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Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Christoph Giebel
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Content varies from quarter to quarter.

Class description

History, Memory, and Justice This course will focus on the complex interactions between history, historical production, remembrance, and notions of justice and address substantial methodological and theoretical issues raised therein. Participants will engage in an intensive and comprehensive manner several related concerns. These might include: * forms and functions of public commemorations; * private remembering, oral history, and related methodological issues; * the dual roles of memoirs and (auto-)biographies as histories and historical documents; * private and public creation of collective imaginations of the past; * collective memory leading to the construction, or changing notions, of individual and group identities, the attainment of justice, and concepts of race, ethnicity, nation, and region; * the tensions between historical research, historical presentation, and public representations.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar, discussions.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Short student presentations in class (thought pieces, draft paper) Discussion leaders on rotating basis Research paper

thought pieces = 20% discussion leaders on rotating basis = 15% class participation = 15% research paper = 50%


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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 02/03/2005