Examines the distinctive ways in which historians in different parts of the world have approached the task of writing history. Explores methodologies used, such as political, social, economic, cultural, and popular histories through the reading and discussion of relevant and innovative texts. Introduction to a variety of sources (archival documents, statistical data, film, fiction, memoirs, artifacts, and images) and the ways they can be used to research, interpret, and present the past. Assignments include weekly two-page response papers and an original research paper (including a proposal, bibliography, first draft, and final version, based on primary sources) in conjunction with a formal oral presentation. Open to all students interested in history.
Spring 2018 to be taught by Prof. Christopher Capozzola.