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

The Practicing Historian (HIST*2450)

Code and section: HIST*2450*01

Term: Winter 2017

Instructor: Kevin James


Course Format: 1 – 2-hour lecture and 1 – 1-hour seminar per week

Course Synopsis:  

By the end of this course, you will:

1.    appreciate the origins and development of the historical discipline from the Greek period, with particular reference to historiography from 1800;
2.    understand advanced principles and engage in thoughtful practices of historical research and writing;
3.    think critically and creatively about both primary and secondary historical sources, and incorporate them effectively in historical research and writing; and
4.    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:

Peter Claus and John Marriott, History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice (London: Longman, 2012).

*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.