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Susan A Glenn
Seattle Campus

Topics in American History

Examines special topics in American history.

Class description


This course does not count toward the history major senior seminar requirement.

This course considers some of the ways that Jews and Blacks in twentieth century America used the "other" to construct a sense of historic group identity. Looking at the period from the late 1920s to the 1960s, we will examine the frameworks through which Jews and Blacks have understood and imagined each other and the significance of mutual reflections for group relations. This course carries "W" credit with it.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course stresses close readings and discussion of primary source materials.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, but some background in U.S. history is helpful. This is an UPPER division course. It has demanding reading schedule and willingness to actively participate in class discussions is essential. Graduate students may also enroll.

Class assignments and grading

Students in this course will be expected to read, analyze, and discuss primary source material, and write several short (5-6 papers) as well as one long (10-12 page) essay.

Class discussion and papers.

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 Teresa Marie Frizell
Date: 10/17/2008