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Zinon Papakonstantinou
HIST 490
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Examines special topics in history.

Class description

Athens: Window to Greek history?

This course examines the historical development of the city of Athens from a Bronze Age settlement to the multicultural capital of Greece in the twenty-first century. Topics to be examined include the ancient Athenian democracy, the Athenian empire during the fifth-century BC, Athens during the Byzantine and Ottoman eras and the urban and demographic expansion of Athens during the twentieth century. This is a “writing” course that will be conducted as a senior research seminar. Students will have to write a research paper and make a presentation of their findings in class. Some knowledge of Greek history is preferred.

Student learning goals

Analysis and evaluation of historical sources

effective presentation of student research in an orderly and persuasive fashion

General method of instruction

Lectures, class discussions, student research papers and presentations

Recommended preparation

No formal prerequisites, although some knowledge of Greek history is strongly recommended

Class assignments and grading

Class participation, student research paper and presentation (details to be announced in due time)


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 Zinon Papakonstantinou
Date: 04/15/2008