Students read a variety of texts on the origin, development, and modern conception of the Inquisition starting with its juridical origins as an investigative technique to its incarnations in Europe (i.e. Spanish Inquisition), the New World, and India. The course shows students a method for exploring the beliefs and practices of various societies through the lens of the Inquisition with an emphasis on the use of primary sources. Students will read both secondary works and primary documents; all required readings are in English. In the second part of the semester, students carry out a substantial independent research project on a historical topic related to the course. Affiliate department: History.