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Rebecca Chambers Hughes
HSTEU 484
Seattle Campus

Colonial Encounters

History of European colonialism from the 1750s to the present, with an emphasis on British and French colonial encounters. Offered: jointly with CHID 484.

Class description

Western European colonialism shaped not only the colonies, but also the culture of Western Europe itself. This course explores how colonized peoples and the colonizers themselves attempted to make sense of each other and their world, and how violence frequently characterized these colonial encounters. Beginning with the late eighteenth century and ending with today, this class comparatively analyzes primarily British and French colonialisms, but with reference to Dutch, Belgian and German manifestations, and it forefronts the interconnectedness of colony and metropole. The course will move chronologically and thematically, covering such topics as religion, medicine, education, economics, and sexuality. Readings for the class include George Orwell, Mahatma Gandhi, Frantz Fanon and Olaudah Equiano. Film will comprise a significant portion of this class, and these include Pontecorvo's "Battle of Algiers," Kassovitz's "La Haine/Hate," and Noyce's "Rabbit-Proof Fence."

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

2 papers and 1 exam.

A portion of the grade will be based on class participation.


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 Rebecca Chambers Hughes
Date: 02/04/2008