February 13, 2005

The Rest of my Term

Posted at February 13, 2005 01:35 PM in Daily Life .

These are the assignments that I'll be working on for my classes for the rest of the quarter. I wrote them up so I could get them straight in my head. After this first one, they are staggered until the end since the Philosophy class requries slightly more, shorter, papers.

Humanities External Degree (HUX) Program Assignments – Spring, 2005

Due 3/5 (Week 8)

Philosophy 505

Assignment II
Due: Week 8
Length: 4-6 pages

Format:
(One chapter per assignment for assignment 2, 3, and 4)

Select three of the six chapters in Burr/Goldinger to focus on. Read each of these chapters in its entirety, and then write a 4-6 page essay, where you select one of the contemporary issues and discuss it with reference to the chapter. In these assignments, you are being asked to analyze a contemporary issue and show how it fits into the broader philosophical topic featured in the chapter. Although the emphasis of these assignments is placed upon conceptual analysis, feel free to express your own position and reasoning for it. You are also urged to make use of Nagel's book if you find it helpful.

Due 3/18 (Week 10)

History 501

ASSIGNMENT II
Due: Week 10
Length: 7 pages
Format: Essay with reference page numbers in parentheses
Grade: 30% of course grade

Read: Wilson, History in Crisis? And Tosh, Historians on History

  • The field of history at present, Wilson, pp 1-6, 138-9; Tosh, "Introduction", and #40 (Lerner)
  • Cliometrics: Quantification and History, Wilson, 44-8; Tosh #31 (Stone)
  • Social history, Wilson, 63-73; #13 (Samuels)
  • Marxism, Wilson, 48-52, 96-100; Tosh, #11 (Hobsbawm)
  • Gender, women's studies, Wilson, 100-105; Tosh, #15 (Rosenberg) #17 (Bok)
  • Race, ethnicity, and postcolonialism, Wilson, 125-135; Tosh, #18 (Harding) #19 (Hall)

Questions to answer:

  1. Choose TWO from the above eight bulleted topics. Summarize the main points, then critique and analyze these, adding your personal opinions.
  2. Critique the Gustavson book, using material from Wilson and Tosh. (Also see in this Course Guide, "How to Critique a History Book" for general approaches; but use Wilson and Tosh for substantive critiques.)

ABOUT THE WILSON AND TOSH BOOKS

These books are included to illustrate trends in historical thinking and approach that emerged after the Gustavson book was written, to provide some alternative approaches to Gustavson, and to give the student some tools to critique Gustavson. It also introduces you to some of the dialogue that is carried on among professional historians. The advances in historiography since Gustavson do not "relegate Gustavson to history", however. His analytical approach and the valuable tools he gives the student are and will remain very useful for the study of history. All methods are used by historians, even those from the ancient Greek "father of History", Herodotus (484-420 BC), whose books are still in print!

In addition to the assigned pages in theses books, you might be interested in tackling the way postmodernism has entered the field of history, or examining briefly the history of historical writing. (Consult the Indexes for both books.)

Due 3/25 (Week 11)

Philosophy 505

Assignment III
Due: Week 11
Length: 4-6 pages

Format:
(One chapter per assignment for assignment 2, 3, and 4)

Select three of the six chapters in Burr/Goldinger to focus on. Read each of these chapters in its entirety, and then write a 4-6 page essay, where you select one of the contemporary issues and discuss it with reference to the chapter. In these assignments, you are being asked to analyze a contemporary issue and show how it fits into the broader philosophical topic featured in the chapter. Although the emphasis of these assignments is placed upon conceptual analysis, feel free to express your own position and reasoning for it. You are also urged to make use of Nagel's book if you find it helpful.

Due 4/22 (Week 15)

Philosophy 505

Assignment IV
Due: Week 15
Length: 4-6 pages

Format:

(One chapter per assignment for assignment 2, 3, and 4)

Select three of the six chapters in Burr/Goldinger to focus on. Read each of these chapters in its entirety, and then write a 4-6 page essay, where you select one of the contemporary issues and discuss it with reference to the chapter. In these assignments, you are being asked to analyze a contemporary issue and show how it fits into the broader philosophical topic featured in the chapter. Although the emphasis of these assignments is placed upon conceptual analysis, feel free to express your own position and reasoning for it. You are also urged to make use of Nagel's book if you find it helpful.

 

History 501

ASSIGNMENT III
Due: Week 15
Length: Approximately 8 pages
Format: Essay with reference page numbers in parentheses. If any materials other than assigned books and your chosen book are used in any way, these must be included in a bibliography.
Grade: 40% of final grade, based upon each of the numbered requirements below plus general evaluations criteria

Read: A history book that deals with a historical event, episode, movement, or short historical period that occurred BEFORE 1973. The book itself can be written at any time, but the TOPIC must be before 1973.

EXCLUSIONS:
You MAY NOT choose any of the following: A biography; the entire story of a country or region (like The History of Russia); a collection of essays; memoirs; special field histories, such as the history of art, or science.
For examples and further explanation, see "Choosing a History Book" in this course guide.

IMPORTANT:
This is not a traditional book review; this is an assignment applying Gustavson, Wilson, and Tosh to another book.

Assignment: Apply the analytical techniques and topics in Gustavson, Wilson, and Tosh to a book of history, according to the following guidelines, each one of which must be included in your paper:

  1. At the beginning, include why you chose this book, the author's background, a simple statement on what the book is about (one paragraph), and a brief summary of his/her main contentions or conclusions. Try to insure that the author of the book you'll use is a historian. (This should be part of the author's background, that you research). Note: Do not simply write what is on the book jacket! Gain this information from standard reference sources.
  2. Next, discuss how your author deals with causes (short term, long term, multiple), using a concrete example or examples.
  3. Depending upon the contents of your book, explain and comment upon how TWO of Gustavson's following categories are presented: social forces; change and continuity; ideas; individuals; institututions (define the category before you begin; if social forces, explain what these are, etc.).
  4. Show how or if your chosen book utilizes recent trends in historiography, using the assigned topics in Wilson and Tosh. If recent trends are not included, show how they could or should be.
  5. Give your personal reactions to the book (see "How to Critique a History Book" in this course guide).
  6. Include a photocopy of the table of contents of your chosen book - this is essential!

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