Age of Revolutions

56:606:521:90 Revolutions that Changed the World
Instructor: Professor Bramson

This course examines revolutions that have greatly affected societal change. It studies the causes and consequences of these revolutions. It takes into consideration the transformation they cause of economic, social, and political systems.

Required Books:

  • Said Amir Arjomand, The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran. ISBN:0195042581.
  • David Armitage and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, eds., The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840. ISBN: 0230580475.
  • John Foran, ed., Theorizing Revolutions. ISBN: 0415135680.
  • Ruth Rosen, The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America, rev. ed. ISBN: 0140097198
  • John Springhall, Decolonization since 1945: The Collapse of European Overseas Empires. ISBN: 0333746007.
  • James D. Tracy, Europe’s Reformations, 1450-1650: Doctrine, Politics, and Community. 2nd ed. ISBN: 0742537897

Arts and Literature

56:606:611:90 From Bop to Pop History of Jazz
Instructor: Professor Leach

History of Jazz is a graduate course designed to introduce and survey the origins of jazz from New Orleans to the music of today. Topics covered will trace the social and historical context that gave birth to jazz styles as well as the related genres and musical inventions. From Dixieland and Folk to Big Band to Rock, students will investigate landmark artists, songs, and movements, which explore the connections between the music they listen to and the artists who have pioneered that progress.

Culture and Criticism

56:606:631:90 Anthropology of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Instructor: Professor Thompson

This course provides an overview of anthropological and humanistic themes derived from science-fiction and fantasy literature. While this is by no means an exhaustive overview (which would require years!), it does provide excellent examples of anthropological themes related to cultural change and evolution, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, magic and science expressed in this particular literary genre. As we progress through class, we will reiterate these themes to build our cumulative in-class discussions.