Fall 2020 - HIST 400 D100

Methodology (4)

Class Number: 3404

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to the honours program in history.



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


Our subject/themes

Historians are researchers, readers & writers. We are also humans with our own interests, beliefs, politics, personal, and scholarly life stories, and trajectories. In this remote seminar required for students pursuing an Honours degree, we will consider a variety of ways that historians track down, interpret, and respond to sources while working on a set of practical skills that will help you as you work towards the eventual completion of Honours thesis in History.


Skills we’ll be working on in this course

In this upper-division Honours seminar, you will develop your skills in the following areas:

  • research: by working with a range of primary and secondary sources across different media
  • critical reading: by exploring and responding to scholarly argument and interpretation
  • writing: by completing a series of assignments focused on historical methods and the subject/themes of your own research
  • oral communication +: by engaging in group discussion and presentations during online synchronous class sessions, as well as sharing images, audio and video recordings remotely
  • online literacy: by exploring and learning to use a range of tools/resources available to historians


  • Seminar participation (synchronous & asynchronous) 20%
  • Short essays (3 x 15%) 45%
  • Zotero research bibliography 10%
  • Research proposal assignment (completed in stages) 25%



Required course materials will be accessible in electronic form and available online, via the SFU Library website, or our Canvas course site.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).