Fall 2020 Courses

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Transnational Public History: The Memory Crisis in the West (3 Credits)

Instructor: Heather Stanfiel
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
EURO 33209 | CRN 21316 (Cross-listed with HIST 30208 | CRN 21456)

Public history centers on the ways in which the past is invoked in public settings, such as museums, historic houses, memorial sites, public monuments, or historical markers—and all public history is in some way controversial. Whose history will we tell? How do we choose which materials to include? What narrative is presented to the audience? And how should we interpret the narratives we encounter in the public sphere? This course offers an introduction to the field of public history as practiced in Europe and the United States through the exploration of contemporary debates surrounding controversial monuments and sites of memory in the West.

As we learn about public history methods and the practice of public historians, we will familiarize ourselves with the stakes and contexts of these debates; we will explore the history of contested memorialization in the West, from the early British Empire through the American Civil War to the World Wars and Europe’s colonial legacies in Africa and the Americas. Our goal will be to discover and assess the range of possible responses and solutions to memorial crises within both cultural and political spheres. Throughout the course, students will utilize digital and public history methods to develop a portfolio centering on a controversial site of memory with transnational significance, broadly construed.

European Politics (3 Credits)

Instructor: Andy Gould
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
EURO 30201 | CRN 18367 (Cross-listed with POLS 30421 | CRN 14680)

In this course on European politics we will examine the literature on three major issues: regional integration, origins of modern political authority, and industrial political economy. We will seek to understand the origin, current functioning, and possible futures for key European institutions, including the EU, nation-states, social provision, unions, and political parties. Readings on the European Union, monetary politics, Germany, France, and Spain will be drawn from both scholarly sources and contemporary analyses of political events. 

Nazi Germany, Nazi Europe (3 Credits)

Instructor: John Deak
Mondays & Wednesdays 12:50 - 1:40 p.m.
EURO 30206 | CRN 20334 (Cross-listed with HIST 30401 | CRN 20333)

This is a lecture course that will offer students an opportunity to delve into the dark history of Germany and Europe between the First World War and the Cold War. At the center of this course is the National Socialist movement, which dominated Germany from 1933 to 1945 and left its imprint on the world thereafter. The hope is that students become familiar with the movement’s intellectual and cultural origins, the political contingencies that made it successful, and the policies that made it popular and feared in Germany and beyond. Topics will include Social Darwinism and racial pseudo-science, the Treaty of Versailles and Weimar Germany, the rise of National Socialism to power, and Nazi society and culture. In addition, we will look at how Nazi politics were received and imitated in central and Eastern Europe and how Adolf Hitler’s international politics could appeal to peoples beyond Germany’s borders. Students will also learn about the systematic and organized killing of peoples and groups in Europe under occupation, including six million Jews and the Holocaust. The course will conclude with the postwar occupation regimes in Germany and Europe, the erasure of complicity with Nazism in the subsequent histories of Europe, and the failed attempts at deNazification and justice for the regime’s victims. Friday sections will consist of smaller discussion groups that will discuss the content of the lectures in part. Most importantly, students will read primary source material, including laws, witness statements, memoirs, and important scholarly debates. The Friday sessions will thus give students the opportunity to directly analyze accounts and sources. These skills will then be assessed in a document analysis paper and on our midterms and final exams. 

From Rasputin to Putin (3 Credits)

Instructor: Semion Lyandres
Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
EURO 30207 | CRN 20330 (Cross-listed with HIST 30355 | CRN 20329)

This lecture course examines some of the most important events, ideas, and personalities that shaped late Imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods of Russian history during the last one hundred years: from the outbreak of the First World War and the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 through the Great Terror of the 1930s, the experience of the Second World War and the emergence of the Soviet Empire, late Stalinism and post-Stalinist developed or mature socialism, the collapse of the communist rule and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, as well as Russia's uneasy transition "out of Totalitarianism" and into Putin's authoritarianism during the first fourteen years of the twentieth-first century. The course is designed for history majors as well as for students in other disciplines with or without background in modern Russian and East European history. 

Europe Through Film (1 Credit)

Instructor: Don Crafton
Thursdays 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
EURO 30102  |  CRN 16751

What can we learn about Europe by exploring its cinema? Based on an extended version of the Institute’s film series each semester, the content of this course will focus on the relationship between contemporary European cinema and the European ideas and realities it finds compelling in terms of social and imaginative power. The course will include some history of cinema, but emphasis will be laid on using cinema as a way of stimulating questions about the nature of Europe today. Open to students of all years and majors.

European Studies Today (1 Credit)

Instructor: Mark T. Kettler
Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
EURO 30002  |  CRN 16750

Explore current affairs, cultural developments, and cutting-edge research by engaging visiting officials, artists, and scholars. Students will be required to attend five Nanovic events and instructor-led debriefing sessions. This course will introduce students to current research, ongoing debates, and the production of scholarship in European studies. Open to students from all years and majors. 

Research Methods and Project Design Colloquium (1 Credit)

Instructor: Rachel Bohlmann and Erika Hosselkus
Wednesdays 2:00-3:15 p.m. (Meets for second 8 weeks only, beginning 10/28)
EURO 30004 | CRN 18532

How can students best prepare to design a research project and undertake research abroad in an archive or special collections repository? What skills are necessary to locate appropriate source material and assess data quality? What is involved in qualitative data analysis? What makes a research grant proposal competitive? These are some of the questions this introductory course will address. Working with curators and archivists from the Hesburgh Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collections department and Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, students will learn how to design successful research projects, conduct archival research, and identify the information that will facilitate writing competitive grant applications. A significant portion of this course will engage students in a hands-on practicum examining a variety of original documents to gain the foundational skills necessary to prepare for and conduct research abroad.

Minor in European Studies Research Capstone (3 Credits)

Instructor: Clemens Sedmak (for Nanovic Institute administration; student will work with a chosen faculty advisor on the research capstone)
EURO 48001 | CRN 20764

Research course for the capstone essay required for the Minor in European Studies through the Nanovic Institute. May not be double-counted for thesis credit in a major field of study. Department approval required before registration.