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Robin C Stacey
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

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

Class description

HIST 494C will focus on the historiography of medieval heresy, from its modern origins in Steven Runciman's theologically oriented The Medieval Manichee, to its more recent manifestations as a sociological, economic, and/or gender-related form of dissent. For further information and class readings, see class description for 498C (Spring quarter, 2008), which meets jointly with HIST 494C. HIST 494C is intended for students who did not take and complete HIST 388, "Heresy and Society," in Winter quarter, 2008. HIST 498C is intended for students who did complete that course. First priority in enrollment will be given to those completing the 388. If 12 or more students completing the 388 enroll in the HIST 498C, the class will be regarded as closed. If fewer than 12 students enroll, students may enroll in HIST 494 up to a maximum of 12 upon consultation with the History Advising Office).

Student learning goals

See learning goals for HIST 498C.

General method of instruction

See description for HIST 498C.

Recommended preparation

One medieval course; either 112 or the equivalent, or one of the 300 level medieval history classes (e.g. HSTAM 332, 332, 340, etc.).

Class assignments and grading

Students enrolling in HIST 494 will do a lengthy research paper on the historiography of heresy. Because this class focuses entirely on secondary sources, their essay will not be a primary source research effort. In other words, instead of writing on the history of medieval Catharism, a student might choose to write on the manner in which Cathars have been studied and portrayed over time by scholars.

See information for HIST 498C.


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 Robin C Stacey
Date: 02/05/2008