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Stephanie M. H. Camp
HIST 395
Seattle Campus

Modern Historical Writing, Honors Seminar

New types of problems examined by historians and new techniques that have evolved for solution. Brief historiographical introduction, reaching back to the "scientific" historians of the mid-nineteenth century, then continues by examining the impact on historians of new disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and economics, and of new techniques such as statistics and prosopography. Readings are in the theorists and in those who followed their lead. Admission by departmental invitation only.

Class description

HIST 395 is a seminar for honors students in history. It introduces students to historiography, the "study of the study of history." This course will be condusted around the investigation of what slavery looked and felt like in different contexts, as well as to changing ideas of who was enslave-able and why. Some of the course's key themes are: comparative racial formations, slavery and gender, and culture and resistance. These themes will be studied comparatively, looking at African slavery as well as the diverse forms of enslavement took in different parts of the Americas. The goals of the class are few. Our first goal is to become acquainted with how slavery changed and developed over time in the Atlnatic world context and what kinds of changes and developments it, in turn, caused. Our second goal is to give you, the students, the opportunity to discuss what you are learning, what confused you, what you found compelling, what you found unconvincing. The emphsis in this semimar, then, is on discussion and debate. Students must come to each and every class fully prepared to engage with one another about the readings.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This seminar is limited to undergraduates who are enrolled in the Honors Program in Histo

Class assignments and grading

Participation, response essays, final paper.


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 Moran Tompkins
Date: 02/05/2004