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Sarah A. Stein
HSTEU 590
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.

Class description

The Holocaust of European Jewry during the Second World War at the hands of Germans is one of the crucial events of the twentieth century. This graduate course will introduce students to central debates that concern scholars, including the search for the origins of the Holocaust in developments such as imperialism, racism, or modernity; the meanings of “perpetrator” and “victim”; the significance of ethnicity, gender and sexuality for understanding the Holocaust; the changing political and philosophical implications of Holocaust memories and memorials; and the “uniqueness” of the Holocaust relative to other genocides. Throughout the course we will discuss how to teach these issues to an undergraduate audience.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion.

Recommended preparation

There are no formal prerequisites to this class. Open to graduate students only.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading; weekly reading responses; preliminary research bibliography; historiographic essay; essay peer review.

Grades will be assigned on basis of written work and participation. All assigned work must be completed in order for students to receive a passing grade for the class.


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 Sarah A. Stein
Date: 04/12/2007