HIST201 Historical Thought

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
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HIST201 Historical Thought 3 0 6 Monday 11:00-12:50 and Wednesday 10:00-10:50
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Course Objectives The aim of this course is to introduce students into the study of history. The main subject is the methodological framework within which historians work: Concepts such as the definition of history as an academic discipline, historical facts and their relationship to past realities, the notions of memory, tradition and sources, the historian’s role in constructing the past, narrative and analytical approaches to historiography, images, concepts and tropes for history, the status of history as a (social) science and the social functions of history will be discussed. This course also aims at teaching the “historian’s craft”, that is, providing practical skills such as using libraries, preparing bibliographies, consulting handbooks and scientific encyclopedias, using maps, getting an overview over secondary literature, assessing sources critically, evaluating source editions and translations and at giving an overview over working in archives. Students are going to watch documentaries and movies, and read primary sources concerning the topic of the week in order to enhance their understanding and critical thinking. Furthermore, there will be special classes and tours in order to develop the practical skills mentioned above.
Textbook Historiography: Ancient, Medieval & Modern, Ernst Breisach, 2nd ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. Studying History, Jeremy Black and Donald M MacRaild, London: Macmillan Education UK, 2016. Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge, Georg G Iggers, Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2005. The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory, Anna Green & Kathleen Troup Manchester: Manchester University Press cop. 2015.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain and use the key terms and concepts related to the study of history
  2. Analyze historical events comparatively and critically
  3. Explain the various traditions and analytical tools of historical writing
  4. Conduct research in the field of history
  5. Discuss the status of history as a (social) science and the social functions of history
Teaching Methods
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Course Introduction: Why Study History? Peter Stearns, “Why Study History”, American Historical Association Peter Stearns “Why Study History” American Historical Association
Week 2 Time: The Past and the Present Studying History: 14-22
Week 3 History of Historiography: When Does History Begin to Be History? Ernst Breisach, Chap. 1-2
Week 4 From Ancient to Medieval Historiography Ernst Breisach, Chap. 3-4
Week 5 Medieval History (Film screening: Crusades by Terry Jones) Ernst Breisach, pp. 121-137
Week 6 Renaissance Ernst Breisach, pp. 153-170
Week 7 MIDTERM EXAM
Week 8 Enlightenment and the 18th Century Quest for a New Historiography Ernst Breisach, 215-227
Week 9 Historians as Interpreters of Progress and Nation Ernst Breisach, Chap. 15&16
Week 10 Positivism and the Quest for a Uniform Science Ernst Breisach, Chap. 17&18
Week 11 Marx and Historical Materialism Ernst Breisach, Chap. 25
Week 12 Social History: History and the Social Science Ernst Breisach, Chap. 26
Week 13 “The History of Everyday Life” and the Postcolonial Perspectives "Historiography in the Twentieth Century: pp. 101-117 The Houses of History: pp. 277-287"
Week 14 Post-structuralism and post-modernism The Houses of History: pp. 297-307 & 308-325
Week 15 Review
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 2,3,5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Quiz 1 10 1,2
Mid-term Exam 1 30 1,2,3
Research Paper and Presentation 1 20 2,3,4
Written Assignment 1 10 2,3
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Written Assignment 5 1 5
Quiz 5 1 5 Quiz 5 1 5
Home Study 3 15 45 Final Exam Study 20 1 20
Written Assignment 5 1 5 Written Assignment 5 1 5
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 04/03/2020
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