Course Description

The course pursues a thematic approach to the most frequently occurring form of leadership in human history: monarchy. It examines some of the almost inexhaustible body of sources and evidence for this essentially primitive institution. Students confront problems of categorization and formulation of criteria for assessing and classifying types of monarchic leadership, by examining individual leaders and dynasties in their historical context.

Course Objectives



Required Textbook

There is NO compulsory set text for this course. The course will be based upon the intensive reading of primary sources (plenty of them, more than those mentioned in this syllabus) and on teaching modules, discussions, and occasional quizzes.


Component Percentage
Weekly discussions 20%
Two written essays 40%
Final research paper 40%
Copyright ©2008 Aidan Breen, Ph.D.
Citation: Breen, A. (2008, July 23). Syllabus. Retrieved November 06, 2014, from UMass Boston OpenCourseware Web site:
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