Historiography I (HIST*6000) | College of Arts

Historiography I (HIST*6000)

Code and section: HIST*6000*01

Term: Fall 2022

Instructor: Peter Goddard


Method of Delivery

HIST*6000 is a “Hybrid” course: in class with virtual synchronous Microsoft Teams meeting; all elements are available; class discussions will not, however, be recorded.

Course Description:

In Fall 2022, this course will engage in seminar some of the essential components of the historical process:  sources; narratives; social, cultural and political uses; new directions in research and communication, etc. It will also assess history as a cognitive discipline in contemporary society, and specifically History's role in addressing present crises. In Fall 2022 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 in both academic and popular or political arenas.  

An important goal of HIST*6000 is to connect the class participant’s proposed MRP or MA project research to its historical and historiographical contexts; the final research paper in HIST*6000 can be considered as a contribution to the foundation of the HIST*6000 student’s MRP or MA project.

Course Materials:

HIST*6000 reads from two major historiography textbooks as a scaffolding for the weekly themes of the class. These are:

  1. A Companion to Western Historical Thought. Eds. Lloyd Kramer and Sarah Maza. Malden: Blackwell Publishers, 2002. -- (Widely available in used form or as interlibrary loan; E-Book version available from Wiley) 
  2. How the Past was Used: Historical cultures, c. 750-2000. Eds. Peter Lambert and Björn Weiler. London: British Academy, 2017. -- (Available as E-Book in University of Guelph Library)

Additional Resources:

Readings located in Course Reserve or in Journal database

Where required, UG Library/ Instructor or Seminar Leader will provide pdfs of weekly class readings as proposed by the week’s Seminar Leader in consultation with the Instructor.

*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.