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Patricia B. Ebrey
HSTAS 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

This lecture-discussion class will explore some of the really big questions in history: Why did empires rises in some places rather than others? What accounts for the size and durability of civilizations? What can we attribute to technology? To geography? To ideas? There will be no attempt to cover the facts of world history; emphasis rather will be on processes, patterns, and explanatory frameworks.

Student learning goals

To gain familiarity with ways of approaching world history.

General method of instruction

lecture and discussion of readings

Recommended preparation

Prior coursework in old world history recommended.

Class assignments and grading

A short (4-6 page) paper reviewing an article and a long (8 to 10 page) research paper.

Short paper 25% Long paper 50% Discussion of readings 25%


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 Patricia B. Ebrey
Date: 10/16/2007