HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Winter 2022, Section 004 - A History of Magic in the Colonizing World
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
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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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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course teaches college-level writing skills through studying the history of magic, witchcraft, and ideas of superstition. You will build argumentative and reasoning skills while considering witches, sorcerers, fairies, and sometimes gods. It is a writing-intensive course with several written assignments due throughout the semester, including a substantive argumentative essay about the history of magic. The content will range from magic in medieval Christianity to the practice of magic in the modern day.

This is a first-year writing course designed to train you in academic writing, argumentation, and critical thinking. More specifically, you will be learning how to build a structured, interpretive argument and how to support your claims with evidence. This course will also ask you to read texts of various genres through a historical lens, meaning that you will need to think carefully about where and when the texts you are reading came from and who their intended audience was.

Most of your grade will be based on a formal argumentative essay consisting of 10-15 pages on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a classic piece of early modern literature that explores many of the themes that are key to the history of magic. The course is designed for someone who is not familiar with the material that we are covering and no experience reading Shakespeare is required or expected!

Course Requirements:

Directed self-placement response

Intended Audience:

First-year students

Class Format:



HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
002 (REC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
003 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
004 (REC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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