Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Wilson, Michael
Discipline and Number
HIST 3301 Section 001
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Historical Inquiry

Description of Course:

HST 3301 is a core requirement for Historical Studies majors. It explores the nature of historical analysis as well as the skills students should use to approach historical problems critically.

Sessions will address the general nature of historical inquiry: its philosophical assumptions, the framing of problems or issues for analysis, the use and abuse of evidence, and the limits and value of historical knowledge.

At the same time, students will start to acquire the research and study techniques necessary for all work in the field: the critical reading of primary sources and secondary works; effective writing skills; the development of research strategies; and the use of reference works, bibliographic materials, and other library resources.

Finally the course will focus on different kinds of historical analysis--economic, social, political, cultural, gender, and intellectual--through a close examination of examples dealing with Victorian Britain.

Required Texts:

Anthony Brundage, Going to the Sources (4th edition only)
Harlan Davidson ISBN 978-0882952536

Norman Cantor & Richard Schneider, How to Study History
Harlan Davidson ISBN 978-0882957098

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
Dover ISBN 978-0486282145

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Completion of required reading, attendance, and participation in class discussion; informal assignments and quizzes; 4 formal assignments; and 6-to-8-page research paper.

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