Daniel Clarke Waugh
Examines special topics in history.
A widely-ranging introduction to selected topics in the history and culture of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire. While the exact scope of the course is still to be decided, it likely will range over 2000 years or so of Mongolia's history from the time of the Xiongnu (ca. 200 BCE) to the present. There will be significant emphasis on the period of the Mongol Empire and its immediate successors (13th-15th centuries). Which topics are covered will to some extent depend on how many students are registered for the class and which ones they select for their papers/reports. The course will enhance critical thinking and writing skills with a challenging array of readings and several essay assignments.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminar format (reading/discussion, no lectures) with students giving regular reports and handing them in in essay form for instructor feedback. Re-writes of most essays will be possible.
Upper level college reading and writing skills, willingness to do a lot of reading and regular writing. No formal prerequisites, but would not hurt to have had some course work relating Eurasian history. (Graduate students--the course is crosslisted as SISRE 590--will be expected to use some foreign-language material for their research paper.)
Class assignments and grading
Some common assigned readings and a book critique; several (probably 3) class reports/papers on assigned blocks of readings, with some choice as to topics. The papers are submitted in draft and rewritten. Possibly a final take-home essay. Graduate students write in addition a short research paper. Grade calculated in first instance on basis of written work, but participation will be significant component, since this is a reading/discussion seminar, not a lecture course. Regular attendance is essential. The course is scheduled for two meetings a week, although in some weeks it may meet only once.