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HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2011

HIST 300-008:
Sexuality in 20th Century America  —  John F. Saddler

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T —  Krug Hall 253

HIST 300 is about doing history. To that end, we will be asking the following questions as we conduct our investigations: **What are the FACTS of America's sexual history? What do we know about sex in the past? **How do historians INTERPRET what they know about Americans' sexual behavior? How do they construct their arguments and advance their claims? How do we evaluate those claims? **What kind of TOOLS do historians use to prove their arguments? Are some kinds of evidence better than others? How do historians approach their sources, especially when dealing with a sensitive, personal topic like sex and sexuality?

Satisfies the general education requirement in synthesis.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces research skills and methods, as well as historical interpretation, culminating in written and oral presentations.

Satisfies General Education requirement for synthesis..

Notes:

Topics vary according to instructor. History majors strongly urged to take HIST 300 early in their program of upper-level courses. Grade of C or better is required to graduate with BA in history.

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