Fall 2016 - HIST 300 D100

Historiography (4)

Class Number: 4758

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5004, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Roxanne Panchasi
    1 778 782-6809
    Office: AQ 6017
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including 9 units of lower division history.



Examines the conceptual problems involved in the historian's attempt to apprehend the past. Focuses on the nature of historical knowledge and explanation, and to the broad systems and patterns in which history has been conceived.


This course explores the conceptual problems involved in historians’ approaches to interpreting and understanding the past from the ancient world to the present. Focusing on the nature of historical knowledge and explanation, and the broad systems and patterns in which history has been conceived, we will examine a range of historical authors across many centuries, and from contexts throughout the globe. Examining a variety of modes of historical writing and representation, we will consider the driving questions, forms and standards of evidence, narrative and analytic strategies, and political perspectives and effects of the work of historians from Herodotus to the scholars who research, write, and teach in SFU’s own Department of History.


  • Seminar Participation 20%
  • Short Essays (5 pages, 3 x 15%) 45%
  • Research Assignment (10 pages) 35%



Jeremy Popkin, From Herodotus to H-Net: The Story of Historiography  (2016)

A number of additional selections will also be required and available via Canvas.

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