HIST 499: RS: Senior Seminar in History

HIST 499-002: Senior Seminar: Latin America in the Cold War
(Spring 2019)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall 1109

Section Information for Spring 2019

This research seminar is the capstone course for history majors. In the last couple of decades, historians have begun to re-examine the impact of the Cold War superpower rivalry on Latin American governments, cultures, and societies. This scholarship has questioned some of the assumptions of North American diplomatic historians and has broadened the object of study beyond politics and violence. Within this general topic, students will devise their own research projects with my approval. Students may choose to explore some aspect of diplomatic or military history, or they may choose to focus on an aspect of cultural history or a question of U.S. influence. The causes of U.S. intervention in the Dominican Republic and the influence of rock music in 1960s Brazil are equally acceptable topics. Once they have chosen a topic, students will familiarize themselves with the relevant scholarly literature, carry out extensive primary-source research, and produce a paper of between 20 and 30 pages. Students will be expected to present their papers in class and to review the work of their peers.

Mason Core (All)

Research/Scholarship Intensive

Research (All)

Satisfies the general education requirement in systhesis.

Satisfies the writing intensive requirement in the major.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Research on specialized historical topic culminating in seminar paper and oral presentation. Synthesis course; students expected to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Mason Core courses. Notes: Subject determined by instructor. Student may present no more than 3 credits for graduation credit. Must receive passing grade to graduate with BA in history. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 90 credits
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: (HIST 300C) and (ENGH 302C, ENGL 302C, HNRS 110C or 210C).
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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