HIST 610: The Study and Writing of History

HIST 610-003: Study and Writing of History
(Fall 2019)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Fall 2019

This course is unique because it does not concentrate upon a specific geographic region or historical era, nor upon a particular social, political, or cultural topic. Instead, the course focuses on historiography or “the history of history.” Our main goal will be to better understand the underlying theoretical and methodological questions that have informed the study and writing of history as a professional discipline from the late nineteenth century to the present. The course’s primary purpose is to introduce new graduate students to the major ideas, problems, and schools of thought in the field of history and to thereby promote a better understanding of the implications of our own and others’ choices in framing historical questions. We will examine the way that historians choose and interpret their sources, the elements that affect their interpretations, and how and why these interpretations have developed and changed over time. Students will engage with a wide variety of historical genres including: social history, microhistory, cultural history, gender history, environmental history as well as the histories of slavery, commodities, empire, and nationalism.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Methodology of the historian including techniques of research, use of documentation and other sources, development of bibliography, and synthesis of material. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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