Instructor: Professor Dominique Marshall

“But history is neither watchmaking nor cabinet construction. It is an endeavour toward better understanding.” Marc Bloch, The Historian’s Craft, 1944, translated form the French.

Introduction: Lectures and workshops on historical methods and materials. Topics will include the discovery, evaluation, use and analysis of documents in historical context, non-documentary evidence, statistics, and bibliographical tools. This course is reserved to History majors and students registered in the Global and transnational History of the BGInS program

Class Format: Lectures, and hands on activities.

Aims and Goals: If, as some suggest, the past is a foreign country, then how do historians find their way around? What tools or methods do they use to navigate this historical terrain? This course is meant as a hands-on introduction to the ways that historians investigate, assess, and represent the past. You will examine a wide array of sources and experience some of the varied methods of analysis that historians use to make sense of the past. You will also assess some of the different ways that historians craft their studies and present their findings. These are the methods and skills that you will need to thrive in your other history courses.

At the same time, this course is meant to have you develop and reflect on the ways that your work in the classroom might be applied outside of it. To that end, we will keep our eye on the practical applications of the research, writing, and analytical skills that are at the core of your university course work.

Assessment:  assignments for this course have included quizzes, document analyses, and writing assignments. These assignments will be designed to help you refine your core reading, writing, and analytical skills and will include an experiential component—that Is, a component that requires you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in a “real-world” setting.

Text:  There is no textbook in this class.  Readings will amount to one chapter or one scholarly article per week.  They will be posted on the library reserve system.

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