City in History: The Nineteenth-Century European City
The course is an advanced history seminar. Most of class time will be devoted to class discussion based on the common readings, with occasional presentations. The course will require a significant time investment in reading to be prepared for discussion. Other requirements include: assembling a multimedia dossier of one European city at one moment in its history, a short book review, preparation of weekly discussion questions, and a final examination.
No prerequisites. Some familiarity with the study of history and with Europe (which might include a course in European history, a foreign language, foreign travel) would be helpful, but is not required.
Additional required readings will be available through Woodle. All readings must be completed by the class session for which they are assigned.
For those of you who want an introduction to how to write papers for history courses I recommend: Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (4th or 5th ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s).
IN CLASS: Selections from Honoré de Balzac, The History of the Thirteen (1833-5) and Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (1924).
Thurs 8/31 The
Transformation of Vienna and Paris: An Introduction to Doing Urban History
Adna Ferrin Weber, “Urban Growth in England and Wales in the Nineteenth Century” (1899), in Lees and Lees, eds., The Urbanization of European Society in the Nineteenth Century (1976).
Pierre Sorlin, “French Society, 1840-1914: The Big Cities” (1969), in Lees and Lees, eds., The Urbanization of European Society in the Nineteenth Century (1976).
Wolfgang Köllmann, “The Process of Urbanization in Germany at the Height of the Industrialization Period” (1976), in Lees and Lees, eds., The Urbanization of European Society in the Nineteenth Century (1976).
The Environmental Challenge of Cities
“Conquest of the Center or Flight to the Suburbs? Divergent Metropolitan
Strategies in Europe, 1850-1914,” Journal of Urban History
19 (November 1992): 60-83.
Clark, The Painter of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His
THANKSGIVING RECESS Nov. 25-Dec. 1
11/30 Student Presentations
Wed 12/6 (eve) Student Presentations
12/7 Student Presentations
Your grade will measure your effort, the level of your thinking and writing, as well as the progress you make across the semester. The following is offered as a rough guide and I reserve the right to change it. It assumes a good faith effort on all assignments:
I follow the College of Wooster guidelines for grading. A grade in the “A” range indicates excellent work, the “B” range indicates good work, the “C” range indicates adequate work, the “D” range indicates a minimal performance. A grade of “F” indicates unsatisfactory work.
These discussions will often range widely. They will be held in an open atmosphere in which all views are welcomed.
If you do miss a class, be sure to find out what you have missed and pick up any readings or handouts that were distributed.
INTEGRITY AND PLAGIARISM
The Code of Academic Integrity—Appendix II. Plagiarism
It is not the use of others’ ideas that is unethical; writers expect and hope their work will be read and used. However, to use others’ ideas without acknowledgment is literary kidnapping. (In fact, the word “plagiarism” derives from the Latin word for kidnapper.) Merely to paraphrase (as opposed to quoting verbatim and at length) does not relieve one of the obligation to make clear the source of the ideas or to indicate specifically direct quotations. To have mastered material about which you write implies having read and digested it, so that it comes easily in your own words and you could talk with others about it intelligently. Your obligations—out of respect both to the writers you have read and to good craftsmanship—are to make the ideas you have absorbed a part of you and to acknowledge the sources you have used.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS
If you have questions about the class, or if you find yourself falling behind, contact me immediately.
Greg Shaya Comments:
Syllabus and Multimedia
Assignment prepared 17 December 2009 for H-Urban Teaching Center.
Syllabus copyright 2006 Greg Shaya. All rights reserved.