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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2014

Professors: Alex Bloom, A.B. California at Santa Cruz, A.M., Ph.D. Boston College; Christopher Hannan, A.B. Harvard, M.Phil. St. Andrews, Scotland, Ph.D. Boston College; Martin Menke, A.B. Tufts, A.M., Ph.D. Boston College; Michael Paul, A.B., A.M. London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D. Boston College; Lorenz Reibling, B.A. Munchen-Kolleg Techniche, Cand. Ph.D. Ludwigs-Maximilians, M.S. Boston College

ADHS 108101  Modern History I
ADHS108101 Syllabus
THIS IS A HYBRID COURSE, please check the schedule of class meetings very carefully.
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, Classism) as well as Europe's interactions with Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Each class consists of a slide lecture and primary source-based discussion.
Fall, Thurs 6:30–9, Sept 4–Dec 11, Professor Menke

ADHS 112501  Diplomatic U.S. History
ADHS112501 Syllabus

An overview of the main developments of United States diplomatic history from its earliest beginnings to the present day. A look at how United States foreign relations emerged from revolutionary impulses to become a significant feature of American life. Uncovers the underlying trends during this period to see how the U.S. transformed itself from a collection of thirteen colonies into a major superpower. Issues of class, gender and race are at the fore as we discover how the United States came to integrate itself into the world community of nations.
Fall, Sat 9–12, Sept 7-Dec 14, Professor Paul

ADHS 113301  Modern America 1945-Present
ADHS113301 Syllabus

An investigation of America since World War II. Topics include the Cold War, McCarthyism, Civil Rights, Vietnam, the women's movement, the Reagan years and life in the 1980's, 1990's to the present.
Fall, Mon 6:30-9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor Bloom

ADHS 120901  Sports in America
ADHS120901 Syllabus

Sports touch and connect many facets of American life and American History. This course examines the impact of sports on American History. It examines the wide range of sports on the professional level, recreational level sports and leisure sports. Topics include physical education in America, the business of sports, fair play and cheating in the American sports scene, America’s participation in international sports and performance enhancing drugs in sports.
Fall, Tues 6:30–9, Sept 2–Dec 9, Professor Hannan

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..
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Reibling