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Jennifer Benner
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

This course examines the history of Weimar Germany, the period of German history from the declaration of the so-called Weimar Republic in 1919, to the seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933. We will focus on questions of social and cultural history including: the rise of mass culture, changing gender norms, and the radicalization of politics. We will rely heavily on primary source analysis, including of literature, art, and film. The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of some of the major issues concerning Weimar history and to produce an original piece of research.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a seminar course, thorough outside preparation and critical participation in class discussions are essential.

Recommended preparation

This is the capstone course for senior history majors. Previous work in European history or German studies is helpful but not required. Students who wish to may use German language sources. All class readings are in English.

Class assignments and grading

Specific assignments and grading procedures will be outlined on the course syllabus but will break down roughly as follows: 25% preparatory work, 25% participation, and 50% a final paper of 14-16 pages. Final paper grades may include a rough-draft and presentation grade.


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 Jennifer Benner
Date: 03/29/2006