Upon completion of this course, you are able to:
- research and select relevant, scientific literature about a historical theme or topic;
- analyze literature from a methodical approach/research point of view and connect the views expressed in the literature to one another;
- formulate a relevant, delineated scientific historical question under the supervision of the instructor;
- respond to this scientific question in the form of a scientific argument, in correct English, with a clear argumentative structure, and with adequate citations and references;
- provide feedback to the arguments of their classmates and incorporate feedback received on their own work
Utilizing historical knowledge from the Ancient and Early Modern History courses, this course allows students to practice and reflect on writing an analysis of scientific literature and historical sources concerning a central theme or topic proposed by the teacher.|
The essay you will write during this course is the largest written assignment in the first year. Analyzing scientific texts and sources, practiced in the period courses, are central to this essay. Students are also expected to research and select material themselves.
The final product is a 2,000-word essay based on 150 pages of literature, which must be analyzed within a coherent argument and compared to one another. In addition to content, this essay is also an exercise in (English) language proficiency and correct application of annotation rules. The essay represents one component of the writing portfolio.