HIST 200 D - Intro Hist Interpretation
Through the careful examination of a specific topic or theme, this course provides a thorough introduction to historical interpretation. Particular attention will be devoted to research strategies, writing practices, handling primary and secondary sources, and the analysis of historiography. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Class Schedule Information: Topics will be listed in the department's course guide at http://www.history.illinois.edu.
Topic: Monarchy, From the Middle Ages to the Present Description: This course will examine the institution of monarchy, specifically in the context of European society, but with consideration to some countries outside of the European continent. This course will analyze why monarchy was, and in many cases remains, a predominant form of societal structuring, how monarchs themselves maintain(ed) power, and how everyday people relate(d) to monarchy. In doing so, we will look at how kingship and queenship changed over the centuries, largely in response to significant movements such as the Enlightenment and nationalism and how, even today, monarchs rule over many countries, albeit largely as figureheads. This course is meant to provide students with an introduction to historical analysis by examining both primary and secondary sources, grappling with key terms and concepts, and the construction of an independent project.
Option 1Number of Required Visit(s): 0
Course Level: Undergraduate