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Instructor Class Description

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Patricia B. Ebrey
HIST 490
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Examines special topics in history.

Class description

This class will explore some of the really big questions in history: Why did empires rises in some places rather than others? What accounts for the size and durability of civilizations? What can we attribute to technology? To geography? To ideas?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

previous history courses

Class assignments and grading

Students are expect to read the assignments each week and also write two papers. The short paper is a 4-6 page analysis of an article in world history. The long paper is an 8-10 page research paper on a topic of their choice.

short paper 25% long paper 50% discussion/participation 25%


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 Patricia B. Ebrey
Date: 10/05/2007