History | The History of Outcasts: Dissent, Exile, and Execution in European History
B303 | 10667 | B. Aloe

Above class open to undergraduates and EDUC MAs 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

Students will: trace the processes and influence of dissent and
punishment on European politics, society, and culture; consider the
various forms of dissent throughout European history; learn to
construct historical arguments and write well-crafted essays;
analyze the variety of approaches found in secondary sources;
identify and interpret primary sources.