HIST 352
American Maritime History Fall 2019 (also offered Spring 2020)
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed HIST 352 / MAST 352

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This course surveys American maritime history from the colonial era to the 21st century. We will consider the dynamic relationship between the sea and American life, and the broad influence that each has had on the other. Special emphasis will be placed on how diverse peoples shaped and experienced America’s maritime past. We will sample from different fields of historical inquiry including labor, environmental, cultural, political, technological, and energy history in order to gain a deeper understanding of America’s maritime heritage.
The Class: Type: classroom discussion as well as field seminars
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, weekly response papers, three longer papers
Extra Info: offered only at Mystic Seaport
Prerequisites: BIOL 101 or GEOS/MAST 104, or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 352 Division II MAST 352 Division II
WS Notes: Students must complete weekly 1-page papers, two 5-page papers, and a final 10- to 15-page paper. Additionally, students will participate in several in-class writing workshops and peer critiques that cover argument and style. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
DPE Notes: Maritime activity has long provided opportunities for some while burdening others with tremendous costs. From the slave trade and the encounters between native and European mariners to the power wielded by multi-national shipping conglomerates, this course investigates contests over power, empire, and capitalism as they played out on the maritime stage.
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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