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

The Practicing Historian (HIST*2450)

Code and section: HIST*2450*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Norman Smith


Method of Delivery:

Tuesdays, Thursdays: 9:30-10:20 with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. There are generally two lectures and one seminar per week on Zoom. 

Pre-recorded (asynchronous) 30-minute lectures will be complemented with 20-minute synchronous (live) discussions that start at 10 Tues and Thurs. 
It is expected that students will watch the video from 9:30-10 am, or before the synchronous/live discussion at 10 on those days.
Attendance in the course is recommended for students to maximize their university experience. Regular discussion is expected in seminars.

Course Synopsis:

The Practicing Historian examines the discipline of history, with special focus on developments from the nineteenth century. Students will strengthen critical and creative thinking skills through on-line engagement, critical reading exercises, and the writing of a term paper and two exams. Students will learn how to identify and evaluate primary and secondary sources, and incorporate them into their work. Communication skills will be enhanced through writing as well as through participation in seminar discussions and a presentation. Through the course of the term, students will become familiar with major differences in approaches to the understanding and study of history and will assess their own determinations of changes in the field of history. Global understanding will be enhanced by consideration of the importance of history in various societies around the world. Professional and ethical behaviour will be enhanced through encouraging critical and respectful approaches to varied forms of historical study and through the development of research techniques. 


There are no prerequisites for this course

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

There are five grade components:

Critical Evaluation / Presentation Assignment - 15%
Mid-term Exam - 25%
Term Paper - 25%
Final Exam - 25%
Participation in Seminar - 10%

Course Readings:

There is no textbook for this course. All readings will be accessible through Course-link.

*Please note: This is a preliminary website 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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