HISTORY 101 - What is History?
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

Description

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, grapple with conflicting interpretations about a topic, engage in critical inquiry and analysis, to craft an argument, and to develop empathy through historical or cultural understanding. Book Cost: One paperback book (used copies of the book are generally available).

Course Requirements:

Assignments for this course consist of one essay (3-4 pages), two take-home exams, and four short reading quizzes, along with weekly reading assignments and participation in discussion sections and in lectures. The course format is two lectures plus one GSI-led discussion section per week.

Intended Audience:

All students/ years/ backgrounds, no prior knowledge of history needed.

Class Format:

The course format is two lectures per week plus one GSI-led discussion section per week. Sections will be in-person, though there are also a few remote options for those who need them.

Schedule

HISTORY 101 - What is History?
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
23479
Open
14
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
23480
Closed
0
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
23481
Open
1
 
-
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
23482
Open
1
 
-
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
23483
Open
3
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
23484
Open
1
 
-
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
23485
Open
2
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
23601
Open
1
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
24525
Open
1
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
010 (DIS)
 In Person
25880
Closed
0
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
011 (DIS)
 In Person
25881
Open
1
1CSP
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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. CSP Students wanting to register under INTLSTD 205 must email Professor Mir (fmir@umich.edu) for permission.
012 (DIS)
 In Person
38592
Open
2
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
013 (DIS)
 In Person
38593
Open
1
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

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