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Trevor Scott Griffey
BIS 293
Bothell Campus

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Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.

Class description

PACIFIC NORTHWEST HISTORY (SPRING 2014)

This course will provide students with an overview of Pacific Northwest history and memory, paying particular attention to the history of Washington state. While rooted in the field of U.S. history, it will draw significantly from other academic fields, including American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Labor Studies and Environmental Studies. It will connect this study of history to a study of memory through critical analysis of two out of three museums in Seattle (students may review all three to receive extra credit): the Burke Museum, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).

What distinguishes the Pacific Northwest as a region, and how has it evolved over time? To answer this question weíll explore four distinct periods in the regionís political economy: 1) The interactions between indigenous people and European and American colonists that redefined the regionís political boundaries in the late 18th and 19th centuries;

2) The influence of trade with and migration from Asia in shaping the regionís resource extraction economy from the 1850s-1930s;

3) The militarization and industrialization of the region's cities from the 1940s-60s; and

4) The growth of a post-industrial high tech economy based in cities and tourist economy based in rural areas since the 1960s.

Student learning goals

Identify major themes in Pacific Northwest history

Use primary sources to make historical arguments

Analyze the use of historical artifacts in museums to narrate history

General method of instruction

Mix of lecture, group discussion of assigned readings, video documentaries and museum visits.

Recommended preparation

Previous study of the U.S. History survey is recommended but not required.

Class assignments and grading

Three papers analyzing the presentation of history in local museums, short papers analyzing historical documents and oral histories, and a final exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Trevor Scott Griffey
Date: 02/17/2014