History | Introduction to the Professional Study of History
H601 | 6618 | Eklof

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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, 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 to complete the course
with a 10-15 "exploratory paper" on a topic of their own choosing,
in consultation with me and/or others in the department.