HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method

HIST 300-DL1: Introduction to Historical Method: The Vietnam War in Northern Virginia
(Spring 2023)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW


Section Information for Spring 2023

This iteration of Introduction to Historical Methods will teach the basics of historical research and writing by examining the Vietnam War in Northern Virginia, including on the Mason campus. Our focus will be on connecting an international event like the Vietnam War with local experiences and ramifications, by using sources like newspapers, yearbooks, personal narratives, and documents related to the local antiwar movement. Students who are able to access campus may do research in the GMU Library’s Special Collections Research Center, but students who are unable to come to campus will still be able to conduct research in digitized online materials. All students, regardless of where they are in the world, should have access to and borrowing privileges at a lending library in order to fulfill their research obligations in the course.

Skills developed in the course include basic research methods, analyzing sources, interpreting and contextualizing historical arguments and documents, framing questions, critical thinking, historical writing and citation, editing and revising written work, being an effective discussant, and preparing and delivering an oral presentation with slides. Our online, synchronous class sessions will be a mix of lecture, discussion, and workshopping student projects. The experience will be brisk, lively, and engaging!

HIST 300 DL1 is a synchronous distance education section.

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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., Topic Varies, 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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