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COURSE NUMBER: History 495
COURSE TITLE: Senior History Seminar
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Will Van Arragon
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 3 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students have an opportunity to work closely with the history staff in an in-depth investigation of major periods or themes shaping western culture. Special attention is given to methodology, historiography and the interpretation of history. Students are required to present a major research paper for seminar discussion.

Prerequisites: Six credits in history at the 300 level
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Participation/Responses to Readings 20%
Major Paper80%
100%
Suggested Topics

Historians

  •  Herodotus
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  • …and anyone in between

Theory and Philosophy

  •  Michel Foucault
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Joan Scott
  • Thomas Kuhn
  • Julie Kristeva
  • Walter Benjamin
  • E. H. Carr
  • Frederic Nietzsche
  • Augustine
  • … and dozens more

Themes

  •  History and Memory
  • History and Feminism
  • History and Marxism
  • History and Justice
  • History and Theology
  • History and Faith
  • History and Fiction
  • History and Film
  • History and the Classroom
  • … etc.


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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