College Of Arts and Sciences | The History of the Future
S104 | 4010 | Pace, A.
A medieval preacher prophesying the end of the world, a nineteenth
century scientist predicting an age of universal prosperity, a model
of the city of the future at a 1920s World Fair, a 1950s civil
defense film, and the bridge of the Star Ship Enterprise — each of
these is a historical document offering invaluable evidence about the
hopes, fears, and values of a particular era. In this course you
will have the opportunity to see how projections into the future are
used by historians to reconstruct the mind-set of earlier periods.
You will work directly with such materials, producing your own
historical analyses and you will learn about the historical context
in which these cultural products were created. Throughout you will
be provided with models of how historians work, as well as how you
may strengthen your skills at such tasks as reading, writing, note-
taking, and taking part in discussion. You will have the opportunity
to work closely with other students and with the instructor.