History | Introduction to Professional Study of History
H601 | 3139 | Eklof

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H601:  For new history graduate students only

This course, required for all incoming graduate students, provides
an introduction to research methods, tools and professional
discourse in history.  The courses will be organized around broad
themes that encompass a variety of methodologies and a wide range of
geographic and chronological fields as well as issues.  After
reading an introductory text by Richard J. Evans, "In Defense of
History" (1997), students will read and discuss issues of
objectivity and factuality, and will proceed from a review of
traditional political approaches to social theory (including Max
Weber and Durkheim) and social history (especially the Annales
school), to gender studies and the "linguistic turn". At each point,
students will read both articles by historians engaged in debates,
often heated, over the "proper" methodology of history, and case
studies which have made a lasting impact on the way we do history,
such as Ladurie's "Mountaillou", Ginzburg's, "The Cheese and the
Worm", L. Thatcher Ulrich's, "Good Wives", and Laura
Engelstein's, "The Keys to Happiness". Students will be required to
write 1-2 page single-spaced responses to readings on a weekly
bases, and complete the course with a 10-15 page "exploratory paper"
on a topic of their own choosing, in consultation with me and/or
others in the department.