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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2017

ADHS 108101  Modern History I
ADHS108101 Syllabus
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Refer to the course syllabus in Canvas and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
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, Aug 31–Dec 14, Martin Menke

ADHS 116801  Anglo-American Relations in 20th and 21st Centuries
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 9:00 a.m.–12 noon, Sept 2–Dec 16, 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, Aug 30–Dec 13, Lorenz Reibling

ADHS 153701  American Politics Since 1932: People and Their Presidents
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 28–Dec 11, 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, Aug 29–Dec 12, Chris Hannan

ADHS 301101  The Development of the Pre-Modern World
ADHS301101 Syllabus
In this course, we will trace the development of our pre-modern world society, from Neolithic hunters and gatherers to Early Modern global explorers and scientists. Why did humans shift from a nomadic to a settled lifestyle and how did this facilitate the rise of the first great civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and the Indus Valley? We will also focus on the contributions of, and interactions among, the critical civilizations of Greece, Rome, Byzantium, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Americas, as well as the roots of our contemporary global religions, including, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam. While this time period featured incredible human ingenuity and technical advancements, it also witnessed catastrophic natural disasters and man-made conflicts that combined to dramatically reshape the course of human progress and lay the foundations of our modern world.
ONLINE, Aug 28–Dec 16, Peter Moloney
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Asynchronous. No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

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