Please refer to Courses search at University of Delaware Courses Search (udel.edu) for more information on the following course offerings.

SPRING 2023:

MALS600 Nature and Human Nature (ONLINE)

  • Mondays-6-9pm
  • Delice Williams

MALS617 The Arts in Context: MOZART AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT

  • Wednesdays- 6-9pm
  • Larry Peterson

MALS626 Studies in Contemporary Culture: THINKING OUTSIDE THE BINARIES

  • Tuesdays-6-9pm
  • Thomas Leitch

SUMMER 2023:

MALS610 Force Conflict and Change: How important are History’s “great leaders” really? (ONLINE)

  • TBD
  • Ray Callahan

COURSE SYNOPSIS:

History was, for a very long time, focused on “Great Men” (some of whom were actually women), primarily rulers and military leaders.  Recently, its vision has widened to include a much more inclusive selection of people–and the whole concept of key individuals has been challenged by the argument that it is powerful forces, like industrialism or climate change, that are much more significant than any individual leader no matter how capable and charismatic.  To explore this argument, we will look at two traditional Great Persons, Elizabeth I of England and Winston Churchill, as well as the blind forces involved in one of History’s most argued episodes, the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. The conclusion you draw about what really shapes historical change will then be laid out in an oral presentation and a final paper.