HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Section: 003 Political Violence in the 20th Century
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This course may not be included in a History major. F.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Reports about, condemnations of, and calls for violence are ubiquitous in today’s media landscape. Images of terrorism, school shootings, militarized police, broken windows at protests, and racist attacks on university campuses ensure that anxieties over violence are part of our everyday. But the seemingly self-evident categories of terror and violence disguise the vastly different historical phenomena they are meant to capture. This class challenges students to think historically about political violence (and its race, gender and class dimensions) in the twentieth-century to ultimately become more critical observers of and commentators on the present.

The key goal of this course is help students to think and write historically. History as a discipline is organized around the possibility that human experience can differ vastly across time and that one cannot begin to understand given experiences without attempting to reconstruct the contexts in which they take place. The writing of history as a collective undertaking depends on the ability to read, understand, critically assess, and—finally—articulate arguments about the past. We will learn to read, analyze and produce different genres of historical writing such as primary and secondary sources, film reviews, and historical writing for a non-academic audience.

Course Requirements:

As this class is a writing class, there will be no exams. However, we will produce 20 pages of revised writing in addition to regular low-stakes writing exercises

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Class Format:

We will meet for 80-minute seminars twice a week.

HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
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001 (REC)
WF 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (REC)
WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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