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Nikhil Pal Singh
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 will explore the meaning, consequences and roots of war-making in contemporary American life and culture. Included in our discussions will be the question of war as an instrument of US foreign policy, the influence of defense institutions on American politics and society, the instruments and tactics of insurgency and counter-insurgency such as car bombing and torture, and the effects of war on everyday life.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course is an intensive reading, discussion based seminar open to advanced undergraduates. Students will be expected to write a substantial paper to fulfill course requirements.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Nikhil Pal Singh
Date: 01/30/2008