New classes are being offered through the History Department for Spring 2018! Want to take something different? We’ve got you covered.

Digital Storytelling (ASH 3930) – Dr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni

If you are interested in new ways to tell stories about the past, this class is for you.

“Digital Storytelling” is a relatively new practice which uses digital tools for community-engagement. Digital stories are often presented in a compelling first-person style and combine a variety of formats including film, photography, illustration, graphic art etc. It also covers a variety of digital formats: web-based stories, interactive stories, hypertexts, and narrative computer games.

This course will cover the following topics:
Introduction to Digital Storytelling
Community-Engaged Public
Who “owns” the past?
Are historians “custodians” of the past?
How to tell stories digitally: podcasts, films, multi-media collage etc.
Documentary filmmaking
Representing Digital Worlds: Cartography

As a part of the course, you will be empowered to tell your own digital stories. No previous experience in producing or editing digital media is required.

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We are excited to welcome the Judaic Studies program to the History Department!

Literature of the Holocaust (JST 3751) – Dr. Moshe Pelli

There is no more powerful expression of tragedy experienced by the Jews of Europe during the Nazi era than the literature of those who experienced it firsthand. This online involves a study of the traumatic experience of the Holocaust in Europe as depicted in contemporary Jewish and Hebrew literature (in translation).

Authors to be studied include: Elie Wiesel, Aharon Appelfeld, Ka’Tzetnik, H. Bartoc, and K. Kosinski.

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Join Professor Kenneth L. Hanson in one of his three online video courses, Biblical Archeology, Judaism and Jesus and Israel: Start-Up Nation as he dramatizes a host of historical characters in engaging, weekly video episodes created at UCF’s state-of-the-art television facility.

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History Museums & Digital Spaces (HIS 3081) – Dr. Robert Cassanello

This course is an elective to history majors and will give students the opportunity to utilize the ideas, concepts and skills learned in public history courses as well as other content area courses and apply them in a service learning project with the Jones High School Museum. Students will apply principles of museum exhibition curation with digital visualization and storytelling to create an online installation for the Jones High Museum. The course is offered Thursdays 10:30-11:45am in Mixed Mode.

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History of the Global Drug Trade (WOH 4208) – Dr. Yovanna Pineda

Have you ever wondered who started the global drug trade and wars? Who started the mass production and processing of illicit
drugs? When did Mexican Cartels become a “thing”? Why has there been so much blood shed over cocaine, heroin, and
marijuana? Who decides what politics are behind drug laws? Why are drugs fetishized in commercial films?

If so, in this course, we examine the global drug trade and wars over five centuries, with emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries. We focus on the political, medical, economic, and cultural reasons for the trade. We also touch upon issues of drug addiction, rehabilitation, and incarceration. This course is offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:20pm in Mixed Mode.

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Ancient Near Eastern Societies (ASH 3200) – Dr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni

Writing was invented in the ancient Near East more than 5000 years ago and the majority of historical sources from the first 3000 years of history derive from Egypt and Mesopotamia. This course will cover the history of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Anatolia and the Levant with a focus on interacting directly with the primary sources, both textual and archaeological.

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