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Elizabeth L. Crouch
HIST 388
Seattle Campus

Colloquium: Introduction to History

Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.

Class description

Hist 388: French Colonialism in North Africa and Southeast Asia.

This is a class designed for new or prospective history majors in order to acquire the skills necessary to be good historians by reading and engaging with historical texts and formulating and presenting historical arguments. Our focus will be on exploring the experiences of French colonialism and decolonization in North Africa and Southeast Asia. In particular, we will use a wide variety of primary sources to discover the ways in which the French ‘imagined’ and ‘constructed’ these regions in conjunction with their efforts to control and colonize them, and the responses to this clash of cultures on the part of the colonized peoples.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a seminar based primarily on class discussions and short lectures.

Recommended preparation

None, except for a healthy intellectual curiosity!

Class assignments and grading

Grading will be based on class participation and short analysis and response papers. This is a "W" 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 Elizabeth L. Crouch
Date: 06/09/2008