Elizabeth L. Crouch
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.
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.
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.