to Historical Thinking
Dr. Bob Miller
7142 One Edwards
Purpose of the Course:
will look beyond simple facts and figures.
By talking with a variety of historians, students will have an
opportunity to learn how history is conceptualized, organized, researched, and
written by academic scholars. Students
will also learn how to interpret different sources of historical evidence
(written accounts, films, oral history, etc.).
Introduction to Historical Thinking is designed for students wishing to learn more about the study of history and how scholars practice their craft. It is highly recommended for any CECE student wishing to take upper division (300 and 400 level) lecture courses in history. This course is also required for anyone wishing to fulfill requirements for the CECE History Focus for the LASS program.
For five of
the weeks during this quarter, you will have an opportunity to interact with
guest lecturers. All of these
people are CECE history professors. They
will present a wide range of interesting topics.
Gary B. Nash, et.al., History On Trial: Culture
Wars and the Teaching of the Past, 2d ed. (New York, 2000)
It is very
likely that the UC Bookstore ordered the wrong edition of this book.
If that is the case I would prefer that you return your books and
purchase the paperback edition online. In
some cases, if you are willing to pay extra, you can have your book the next
day. Check out the following links:
Packet (will be available at DuBois Bookstore within a few weeks)
Writing Exercises for Prof. Miller (2) 20 pts
Writing for Guest Lecturers (5)
100 total pts
have three opportunities to earn points in short in-class writing exercises.
Also, at the end of each class in which a guest lecturer is present, you
will be asked to do a short writing exercise.
There will also be a capstone paper that will draw together the concepts
presented in class.
attendance in this course is vital and required.
Repeated absences, tardiness, or leaving early will negatively affect
your grade. If you know of
conflicts bring them to my immediate attention.
Schedule of Classes:
Week 1: September 21,
Week 2: September 28,
Nature of History
Week 3: October 5, 2000
Nature of History (cont'd)
Week 4: October 12, 2000
Nature of History (cont'd)
Week 5: October 19, 2000
Professor Terri Premo:
The Importance of Gender in American
DeHart and Linda Kerber, " Introduction: Gender and the New
History" from Women's America: Refocusing the Past, 5th
York: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp.3-24.
Week 6: October 26, 2000
Professor Fred Krome:
Studying Religious History
Noah's Flood: The Genesis Story in Western Thought (New
Yale University Press, 1996),
Sussman, "Isaac Leeser and the Protestantization of American
in American Jewish Archives Journal (April 1986):2-21.
Week 7: November 2, 2000
Professor Eric Jackson:
Race As a Factor in American History
Goings and Raymond Mohl, "Towards a New African American
History" in Kenneth W. Goings and Raymond Mohl, eds., The New
American Urban History
(Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1996), pp.1-16.
Trotter, "African Americans in the City: 1900-1950" in Goings and Mohl,
The New African American Urban History, pp.299-319.
Week 8: November 9, 2000
Professor Howard Todd:
Global Perspectives in History
Week 9: November 16,
Professor Clinton Terry:
Historical Trends in Technology and
"What is Technology?" in Merritt Roe Smith and Gregory Clancey,
Major Problems in the History of American Technology (Boston:
Miffllin Co., 1998), pp.1-25.
Staudenmaier, "Recent Trends in the History of Technology" in
Historical Review 95
Week 10: November 23,
Week 11: November 30,