Patricia B. Ebrey
Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.
This lecture-discussion class will explore some of the really big questions in history: Why did empires rises in some places rather than others? What accounts for the size and durability of civilizations? What can we attribute to technology? To geography? To ideas? There will be no attempt to cover the facts of world history; emphasis rather will be on processes, patterns, and explanatory frameworks.
Student learning goals
To gain familiarity with ways of approaching world history.
General method of instruction
lecture and discussion of readings
Prior coursework in old world history recommended.
Class assignments and grading
A short (4-6 page) paper reviewing an article and a long (8 to 10 page) research paper.
Short paper 25% Long paper 50% Discussion of readings 25%