David Sowell
History Department Chair
Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA 16652


(814) 641-3535

Office Hours Spring 2009:

MWF: 11:00-12:00, 1:00-2:00

TTH: 9:00-10:00

And by appointment

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Course List:

The following is a list of courses taught by Professor Sowell. This list includes both past and present courses, along with descriptions of each, and in some cases syllabi. *


HS 121-The Sixties: This course explores the many facets of the Sixties, a period of remarkable change with lasting cultural, political, and social consequences. In this small class setting we have a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other and to develop a supportive learning environment. I hope that you have fun, learn how a seminar differs from other classes, develop basic skills, and acquire a better understanding of this decade.Syllabus

 HS 293-Sophomore Colloquium: This colloquium helps prepare students for future work in History. It develops in students the skills necessary for success in the classroom. It also introduces students to some of the diverse employment opportunities related to the study of history. Therefore, the course will address topics such as how to organize a research project; development of writing, research, and thinking skills; career and internship opportunities; graduate school preparation; and employment options. Guest lecturers deepen our understanding of many topics.Syllabus


HS 264-Latin American Society and Culture: This course provides a historical overview of Latin American society and culture. It focuses upon the development of colonial societies, the establishment of independent governments, and the major economic, social, and political characteristics of nineteenth and twentieth century Latin America. Throughout, attention will be directed toward the understanding of human tradition of the past and present inhabitants of the region.

HS 211- The Social History of Medicine: This course focuses upon the social history of medicine from a variety of cultural, historical, political, and social perspectives. After a discussion of conceptual tools used in the study of the social history of medicine, we will examine the Western medical tradition from 500 BCE until the twentieth century in broad brushstrokes. We will next explore the primary features that have shaped medicine and health in the Americas, both north and south. Throughout, an effort will be made to consider different frames of medicine and how they affect healing and ideologies.


HS 233/323:-Social Violence in Latin America: Focuses on the changing nature of social violence as a means of viewing the broad panorama of Latin American social history, particularly social tensions that reveal critical periods of transition. Theoretical frameworks for understanding social violence introduce the topic. Prerequisite: HS 264 or permission of instructor. (A Peace and Conflict Studies and Cultural Analysis course).

HS 348- Contemporary Latin America


IS 200: Political and Cultural Modernization: Examines the process of globalization and modernization and the changing political and cultural ideas which have accompanied them using various media and materials from different cultures to ask who we are, where we are and how we got there. This course may fulfill a Humanities or International or Social Science distribution. Prerequisites: Sophomore, Junior or Senior Standing.


IS 400-Senior Seminar in International Studies: This course "provides students who have recently returned from study abroad with a common focus for the exchange of ideas about [their] diverse international experiences." We will spend much of our class time thinking about the multicultural dimensions of your study abroad experience. We will also think about the process of globalization, helping you to improve your ability to analyze this all-important force in the contemporary world.

Your study abroad period, whether it lasted one or two semesters, will be remembered as one of the special experiences of your life. This class will also help you to reflect upon your study abroad experience in ways that will help others maximize their time abroad.


PS 243-U.S. Foreign Policy: Examines U.S. Foreign Policy from the Monroe Doctrine to the New World Order. Special emphasis is given to the tension between isolationism and globalism in this century. The course will focus on contemporary issues such as: the relationship with the UN, the U.S. as a global policeman, and the role of human rights as an American priority. Prerequisite: PS102.

*Please Note: this list is not exhaustive

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