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Elena Campbell
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

History and Memory: This seminar will focus on the problem of collective memory as viewed from the perspective of its social, political and cultural functions, as well as its institutional and cultural expressions. We shall explore the process by which societies construct and make sense of their past through the examination of different forms of commemoration (celebrations, monuments, museums, archives). Special attention will be paid to the relationship between memory and national identity. The case studies will focus on Russia and will be analyzed in comparison with examples from other countries.

Finally, we shall discuss the analytical potential of the concept of social memory for historians and other scholars.

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General method of instruction

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Class assignments and grading


Participation and attendance: 30% Response essays: 20% In class oral report on a book or articles: 5% Paper proposal and participation in group discussion: 10% Term paper: 35%

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 Elena Campbell
Date: 01/30/2009