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

The Practising Historian (HIST*2450)

Code and section: HIST*2450*01

Term: Fall 2022

Instructor: Kevin James


Mode of delivery: 

Face-to-Face (all components)

Weekly Course Format:

1 * 50-min. lecture, 1 * 50-min. media lab and 1 * 50-min. seminar  

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:

  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 - 20%
  • Primary Source Assignment 2 - 35%
  • Seminar Participation - 15%
  • Final Take-Home 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.