Summer Semester 2020 – World History Courses

Posted On April 28, 2020
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World History Courses for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Summer Semester 2020

Our world history courses will be offered online in Summer 2020.  We are striving to make online education an enriching experience for students this summer.  As we prepare our courses for you, GSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is training all instructors in the art of online teaching.  Looking forward to seeing you soon in our virtual classrooms!




HIST 4690: Pandemics, Plagues, and Peoples (CRN 55540)

~Dr. Allen Fromherz

This course tracks the social, political, and cultural transformations caused by major outbreaks of disease.  Our comparative focus will be on responses to the plague in the Middle East and Europe in the fourteenth century.  Using primary sources from both literature and history, students will become historical epidemiologists, tracing the impact of plague on the social body and gauging its legacy in people’s changing relationships with money, religion, and each other over time.  We will also examine the ways peoples in the Indian Ocean world, the Americas, and East Asia have dealt with pandemics in the past.




HIST 4230: Foreign Relations of the United States (CRN 54353)

~Dr. Larry Grubbs

The course focuses on American, Soviet, Chinese, Vietnamese, European, and Cuban perspectives on World War II and the Cold War, particularly the arms race, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the opening of U.S.-China relations.  Key global leaders such as Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy, and Joseph Stalin receive considerable attention.


HIST 4350: Film and History: The Cold War in Film (CRN 55328)

~Dr. Beryl Diamond

This course explores the history of the Cold War and the significance of film in advancing the agendas of the world’s two superpowers from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.  The topics we will cover include politics, espionage, science fiction, and the ever-present MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) of the earth.  Among the films scheduled for the course are Dr. Strangelove and the Soviet film The Sky Calls.


HIST 4690: History of Heresy (CRN 53592)

~Dr. Rachel Ernst

Starting in first-century Palestine and continuing through the Middle Ages in the Mediterranean World, learn how heretics and religious dissent have shaped Christian theology and the institution of the Church.  Discover how the Christian clergy struggled to define themselves in opposition to groups that were considered non-orthodox.  Learn how Christians perceived their ‘heretical’ contemporaries, from smaller sects, such as the Nestorians and Arians, to the established religions of Judaism and Islam.


HIST 7030: Issues and Interpretations in World History (CRN 53414)

~Dr. Ian C. Fletcher

This seminar engages with a range of approaches to premodern and modern world history. We will read and discuss classic and cutting-edge books that illuminate worldmaking environmental, economic, political, and cultural connections.  We will also explore online archives, collections, and databases and collaborate on a small mapping project to build our skills and gain experience in digital history.


HIST 8270: Britain and the Modern World (CRN 55078) 

~Dr. Ian C. Fletcher

This seminar examines the entanglements of metropole, colonies, and diasporas in the expansion and confliction of the modern British empire.  We will read and discuss new and recent books that address questions of empire from a variety of sites and perspectives.  We will also explore online archives, collections, and databases and collaborate on a small mapping project to build our skills and gain experience in digital history.