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Osborne, Myles Gregory

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  • HIST 1228 - Introduction to Sub-Saharan African History Since 1800
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Introduces students to the history of Sub-Saharan Africa from 1800 to the present. Major topics of study included the trans-Atlantic slave trade, African state-building, European colonialism, African responses to colonialism and issues facing independent African nations, ranging from debt to HIV/AIDS.
  • HIST 3020 - Historical Thinking & Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2024
    The second cornerstone course for history majors centers on the essential skills all historians use. Students will advance their reading, sourcing, and research techniques, hone critical, analytical, and synthetic skills, navigate scholarly discourse, and practice historical writing. As this simultaneously satisfies the College's upper-division writing requirement, all sections involve substantial, regular, and varied writing assignments as well as instruction in methods and the revision process. All topical variations of this course are limited to a maximum of 18 students in order to focus on supporting students as they learn to write - and think - like an historian. Topics will vary by section. Recommended for sophomores or juniors, HIST 3020 may be taken concurrently with, but not prior to, HIST 1800. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HIST 3110 - Honors Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Practical historiography for students who wish to write a senior honors thesis. Emphasizes choice of topic, critical methods, research, organization, argumentation, and writing. Recommended restriction: History GPA of 2.0 or higher. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HIST 3120 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Department enforced prerequisite: HIST 3110 and instructor consent.
  • HIST 4238 - History of Southern Africa
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Examines the history of southern Africa history from the earliest times to the present. Short background readings and lectures cover southern African's history and class discussions of novels are layered over these basics. Topics of study include Cecil Rhodes and the diamond/gold mines; Shaka and the Zulu "nation"; apartheid; Nelson Mandela and the antiapartheid movement; issues facing South Africa today.
  • HIST 4258 - Africa under European Colonial Rule
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Summer 2021 / Summer 2022 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023
    Looks at the British, French, Portuguese and German empires that undertook the "Scramble for Africa" in the late 19th century. Themes include slavery and the slave trade; colonization and "pacification"; African resistance to European rule; missionaries and converts; decolonization and anti-colonial uprisings; issues facing Africa today, including oil, war and the Rwandan genocide. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1218 or HIST 1228 or HIST 3020 or ANTH 1150 or ANTH 3100 or ANTH 4630 or GEOG 3862 or PSCI 3082.
  • HIST 5000 - Historical Methods: Introduction to the Professional Study of History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Introduces purposes, materials, and techniques of historical scholarship. Theory, practice, and criticism.
  • IAFS 4500 - The Post-Cold War World
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2024
    Capstone course for international affairs majors. Examines the ways in which the end of the Cold War, the collapse of failed states, and the rise of global terrorism changed the world. Studies how peoples, governments and nongovernmental organizations face new social, political, economic and security challenges in an era of globalization. Includes discussion, oral reports, critical book reviews, and research papers.


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