Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

George K Behlmer
HIST 498
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in History

Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.

Class description


How have humans imagined the ideal society? And to what extent have social ideals changed over time in the English-speaking world? Here are the core questions addressed in this seminar designed for advanced undergraduates. It is assumed in this course that utopian (or, in the case of Huxley's "Brave New World," dystopian) literature always functions as social criticism. Thus we will focus on the critical discourses contained in four utopian novels rather than on their literary merits per se. These novels will, in turn, generate ideas for individual research papers

Student learning goals

It will be the goal of this seminar to hone students' skills in writing and speaking with precision.

This seminar will also seek to sharpen students' skills in conducting "primary source"-based historical research.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

One must be a History major in order to take this seminar.

Class assignments and grading

Students will write four, primary source-based research papers. These papers should each be 5 to 6 pages in length.

Each of the four research papers will account for 20% of the course grade. The remaining 20% will reflect a student's informed participation during seminar meetings.

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 George K Behlmer
Date: 11/12/2013