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David Giles
CHID 250
Seattle Campus

Special Topics: Introduction to the History of Ideas

Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

The course will make an effort to unpack the surfaces of everyday experience in the shared spaces of the city, and to trace a few of their specific geographic, cultural, political, and economic histories, in both the most immediate and most extended senses of that word, from the city�s ecological underpinnings and indigenous foundations to its long standing traditions of labour organising; from the global trajectories of migration and capital which built and continue to build the city to the struggles over civil rights which have been staged here; from the desks of city planners and politicians to the alleys and interstices written in between the lines of their decisions and the homeless who sleep there.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

seminar-style discussion, individual presentations, and experiential fieldtrips, and maybe the odd lecture

Recommended preparation

(Lower division coursework in any of the subjects listed above is recommended, but not required. The only prerequisites are curiosity and commitment.)

Class assignments and grading

Regular short writing assignments and a final project

Digestion of the course material, completion of the assignments, original research, and class participation.


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 David Giles
Date: 11/14/2008