HIST 679: War and Remembrance

HIST 679-B01: War and Remembrance
(Summer 2019)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM TR

Mason Global Center (formerly Mason Inn Hotel) 1306B

Section Information for Summer 2019

Saying that something is “etched in stone” is a way of expressing its permanence. In commemorating the past, modern societies have literally etched memories in stone in public memorials, yet interpretations of past conflicts vary among social groups and have changed dramatically over time. This is especially true of how social groups "remember" war, which often plays an important role in the construction of the nation, masculinity, and other forms of identity. In this course, we will examine some of the literature of war and collective memory, in particular how Americans have constructed memories of war and how those memories have been expressed in literature, popular culture, museums and memorials, consumer goods, and commemorative activities. We will also address various methodological approaches to the study of public or collective memory. As a seminar, class time will be spent engaged in discussion. Skills developed in the course include formal and informal writing, textual analysis, public speaking, framing questions, research, exhibit curation, and critical thinking. Assessment will be based on crafting discussion questions, participation in in-class discussion, book reviews, and an original research project centered around exhibit curation for an exhibit dealing with war in US history. This course fulfills the 1914 to the present distribution requirement in US history.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Considers various approaches to the study of public or collective memory as it pertains to war, in particular how people around the world have constructed memories of war and how those memories have been expressed in literature, popular culture, memorials, and commemorative activities. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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