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HIST-110 - Approaches to History - 3.00 Credits

HIST-110 - Approaches to History - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
An examination of the conceptual problems involved in the historian's attempt to apprehend the past and its relationship to the present and the future. Particular attention will be paid to the nature of historical knowledge and explanation, and to the broad systems and patterns in which history has been conceived, including oral traditions.
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  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or equivalent within last two years prior to admission into the course.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per Week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • understanding of the basic concepts and principles of historical methodology, for example periodization, causation, evidence, continuity and change and historiography;

  • knowledge and understanding of the breadth and depth of history, including an appreciation of the many different types of history and their characteristic approaches, for example social and economic, political, cultural, local and women’s history;

  • an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical problems inherent in the discipline, e.g. the nature of historical knowledge and inquiry, the role of theory in history;

  • an appreciation of the importance, variety and complexity of primary source material, including artifacts, buildings, film, oral evidence, art and imaginative literature as well as more conventional forms;

  • enhanced critical awareness, including a skeptical attitude towards ‘received wisdom’, through the systematic use and evaluation of primary source materials, and the exploration of their relationship to secondary interpretation;

  • analytical skills through the identification, selection, interpretation and communication of information;

  • independence, initiative and self-confidence in learning through research-based activity;

  • written communication skills through essays, project work and in particular, the capacity to achieve a balanced combination of narrative, descriptive and analytical writing;

  • oral skills through group and individual oral discussions and presentations;

  • numerical skills through involvement in the quantitative dimension of historical study; and

  • social skills through co-operating and working in groups, both as initiator and respondent.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Edward Hallett Carr’s What is History?

  • Marc Bloch’s The Historian’s Craft.
  • R.G. Collingwood’s The Idea of History.
  • Calvin Martin’s The American Indian and the Problem of History.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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