Stefan T. Kamola
Examines special topics in history.
History of the Mongol Empire from its origins among steppe nomadic tribes of Inner Asia through its decline in the mid- to late 14th century; artistic, literary, and technological development and exchange facilitated by the Mongol rule of Eurasia; accommodation of nomadic rulers with their sedentary populations.
Student learning goals
General knowledge of Mongol imperial history
Familiarity with major sources and types of sources for Mongol history
Experience reading primary sources critically
Practice writing analytic essays about primary and secondary sources
General method of instruction
Lectures interspersed with in-class activities, reflections, and discussions. Friday sessions dedicated to focused discussion of primary sources. Regular in-class writing exercises to help students develop skills for writing papers.
Class assignments and grading
Regular in-class exercises relating to course material; two exams; two papers (total 10-14 pages).
Participation (15%); rest of grade divided pretty evenly between papers and exams. Students are encouraged to submit draft papers early for suggestions, but no re-writes will be allowed.