E-Term 2014 Bulletin - page 22

Internships for Historians
Randy Law
Instructor Consent; At least one history course
Open To:
Any major; sophomore standing or above
Grading System: S/U
Max. Enrollment: 5
Meeting Times: TBD
“Except for teaching, what’s a history major good for?” Sign up for this
project and find out! Students will serve as interns in libraries, archives,
museums, living history sites, and other facilities, all in the Birmingham
area. Students will be individually placed according to talent, interest,
and availability – but all will have the opportunity to apply the skills and
knowledge they’ve learned as historians at BSC, and all will get the chance to
explore career possibilities for those who want to engage with history outside
of the classroom. S/U grade will be based on intern advisor’s evaluation and
a five-page reflective essay.
World War II Films the World Over
Matt Levey
Open To:
All Students
Grading System: Letter
Max. Enrollment: 20
Meeting Times: varies; see description
In this course, we will view, discuss, and write about selected films from
France, Germany, the former Soviet Union, Japan, China, and the United
States, which deal with what is called either “World War II” (in the West)
or “The Anti-Fascist War” in the former Communist-bloc nations. We will
explore some of the many issues related to self-representation and national
memory as related to the competing depictions of the war against German
“fascism” (as depicted in the former Communist bloc) or “totalitarianism” (as
depicted in the West) and against Japanese “militarism” and “imperialism”
(as depicted in China—both the Republic and People’s Republic—and in
Japan). The class will meet regularly during the first week, to view and discuss
one film from each of the nations named above (for a total of five); students
will spend the remainder of the term researching and writing a paper of
15 pages in length, analyzing a selected number of films in depth, from
one of the countries. At the end of the term all students will make a short
presentation about their work. Final grades for the course will be determined
on the basis of the quality of the research paper, classroom participation, and
the oral presentation.
NOTE: Class will meet M-F during 1
week; W only during 2
and 3
W-F in 4
week; Meeting times will vary.
Fly Away: The African-American Great Migration
William P. Hustwit
Open To:
All Students
Grading System: Letter
Max. Enrollment: 16
Meeting Times: TBD
“Fly Away” explores the dimensions of the Great Migration of African
Americans from the rural South to the North. Monumental in its social and
cultural impact, the Great Migration remains the largest internal movement
of people in United States history. Between 1900-1960, nearly five million
African Americans fled the South’s oppressive conditions. The vast majority
of the migrants settled in northern cities, such as Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland,
Pittsburgh, and New York. The war years witnessed the greatest influx
of migrants as African Americans found labor opportunities in northern
industries. “Fly Away” seeks to illuminate the numerous effects of migration
on African-American life through exploring patterns of movement. Students
will study the migration of blacks from South Carolina to New York City, the
Mississippi Delta to Chicago, and Birmingham to Cleveland and Pittsburgh,
to identify the transmission and transformation of black culture and social
customs in these urban communities.
Students will gain a greater appreciation of the Great Migration and black
culture by conducting interviews and archival research, reading historical
monographs and memoirs, watching documentary films, and attending
a series of contextual lectures. Students will also be responsible for
collaborative projects, doing field studies in Birmingham, writing papers,
discussing their research, and making broad cultural, economic, and social
connections between communities of African Americans in the South and
North. Estimated Student Fees: $100
The “Great War”: Britain and the First World War, 1914-1918
V. Markham Lester
Open To:
All students, unless previously enrolled in similar course
at British Studies at Oxford
Grading System: Letter
Max. Enrollment: 15
Meeting Times: M Tu WTh9:30 am -11:30 a.m.
Unlike in America, many in Britain still consider the First World War the truly
“Great War” of the last century. Why is this? Examining Britain’s role in the
First World War (1914-1918), this course explores the reasons why the nation
went to war, military strategy, the effects of the war on the home front,
Britain’s role in peace negotiations, as well as other topics. Attention will
also be given to war literature and remembrance of the conflict. Classes will
usually meet for two to three hours, four times a week. There will be out-of-
class reading, and evaluation will be based on class participation and short
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