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Joel T Walker
HIST 290
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Examines special topics in history.

Class description

This course, cross-listed with the UW Honors program, focuses on the history of cattle to explore patterns in human-animal interaction throughout human history. Our principal goal is to gain insight into the use and conception of animals in various societies, including our own. To keep the topic within manageable bounds, we will focus on just one type of animal: the cow, since, arguably, no animal has had a greater impact on the evolution of human societies and the environment. We will concentrate on three broad geographical and chronological areas -- the ancient world, Western Europe, and America -- but with forays into other regions and periods (India, Iran, South America).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Mostly discussion. Also some group work and presentations by students.

Recommended preparation

None other than curiosity and a willingness to work hard. Students who have taken previous courses in the history and literature of the ancient world, Europe, and the Americas should have opportunity to build on this knowledge.

Class assignments and grading

Frequent short papers, one presentation, and a final essay.

Class participation 10% Short papers 50% Presentation 15% Final paper 25%


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 Joel T Walker
Date: 02/06/2013