HIST 797: Research Seminar in History

HIST 797-001: Trials in the Erly Modrn World
(Fall 2023)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T

Innovation Hall 316

Section Information for Fall 2023

This is a research seminar that will require students to produce an article-length (approx. 25 page) paper, based on original research in primary and secondary sources. In consultation with the instructor, students will choose a trial, or series of trials, during the period from 1650-1820 which they will study, analyze, and place in historical context. Trials can be from any region or place, and may be local, state, ecclesiastical, or national in nature. A few possible examples include: the Salem Witchcraft trials; the Burr Conspiracy trial; trials in Old Bailey (England); slave trials at the Fairfax County courthouse; trials in Gabriel's Rebellion in Virginia; trial of Charles I in England; trials of enemies of the state during the French Terror; the John Peter Zenger Case for press freedom in New York; rape trials in colonial America; Boston Massacre trials; the court martial of Major Andre during the American Revolution. Students must be able to identify a sufficient body of primary sources for their subject, and be able to read the language in which the original documents are written (or have access to translations).  

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. May be repeated for credit when topic is different, or with same topic with permission of the department. Equivalent to HIST 711.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: HIST 610 or permission of department.
Registration Restrictions:

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

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Cultural Studies, Education (Community College) or History.

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

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

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