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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


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).

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Mainichi, a major national newspaper in Japan, for the Oct. 3, 2014, issue.

The department hosted an NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014.

History major Amy Freeman has published an article on the Eastman Dental Dispensary in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Yomuiri, a major national newspaper in Japan.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.


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.