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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2015

ADHS 108101  Modern History I
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus for more detailed information.
ADHS108101 Syllabus
Survey of the great ideas of the western tradition from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. The focus is on the rise of the modern state in Germany (Holy Roman Empire, Treaty of Westphalia), England (Glorious Revolution and the roots of constitutional rule), and France (Divine Right Absolutism), the relationship of religion and politics (which suffers more, religion or politics?), and early modern European culture (Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Classicism) as well as Europe's interactions with Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Each class consists of a slide lecture and primary source-based discussion.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 3–Dec 17, Martin Menke

ADHS 116801  Anglo-American Relations in the 20th Century: A ‘Special Relationship’?
ADHS116801 Syllabus
Course examines the actions of Anglo-American relations in a global context during key events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the recent wars in the Middle East, to
discover whether or not the U.S. and Britain followed parallel policies on the world stage based on an idea of a ‘special relationship’.
Sat 9–12, Sept 5–Dec 19, Michael Paul

ADHS 126301  Hitler, The Churches, and the Holocaust
ADHS126301 Syllabus
To better understand the climate and complexities that contributed to the Christian church's weakened responses to Hitler's policies, the course examines the development of Christian anti-Judaism, anti-Semitism and nationalism. It analyzes the resistance that emerged in response to totalitarianism and to the Holocaust, and considers the main Christian post-Holocaust efforts as they contribute to theological development and current thinking.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Sept 2–Dec 16, Lorenz Reibling

ADHS 153701  American Politics Since 1932
ADHS153701 Syllabus
An examination of the political history of the last eighty years, focusing on the Presidents from Roosevelt to Obama, on the electoral process by which they gained and lost office, and on the impact of significant domestic and international events on their presidencies and their legacies.
Mon 6:30-9, Aug 31–Dec 14, Alex Bloom

ADHS 160501  History of New England
ADHS160501 Syllabus
For nearly four centuries, this region has managed to maintain an identity broadly American and distinctly New England. Course examines the region’s social, cultural, and political history, with particular attention to the Boston area in periods of momentous change. Topics explored include witchcraft in Salem; the Minutemen and the American Revolution; nineteenth-century immigration from Ireland; Boston’s Civil War; urban and suburban growth and the social crises of the 1960s and 1970s. Analysis of local historical sites serves to deepen understanding of New Englanders’ enduring attachment to the past.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, Chris Hannan


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