Fall 2019 - HIST 300 D100

Historiography (4)

Class Number: 4845

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

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

    45 units, including six 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.


How and why has the study of History taken the forms it has, and why does this matter? This course explores a variety of approaches to thinking about and interpreting the past. Focusing on the systems of knowledge and power that have shaped the discipline of History, we will examine a broad range of questions and subjects explored by historians working in/on multiple contexts. Throughout the term, we will think about historians as researchers, teachers, members of a professional community, and scholars engaged with a broader public outside of the academy. Surveying different modes of historical argument and representation, we will consider the driving questions, standards of evidence, narrative and analytic strategies, and political perspectives of historians from the ancient world to the scholars in SFU’s own Department of History.


In this upper-division seminar, students will:
·         Be introduced to some of the major approaches to historical thinking and writing over from ancient societies to the present.
·         Develop their skills as readers of historical argument, interpretation, and debate.
·         Work on their oral communication skills though group discussion and seminar presentations.
·         Develop their writing skills by completing a series of assignments: reading notes, in-class writing, short essays, and an in-depth final research project. Major writing                            assignments will be completed in stages including a proposal, one or more drafts, peer response, and revision.


  • Seminar Participation 20%
  • Colloquium/Lecture Analysis 25%
  • SFU History Faculty Profile 20%
  • Research Project 35%
  • *Assignments and grading may be subject to change prior to the beginning of term.



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

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

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