The Practicing Historian (HIST*2450) | College of Arts

The Practicing Historian (HIST*2450)

Code and section: HIST*2450*01

Term: Fall 2019

Instructor: Kevin James

Details

Course Synopsis:  

This course is designed to acquaint students with the development of historical writing, the interpretive problems surrounding the study of history, and the methods employed by historians.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, you will:

  • appreciate the origins and development of the historical discipline from the Greek period, with particular reference to historiography from 1800;
  • understand advanced principles and engage in thoughtful practices of historical research and writing;
  • think critically and creatively about both primary and secondary historical sources, and incorporate them effectively in historical research and writing; and
  • undertake, with confidence and skill, hands-on activities related to historical research and writing.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Mid-term Examination    20%
Research Assignment    35%
Seminar Participation    15%
Final Examination     30%

Texts and/or Resources Required:

Michael J. Salevouris and Conal Furay, The Methods and Skills of History: A Practical Guide, 4th ed. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2015.

Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.

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