Refugees I (1S)


While we tend to associate the term “refugee” with recent images of people in crowded boats traversing the Mediterranean, it is clear that all of human history is a story of migration and movement, starting as early as the Neolithic-era movement of populations from the Mediterranean into Europe nearly 9000 years ago. Outside of the Neolithic era, we will also consider a number of other time periods during the medieval and early modern eras and events, including the religiously-motivated movement and exile of persecuted populations out of Europe as well as what historians consider to be the Age of Mass Migration (1850–1913) and explore the historiography on the subject. Students will sharpen their primary source analysis skills, expand their argumentative writing toolkit, and conduct independent research. Honors students will become experts in the topics by reading and presenting selections from additional readings and will consult substantially more sources than non-Honors students in the culminating research projects

Note: Honors option available to juniors and seniors.

Open to juniors and seniors and sophomores if space is available.