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Joel T Walker
HSTAM 315
Seattle Campus

The Byzantine Empire

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of the eastern Roman Empire from the fourth to fifteenth centuries.

Class description

This course explores the history of the Byzantine Empire between the sixth and fifteenth centuries C.E. It thus provides a sequal to HISTAM 314, The World of Late Antiquity. Students who complete all assignments for the course will gain a better understanding of many different aspects of Byzantine history and culture. They will also sharpen their skills of historical analysis. Students in this course will receive W-credit for writing.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a small lecture class, but students will also be expected to participate in class discussion.

Recommended preparation

One previous course in ancient or medieval European history, esp. HIST 111 or HIST 112; or previous courses in Classics, art history, or religious studies.

Class assignments and grading

The quizzes will consist of a map section, multiple choice, and analysis of excerpts from primary sources. The final exam will be similar in design. Topics for the first papers are fixed. There will be suggested topics for the final research paper, but students will also have the option of designing their own topic in consultation with the instructor.

Class participation (10%); Two quizzes (30%; 15% each); First paper, 3-4 pages (15%); Second paper, 6-8 pages (20%); Final exam (25%).


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 Joel T Walker
Date: 04/06/2008