John C Foster
Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
HIST 388 Humanism after the Holocaust: European Thought in the Late 20th Century This course analyses the intellectual history of the late 20th century by looking at the ways that scholars and artists tried to reconstruct European culture in the wake of the Holocaust. The course will examine attempts in philosophy, theology, art, and literature to address questions about the nature of human beings and the relationship of human beings to society and culture in light of Nazi policies of genocide and the rise of totalitarian political systems. In addition to reading primary texts from European cultural and political life, students will also learn about techniques for conducting research in intellectual and cultural history.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Course meetings will be conducted along the lines of a seminar, with most course time spent in discussion of readings and other course materials.
Class assignments and grading
Students will complete a 10 page research paper, as well as two shorter book reviews of 2 to 3 pages each.