This course provides students with an introduction to history as an academic discipline, including methods of historical inquiry, how to formulate research questions and conduct research, and understanding debates in the field of history
After completing the course, students are expected to reach the following goals:
- Understand the history discipline
- Understand the different types of sources with which historians work
- Formulate a question for a research paper
- Draft an outline and write a research pape
Carr, Edward Hallett. What Is History? 1961. Reprint, New York: Penguin, 1990.Chapter 1.
Esherick, Joseph W. “Deconstructing the Construction of the Party-State: Gulin County in the Shaan-Gan-Ning Border Region.” The China Quarterly 140 (December 1994): 1052–79.
Mullaney, Thomas S., and Christopher Rea. Where Research Begins: Choosing a Research Project That Matters to You (and the World). Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 2022.Chapter 1.
Smith, Anthony D. The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates About Ethnicity and Nationalism. Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2000.Chapter 2.
Note: All required texts will be provided to students by the instructor in PDF format before the beginning of the course
|1||What is history?|
|3||Individual student meetings with the instructor|
|4||Examine the historical debate about nationalism|
|5||Individual student meetings with the instructor|
Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email.
4 group classes (2 hours each) and 7 one-on-one class (1 hour each)