HIST 301 Spring 2013 Approaching the Past: Varieties of Historical Thinking

This course is designed to acquaint students with some of the ways historians have thought about the past. Beginning with Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War, the work of eleven historians will be studied closely and critically over the course of the semester. In the process, students not only will become familiar with various important historical approaches but will also be encouraged to examine their own assumptions about the past and about how and why--or even if--we know it. We will meet weekly to define, understand, and assess the different ways historians considered in the course have thought about the past.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: in preparation for class discussion, students are required to produce a one-page critical response to the assigned reading each week, which will form the basis for class discussion
Additional Info: in addition to writing ten critical responses, students are also required to make an oral presentation of approximately twenty minutes on a professor they have had in a history course at Williams College
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: restricted to History majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15-19
Class Number: 3512
HIST301-K1(S) SEM Varieties Historical Thinking Division 2: Social Studies Thomas A. Kohut
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 141 3512
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