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Raymond A. Jonas
HIST 595
Seattle Campus

Historical Practices

Emphasizes the interrelatedness of theoretical issues and historical research. Students read works that encourage the rethinking of sources and their historical meaning and experiment with sources, methods, and questions in a set of practical assignments.

Class description

The production of historical knowledge is driven by asking new questions and the revisiting of old questions with new insight. New questions also lead to the rethinking of known sources and the discovery of new ones.

Our discipline is also increasingly driven by rapid developments in the relationship between historians and their audiences.

This course asks students to read works that encourage the rethinking of sources and their possible historical meanings. It also encourages them to experiment by means of a set of practical assignments with sources, methods, questions, technologies, theoretical insights, and presentation strategies.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Course meetings alternate between the discussion of exemplary theoretical/practical works and the presentation of brief research assignments.

Recommended preparation

Graduate status in History graduate program or, with approval of instructor, graduate standing in the program of an allied discipline.

Class assignments and grading

Four exercises (papers, typically), each worth 25% of grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Raymond A. Jonas
Date: 09/14/2007