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Sample Syllabus: History 600

Instructor:  John Daly   
Phone: 395‑5685
Phone Hours:  Call or email anytime and leave a message.
Office Hours: FOB/Brown 136, M 2:15-3:25, W 2:15-3:25, Th 4-5;10 Call/make an appointment anytime


Gaddis, The Landscape of History

Wiener, Historians in Trouble

Bender, The Antislavery Debate

Hunt, The New Cultural History

Breen, Tobacco Culture

Scott, Gender and the Politics of History

Wright, The World and a Very Small Place in Africa

Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms

Crosby, The Measure of Reality

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Course Objectives

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. 

Course Requirements

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)
Participation/improvement 35%
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
                              Paper:  All
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
                            Paper:  All
December 4:  Final Topics Reports and Conclusions   (2-5 page draft of final topic or Nov 7)

December 12:  Final bibliography/paper Due

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Last Updated 7/22/10


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).