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Stefan T. Kamola
HIST 290
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Examines special topics in history.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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 Stefan T. Kamola
Date: 01/25/2013