Sandra R. Joshel
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.
History 388 is an intensive introduction to the study of history for students who have declared their intent to be history majors. Each course centers on a different historical problem: Conquerors and Slaves focuses on the growth of a large-scale slave society during the conquest of empire in Republican Rome. The topics of the seminar include: the relations of conquest and slavery; the effects of conquest and slavery on Roman society; slave revolts, the use of slaves; and Roman images of slaves.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Discussion and short lectures
None, although a course in Roman History or HIST 111 will be useful.
Class assignments and grading
Short response papers Class presentation Essay
Written work Participation in class discussion Presentation