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Laurie J Sears
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 course will explore themes in the inscription of Indonesian histories and stories. We will also explore some of the theoretical work on oral traditions and literary and performance traditions as they relate to Indonesian nationalism and Islamic culture. See description for HSTAS/SISSE 466.

Student learning goals

This course is for graduate students who wish to take HSTAS/SISSE 466.

There will be separate assignments for graduate students and additional readings.

General method of instruction

Short essays of 3-4 pages should include the student's own personal reflections on the readings. This can be presented in either more academic or more creative styles of writing or performing. Students may choose to focus on a particular group of reading assignments but, in general, the essays should indicate a familiarity with all of the past few week's assigned readings.

Papers or Performance Projects will be developed in consultation with the instructor depending on the student's stage in their graduate career. Students should plan to meet with the professor in Week 6 to discuss topics and sources.

Recommended preparation

Willingness to read all assigned books and essays, to engage in discussion with other students, to turn in written assignments on time, and to lead at least one week of the course.

Class assignments and grading

Students will turn in 3 short (3-4 pages) papers in weeks 3, 5, and 8. The final assignment is the completion of a research paper (20 pp.) or a performance project in consultation with the professor.

See HSTAS/SISSE 466 for some of the assigned books.

The course grade will be calculated as follows:

Class participation 20% Short essays 45% (15% each) Long paper or project 35%


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 Laurie J Sears
Date: 10/15/2011