History | History of the Outcasts: Dissent, Exile, and Execution in European History
B303 | 12931 | B. Aloe


Above class open to undergraduates and EDUC MA's only

Socrates, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther . . . history is filled
with “outcasts,” or those who are removed from society either
through exile or execution. Often these removal processes are the
result of dissent within society. Either the individual being
removed has voiced dissent or the society is voicing their dissent
through the removal process. This course will examine the historical
phenomenon of removing individuals from society, both violently and
peacefully, as well as the role of dissent in society and as a force
of historical change and meaning. Students will study a number of
European societies (ranging from Antiquity to the Twentieth century)
and the role of dissent and criticism within those given societies.
As a class we will analyze the various forms of dissent, their
impact on history, and how, as historians, one can derive meaning
from dissent and punishment. In doing so, we will encounter several
important topics in European history, including the Roman Empire,
the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Russian
Revolution.

Course Requirements:
There are no prerequisites for this course. Each class will be
comprised of lecture, discussion, and various classroom activities.
Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the
assigned readings and the topics for that day.  There will be a mid-
term exam, a final exam, and short response papers will be assigned
for certain weeks. While there is no required textbook for this
class, we will read a variety of authors from European history,
including excerpts from Plato, Machiavelli, Luther, Galileo,
Voltaire, and Lenin. All of the readings will be posted on
ereserves. In addition, the course will utilize various visual
images, including films.