George K Behlmer
Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.
"UTOPIAN VISIONS IN THE INDUSTRIAL AGE"
How have humans imagined the ideal society? And to what extent have social ideals changed over time in the English-speaking world? Here are the core questions addressed in this seminar designed for advanced undergraduates. It is assumed in this course that utopian (or, in the case of Huxley's "Brave New World," dystopian) literature always functions as social criticism. Thus we will focus on the critical discourses contained in four utopian novels rather than on their literary merits per se. These novels will, in turn, generate ideas for individual research papers
Student learning goals
It will be the goal of this seminar to hone students' skills in writing and speaking with precision.
This seminar will also seek to sharpen students' skills in conducting "primary source"-based historical research.
General method of instruction
One must be a History major in order to take this seminar.
Class assignments and grading
Students will write four, primary source-based research papers. These papers should each be 5 to 6 pages in length.
Each of the four research papers will account for 20% of the course grade. The remaining 20% will reflect a student's informed participation during seminar meetings.