Doing History

Introduces students to methods and tools used by historians and also encourages them to start thinking historically.

This is one of the foundational courses in the History major. It is designed bearing in mind that not all students entering the History major come with an understanding of the basic concepts of the discipline, or an awareness of its methodological tools. This course will skill students in practising history by teaching them to think historically, rather than being (often passive) consumers of historical narratives. What is History? How is History practised as an academic discipline? What are some of the methodological tools used by professional historians to practise History? And what are some of History’s foundational concepts? By addressing each of these questions, this course aims to foster thinking about and actively doing history amongst students.