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Carol G Thomas
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

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

Class description

Herodotus of the Greek state Halicarnassos has won the title"Father of History" for his account of the conflict between Greece and Persia. He was not the first person to write an account of something but he used the tool of writing for a new purpose. He statemed that he hoped to do two things: to preserve the memory of the past by putting on record the astonishing achievement both of our own and of the Asiatic peoples and to show how the two races came into conflict. The purpose of this seminar is to discover how Herdotus came to be the "Father of history" through an examination of his intent, methods, tools, context of his life, and achievements.

Student learning goals

Gaining an appreciation for the beginning of the writing of historical accounts;

understanding the nature of our primary sources of historical writing;

building a compelling case for the significance of one particular aspect of influence on Herodotus;

cooperating collectively with others in the seminar;

enhanced facility in your own writing on historical subjects;

building greater understanding of this exciting period of Greek history.

General method of instruction

Collective discussion of assigned reading. All students are expected to participate actively in the seminar.

Recommended preparation

494 seminars are required of history majors. Thus at the senior level, participants will have considerable background in history courses.

Class assignments and grading

20% of final grade reflects active participation in the seminar; 40% of the final grade is based on eight short weekly papers; 40% of the final grade is associated with each students special research, presentation in class and research paper.

timeliness, fulfilling the assignment, quality of presentation.l

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 Carol G Thomas
Date: 04/30/2008