07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T
Research Hall 202
Section Information for Fall 2021
This course requires students to write an article-length (20-25 page) research paper based on primary sources and the relevant secondary literature in the field. Students select a topic of their choice, developed in consultation with the instructor. The seminar topic is death in history. The theme is intentionally broad to give students as much leeway as possible in constructing a research project that connects to their own research interests. Possible topics include: grief and mourning rituals; history and politics of war casualties; memorialization and commemoration after mass causalities; cemetery studies; history of cremation; environmentalism and burial practice; racial violence (e.g. lynching); as well as religious traditions and death practice. Students learn a wide variety of methodological approaches to understanding how the study of death reveals unique and often profound lessons about the history of race, religion, politics, and culture.
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Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Cultural Studies, Education (Community College) or History.
Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.