05:30 P. M. -- 08:20 P. M. Tuesday
The student will achieve a clear, working understanding of the varied methods of historical research, documentation, and writing. In learning to practice the craft of history, the student will also demonstrate the necessary skills and proficiencies in the process of gathering, organizing, and interpreting sources, and in presenting their conclusions in a well-reasoned and well-written narrative. The student will gain a familiarity with the wide range of finding aids that serve as useful tools for the historian. At the same time the student will show evidence of a precise and well-reasoned analysis of historical sources and, therefore, an ability to follow the practices of good writing and editing. Moreover, the student will be able to engage in a thoughtful way the subject of the philosophy of history, and in so doing to identify conflicting historical interpretations and thus to distinguish differing interpretations of the past from actual fact.
You will be asked to make class presentations pertaining to the research you are doing on your chosen topic. Generally, once we get into the semester, these will be reports of about fifteen minutes, and participation in the seminar discussion is not only encourage but expected.
All term papers will be presented to the class in final draft form at the end of the semester. You will be assigned to critique one presentation, and are encouraged to comment on the others.
You will be asked to make class presentations pertaining to the research you are doing on your chosen topic. Generally, once we get into the semester, these will be reports of about fifteen minutes.
Determination of course grade:
Term Paper 80 percent
Class participation 20 percent
Your paper must be at least twelve (12) pages in length, and suitable for presentation at a conference. You must include end notes and a bibliography following the style of Kate L. Turabian, A Manuel for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. The latest edition is preferable, but not mandatory. The reason for this requirement is that the History Department requires your thesis follow the Turabian format.
Late papers will be accepted, but only with your understanding that there will be a the penalty of a one letter grade reduction. Late papers must be submitted by the beginning of the Spring semester or the grade will become an F.
Class attendance is required. The class meets once a week and absences can not be accepted except under dire circumstances. You must make every effort to be here and make multiple efforts to inform me that you will be absent. Leave e-mails and voice mails with the History department office and my office. Notify students who are in class so they can alert me.
COURSE ASSESSMENT: The History department has decided to implement the following assessment instruments for this course.
1. A pre-test post test.
2. Your oral reports will be assessed on the basis of your exhibiting critical thinking.
3. Your term paper will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrating critical thinking.