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Mary R O'Neil
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

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

Class description

Course Title: Inquisition and Society: Medieval and Roman Inquisitions

Student learning goals

Reading of major historical works on the medieval and Roman Inquisitions.

Understanding the relationship of religion and society.

Reading primary documents including Inquisition trials.

Reading famous recent works on Inquisition trials for heresy, magic, supersition and witchcraft.

Have a small group discussion course and getting to know professor and other students.

Write several papers on readings assigned in the course.

General method of instruction

Reading, in-class discussion of reading. Preliminary reading list (not finalized) Reading: Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou Carlo Ginzburg, The Night Battles Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms Wolfgang Behringer, Conrad Stoecklin and the Phantoms of the Night

Recommended preparation

Since this is a Senior Seminar, it would be useful to have some course background medieval or modern European history, but according to History Department policy, this is not required. This course is cross listed as HIST490 so that non majors and others can enroll.

Class assignments and grading

Two short papers on assigned readings. One longer paper on topics to be decided.

Class participation 20% (including weekly discussions) Shorter papers (two papers 3-5 pages) 20% each Longer paper (8- 10pages) 40%


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 Mary R O'Neil
Date: 03/08/2014