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Evamaria Ziege
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

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

Class description

The "Frankfurt School" is one of the most important groups of intellectuals in West Germany after 1945. Their ideas were not only formative for sociology and philosophy in an academic context but crucial for the social movement of 1968 as well as German political culture until today. The course will discuss how the concept of "Critical Theory" evolved and changed in 1930s and 1940s under the influence of exile and reemigration. We will trace the receptions und current highly controversial interpretations of the Frankfurt School in both Germany as well as the Anglosaxon world.

Student learning goals

How to approach a new subject

How to research a full bibliography

How to differentiate between different schools of interpretation of subject

How to assess sources independently

How to present results in class

How to develop a theoretical interest guiding own research

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Oral presentation, written assignment, lengthier paper at end of term with annotated bibliography.

Participation, written and oral assignments


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 Evamaria Ziege
Date: 10/10/2007