues include trade, war, diplomacy and hegemony.  Students will encounter various historical theories of empire, focusing on the interaction between agriculture-based Chinese empire and its nomadic competitors. They will gain in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the birth, growth and collapse of empires in the context of the relationships between the two cultures.

 

HIST 5900-60 NEW JERSEY URBAN HISTORY

Gonzalez, Thursday, 6-8:40pm

This course examines city life in New Jersey, the most urban state in the nation. It offers readings about urban New Jersey and urbanization in general, but it primarily focuses on research on the urbanization of a particular city, town, community, or neighborhood in the state. It includes a chronological survey of New Jersey cities from the colonial era to the present and analyzes the historical forces that affect the location, spatial form, political economy, and social geography of cities and their surrounding suburbs. The course looks at how and why cities in the state evolved; the economy of the region; the neighborhood change process; the role of mass transit and the automobile; the suburbanization process; social and residential mobility; the effect of government programs for highways, urban renewal, and housing; the current status of cities; and their historiography.

 

FALL 2014 

HIST 5000-60 – HISTORICAL THINKING

McMahon – Tuesday, 6-8:40pm

What do historians do and how do historians think? This course forms the foundation for graduate studies in history at William Paterson University, introducing students to the essentials of historical scholarship from research to publication. Students will read a variety of sources in order to understand the methodologies of interpretation that historians use, exploring classic and modern theories of historical scholarship and historiographical debate. Students will learn how to find, analyze, and use historical evidence, how to integrate evidence and interpretation in scholarly research papers, and how to analyze and contribute to historiographical debates.

 

HIST 5370-60 – SEMINAR ON 20TH CENTURY: U.S. & THE MIDDLE EAST

Livingston – Thursday, 6-8:40pm

An introduction to the twentieth century. After discussion of core readings, the course focuses on themes of modernity such as state and nation, race and gender, warfare, and economic integration that characterize the century. This semester the course will focus on the relationship between the United States and the Middle East in the 20th Century.

 

HIST 5390-80 – SEMINAR ON WAR & REVOLUTION: WORLD WAR I & THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

Tirado – ONLINE

An analysis of wars and revolutions as historical phenomena. Theoretical models are used to study the social, political, and economic impact of wars and revolutions in different historical and cultural settings. This semester the course will focus on World War I and the Russian Revolution.

 

HIST 5890-60 – HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY

            Bowles – Monday, 6-8:40pm

This research seminar on the history and culture of New Jersey allows students to investigate in depth topics in the social, political, economic, geographic, and cultural history of the state.

 

HIST 6980-60 – ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP

MacLeod – Tuesday, 6-8:40pm

Reserved for students who have completed 21 credits of the program. Prior to admission to the seminar, students must submit an approved thesis proposal. During the semester, students conduct research, and write the outline and early draft of their thesis. They are expected to contribute work to the seminar for collective discussion and criticism.