HIST 130
Rioting in British History
Last Offered Spring 2021
Division II Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

Since scholars in the twentieth century turned from the bird’s to the worm’s-eye view of the past, scholarship on rioting and crowd actions has grown. Exploring rioting in the history of modern Britain allowed researchers a chance to learn about the values, priorities, and tactics of people not previously centered in the historical record. It also created space to raise questions about what makes something a riot and how visions of public order shape military or police responses to those riots. In this course, we will examine the causes, strategies, and consequences of riots from the 1780s to the 1980s, from bread riots to the Brixton riots. We will also develop our own definitions of what qualifies as a riot, interrogating why our present definitions may differ from those in the past. While this course is rooted in the “classic” studies of British riots, to give students a strong sense of disciplinary practices and traditions, it also allows space to see how cutting-edge scholarship has expanded the discipline. “Rioting in British History” is a history seminar designed for first- and second-year students, particularly those interested in the discipline of history. In addition to exploring the theme of rioting in great depth, this course will also provide students the chance to grow as researchers and writers. By the end of this course, students will have developed the ability to analyze and evaluate works of history, identify the kinds of primary sources necessary to answer their historical questions, and write history papers that show their ability to identify and analyze relevant scholarly works and primary source materials. Since this is a writing-intensive course, students should expect to conduct peer evaluations of their writing assignments and will get consistent feedback on their writing assignments from the instructor.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 5671
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will have regular reading assignments, averaging around 50 pages per week. Students will complete four unit response papers and one 10-12 page research paper.
Prerequisites: First-year or sophomore standing--juniors and seniors with permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: First-year students will be given preference, followed by sophomores who have not yet taken a 100-level seminar.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will complete four unit response papers, two of which will receive peer evaluation and feedback in class before being revised and submitted. All papers will receive feedback from the professor. Students will also complete a 10-12 page final research paper which they will develop over the course of the semester, including a rough draft workshop.

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