Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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 required core course for undergraduates whose major field is Historical Studies and is to be taken prior to completing the first 12 credit hours of upper-division course work. The reading and discussion of theoretical and practical handbooks and examples of historians’ sources and works will teach students the methods of research and analysis employed by professional historians. We are also interested in learning something about the history of historical writing (historiography) as well as the skills of analyzing, interpreting, and representing the human past. The required readings will 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, and the purpose, value, and limits of historical knowledge.

Required Texts:

Anthony Brundage, Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research, 5th ed. (Harlan Davidson, 2008) ISBN 978-0-88295-253-6

John Tosh, The Pursuit of History, 4th ed. (Longman, 2006) ISBN 978-1405823517

Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre (Harvard UP, 1984) ISBN 978-0674766914

Edward Said, Orientalism (Vintage Books, 1994) ISBN 0-394-74067-X, pp. 1-73, optional: pp. 255-328

M. M. Bakhtin, “Discourse in the Novel,” in Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, ed. by Michael Holquist (UT Press, 1981), pp. 259-366

and a course reader, which contains the following:
• Jean de Coras, “Memorable Decision of the High Court of Toulouse . . . ,” TriQuarterly 55 (1982): 86-103
• Guillaume Le Sueur, “Admirable History of a False and Supposed Husband . . . ,” translated by Thomas Fox
• "The Adventure of Silver Blaze," in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Berkley Publishing, 1963)
• Ed Benson, “Martin Guerre, the Historian and the Filmmakers: An Interview with Natalie Zemon Davis,” Film & History 13 (1983): 49-65
• Hayden White, "The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality" in Hayden White, The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (Johns Hopkin UP, 1987), pp. 1-25
• Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method, revised transl. by Joel Weinsheimer and Donald G. Marshall (1st ed., 1960) pp. 265-285, 291-307, 341-379, 383-405

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

attendance and participation (20%), first paper (20%), second paper (25%), final paper (35%)

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