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  • CAS HI 221: Catastrophe & Memory
    Examines the ways in which catastrophes, both natural and social, enter into cultural memory. Goal is to understand how events that seem to defy comprehension are represented in works of art and given a place in the memory of a culture. Also offered as CAS PO 394.
  • CAS HI 225: Communications Revolutions from Language to Cyberspace
    History of communications revolutions from the origin of human language through writing to current global revolutions. Focus on the western socio-political matrix of communications technology, implications for both cognitive and social relations, and dilemmas created for cultures by the increased flow of information.
  • CAS HI 226: Cities and Cultures
    Examines the relationship between cultural expression and political, social, and economic change by focusing on cities such as Boston, Paris, London, Casablanca, and Johannesburg during times of intense creativity and upheaval.
  • CAS HI 229: The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean
    The Eastern Mediterranean as center of Great Power confrontation. Its impact on wider international relations, the domestic political results, the role of sea power, and the origins, conduct, and resolution of wars. Also offered as CAS IR 325.
  • CAS HI 230: Special Topics in the History of Media
    Examines how newspapers, television, social media, tourism campaigns, textbooks, and other forms of media shape national identities, political goals, and cultural values over time. Topic for Fall 2016: Media and Politics in 20th-Century America. Examines how mass media have shaped the modern American political landscape, including electoral campaigns, voter attitudes, social movements, and war mobilization, as well as the ways public policy has structured both the news and entertainment media.
  • CAS HI 234: Introduction to India and South Asia
    A survey of South Asian history from antiquity to the present. Considers pre-modern empires, the rise of the British Empire in South Asia, and the struggle for independence. Explores the modern politics and culture of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
  • CAS HI 237: Reconstructing the African Past
    Explores the richness and diversity of a continent where oral histories and environmental settings have shaped society as much as written records. Considers Africa's critical place in the world from ancient Egypt and Ghana to the Asante and Ethiopian empires. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 347. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS HI 243: Britain and the European Question: The Confluence of History and Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London Internship Program.
    (Meets with CAS IR 392 E.) Historical and political overview of Britain's evolving relationship with Europe between 1945 and 1992 in the context of ongoing debates concerning national sovereignty and national modernization, losing an empire and maintaining a world role, and the "special relationship" with the United States.
  • CAS HI 244: England in the Middle Ages
    England's development from the Celtic Age to the Tudor dynasty. Emphasizes social and religious/intellectual changes within the broader context of England's unique political evolution from a strife-torn backwater to a leading European power.
  • CAS HI 245: Tudor England, 1485-1603
    A survey of that turbulent and volatile century that witnessed the apprenticeship of England for a role of world importance. Special attention to the development of state power, the growth of religious diversity, the major economic and social transformations, as well as the resulting cultural development.
  • CAS HI 246: London: Imperial City to World City
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London History & Literature Programme.
    Social, economic, and cultural history of London since 1666. How London developed from the modest- sized capital of England to the capital of the British Empire and the world's largest city, to the modern multicultural city of today's European Union and globalizing world. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 303 E.
  • CAS HI 247: The Making of Modern Britain
    How did a small island nation develop into a global superpower, and at what costs? This course charts Britain's ascendancy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a focus on industrialization, colonial expansion, democratic institution building, and enlightenment thought.
  • CAS HI 248: Modern Britain, 1867 to Present
    A political, social, and cultural history of England with emphasis on the impact of the two world wars, the emergence of the welfare state, the loss of empire, and Britain's relations with Europe.
  • CAS HI 249: London Women's Social History from Aphra Behn to The Blitz
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the the London Internship Program.
    Examines the lives of women in London over the past three centuries from a social history perspective. Students work with primary source materials. Also offered as CAS WS 310 E.
  • CAS HI 250: British Youth Culture from 1950 to the Present
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London Internship Program and completion of one university-level history course or one university-level sociology course.
    The impact of black and white cultures of America and Britain; also, the influence of Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and British folk traditions in the context of social change in the second half of the twentieth century.
  • CAS HI 251: Cultural Capital: The History of Popular Culture in London
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the BU London Internship Programme.
    Traces the development of popular culture in London from the late eighteenth century to the present. Concerned with popular cultural "texts" as well as popular cultural sites. Organized chronologically, from the early origins of modern culture to the present. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 320 E.
  • CAS HI 252: Class, Power, and the Making of British Identity
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the BU London Internship Programme.
    Interdisciplinary study (art, architecture, literature) of the legacy and history of the British self-image. Develops an understanding of Britain's unique character through study of historical, political, and cultural contexts. Lectures, discussions, and three guided field trips. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 326 E.
  • CAS HI 253: London at War: From the Home Front to the Frontline
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London Internship Program.
    Examines ways in which the two world wars influenced British society and changed social identities. Explores and evaluates English war experiences through dimensions of gender, race/ethnicity, and class. Includes lectures, field study visits, and discussion.
  • CAS HI 254: The History of Ireland
    Examination of four themes: Ireland's relationship with England; Ireland and the Catholic Church; Ireland during the Union with Great Britain (especially the famine); and the emergence of the modern Irish nation. Emphasis on economic, political, and religious developments. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 325.
  • CAS HI 259: Italian Emigration and Immigration
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Padua Language & Liberal Arts Program.
    Overview of the history of migration in and out of Italy since the mid-nineteenth century and its impact on contemporary Italian society. Section A1 taught in Italian. Section B1 taught in English. Students may only take one section for credit.