Courses

Here’s a list of current and former courses that I’ve taught at the University of Florida.  When I’ve taught a course more than once, I’ll generally leave only the most recent iteration up on this page:

Modern America (Spring, 2012): One of three graduate “foundation” seminars for U.S. history students.  Last taught in the Fall of 2006 and the Fall of 2007, and the new and improved syllabus can be found here.  AMH 6290—MODERN AMERICASYL2012

History of Corrections (Spring, 2012): An undergraduate course for Criminology students.  Last taught in Fall, 2005, so I’ll simply post the current syllabus here.  CCJ 4934—History of Corrections

History and Public Policy (Fall, 2011): This is an unusual sort of “history” course in some ways, in that it is not centered on a narrative history of period or place.  One way to think about this is to realize that you’re not taking a course titled “History of Public Policy” but one titled “History and Public Policy.”  That makes a difference.  This course considers the relationship between the study of/making of history and the study of/making of public policy.  In fact, the semester is broadly organized in two parts:  first, the manner in which historians think about public policy and, second, the manner in which policy makers think about or use history.  HPP2011Syllabus-1

Illicit Enterprise (Fall, 2011): This course has been taught as an undergraduate senior seminar, a summer lecture course, and now (Fall 2011) as an undergraduate Honors course.  This version of the course has a threefold purpose.  First, we’ll be examining the history of illicit enterprise—in other words, the history of those economic activities that lie outside the boundaries of the law.  Although we can’t comprehensively cover this history (to say the least!) this course is intended to give you broad introduction to a few substantive parts of that history.  Second, we’ll consider how histories of the illicit are written.  This means thinking carefully about the theoretical and methodological challenges for historians trying to make sense of these forms of social behavior.  You’ll notice that we employ concepts from historical analysis, but also borrow freely from other disciplines, such as criminology, sociology, political science, and economics.  Whatever is helpful!  Third, and finally, we’ll work very hard to apply these skills in research projects.  IllicitSyllabusFall2011

U.S. Since 1945 (Fall, 2008): In preparing this course, I did a little research in the UF undergraduate catalogs.  I found out that this course (U.S. Since World War II) was first offered in the 1978-1979 academic year.  Before that, there was a course called “U.S. Since the Great Depression” which had been regularly offered.  So, the U.S. since 1945 course is celebrating its 33rd birthday this year (2011)!  Just think—as much time separates today from when the course was first taught (33 years) as separated the end of WWII from when the course was first offered (33 years).  So, in effect, the amount of “history”—at least measured in terms of years—has very nearly doubled over the life of the course. AMH 4270RevSyllabus

Drugs in American History (Spring, 2007) and Drugs, Crime and Policy (Spring, 2006): Regrettably, these have been the last undergraduate and graduate (respectively) courses on drugs history that I’ve been able to teach.  I’ve included a link to the graduate syallbus here, though it would be much-revised by now!  CCJ 6654 Seminar

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