Dear History Majors,
Here are the descriptions of the history courses being offered Maymester and Summer 2013.
Online registration for all Summer Sessions: March 25-May 5.
***NOTE: Summer courses need a minimum enrollment to run. Vanderbilt University may cancel courses on the first day of class for courses that don’t have enough enrollment.
HIST 260. North American Colonial History HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS OF MAY 2, 2013, MTWRF 10:10-12:00 pm.
FIRST SUMMER SESSION 2013 (5 weeks, June 4 – July 5)
HIST 229. Europe since 1945. MTWRF 10:10-12:00 pm. Instructor: Jeremy DeWaal. Will not be offered 2013-14.
(Formerly 226). Origins of the Cold War; political and social transformations, East and West; the breakup of colonial empires; ideological and military tensions; intellectual and cultural trends. Serves as repeat credit for students who completed 226 prior to fall 2008.  (INT)
Area of concentration for history majors: Europe
HIST 294 01. Contemporary Caribbean. MTWRF 8:10-10:00 am. Professor Frank Robinson. Special Topic, not offered during the regular academic year.
The modern Caribbean states represent a unique and challenging experience in world history. Since the beginning of the European invasion of the Americas in 1492, the Caribbean region has alternated between the center and periphery of international affairs. Shaped historically by the experiences of slavery and colonialism, the Caribbean has produced societies with a population make-up different from any other region of the world. This course is about how this region developed its special qualities and about how its peculiar history helped fashion the contemporary Caribbean with all its problems and its possibilities. Main themes in the course will include the legacy of slavery and the plantation system, the development of modern political systems, the Cuban revolution and its impact on the Caribbean and Western hemisphere, nationalist politics in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the ambivalent identity of Puerto Rico, politics and economics in the Commonwealth Caribbean, and the impact of the United States on the region.
Areas of concentration for history majors: U.S., Latin American, NO AXLE credit. Eligible for Latin American Studies majors.
HIST 294 02. China in American Pop Culture. MTWRF 1:10-3:00 pm. Instructor: Stephen Harrison. Special Topic, not offered during the regular academic year.
This class will look at how American pop culture portrayed China in the 20th Century, by looking at films, fiction, comics, and television. It will look at the relationship through a cultural lens to shed light on political and social issues. It will address the following questions: How was China portrayed in American pop culture? How did the images of China evolve? How did those images reflect American sentiment toward China?
Areas of concentration for history majors: Asia, U.S., NO AXLE credit. Eligible for Asian Studies major