HSTRY 498B: Seattle: People, Animals, and Place (Winter 2016)
Description and Learning Goals
History is often told as though everything is an outcome of human ideas and human actions. While we will still be deeply concerned with people in this course, we will focus on the crucial role of both animals and environments in the history of cities in general, and Seattle in particular. Together we will read and discuss a series of monographs and short primary sources in order to learn about the environmental history of Seattle and some of the sources available for writing Seattle histories. Individually students’ will conceptualize and produce their own history of a local place/animal/issue based on primary and secondary sources. Learning goals include: (1) development of a basic knowledge of environmental history in general and Seattle’s environmental history in particular; (2) refining of discussion and presentation skills in a seminar setting; (3) development of archival and secondary research skills; (4) experience in producing a “public” environmental history project.
Complete syllabus available here.