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Autumn 2024 Graduate Course Descriptions

History 7012- Historiography of Modern U.S. II

Instructor: Clay Howard
Days/Time: Fridays, 9:35am-12:20pm
Session: Autumn Regular Academic Term 

Description
Readings in Modern US history, 1945 to present.


History 7255- Studies in 20th Century European History

Instructor: Theodora Dragostinova
Days/Time: Thursdays, 2:20-5:05pm
Session: Autumn Regular Academic Term 

Description
This intensive reading course is designed to give graduate students an introduction to historiographical questions in 20th-century European history.


History 7280- Studies in Russian, Soviet, and Eurasian History

Instructor: David Hoffmann
Days/Time: Mondays, 12:10-2:55pm
Session: Autumn Regular Academic Term 

Description
Graduate readings seminar on Russian, East European, and Eurasian history.


History 7305- Studies in African Religions

Instructor: Ousman Kobo
Days/Time: Tuesdays, 5:00-7:45pm
Session: Autumn Regular Academic Term 

Description
Selected topics in any African religion (including Christianity, Islam and indigenous religions).


History 7550- Studies in Military History

Instructor: Mark Grimsley
Days/Time: Thursdays, 12:45-3:30pm
Session: Autumn Regular Academic Term 

Description
Studies in military history; emphasis on military institutions and activities in war and peace, along with works of historiographical interest to the military history field.


History 7680- Studies in the History of Children, Childhood and Youth

Instructor: Birgitte Soland
Days/Time: Thursdays, 7:00-9:45pm
Session: Autumn Regular Academic Term 

Description
This intensive reading course is designed to give graduate students an introduction to the history of children and childhood in the Western World, from Antiquity to the late 20th century.  The seminar will be focused on three broad themes: historical constructions of children and childhood and changing understandings of the human lifecycle; children’s gendered, racialized, and age-based social, political, legal and familial entitlements, protections and obligations; and children’s lived experiences.  We will read a combination of recently published scholarship and older “classics” in the field.   

At the end of the course, students will be familiar with the broad outlines of the history of children and childhood in the Western world, and the ways in which that history has been shaped by social, economic, cultural and political circumstances.  Students will also have an understanding of the ways in which gender, class, race, ethnicity and parental status have shaped children’s lives.  Finally, students will be familiar with a range of methodologies and approaches to the study of children and childhood and have learned to recognize and appreciate strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.  

This is a three-credit hour course.  The length of assigned readings will vary slightly from week to week, but you should expect an average of 300-400 pages.  All readings will be available through the OSU library system, or for purchase in Kindle or paperback format. 


History 7905- Graduate Pedagogy

Instructor: David Brakke
Days/Time: Wednesdays, 12:45-3:30pm
Session: Autumn Regular Academic Term 

Description
This course provides graduate students with discipline-specific training in the teaching of History at the college level. It is expected that the course will help you in the performance of all of your teaching duties at Ohio State. The course also aims to provide a solid pedagogical foundation for those who aspire to pursue professional teaching careers after graduate school. It provides you with resources and skills that will be useful to you now and in the future, helping you to manage many aspects of teaching, including course design, syllabus construction, lecture and discussion design and practice, teaching a diverse classroom, approaching a collaborative classroom experience, assignment design, evaluation of one’s own teaching, and approaches to teaching writing, critical thinking, and verbal and listening communication skills. During the course, we will explore these different topics as they manifest themselves in the three most prevalent modes of teaching used today: online, in- person, and hybrid.

T. D. Zakrajsek and L. Nilson, Teaching at its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, 5th ed. (Jossey-Bass 2023).
J. C. Bean and D. Melzer, Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, 3rd ed. (Jossey-Bass, 2021)
Complete Goldberg Center Online training course [on Carmen] Complete Goldberg Center Hybrid training course [on Carmen] Articles and podcasts available on Carmen.


History 8550- Seminar in Military History

Instructor: Geoffrey Parker
Days/Time: 5:30-8:15pm
Session: Autumn Regular Academic Term 

Description 
Graduate Research Seminar in Military History. Topics will vary.