HSTS 4390: Sport and Society
MTWR, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Dr. Jeff Frederick
This course will use the lens of sports to assess changes in American culture. In most cases a thematic approach will be used, though chronological and topical discussions will be included. The books, lectures, discussion, media, additional assigned readings, reserved readings and document analysis will all be important tools for understanding the issues, events, conflicts, and historical actors. The course cannot hope to be synthetic; there is simply too much material about American sports history. As a result, the greatest emphasis will be placed on important evolutions, social issues, and economic ramifications.
HSTS 4420: Cuba since 1890
MR, 5:00-9:00 PM
Dr. Jeff Lucas
The principal events that we will read, write about and discuss are the Cuban War of Independence, 1895-98; its immediate result, the Spanish-American War of 1898; the Platt Amendment to the Cuban Constitution of 1902 and its characterization of the United States as a "Protector" with veto power over all Cuban legislation and the right to establish and maintain U.S. military and naval installations on Cuban soil; the 30-year political career of Fulgencio Batista; and Castro's unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Batista in 1953. Then, we will examine the Cuban Revolution and all that it encompassed: Castro's ultimate success in overthrowing Batista in 1959; alliance with the Soviet Union; the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961; the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962; U.S. economic embargo; Cuban revolutionary initiatives in Bolivia and Africa; Cuban refugees in south Florida and elsewhere; the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991; and Cuba's effort to survive in the post-Soviet era.
HSTS 4210: Religion in America
W, 5:00-8:00 PM
Dr. Scott Billingsley
This course is a chronological survey of the role of religion in American life from colonial times to the present. It will explore the theological, social, economic, and political aspects of American society. It will also provide students with an understanding of the basic facts and concepts of American religious history through the assigned readings, lectures, class discussion, and multi-media presentations. In-class exams will measure understanding of the aforementioned facts and concepts, and out-of-class writing assignments will help students develop critical-thinking skills.
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