Location: Merwin Hall
Phone: (239) 590-7417
Florida Gulf Coast University
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
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This course is an advance level class and requires a great deal of reading and writing. It serves as the History senior seminar and requires that students master techniques of conducting quality research and complete a major research paper. HIS 3064 Theories and Methods in History is the prerequisite for this course.
This course will introduce students to the inter-connected subjects and debates regarding immigration, race, and nativism in American history. The focus will be on the origins and significance of each of these related ideas or phenomena, with particular emphasis on how each has changed over time, and how each has influenced the others. It will span the era from colonial times to the present, but stress the period between the late nineteenth century and the early twenty-first century.
This course will address historical events and concepts according to the theme of community awareness. Students will engage in semester-long service learning projects relating to community history. While these projects will all be historical, they may cross disciplines to relate also to the arts, social sciences, or STEM, according to student interest. Possible projects include the Community Histories project, in which students locate, record, and transcribe oral histories of individuals vital to community resources in the greater Fort Myers area.
Put simply, material culture is the study of objects as primary sources. Objects reveal much about the periods and people that produced and used them: among other things, technologies and materials, assumptions and attitudes, environment and culture. When coupled with archival sources, material culture offers complex, multi-layered historical perspectives. In this course, students examine the ways that “things” and “stuff” – some of which might seem inconsequential – inform our history. Through readings, artifact studies, and field trips, students will analyze material culture theory as well as objects such as architecture, gravestones, foodways, and fashion.
Surveys social, political, cultural and ideological trends in the Middle East from 1550 to 1914. It covers premodern society, issues of political and military “decline” and revival, encounters with Europe and modernizing efforts, women, family, and relations between Muslims and religious minorities.
This course examines the importance of gender roles and ideas in shaping social and political change in Latin America from pre-Colombian times to the present. Even today, gender norms dominate representations of Latin America, and we are all familiar with the images of the swaggering macho and the self-sacrificing mother. The operation of gender norms in Latin America are highly contradictory. In many regards, gender relations are highly uneven: in Mexico, for example, the word "padre" (father) means "super-cool", while "madre" (mother) is a curse-word, not fit for polite company (refer to someone's "mama" if you want to be polite). Yet Argentina had the first woman president in the Americas, and while we still have not had a woman president in the U.S., in Latin America there have been seven female presidents, including two in office right now. In this course we deconstruct these contradictions; assessing where ideologies of machismo and marianismo came from; to what extent they correlate with historical realities about manhood and womanhood; and how these ideas shaped the lives of everyday men and women. Themes examined include gender relations in Aztec and Inca societies; rape as a tool of conquest; gender, race and power in slave societies; masculinity and warfare; the ideology of republican motherhood; machismo and the Cuban Revolution; reproductive rights; the mothers of the disappeared and the struggle against military dictatorship; and the wave of women presidents in Latin America. Gender is understood in this course as a relational category, and so men and manhood and women and womanhood are both given direct critical attention.