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Adam W Warren
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.

Class description

MEDICINE, RACE, AND POWER IN THE COLONIAL WORLD.

This course seeks to enhance our understanding of colonialism by examining the growing literature on medical practice as a tool of state power in the colonial world. Readings and discussions will focus in particular on the ways in which colonial states drew upon institutions of healing and notions of medical-scientific “authority” to articulate power relations and act out ideologies of racial difference in the colonies. The course will look broadly and comparatively at colonial societies and the nation-states that succeeded them, asking how colonial medical practices have influenced the development of modern medical and public health institutions. By looking at how scholars have addressed these topics in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and the South Pacific, the course will engage a sophisticated historiography that transcends traditional area studies boundaries.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar format.

Recommended preparation

This is the capstone course for senior history majors.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.


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 Adam W Warren
Date: 04/20/2005