HIST 797 (02) - Colloquium


Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   14  
CRN: 56312
Selected topics in American, European, and non-Western history. Required of history majors. Students must elect section in the department office at the time of registration. Course meets the History major requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Prerequisite(s): HIST 500
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Cross listed with : HIST 897.02
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Cynthia Van Zandt

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 MW 9:40am - 11:00am HORT 422
Additional Course Details: 

Witches, Magic, and Witch Trials

This course will explore witchcraft and magic from 1500 to the present. We will focus heavily on regional cases of witchcraft and magical belief, and on the famous Salem Witch Trials, and we will also broaden our perspective and explore magic and witchcraft from around the world and into the modern era. In addition to historical witchcraft, we will explore contemporary debates over public monuments and memorials to victims of witch trials, in the process, we will consider the ethics of consumerism and tourism at sites of tragedy. Finally, we will study representations of witchcraft in popular culture to examine how media and literature have shaped the way the modern public understands historical witchcraft.

This is the capstone research seminar for the undergraduate History major. All students will undertake research in primary and secondary sources and prepare a substantial original research paper. Many of our class meetings will include workshopping sessions of your research in progress.