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HIST 594 A - Intro Historical Writing

Campus: Urbana-Champaign

Description:

Seminar for first-year graduate students and is the second half of the introductory graduate sequence. Focuses on the process of writing an original piece of historical scholarship. Topics to be discussed include: developing an argument, exploring sources, arriving at a research strategy, planning and structuring an article, presenting complex data, and producing scholarship that is a coherent representation of an author's perspective on the past. Over the course of the semester, each seminar participant will develop and write an original, article length research paper. Students will work with the assistance of the instructors and an advisor from her or his own research field. Course Information: Prerequisite: HIST 593.

Special Instructions:

Description: This seminar for first year History graduate students is the second half of the introductory graduate sequence, and will focus on the process of writing an original piece of historical research. History 594 will help students fulfill this task by introducing them to disciplinary issues that concern historians regardless of their interests or levels of achievement. Topics include: developing historical arguments, research ethics, working with traditional and non-traditional sources, planning and structuring an article, analyzing quantitative data, finding an individual voice, crafting conclusions, and honing a writing practice. Work will be supervised by both the instructor and an advisor from the student's research field. The course uses group and individual discussions, readings, exercises, and structured feedback to support the conceptualization and production of historical work.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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