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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." 

(L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between, 1953)

Note: The JFKI department of history is committed to the standard principles of DEIB: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Diversity is having a seat at the table.
Equity is giving everyone what they need to have access to the table.
Inclusion is having a voice.
Belonging is having your voice heard.

All course participants are expected to imbibe these principles by treating other course participants--including the instructors, possible guests, other students and student assistants--, with courtesy and respect. Comments should be factual, constructive, and free from harassment. Students are encouraged to disagree with other students, but disagreements must be constructive, based on facts, documentation and/or experiences rather than prejudices and personalities. All members will promote an atmosphere of mutual respect. At the beginning of classes, students can elect a student representative to voice comments and concerns. Please contact the student representative or the instructor if you have suggestions for improving the classroom environment. Students may also email their respective instructor directly. All instructors in the department aim to create a course using DEIB. If you require accommodations, please do let us know immediately. We are always happy to consider creative solutions that do not compromise the intent of the assessment or learning activities. We welcome feedback that will assist us in improving the usability and experience for all students.

North American Studies Course Catalog (Winter Semester 2021/22)

Courses at the History Department: Winter Semester 2021/22


Understanding North America

Understanding North America A, Ulla Haselstein, Sebastian Jobs, Alexander Starre, Fridays, 10:00-12:00, 14:00-16:00. Tutorium Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00, 14:00-16:00

Orientation Module

Rituals and Performance in U.S. History, Sebastian Jobs, Mondays, 10:00-12:00

Introduction to Public History: Black History in Transatlantic Popular Culture, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 12:00-14:00

Module A: History of North America to 1865

Gender, Legitimacy, and Expansion in Antebellum America, Max Klose, Mondays 12:00-14:00

Prostitution in American History to 1865, Sonja Dolinsek, Tuesdays 18:00-20:00

Module B: History of North America since 1865

American Foreign Relations in the Late Cold War, Brad Morith, Tuesdays, 12:00-14:00



MA-Colloquium History, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 18:00-20:00

Module A: North American History in the World

Self-Constructions and Popular Conceptions of Indigeneity, Matthias Voigt, Tuesdays, 18:00-20:00

Science and Technology in Transatlantic Relations, Sönke Kunkel and David Bosold, Mondays, 14:00-16:00