Junior and Senior Elective

This course will examine several historical events through the conspiracy theories that developed around them.
Topics will include the French Revolution, the development of 19th and 20th Century anti-Semitism, mid-twentieth century anti-Communism, climate change denial, and current ideas about the “New World Order.”  Students will discover broad themes that run through and connect each of these disparate topics.  Student learning will be assessed through Canvas posts and discussions, primary source analyses, a midterm analytical essay, and an independent final project.

The purpose of this course is not to teach students to believe in conspiracy theory, but rather to encourage them to consider how conspiracy theory can help us to understand the anxieties that tend to surround rapid social and cultural changes.