University of Wisconsin–Madison

Featured Undergraduate Courses – Spring 2018

History of Science 202

History of Science 202 – The Making of Modern Science

Prof. Catherine Jackson
MW 9:55-10:45 AM, 2650 Mosse Humanities

What does it mean to be a scientist or engineer? What role might/should scientists and engineers play in society? Learn why lab classes began, and how science and engineering helped shape modern European history. Understand the origins of science in the US, and explore present-day challenges including climate change and sustainable energy.

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History 229 – Christianity in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800

Dr. Eric Carlsson
MWF 9:55-10:45 AM, B215 Van Vleck Hall

How was Western Christianity transformed between the Reformations of the sixteenth century and the era of the American and French Revolutions? And how did these changes affect the societies and lives of the diverse populations of Europe and its colonies? Join us as we explore events and people that changed the face of the modern world.

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History 229
History 246

History 246 – Southeast Asian Refugees of the “Cold” War

Dr. Michael Cullinane
TR 9:30-10:45 am, B302 Birge Hall

In the aftermath of the wars in Indochina (1975-1995), two million refugees of the Cold War fled Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Most resettled in the US after long periods of displacement, terrifying flight, loss of family, and marginalized life in camps. Analyze the origins of this crisis and its impact on the people it affected.

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History 308 – Introduction to Buddhism

Prof. Anne Hansen
TR 2:30-3:45 pm, 1121 Mosse Humanities

“Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, hearing which one attains peace.” – the Dhammapada

Buddhism across Asia and the US, focusing on the Triple Gem: the figure of the Buddha, his teachings, and Buddhist practitioners and their communities.

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History 308
History 342

History 342 – History of the Peoples Republic of China, 1949 to the Present

Prof. Judd Kinzley
TR 4:00-5:15 pm, 1217 Mosse Humanities Building

Explore the communist foundations of today’s capitalist China and uncover the hidden history of how Mao Zedong paved the way for the rise of a Chinese superpower in the 21st century.

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History 393 – Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1848-1877

Prof. Stephen Kantrowitz
TR 9:30-10:45, 1121 Mosse Humanities Building

Why did the U.S. Civil War take place? How did it change the nation? And why are we still fighting about it today?

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History 393