Historiography – HIST 602

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course covers the historiographical and theoretical approaches to the discipline of history. Particular emphasis is given to the history of historical writing, classic works of historiography, and Christian worldview.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The student of history should understand how historians have understood and constructed the past based upon his/her own cultural assumptions, epistemic presuppositions, and methodological limitations. This course emphasizes historiography and interpretations of history from the ancient world to the present. The student also explores Christian perspectives on history and is challenged to develop a consistently Christian and biblical approach to researching, writing, and teaching history.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify classic authors and works of historiographical significance.
  2. Explain the impact of worldviews and philosophies on classical historiography.
  3. Explain how historiographical schools approach periods of European & US history.
  4. Describe the work and perspective of significant Christian historians.
  5. Identify the schools of American historiography
  6. Evaluate modern theoretical approaches in history from a biblical perspective.
  7. Demonstrate graduate-level competency in historiographical research, analysis, and writing.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250–300 words, include at least 2 scholarly citations in current Turabian format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100–150 words.

Final Paper Topic Selection

The student will select a topic for his/her final historiographic paper and get approval from the professor.

Final Paper Bibliography

The student will compile a bibliography of 12 sources (including at least 3 journal articles) for his/her Final Paper. The sources must be in current Turabian format.

Exams (6)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks (Modules/Weeks 1–6). Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 16 multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions, and will have a 1-hour time limit.

Historiography Test

The test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week (Module/Week 7). The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 11 multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions, and will have a 45-minute time limit.

Opposing Viewpoints Paper

The student will write a 2–4-page historiography-based paper in current Turabian format over 2 different historical works dealing with the same topic (offering different perspectives). The paper must include at least 2 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Final Paper

The student will write a 13–15-page historiography paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a topic of his/her choice (and approved by the professor). The paper must include at least 12 references (including at least 3 journal articles).