Occidental College Hist 226 Spring 2018
Prof. Maryanne Horowitz
Office: Swan 314 323-259-2583 (x2583 on campus)
Office Hours: 8-9:50 Mon. & 9-9:55 Wed. , and by appointment
Class meets 10:40-11:35 MWF
Books Required (bookstore, or can be ordered from Amazon.com) check Reserves or Link+)
Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789
Lynn Hunt, Inventing Human Rights
Ishay, Human Rights Reader, 2nd edition
Scans of Ishay, History of Human Rights
Recommended Oxy Events: History Dept.: Confederate Monument Controversy, Prof. Nina Silber, Th. Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m. Theatre Dept: Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale Students may suggest other events.
1/3 Class attendance, participation, initiative, intellectual discussion
1/3 2 In-class exams Wed. March 7 and Wed. April 18 (writing at computers and printing)
1/3 10-page term paper plus U. Chicago endnotes and Bibliography divided into Primary (such as documents in Ishay) and Secondary Sources on student’s topic of choice. See Reserves for suggested readings; Wiesner-Hanks suggests readings at the end of chapters. Topic proposal Feb. 12; Paper Thesis and Bibliography Wed. Feb. 28, revision acceptable on Fri. March 2; Sentence Outline March 19, Paper passed in Wed. April 4.
Other items available on reserve. Required books may also be on reserve or available Link+
Hist. 226 Reading to be completed by beginning of Monday class unless otherwise indicated.
By Fri. Jan. 26, read Hunt, Inventing Human Rights, chs. 1 and 2
Jan. 29 Wiesner-Hanks (W-H), Introduction, Ch. 1.
By Fri. Feb. 2, Hunt, chs. 3 and 4
Feb. 5 W-H, ch. 2 By Fri. Feb. 9 Hunt, ch. 5 and Appendix of documents. Be prepared to discuss thesis of entire book. Are some chapters more convincing than others? Individual assignments in Ishay (reserve scan from her other book History of Human Rights, ch. 2 “Human Rights and the Enlightenment”)
Mon. Feb. 12 Bring proposal for research paper: write a paragraph describing your interest. Include at least l primary source of importance for your topic. Short bibliography with call numbers would be useful (not necessary to have checked books out yet).
Feb. 12 W-H, ch. 3 and 4 Individual assignments in Scan of Ishay, History of Human Rights, ch. 1 “Early Ethical Contributions to Human Rights” Recommended Th. Feb. 15 4:30 p.m. Confederate Monument Controversy, Choi Auditorium
W. Feb. 14 Individual assignments on documents. Ishay, The Human Rights Reader 2nd ed., ch. 5 “Liberal Vision of Human Rights” and Ch. 15, documents pp. 483-487.
Fri. Feb. 16
W. Feb. 21 W-H 5 Film Belle in class Wed. Feb. 21 & Fri Feb. 23 (Johnson 313)
Mon. Feb. 26 See Belle. (Johnson 313)
Wed. Feb. 28 Back to Library 355. Bring Paper thesis and bibliography divided into primary and secondary sources. Revision accceptable on Fri. March 2. Discuss Individual reports assigned in W-H ch. 5. Read also the 18th century documents extending rights of “man” to “women” explicitly: 7.7 Olympes de Gouges 7.8 Wollstestonecraft (in The Human Rights Reader)
March 5 W-H 6 Meet at pcs outside writing center, bottom floor of Academic Commons. Hour Exam on Wed. March 7:
25 min. W-H chs. 1-5 (class chose chs. 2 & 4 for testing)
25 min. Hunt, Inventing Human Rights as unified argument in consideration of Ishay, History, chs. 1 & 2, documents in Reader assigned and Belle.
March 19 W-H 7, 8 Mon. March 19. Pass in sentence outline of paper.
March 21, 23 Class in Fowler 310. See film Sally Hemings in Fowler 310.
March 26 W-H 9 Discuss Sally Hemings. March 28 Ishay, Human Rights Reader, ch. 7 Human rights for whom? and documents pp. 488-92
April 2 W-H 10
Wed. April 4. Pass in 2 copies of paper Times Roman, Double Space, Paginated 10 pages plus U. Chicago Endnotes and Bibliography divided into Primary and Secondary sources.
April 9 W-H 11, 12 Ishay, scan of History of Human Rights, “A Chronology of Events and Writings related to Human Rights”
April 11 Completed Global Encounters lecture
April 15 Discussion favorite topics for exam; topics one wants to learn more about. Lecture on 17th century French Absolutism vs. English Civil War and 1688 limited monarchy.
April 16 W-H 13 Mon. Pass in 2 copies of Takehome exam typed, Times roman, 12 Point. 3 pages (parenthetical MLA citations to documents in The Human Rights Reader or to class films.) Discuss the development in texts of 16th through 18th centuries of the right to private property and either the right to freedom of religion OR the right to freedom of expression-- with consideration of viewpoints of Mary Wollstonecraft and Olympe de Gouges. Include issue of owning another person and issue of who participates in government institutions. Suggest sections of chs. 6-13 to leave out of exam.
Wed. April 18 Hour Exam on W-H 6-13 and classwork. 8 questions, 6 minutes each. Identify (who/what, where when) and give the significance OR relate l item to another item. Some choice.
Fri. April 20. Meet in Special Collections, top floor of Academic Commons for experiencing an early modern book collection.
Student reporting next 4 classes on items of interest from Hist. 226 reserves,Special Collections, or other items related to this class.
April 23 Printing Press as an Agent of Historical Change: Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Advance, Skepticism, and Defiance of Censorship
April 25 Visual Cues to Collecting and Early Modern Origins of Museums.
April 27 Stages of French Revolution: challenges of instituting human rights protections. Exams returned.
Mon. April 30 Last Class: Eleanor Roosevelt announcing Human Rights at UN.
Time for students evaluations on computers.
Recommended Events: History Dept.: Confederate Monument Controversy, Prof. Nina Silber, Th. Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m. Theatre Dept: Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale Students might suggest other events.
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