HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

HIST 300-DL1: Introduction to Historical Method: Legacies of Modern Colonialism - Europe, Africa, and the Atlantic World: 1800-1980
(Fall 2020)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW


Section Information for Fall 2020

This course explores how modern European colonialism profoundly shaped the continent of Africa and “New World” societies of the Atlantic Ocean.  Lectures and discussions will examine interconnected historical developments, including the impact of abolition; spread of “legitimate commerce”; pan-Africanist thought; imperial policymaking; evangelical missionaries; legal revolutions broadening "citizenship"; African-based Christian revivals; “racial science” and Social Darwinism; and the advent of modern-day human rights campaigns.  A principal goal of this course is to train students to locate and analyze relevant primary and secondary sources.  Subject to approval, you may write a paper on any topic related to the themes above.

HIST 300 DL1 is a distance education section taught synchronously. Students should expect to be online on the days and times scheduled.

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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. Notes: Topics vary according to instructor. History majors strongly urged to take HIST 300 as soon as possible after reaching 30 credits. Grade of C or better is required to graduate with BA in history. Students may repeat HIST 300 only with permission from the Department of History and Art History and repetitions are limited. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Mason Impact., Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 30 credits or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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