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Bioethics

Humans' capacity to alter their world at the biological level has risen to new heights in the past 50 years.

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This course introduces students to the phenomena of witchcraft, sorcery, magic and voodoo. Beginning in Babylon, the course orients students to an understanding of these subjects as practiced in...

Beginning with the reign of Louis XIV, students examine 18th-century European society. We explore how the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment challenged the ideas of the Old Regime and...

This course introduces students to the unique process by which American governments develop policies to address the nation's most significant problems. In addition to studying specific policy...

Historians traditionally claimed that slavery was an anachronistic institution that ran counter to the economic and industrial development of the U.S. Sooner or later, many historians argued,...

This course provides a survey of the origins and evolution of capitalism in a global world up to the present, with emphasis on the political economies of the West. Students examine the ideas of...

This course examines the culture, politics and society of the Greek city-states during the early and classical periods. The course emphasizes the rise and decline of democracy in Athens, as well...

This course surveys the rise and fall of the Roman Republic and the emergence of the Roman Empire. Central themes include Roman expansion, imperialism, politics and culture. To supplement the text...

This course examines the imperial interests, race and gender relations, and cultural influences and exchanges that manifested during the era known as Colonial America. Though the course, by the...

The course begins with the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and examines the rise of Arab nationalism and the struggle against foreign domination. The strategic and economic importance of the region...

Anthropologists study humans as both biological and cultural creatures. This scholarly orientation raises many fascinating questions. To what degree does culture shape our actions and ideas? Are...

The centuries following the Black Death saw the beginnings of modern Europe. This course focuses on the rebirth of European society and the new values, optimism and cultural achievements of the...

Once the region of geopolitical domination, Europe after World War II was forced to rebuild and redefine its place in a rapidly shifting world. This course examines the change in Europe's position...

Beginning with the study of Napoleon's Empire and the Congress of Vienna, this course examines how the French Revolution of 1789 and the Industrial Revolution transformed European society and...

This course studies the history of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries, exploring both the patterns and unique circumstances of this important global issue. Students read and hear from...

This course explores the role of gender in shaping humans' identities and power structures in several 20th-century circumstances around the world. Questions of political and legal rights,...

This course explores Chinese history with a focus on the Qing Dynasty period (1644-1912). History 207 will tackle such questions as: How can Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism coexist in the same...

This course is an overview of Japanese history and considers how changes in political institutions, economic patterns, social organizations, and cultural practices took shape to transform the...

This course provides students with an introduction to the American legal system and to the development of American constitutional law. Historic Supreme Court decisions and legal case studies will...

How and why do different national histories define themselves in competition with those of their neighbors? This course will focus on how recent trends in the writing of history are applied to the...

This course examines China's dramatic recent history through multiple lenses: historical survey, biography, memoir, film and journalism. We begin by identifying key themes and questions to guide...

This course examines the history of what is today the world's largest democracy. It starts in roughly 1700 with a study of the Mughal Empire and its decline, followed by the rise of British India...

This course examines how modern social and political institutions developed in the region that includes Central and South America and the Caribbean. We begin by questioning why such diverse places...

This course surveys the history of particular Native American groups from their prehistoric entry to North America until the development of the reservation system in the 19th century. A variety of...

This course examines people who live in the developing world and the impact of modernization and industrialization on their ways of life. Students gain a better understanding of the social,...

This course introduces students to the complexity and dynamism of the African past, from antiquity to the dawn of the 20th century. The course begins with an examination of the Nile Valley...

Scientists agree that there are few genetic differences between people of different races and ethnicities. Social scientists thus contend that racial distinctions are a product of society and...

This course is a study of the rise and fall of the racial segregation system that became known as apartheid in South Africa - the land of Nelson Mandela, Miriam Makeba, and Trevor Noah. Grounded...