Power cannot be measured in terms of horsepower or speed or even potential. It takes a variety of forms—political, economic, sexual, personal, just to name a few of the shapes—and it is most easily seen in external forms that signify its application: rituals (kowtowing, bowing), symbols (swords, crowns, headdresses), textual formulations (sir, madam, your honor), ceremonies (coronations, inaugurations), and possessions (houses, cars, art, clothing, jewelry).
This course is designed as a survey of how the United States has conducted American diplomacy from colonial times to the present. Equally important, it will also be a history of how other nation states have conducted diplomacy with the United States. The third element of the course will be consideration of how the domestic politics within the United States have influenced the conduct of its foreign policy.
This course will approach the history of folk, counter, and pop cultures in the United States as disputed borderlands, political flashpoints where the idea of America has been debated, challenged, and ultimately reinvented. Our topics will range widely from exploring the creation of convict culture in post-Civil War prisons as expressions of inmate resistance to the emergence of the Flapper as a new cultural icon of 1920’s feminism and consumerism, to efforts by activists today to tear down public monuments to Confederate soldiers in an effort to refashion US public culture into a more inclusive space.
This Module I core seminar will focus on one of the major problems afflicting the modern world – the widespread violation of human rights – in the context of Latin America. What are human rights? What are the dimensions of human rights abuses in Latin America? What are the various factors behind the observance and nonobservance of human rights in the region? Who are the different actors involved in denying and defending human rights in Latin America?
This course examines the global dimensions and impact of the First World War, from the perspectives of Asians and Africans as well as Europeans, civilians as well as soldiers, women as well as men, and home fronts as well as military fronts. In addition to the well-known stories of military strategy and the technology of warfare, it offers new perspectives on the interaction of diverse peoples and cultures in the early twentieth century.
This course focuses on empire and Afro-utopian narratives of freedom and development in the Black Diaspora. We will study how institutions and legacies of the modern Atlantic slave trade and colonialism have been challenged, over the centuries, by counter-narratives from African indigenous, premodern, and modern perspectives inspiring utopian visions of an alternative and better future.
This UCOR 3600 examines social science and global challenges through the lens of punishment in modern society. This is the UCOR’s upper-level social science course for majors who are not in the social sciences.