Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Description
Park, Peter
Discipline and Number
HIST 3301 Section 001
W Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Historical Inquiry

Description of Course:

HIST 3301 is the core (required) course for undergraduates whose major field is Historical Studies and is to be taken prior to completing the first 12 hours of upper-division course work. The reading and discussion of theoretical and practical texts and examples of historians’ sources and works are to serve as an introduction to the methods of research and analysis employed by professional historians. Students will acquire the skills of analyzing, interpreting, and representing the human past and also learn something about the history of history. Reading assignments address the nature of historical inquiry, specifically, its philosophical assumptions; the framing of problems or issues for historical inquiry; the use and abuse of evidence; the purpose, value, and limits of historical knowledge.

Required Texts:

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London; New York: Verso, 2006; original edition, 1983. ISBN 9781844670864
Brundage, Anthony. Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research. 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Harlan Davidson/Wiley, 2008. ISBN 9780882952536
Davis, Natalie Zemon. The Return of Martin Guerre. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1983. ISBN 9780674766914
Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1994. ISBN 0-394-74067-X Pp. 1-73; optional: pp. 255-352.
Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History. 5th ed. Harlow, UK: Pearson Longman, 2006. ISBN 9780582894129

and a course reader containing articles and book chapters

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

attendance & participation (10%), bibliography and footnote exercise (5%), first essay (15%), book review (15%), second essay (25%), final essay (30%)

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