READINGS FROM 1945
W 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
This course will investigate recent scholarship on the major developments in US and world history from the end of World War II up to the present day. In addition to considering the civil rights movement, the global revolution of the 1960s, the rise of feminism and environmentalism, and the conservative backlash, we will also consider the effects of globalization and financialization, the rise of multi-national corporations and NGOs, the triumph of neoliberalism, and the ongoing emergence of post-neoliberal world “populism.”
Research to 1898
TH 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Directed Research course for students who have taken any of the following courses: History 504: Readings to 1763, History 505: Readings 1763-1820, or History 506: Readings 1820-1898.
Issue in Public History
T 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Controversies over historical monuments are raising awareness of the issues embedded in the processes of creating, communicating, and contesting public understanding of history. This seminar goes behind the scenes of public history settings such as museums, historic sites, and archives to delve into these dynamics. Through a series of case studies, we will discover how historical narratives are constructed and communicated within history-focused organizations, in public space, and in the digital realm. This course for undergraduates meets together with the graduate course Issues in Public History, with assignments adjusted as appropriate for each level. Undergraduates will get to know the field by contributing to the annual Public History Year in Review (https://phyearbook.wordpress.com/) and will gain a realistic understanding of the career opportunities in public history. Undergraduates also will have options to fulfill assignments by visiting and writing about historic sites of choice.
Readings in Global History
T 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Globalization has emerged as the alternative to cultural and social theories of history but what precisely is global history? How is it different from a national history? Is it a “better” approach or does it come with its own set of pitfalls? This course will introduce students to writing world history. Students will discuss approaches and problems. We will analyze the work of historians who focus on conflict, difference, and incommensurability between cultures and those who find cooperation and connections across the globe. The class will contrast microhistories with macrohistories as approaches to studying the global. We will explore specific examples that focus on the movement of peoples, commodities, and diplomatic exchanges. Finally, we will discuss how global history can help us uncover the histories of networks, groups, diasporas, and marginalized groups who are often left out of national histories.
The Craft of History
M 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
The Craft of History is unique in the master’s program at Rutgers-Camden. Rather than a readings or research course in a particular area of history, this course is designed to familiarize students with major problems, questions, and methods that shape the discipline of history as a whole. In the first part of the course, we will explore how scholars have historicized the study of history itself. We’ll then consider a wide variety of competing methodological approaches to the study of the past and work through the major “historiographical turns” of the past few decades. The course will conclude with an examination of a few key historical debates, the boundaries between scholarship and fraud, and the politics of history-writing today.
PUBLIC HISTORY PRACTICUM
This course offers the opportunity to gain knowledge of local and regional history while contributing to a public history project based at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden. The options include historic house research and curatorship for the Cooper Street Historic District and research and digital publishing for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.
INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC HISTORY
Supervised work experience in a public history office or private institutional setting, involving project work for one semester or a summer.