Fall 2022 - HIST 300 D100
Class Number: 3946
Delivery Method: In Person
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 have historians understood and written about history? What objectives have they pursued and what methods have they used in writing history? We shall explore these questions in various ways. A survey of the history of historiography accompanied by illustrative samples will begin the course. Then we shall investigate two ways of decolonizing history by reading excerpts from an archive prepared by Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto before its destruction in 1943 by German forces and from a survivor of one of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. Students will set the agenda in the final weeks of the course with their own historiographical research projects as they study an historian, or historical genre, or historical controversy.
The assessment of these goals will take several forms: regular class participation and a presentation that facilitates class discussion of an aspect of historiography, two short essays on historiographical themes, a longer historiographical research essay in which you will draw on several primary and secondary sources, and a prospectus that will prepare you for the research essay.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
The course requirements of History 300 will help you achieve the educational goals of undergraduate courses in the Department of History. Specifically, by the end of the course you will be able to:
- identify and assess objectives, methods, and genres of historical writing.
- perform historiographical research.
- develop a research topic in historiography.
- present historiographical research in oral and written form.
- Participation 15%
- Two short essays (1000 words each) = 2 x 19% 38%
- Prospectus for Research Essay 10%
- Class Presentation in preparation for the Research Essay (Weeks 9-12) 7%
- Research Essay (2000 words, due 6 Dec.) 30%
- Jeremy D. Popkin, From Herodotus to H-Net: The Story of Historiography, 2nd (2020): purchase to own as a digital edition from the SFU Bookstore or as a paperback from Amazon.ca, or purchase for temporary use as an e-book from VitalSource. Please note: your assignments will be based on the second, not the first, edition of the book.
- David G. Roskies, ed., Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto: Writing our History (2019), online at the SFU library.
- Bev Sellars, They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School (2013), online at the SFU library.
- Readings available electronically from the SFU library through the course syllabus.
We shall use Canvas in several ways. You can download a Canvas app for your devices.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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