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Linda L Nash
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

This is a senior seminar which focuses on the history of consumption and consumer culture in the United States since the late nineteenth century. Through a series of class readings and discussions, we will survey the rise and expansion of consumer culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and consider some of the key theoretical perspectives on consumerism. Readings will emphasize social, cultural, and environmental approaches to the study of consumerism. Students will then conceptualize and produce their own social and environmental histories of a particular commodity or a commodified space.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

reading and discussion

Recommended preparation

Some college-level coursework in post-1865 U.S. history, especially in cultural or social history. The associated lecture course on consumerism, HSTAA 371, is excellent preparation, though not required.

Class assignments and grading

Active and regular participation in class discussions; several short writing assignments based on assigned readings; rough and final drafts of a longer (15 pp) research paper.

Grade will be based on participation in seminar discussions and written work.


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 Linda L Nash
Date: 05/03/2012