The History of the University of Illinois: Crime and Gender on Campus

HIST 200
Protests on Campus

From violent class fights and hazing rituals, Prohibition-era booze raids, to changing policies on student sexuality, and anti-war and anti-racism protests, issues related to crime and civil disobedience have always energized students and dominated campus life. This course uses crime and civil disobedience to explore the diverse and contested history of the University of Illinois from its establishment in 1867 to the present day. The readings will include primary sources like trial transcripts, newspapers, and pamphlets as well as a range of scholarship on these questions. Assignments include a source analysis, a mid-term examination, a poster presentation, and a research paper based on primary sources drawn from the university archives.