Freshmen History Seminars for Spring 2014

HIST 1099 001: Pregnancy, Birth, and Health: Sociological and Historical Perspectives on Reproduction
T 2:00-4:40 PM
This UC Forward Freshman Seminar will integrate historical and sociological readings on women's health with community action through service learning. Consistent with the aims of Medical Humanities, students will study the historical, social, and political issues surrounding reproductive issues - namely, childbirth, pregnancy, midwifery, prematurity, pregnancy loss and infant mortality, adoption, abortion, infertility, and birth control. We will pay special attention to differences of gender, race, and class. Students will be invited to reflect on course material through in-class exercises and assignments that develop writing skills and critical thinking. In addition, in order to fulfill the service-learning component, students will work in groups to build strategies and provide evidence-based resources for local Cincinnati advocacy organizations.

HIST 1099 002: Cold War and Atomic Tourism
MWF 1:25-2:20 PM
This seminar course will consider the establishment of the American Cold War nuclear weapons complex, the cultural, economic, environmental, and political ramifications of building this arsenal, and the recent efforts to memorialize and preserve the history of the complex. The class will specifically consider the nuclear weapons sites in the Ohio River Valley and the wide array of efforts to either save historical sites or to erase them from public memory.

HIST 1099 003: Gender and Politics in the “New” South Africa
TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

This course will review the place of women in the social, cultural, and political development of South Africa during the twentieth century.  In addition to learning the major events in South African history and why they continue to be important in the lives of South African women today, we will consider aspects of the post-1994 society that should cause us to question the extent of “change” in the nation following Apartheid.  This course is predominantly concerned with whether or not women have unique social and political needs in the “new” South Africa, and how/if those needs are being met in contemporary society.