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This course will explore social groups and their institutions, and culture in the broad sense of how people lived, thought, their beliefs and values. It will emphasize the interaction of classes, ethnic, and religious groups within a particular society or societies. Attention will be paid to differences between social history and other kinds of history. In social and cultural history, the student does not concentrate on the elites, but, rather, focuses on the people--the assembly, the army, the congregation, the social activities, and social movements arising from the people. The course will explore what life was like for these groups in their period in the past and how the knowledge of their experiences inform the inquiry into broad issues, such as social inequality, the construction of nations and citizens, ongoing struggles over rights, and the formation of personal and group identities. The course will also explore collective values and expectations of certain historical populations and how these values and expectations changed over time.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Analyzing Social Structures (SS) Context of Experience: European Traditions (ET) Extended Requirement: Pre-Industrial Society (PI)
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: None Existing Course: New Existing Course Number: Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 1 Number of Seats: 30
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