HIS400 Historical Theories & Methods
Lead Faculty: Dr. Daniel R. Thorburn
Course DescriptionInvestigates the important methodologies and theories of history that buttress contemporary historical scholarship. Includes introduction to historiography; examines transformation of the historical profession over last 150 years and philosophical foundations of historical practice today; explores writings of historian, their historical assumptions, and theoretical framework of their interpretations.
- Explain the major interpretive frameworks that guide modern historical writing.
- Identify the key elements of major contemporary theories of history.
- Evaluate the similarities and differences between these theories of history.
- Identify the central issues and problems that a particular historical theory addresses.
- Use appropriate analytical language in discussing historical interpretations.
- Explain the relationship between fact and interpretation in historical narratives.
- Analyze the point of view and assumptions embedded in four theories of history.
- Embark on an informed construction of their personal philosophy of history.