Gateway Seminar: How to Do History

HISTORY161S

History matters because it studies the past and critically looks at the legacy of the past in the present. How we study history is just as important. This course is a window to the historian’s workbench: a survey of the diverse methods and sources historians use to ponder and question the past in the pursuit of historical knowledge. 
 
From state archives to social media to memoirs and material culture, we will look at a range of traces of the past and explore ways we can bring them to life, while critically engaging their incompleteness, silences, and erasures. What can some sources tell us that others can’t? How do historians analyze and interpret unconventional sources and what is at stake in selecting them?
 
Students will develop an independent research project based on their own interests.
 
Professor Andrew Byers
Curriculum Codes: 

EI, R, SS

Region

Global and Comparative