This course will focus on an examination of problems in historical analysis and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on historical reasoning, research, and writing history. Consideration of methodological approaches and historical materials is also included.
- 3 credit History course
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify, comprehend and summarize an author’s thesis drawn from a written historical source.
- Analyze the nature of evidence, so as to distinguish between a fact and a personal opinion and between significant fact and detail.
- Analyze the validity and the limits of evidence to prove a thesis.
- Identify the viewpoint, bias or subjective position of an author or speaker by examination of language and construction of argument.
- Write a short coherent essay that poses a thesis and supports it with historical evidence.
- Construct a chronological framework for historical reporting and writing papers.
- Write an historical narrative and/or a critical historical essay based on information gathered from primary and/or secondary materials.
- Edit and revise an historical research paper or written narrative.
- Quote, summarize, paraphrase and cite historical sources in writing papers and other assignments in history.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
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Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Inference Exercise (Week 2)
Scholarly Book Review (Week 3)
Analysis of Scholarly Article (Week 4)
Narrative: Goldilocks Caper (Week 5)
Reconstruction Chronology (Week 6)
Reconstruction Draft Narrative (Week 7)
Reconstruction Final Narrative (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Fitzgerald, Michael W. Splendid Failure: Postwar Reconstruction in the American South. Ivan R. Dee Publishing, 2008. ISBN-10: 1566637392 or ISBN-13: 9781566637398
Readings and Exercises
Topics: The Nature of the Historical Process
Topics: The Thesis - The Historical Argument
Topics: Historical Evidence / Subjectivity or Bias / Historical Context
Topics: Historical Scholarship – The Essay; Ethics in Historical Scholarship; Introduction to Historiography
Topic: Interpreting Documents
Topic:Writing Historical Narrative I - Chronology
Topic: Writing Historical Narrative II – The Draft
Topic: Writing Historical Narrative III – The Technical Apparatus in Writing History
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