Title: HIST 5101 – Theory and Methodology 1
Instructor: Laura Frader
Sequence: Mondays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Description: Examines the following questions in the context of major issues in current historical research and debate. Where do historical questions come from, and how do we answer them? How do we produce knowledge about historical events and processes? What theoretical models guide historians work? Emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches as well as concrete techniques in historical research. Required of all first-year graduate students.
Title: HIST 5237 – Issues & Methods in Public History
Instructor: Marty Blatt
Sequence: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Description: Examines and analyzes major issues and methods in public history in the United States and the world. Topics include the nature and meaning of national memory and myth, the theory and practice of historic preservation, rural and land preservation and the organizational structures and activities associated with those efforts, the interrelationship of historical museums and popular culture, the history and organization of historic house museums, historical documentary filmmaking, historical archaeology in world perspective, interpreting “ordinary” landscapes, and the impact of politics on public history.
Title: HIST 7314 – Research Seminar on World History
CRNs: Brown (18238) / 15752 (Heefner)
Brown: Mondays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Heefner: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Description: Gives students the opportunity to do research and write a paper that addresses historical issues and processes significant at a global scale. Discussions focus on what it means to be significant on a global scale, how to find and utilize relevant source material, and on previous scholarship relevant in helping shape questions and issues in our own work. Students also read and critique one another’s work. May be repeated up to four times.
Title: HIST 7320 – Research Seminar on the History of Boston Social Movements
Instructor: Marty Blatt
Sequence: Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Description: Requires students to conduct research and write an original paper that addresses historical issues in the cultural history—in particular the material culture—of North America. In particular, this semester will focus on the history of social movements in Boston.
Title: HIST 7370 – Texts, Maps, and Networks: Readings and Methods for Digital History
Instructor: Cameron Blevins
Sequence: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Description: Introduces the methods and practice of history in a digital age. Offers students an opportunity to see the wide variety of work being done computationally by historians and other humanists today and to obtain the background to be creative producers of new work and critical consumers of existing projects. The rise of computing technology and the Internet has the potential to reshape all parts of historical practice, from curation to research to dissemination. Examines the historian’s craft in three primary domains: the creation of digital sources, the algorithmic transformations that computers can enact on cultural materials like texts, and the new ecologies of publishing and scholarly communication made possible by new media.