Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Farmer, J Michael
Discipline and Number
HIST 3301 Section 001
MW Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
Historical Inquiry

Description of Course:

Historians make history!

The primary objective of this section of Historical Inquiry is to help you make the transition from consumers of history to producers of history. You may come to think of this class as "History Boot Camp." The course will address issues such as the history and philosophies of the discipline, important practitioners, theorists, and critical approaches, as well as the nuts and bolts of doing historical research (library research, source analysis, bibliography, citations, style, etc.). The course features numerous skill-building assignments and two significant research papers.

Required Texts:

MacMillan, Margaret. Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History. New York: Modern Library, 2009. ISBN: 9780679643586.

Presnell, Jenny L. The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN: 0195176510.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Sixth edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN: 0226816273.

Williams, Robert C. The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History. 3rd ed. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2012. ISBN: 9780765633279.


Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly homework exercises. Reading. Two short papers. One longer revised research paper. Class discussions. In-class team exercises. Presentations.

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