Instructor: John Daly
Phone Hours: Call or email anytime and leave a message. firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: FOB/Brown 136, M 2:15-3:25, W 2:15-3:25, Th 4-5;10 Call/make an appointment anytime
Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental techniques, theories, terms, and history of the profession of history. More important, students should learn to analyze and describe general historical themes and interpretive controversies, write and discuss history clearly, and understand their roles as professionals.
A full schedule of lectures and assignments is attached. Students should raise questions or initiate discussion at any time during class hours. Students should notify the instructor before class if they have to miss a day or leave early. No excuses needed—a missed class is a missed class, but effort and serious attention to your class responsibilities will be noted for participation. A student requesting special testing or classroom accommodations is encouraged to meet with the instructor as soon as possible so that appropriate accommodations can be considered early in the quarter. Handouts will be provided for all short paper assignments. Failure to hand in serious papers for any assignment will result in a grade of E in the course. Late papers will be penalized a grade level (A to A-) for each day they are late and even when they have reached E must still be handed in prior to the end of the course and be C level to pass the class. Attendance will be taken regularly and be the most important factor in your participation grade. Improvement will be factored into your final grade, but grades are not curved and I will not assign extra-credit work. The grading scale used in this course is (100pts.): 95-100=A, 90-94 A-, 86-89=B+, 83-85=B, 80-83=B-, 79-76=C+, 73-75=C, 70-73=C-, 60-69=D, 59 or below = E.
Short Papers 45% (Five: 2-6 pages)
Bibiliography paper/project and outside reading reports: 20% (2-6 page text, annotated bibliography)
Attendance: Will be taken every day and count heavily toward participation
Assignment and Topic Schedule:
August 28: Introduction: The Course, History Department, Nature of Graduate study, The Profession
September 4: Gaddis, What is History Social Science, Narrative, Biography, Philosophy of History
September 11: Wiener, Historians in Trouble Ethics, Bias, Objectivity, Ideology, Politics of History
Paper: All on Wiener and Gaddis
September 18: Marx and Weber ( Manifesto, Protestant Ethic and Gramsci articles on Angel) Causation in History
September 25: Bender, The Antislavery Debate Marxism, Determinism, Causation in Practice
October 2: Hunt,New Cultural History Foucault, Cultural History, Structuralism, post-Modernism and History
Paper: This topic or Scott, with one extra reading
October 9: Breen, Tobacco Culture Consumerism, Social History, and Cultural History in Practice
Paper: On this book or Wright
October 16: Race Debate (Angel): "Race, Class, and Gender" and the Post-Modern moment in History
October 23: Scott, Gender Women's History, Gender, Sexuality
Paper: On this topic or Hunt, with one extra reading
October 30: Topics and bibliography meetings
Novemeber 6: Reports on Bibliography Topics and Preliminary Reading (2-5 page draft or on Dec 5)
Novemeber 13: Wright, The World Global History, Social History
Paper: On this book or Breen
Novemeber 20: Ginzburg, Cheese and Crosby, Reality Comparative and Global Intellectual History
December 4: Final Topics Reports and Conclusions (2-5 page draft of final topic or Nov 7)
History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.
History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.
Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
The department will host the NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2015.
The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.
The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.