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Jose A Lucero
HONORS 394
Seattle Campus

Honors Interdisciplinary Study IV

Develops ideas, concepts, or institutions that cut across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. For University Honors Program students only.

Class description

"Western Civilization” is an inherently relational term. In order to understand what it stands for, one must also understand what it stands against (“the non-western” and the “uncivilized”). This course is concerned centrally with the question of alterity, the historical construction of “the Other” a process that has been central to the formation of national states, empires, and the more ambiguously defined collectivity known as “Western Civilization.” This seminar provides a critical survey of key “border-making” events and forces in the Atlantic World. Not strictly a history course, it puts critical theory in dialogue with historical events as an interdisciplinary exploration of some of the critical borderlands of the modern world. Briefly, the course will explore the workings of religion, race, gender, empire and nation in the construction of modernity. Some of the topics covered include the Re-Conquest in Iberia, Conquest in the Americas, state-making and revolution in the Atlantic World.

Student learning goals

a strong grasp on key historiographical and theoretical debates on the construction of empires and nations

understand the multiple and shifting boundaries of political belonging, within and between national states

fluency in key concepts in Western political theories and post-colonial critiques

General method of instruction

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 Jose A Lucero
Date: 04/01/2013