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Patricia B. Ebrey
HIST 498
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in History

Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.

Class description


After considering the controversies surrounding Marco Polo's book, students will begain a research project drawing on the book and other translated primary sources, such as other travellers' accounts, other sources for the Mongols, and so on.

Student learning goals

Deeper understanding of travelers' accounts as a historical source

Deeper understanding of the Eurasian world in the thirteenth century

General method of instruction

Discussion of readings and student presentations of their research

Recommended preparation

Some background in Chinese, Central Asian, or European medieval history would be useful.

Class assignments and grading

Discuss readings and make reports on progress on research project.

40 % participation, 60% research paper

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 Patricia B. Ebrey
Date: 10/05/2007