Historiography I (HIST*6000) | College of Arts

Historiography I (HIST*6000)

Code and section: HIST*6000*01

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Peter Goddard


AD-S Virtual:

This course will be taught online in a Synchronous format on the following scheduled day(s) and time(s):

TH    11:30 am - 2:20 pm

Details provided by instructor: HIST*6000 Fall 2020 is a virtual synchronous format using the University-supported Webex platform. Class meetings will be held on Webex Thursday 11:30 am - 1:50 pm.  Office hours can take place either on web platform or in person at MCKN 1014 at the University of Guelph or other location.

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to some of the essential components of the historical process. It will also assess history as a cognitive discipline in contemporary society.  In Fall 2020 we will carry out two fields of activity:  the first, a historical and trans-cultural examination of the role of History in different historical and spatial contexts; and second, an analysis of the evolution of modern and contemporary historical research, debate and controversy.  

Assignments & Evaluation:

  1. Weekly reading blog contributions - 20%
  2. Book review - 20%
  3. Research Essay - 50%
  4. Discussion leadership - 10%


  1. Kramer, Lloyd and Sarah Maza, editors. A Companion to Western Historical Thought. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
  2. Peter Lambert and Björn Weiler, How the Past was Used: Historical cultures, c. 750-2000. Print ISBN-13: 9780197266120. Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2018: DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266120.001.0001.

*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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