Spring 2016 - HIST 494 D100

Honors Seminar (4)

Class Number: 4149

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5118, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to the honours program in history.



An introduction to the honours program, and to the community of SFU historians, in which students will engage in a project as a cohort. Students with credit for HIST 305 may not take this course for further credit.


HIST 494 is an introduction to the History Honors program, and to the community of SFU historians, in which students will engage in a project as a cohort. This course is a taster menu of the major developments in historiography. Our two key textbooks, in conjunction with a number of additional readings from the ‘greatest hits’, including one-hit- wonders, of historical writing will form the content of this semester’s seminars. The cross-section of debates and thinkers will take in figures from ancient China, Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, to contemporary Europe, America, South Asia, Africa and Australia; from Herodotus to Fukuyama.We will also spend some time in analysis of the moods and trends in historical writing , such as historical approaches, contexts and hinterlands, throughout its phases of development and explore the assumptions and procedures that have formed the creation of historical scholarship across the globe. This course will be assessed through sustained individual effort as well as group-work. At the end of semester academic posters produced in small groups will be displayed at a departmental event to which faculty and graduate students will be invited.



Michael Bentley, Companion to Historiography, (Routledge World Reference) paperback

Robert C. Williams, The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History. Routledge; 3 edition (Jan. 15 2012) paperback

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