HISTORY 101 - What is History?
Section: 001
Term: FA 2020
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
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 — stories that shape our present and future. • 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 are there other sites that "produce" history? Put another way, where can we "find" history? 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. And it will help you prepare for any future courses or endeavors that require you to assess different kinds of evidence, to grapple with conflicting interpretations about a topic, to engage in critical inquiry and analysis, to craft an argument, and to develop empathy through historical or cultural understanding. Book Cost: Course pack and one paperback book (used copies of the book are generally available).

Course Requirements:

Assignments for this course consist of one short essay (2-3 pages), three take-home short-essay exams, and two short reading quizzes, along with weekly reading assignments and participation in discussion sections and in lectures.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed with first- and second-year students in mind, but the course is open to anyone interested in gaining an introductory overview of the discipline of history.

Class Format:

Two lectures and one GSI-led discussion section per week.

HISTORY 101 - What is History?
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001 (LEC)
 
25016
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162
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
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25017
Open
17
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
25018
Open
17
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
25019
Open
11
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
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25020
Open
6
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
25021
Open
18
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
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25022
Open
19
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
008 (DIS)
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25150
Open
19
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
009 (DIS)
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26250
Open
22
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
010 (DIS)
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27791
Open
16
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
011 (DIS)
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27792
Open
17
17CSP
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 011: All seats are reserved for CSP/Bridge students. CSP students may register for this section under the HISTORY subject without permission. Students wanting to register under INTLSTD 205 must email Professor Alberto (palberto@umich.edu) for permission.
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