Summer 2017 - HIST 368W D100

Selected Topics in the History of the Wider World (4)


Class Number: 3949

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



A writing-intensive examination of selected topics in the history of Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East. The content will vary from offering to offering. See department for further information. Students may not take selected topics within HIST 368W for further credit if duplicating content of another history course and vice versa. Writing.


Why did Calcutta's most beautiful transvestite detective smile at a painting of the Last Supper?  Why did Rembrandt include a defecating dog in his etching of the Prodigal Son?  How much of history is a dream in the mind of the first-century concubine and grammarian Lady Bao?  Did the first astronaut, an Ottoman Turk in the sixteenth century, really talk to Jesus?  Was "I think therefore I am" devised by Descartes or by the demon Astaroth?  Are the rings of Saturn really Jesus's foreskin?  Is the Mexican squirrel squashed by a log into the shape of the cross a miracle or a tragedy?
Dr. Clossey has been researching the global cult of Jesus for twelve years in preparation for teaching this new, experimental course.  We'll look around the early-modern world, 1380 to 1820, at art, music, pacifism, politics, skepticism, historical and biblical scholarship, and cross-cultural interaction, with a focus on the many and changing understandings of Jesus.  Learning objectives include composing Gregorian chants, drawing with linear perspective, and bettering understand the nature of reality.


  • Tutorial participation 25%
  • First eight-page paper 30%
  • Second eight-page paper 35%
  • Two quizes 10%



Irvin and Sunquist, History of the World Christian Movement, Vol. 2: Modern Christianity from 1454-1800

(other readings will be made available online)

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