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Charles W Bergquist
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

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

Class description

COLOMBIA: THE CONTEMPORARY CRISIS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

An analytical approach to Colombian history focusing on the historical antecedents to the current crisis. Origins and evolution of the guerrilla insurgency. Impact of drug trade. Prospects for peace.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Critical discussions of several books class reads in common. Writing of an analytical essay on an aspect of Colombian history

Recommended preparation

Introductory courses in history, especially Latin American history, and ability to read Spanish-language material will be helpful. There are no prerequisites, however.

Class assignments and grading

In addition to three books read in common, and reviewed and discussed in class, students write an anlytical essay of 10-12 pages on a problem in Colombian history or current affairs.

3 (two-page) book reviews, 10% each for a total of 30%; analytical essay (10-12 pages), 50%; attendance and quality of oral participation, 20%


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 Charles W Bergquist
Date: 04/18/2005