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Amy Absher
HIST 200
Seattle Campus

Ten Events that shook the World

Offers introduction to history by examining ten events of great importance for both past and present. The ten events, which vary from quarter to quarter, come from diverse times and places, thereby encouraging a sweeping view of world history. (See department advisor for the current quarterly list of the ten events.)

Class description

BRING OUT YOUR DEAD: PLAGUES AND PEOPLES

The focus of this course will be the history of humanity’s encounters with infectious diseases and the far-reaching social consequences of plagues.

The list of possible plagues to be considered includes: Athenian Plague, Black Death, Smallpox, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, Cholera, Polio, the Chinatown Plagues, 1918 Influenza, and HIV/AIDS.

Student learning goals

• To acquire the skills of a historian in terms of critical/creative thinking

• To analyze and assess historical sources through writing assignments.

General method of instruction

Lecture, course readings, and writing assignments.

Recommended preparation

More important than knowledge of world history is the desire to attend and be prepared for classes. Students should understand that their preparation for class will influence their learning as well as the learning of others.

Class assignments and grading

The course assignments consist of primary source analysis papers; discussions; reading assignments; and exams. Readings will be on library electronic reserve. Students should be prepared to print out the readings and bring them to class.


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 Amy Absher
Date: 10/11/2008