Asian Urban Centers

History 101.003

Spring 2013
Instructor (text): 
Amanda Buster
Location: 
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 1230-2
CCN: 
39315
Units: 
5
Amanda Buster is a Ph.D. candidate in early Chinese history, with a second field in premodern Japanese history. Her research focuses on the growth and development of Han Chang├Ľan and its satellite communities. She has taught (and read) for courses in modern Chinese history, US history, and 19th-20th century Indian history.

This 101 seminar will introduce students to some of the key themes in the growth and development of Asian urban centers, and will guide students through the process of articulating a research topic, choosing appropriate sources, researching and writing a senior thesis.  We will begin with a selection of readings on urban centers in both premodern and modern periods, turning a critical eye on the methodologies and sources used by the authors, in order to determine which are appropriate to the students’ own topics and questions.  Class will meet less frequently after the fifth week, giving way to individual meetings with the instructor and peer review discussions.  

This 101 seminar is open to students with an interest in any topic relating to Asian history, or to urban history in other subfields.  It will guide students through the process of articulating a research topic, choosing appropriate sources, researching and writing a senior thesis.  Using examples taken primarily from works of urban history of both premodern and modern periods, we will turn a critical eye on the methodologies and sources used by the authors.  Other readings relevant to students' interests may be included.  Class will meet less frequently from the fifth week, giving way to individual meetings with the instructor and peer review discussions.  Interested students are encouraged to contact the instructor in order to get an early start on defining research questions and choosing sources (abuster@berkeley.edu).