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James R Felak
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.

Class description

Pope Pius XII, the Second World War, and the Holocaust

Was Pope Pius XII "Hitler's Pope," as one of his leading critics contends? Or was he a saint, as some of his defenders argue? This course will examine historical controversies concerning Pius XII and the Catholic Church within the context of the Second World War and the Holocaust.

Students will do weekly readings and discussions, write a series of short (4 to 5 page) papers on the weekly readings, and present an oral report on some aspect of the issues under discussion. Prerequisite: some familiarity with 20th century European history.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly readings, discussions, and papers.

Recommended preparation

Some acquaintance with the history of the 20th century, or with the history of the Catholic Church.

Class assignments and grading

5 short response papers-4 to 5 pages (on the readings) weekly class discussions a 10-minute oral presentation

short papers--50% (10% each) discussion--30% oral presentation--20%


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 James R Felak
Date: 02/07/2011