History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 499: RS: Senior Seminar in History

HIST 499-004: RS: Disasters in History
(Spring 2018)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Robinson B108

Section Information for Spring 2018

What constitutes a “disaster”? What do changing explanations of the causes and costs of disasters, and differing responses to them, tell us about past societies and, more generally, about the larger contours of history?

This research seminar covers 250 years of disaster history, from the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755—often called the "first modern disaster"—to Hurricane Katrina. Although the collective reading for this course, which will be minimal, is mostly on American topics, students may do their research paper on a disaster or a disaster-related issue in any geographical area. Since choosing an interesting and viable topic is the key to success in HIST 499, students should begin considering their options before the first class meeting. Places to start looking for topics include some rather bizarre online lists, such as http://disasters.albertarose.org/us_disasters.html, http://www3.gendisasters.com/, and assorted Wikipedia articles.

Research/Scholarship Intensive

Satisfies the general education requirement in systhesis.

Satisfies the writing intensive requirement in the major.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Research on specialized historical topic culminating in seminar paper and oral presentation. Synthesis course; students expected to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Mason Core courses. Notes: Subject determined by instructor. Student may present no more than 3 credits for graduation credit. Must receive passing grade to graduate with BA in history. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 90 credits
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: (HIST 300C) and (ENGH 302C, ENGL 302C, HNRS 110C or 210C).
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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