Fall 2018 - HIST 400 D100

Methodology (4)

Class Number: 5066

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5014, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to the honors program in history.



An advanced seminar on historical methods. Focuses on the identification and analysis of sources in preparation for writing the honours essay.


This course introduces students to various analytical frameworks that have shaped contemporary historians’ work. Students will examine both the theoretical justifications historians have given, and the practical concerns historians have faced, in selecting these frameworks for analysis. Perhaps the most important question with which students will grapple is: How have historians mined their sources in order to give credence to their representations of the past? Students will discover that, regardless of the contexts they are examining and the sources they are employing, particular problems of interpretation and representation arise time and time again among practitioners of the discipline.


  • Weekly responses 25%
  • Book review 25%
  • Thesis proposal and annotated bibliography 30%
  • Class participation 20%



Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault

The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi

The Night Battles by Carlo Ginzburg

The Problem of Race in the 21st Century by Thomas Holt

Representations of the Intellectual by Edward Said

Sweetness and Power by Sidney Mintz

World Systems Analysis: An Introduction by Immanuel Wallerstein

The Family Romance of the French Revolution by Lynn Hunt

Selections will be posted to Canvas and/or put on reserve at the library.

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