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Japan and the Atomic Bomb

HIST 381
Fall 2015
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SISP 381, CEAS 384, DANC 381
Certificates: International Relations

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 are central to the history of the 20th century. This course examines the scientific, cultural, and political origins of the bombs; their use in the context of aerial bombings and related issues in military history; the decisions to use them; the human cost to those on whom they were dropped; and their place in history, culture, and identity politics to the present. Sources will include works on the history of science; military, political, and cultural history; literary and other artistic interpretations; and a large number of primary source documents, mostly regarding U.S. policy questions. This is an extremely demanding course.

This interdisciplinary, experiential, and experimental course combines studio learning (movement studies and interdisciplinary, creative exploration) and seminars (presentations and discussions). No previous dance or movement study is required and the course is not particularly geared toward dancers or performers. However, your willingness to experiment on and share movement is important. We encourage you to think about movement as a method of accessing human experiences and making distance malleable, a way to explore your own sensations, thoughts, and reactions in learning history. Weekly journal entry is required and each student will create his/her own final project to deepen the syllabus.
Credit: 1.5 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(CGST-MN)(DANC-MN)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on OCT-02-2023
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