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Jordanna Bailkin
HIST 590
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.

Class description

Britons and Others

This course will provide an overview of major themes and recent scholarship in modern British and imperial history, with an emphasis on the ways in which ideas about class, gender, and race have influenced Britain's relationship to the wider world. The seminar is organized around the theme of conceptions of difference: how have British understandings of class, gender, national, and racial difference structured metropolitan, imperial, and post-imperial politics? What methodologies have scholars of Britain used in order to understand these real and imagined differences?

This seminar will meet once a week for discussion of the assigned readings; students will take turns preparing questions for these meetings and are expected to meet with me about these questions during my office hours. Students are encouraged to bring their own research and teaching interests to bear on this course, and the writing assignments are structured accordingly.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion

Recommended preparation

No prerequisite

Class assignments and grading

Book review; historiographical essay; syllabus

See above assignments, plus additional grade for preparation of discussion questions for one class meeting.


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 Jordanna Bailkin
Date: 05/16/2012