Introduction to the Study of History

Course Information

Professor: Robert W. Brown

Course Description

HST 3000 introduces key historical concepts and skills, such as the nature and types of History; historical periodization; the reading and analysis of primary and secondary sources; research, writing, and documentation styles; the basic use of the computer for historical research and writing; and History as a profession.

The major course requirement will be the compilation of a portfolio of materials related to the study of History.  It will contain the written answers to discussion questions, a sample Statement of a Paper Topic, an Annotated Bibliography of Primary, Secondary, and Internet Sources, a Short Paper based on primary sources, the Analysis of an Internet Site (with an oral presentation), and a Reflective Essay.

Course Goals

***an introduction to the nature of History, competing philosophies of History, and types of History;

***an introduction to the varieties of historical writing and reading strategies;

***an introduction to methods of historical research and bibliography;

***an introduction to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources;

***an introduction to citation (footnotes and bibliography) conventions in History;

***an introduction to oral presentation skills for the History class;

***an introduction to the basic use of computers in historical writing and research;

***an introduction to the World Wide Web as a research tool and to methods for the analysis of Internet materials;

***an introduction to History as a profession.

Course Requirements

1. Required Text:

    Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2007.

     Additional readings will be handed out or posted on the HST 3000 web site.

2. Course Portfolio:

    Each Student will compile a Course Portfolio consisting of the following items.

        A. The Answers to the Six Sets of Discussion Questions.

        B. The Statement of a Paper Topic and Preliminary Bibliography in the Proper Format.

        C. The Annotated Bibliography of Primary, Secondary, and Internet Sources.

        D. The Short Paper using Primary Sources (on the Battle of Lexington Green).

        E. The Analysis of an Internet Site.

        F. The Reflective Essay.

Due dates for each of these items will be announced during the course. Each assignment will be graded promptly and returned. Do Not Discard Graded Assignments. At the end of the course, a portfolio containing the entire course's work must be submitted; no grade for the course will be turned in until all of these items have been turned in.
2. Questions for Class Discussion:
On a regular basis, hand-outs with questions relating to the reading and other assignments will be distributed. Students will be assigned to answer these questions in writing before the class meets and to discuss them in class. These answers will then be turned in at the end of class and graded. Active participation in the class discussions is required.
3. Analysis of On-line Resources for the Study of History:
Students will locate and analyze Internet resources for the study of History. One web site (chosen from those on the HST 3000 web site) will be analyzed in detail using a guide posted on the HST 3000 web site.  Students will make an oral presentation in class on the results of their analysis. During this presentation, students must call up the web site and use examples from it to support points made in their analysis.
4. Grading:

        The Answers to the Discussion Questions and Class Participation. (35%)
        The Statement of a Paper Topic and Preliminary Bibliography in the Proper Format. (15%)
        The Annotated Bibliography of Primary, Secondary, and Internet Sources. (15%)
        The Short Paper using Primary Sources. (15%)
        The Analysis of an Internet Site (including oral presentation). (15%)
        The Reflective Essay. (05%)

5. Grading Scale:

A= 93-100; A-=90-92; B+=88-89; B=83-87; B-=80-82; C+=78-79; C=73-77; C-=70-72; D+=68-69; D=63-67; D-=60-62; F=0-59.

To receive a grade in HST 3000, ALL assignments must be submitted by the last class day (07 October 2008).  Late work will not be accepted during exam week.
6. Class Attendance:
History 3000 is primarily a discussion and workshop class. Regular class attendance is therefore very important. Students are accordingly expected to attend every class, beginning with the first session. Absence from class, no matter what the cause, does not excuse a student from any course requirements. Make-up work is at the discretion of the instructor. Attendance will be taken.  Please turn cell phones off.
7. Late Work:
Work submitted late will be accepted without penalty if arrangements are made in advance; otherwise, late work will be accepted but penalized at least five points.  Late work is strongly discouraged.
8. Honor Code:
Students are expected to comply with the provisions of the UNC Pembroke Academic Honor Code and the Code of Conduct, both of which are printed in the Student Handbook and are available on the Web Site of the Office of Student Affairs.
9. Web Pages:

        Most materials for this course are posted on the HST 3000 Web Page.

10. Office Hours:

Office hours are posted on my office door in Dial 212; if these hours are inconvenient, please see me after class or telephone (910.521.6438) to make an appointment.  E-mail:  Please put HST 3000 in the subject line.
11.Students with Documented Disabilities:
Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments should speak directly to Disability Support Services and the instructor during the first two weeks of class.  All discussions will remain confidential.  This syllabus is available in alternative formats upon request.    For assistance, please contact Mary Helen Walker, Disability Support Services, Career Services Center, Room 210 (910.521.6695) or visit the Office of Disability Support Services web site.

This page is maintained by Robert W. Brown
Last Update: 14.VII.2008

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