HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

HIST 300-DL1: Introduction to Historical Method: Colonialism in Africa
(Fall 2021)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R


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Section Information for Fall 2021

From the nineteenth century to the twentieth century, European colonialism profoundly shaped the continent of Africa and other (New World) societies with links to Africa, including the United States.  Lectures and discussions will explore this history and the methodologies that scholars employ to examine it.  Our course will cover a range of hemes, including the legacies of slavery and abolition; spread of “legitimate commerce” and pan-African thought; evangelical missionaries and African revivals; “racial science” and Social Darwinism; and colonial abuses that inspired human rights campaigns.  A goal of this class is to teach students to locate and analyze primary and secondary sources.  The final paper will need to develop an argument that critically interprets historical contexts.  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
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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