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Gary G. Hamilton
SIS 590
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Seminar. Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

Class description

Max Weber and the Quest for a Comparative , Historical Social Science

The course will trace the development of Weber’s thought from the period he recovered from his mental breakdown, roughly 1900, until his death in 1920. These are twenty years of remarkable scholarship during which Weber worked on an ever expanding project to account, in particular, for the rise of capitalism in Western Europe and the United States and, in general, for the world transformation arising out of Western civilization.

Student learning goals

1. Learn Weberian theory

2. Learn comparative, historical research methods

3. Learn research skills

4. Learn more about world history

5. Enhance writing skills

6. Directed research on topics of one’s interest

General method of instruction

Reading and discussion

Recommended preparation

Some background in theory and European history would be nice, but not necessary

Class assignments and grading

Reading, Research paper, and classroom participation

Research paper and classroom participation


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: 04/16/2009