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HIS-101-90; HIS-101-91, Dynamics of History (SU15)

INSTRUCTOR: Alison Dray-Novey

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Fully online, 07/06/2015 – 08/17/2015

CONTENT:

This course introduces you to historical awareness, to analysis of primary sources, and to key aspects of critical thinking in history.  It also sheds light on the history of nursing and medicine.  The course offers the opportunity not just to read history but also to do history by exploring and analyzing a primary source, an early American midwife’s diary for 1785-1812.  The full text of the diary is available online at dohistory.org both in its original, handwritten form and in modern printed transcription.  Studying the diary, and the prize-winning book based on it, you consider the same material from diverse perspectives.  A final project is an oral interview in gender history or medical history.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Through successful completion of this course, you will develop critical reading and thinking skills associated with study of history; will understand and utilize historical methodology; will understand how the discipline of history has evolved; and will develop your communication skills. All these points are closely linked to the University’s program in history and to its General Education goals.  See online syllabus for details.

METHODS:

The course contains six units that will be taught online over seven weeks.  Each unit requires an online interactive discussion and a short paper (ca. 500-1000 words).  Papers will gradually increase in length, challenge, and percentage of the final grade.  An oral history interview by the student will be a final project.   

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

**Participation in six online discussions, including an original post and two responses to those of others for each unit.  (2% each, total 12% of final grade)

**Six unit papers; two for 10%.each, three for 15% each, one for 20%.

**Remaining 3% given for self-introduction to the group.

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

**Michael J. Salevouris and Conal Furay, The Methods and Skills of History: A Practical **Guide 4th ed. (Wiley 2015)James W. Davidson and Mak Hl Lytle, After  the Fact: the Art of Historical Detection 6th ed. (McGraw Hill, 2010)

**Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, based on her Diary, 1785-1812  (Vintage pb, 1991)

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

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READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

If time permits, please read the Introduction to Midwife’s Tale, pages 3-35.