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Laurie J Sears
SIS 590
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Seminar. Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

Class description

This course will explore themes in the inscription of Indonesian histories and stories. The focus this quarter is on oral traditions, oral testimonies, and archives in the production of Indonesian histories. We will investigate how oral and written testimonies become part of historical archives. We will also explore some of the theoretical work on oral tradition, oral history, and literary and performance traditions as they relate to nationalism and Islam. HSTAS/SIS 590 covers major scholarship in English on testimonies and archives and surrounding issues of historiography.

Student learning goals

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. 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 weeks’ assigned readings.

Papers or Research Proposals 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 preparation of a research proposal (10-12 pp.) or a research paper (20 pp.) in consultation with the professor. In addition, students will lead one or two class meetings with one other student. The two students responsible for class each week will work together to prepare short discussions of the weekly reading and submit questions for other students.

The course grade will be calculated as follows: Class participation 20% Short essays 45% (15% each) Long paper or proposal 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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/18/2007