HISTORY 101 - What is History?
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Other:
SophInit
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

You might think you know what history is: it’s what happened in the past—the names, dates, and events that fill textbooks. But think again. History is not about memorizing facts. It’s about asking questions about the past, finding clues, and using our imaginations to piece those clues together into stories.

  • Does this mean history is fiction?
  • Who gets to do history — whose stories should we accept as true?
  • How is history different in different parts of the world?
  • How do political struggles, in the U.S. and around the globe, shape the way people see the past and use it in their everyday lives?
  • Can history predict or improve the future, and if not, what is history for?
  • Must histories only be written in books, or can pilgrimages, spirit possession, myths, or museums fulfill a similar purpose?

This course will introduce you to various approaches to history, drawing examples from across the globe and throughout the centuries. But above all, it will teach you new ways of thinking critically and internationally about the world you live in — its past, present, and future.

Required Text: Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre (Harvard U. Press, 1983).

Course Requirements:

Requirements for this course include participation in lecture and sections, 3 short essays (2-3 pages), a mid-term and a final.

Intended Audience:

No data submitted

Class Format:

Two lectures and one discussion section per week.

HISTORY 101 - What is History?
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
26816
Open
17
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
26817
Closed
0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
26818
Closed
0
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
26819
Open
2
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
26820
Closed
0
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
26821
Open
4
 
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M 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
26834
Open
10
7LSA Hnrs
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Section 007: LSA Honors. Non-Honors students interested in this section should contact Professor Mir at fmir@umich.edu.
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ISBN: 0674766911
The return of Martin Guerre, Author: Natalie Zemon Davis., Publisher: Harvard University Press Paperback 1983
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