College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience 2013-2014


HST 095A ~ Digital History
CRN: 93659

Instructor: Melanie Gustafson Associate Professor of History More . . .

The proliferation of digital media and the development of new media technologies are changing how we research and write about history. This applied course in digital history provides an introduction to the technologies being used to conduct online historical research, present the results of that research online, and build digital collections of historical material. The focus of our research will be on American women's history. Instructors and faculty from Bailey-Howe Library's Special Collections and the Center for Teaching and Learning will contribute to our collaborative work in researching and creating a digital history exhibit.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: TR 10:00am-11:15am

HST 095B ~ Empires and World Hegemonies: Big Issues in Global History Since 1500
CRN: 93660

Instructor: Andrew Buchanan Lecturer in History More . . .

In the modern era, the history of the world has been marked by the rise and fall of a succession of ever-broader systems of global domination, from the Portuguese and Spanish empires to those of Holland, Britain, and the United States. This course offers an opportunity to learn about and discuss the big structures of global history by examining how imperial systems have arisen and then declined, and looking at what they have meant for colonized peoples around the world. The course will introduce students to the work of some of the leading authorities on Global History, and will be organized to encourage participation in the visit of world-renowned global historian Felipe Fernndez-Armesto to UVM in October.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: M 4:05pm-7:05pm45pm

HST 095C ~ Animal Nature: Humans and Other Animals throughout History
CRN: 93661

Instructor: Frank Zelko Associate Professor of History More . . .

The lives of humans have always been entwined with those of our animal cousins. They have been our predators, prey, pets, and beasts of burden. Some animals have flourished under the reign of Homo sapiens, while others have diminished or disappeared altogether. What needs and conditions have shaped our relationship with animals throughout history? What factors determine whether we consider an animal useful or useless, sacred or profane, lovable or threatening, a pet or source of protein? Roaming widely through space and time-from pre-Neolithic Africa to ancient Greece to modern America-we will examine such questions from the perspective of both environmental and cultural history.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: T 4:00pm-6:45pm

HST 095D ~ Europe Goes Global, 1200-1550
CRN: 93662

Instructor: Charlie Briggs More . . .

From a western hemispheric perspective, Columbus's "discovery of the New World" is usually regarded as the beginning of a new era of globalization and European global hegemony. Seen from the other side of the world, however, the voyages of Columbus were part of a long history of European expansion and contact with other places and peoples in the eastern hemisphere. This course fits the Age of Discovery into this longer history in order to come to a better understanding of how and why Europe went global in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Students will have the added benefit of participating in the fall meeting of the New England Regional World History Association, which will be held at UVM in October.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: TR 8:30am-9:45am

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