Palmer 233E, 719-389-6527
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Holy Kinship (1509)
|Grant Wood, American Gothic (1930)|
WHAT DO THESE TWO IMAGES SUGGEST ABOUT EUROPEAN FAMILIES OF EARLY MODERNITY OR 20TH-CENTURYAMERICAN FAMILIES?
History 410-20 constitutes the exit-level sequence of Colorado College's History Department. It follows the Junior Seminar, HY 399, and offers students the opportunity to exercise their research skills and knowledge of historical methodologies by crafting a substantial essay bringing together primary resource materials and scholarly perspectives in a fresh interpretation of a topic of individual interest. HY 410 (Senior Seminar) thus assumes that students have extensive prior historical and historiographical experience and are beginning to consider the topics and materials in which they will respectively fashion their final research projects for the major. HY 420 (Senior Essay), a linked block's study, provides a context for completion of the article-length projects with which majors conclude their undergraduate work in the department. After critiquing established historians' views and each others' approaches in History 410, majors are able confidently to frame, research and present problems of particular interest to them in History 420. Some students may opt to expand their senior essays in a further block of thesis work (HY 430), but they must have so petitioned by teh end of the prior academic year..
In this instance, History 410 cast as "Families in the Past" will explore the variety of sources for and recent critical approaches to the history of families throughout historical times. Although HY 410-20's emphasis will be on the European and American pasts as the widest common ground for class participants, comparison with family history in other world regiosn will be a welcome perspective if students' interest extends to other world cultures. History 420 will offer senior students the opportunity, using a parallel array of methodological models, to investigate their respective senior essay topics.
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENT
During HY 410 (Block 3), students will meet regularly to discuss common readings and films, and will complete four writing assignments:
Because HY 410 is a seminar in which students' growth depends heavily on their interaction, assessment will be based on both discussion participation and written assignments, 30% of final assessment will be based on contribution to discussion and one collaborative task:
In HY 420, the final grade will be assigned by the student's senior essay adviser with the consultation of the Block 4 instructor. An IP (grade of In Progress) will be recorded at the end of the first semester in expectation that, by final essay submission at the end fo Block 7 and presentation among the Block 5 History Day sessions for conference-style representations of senior essya and thesis work, substantial revisions according to that adviser's counsel will have been accomplished.
The following works are available for purchase in the Colorado College Bookstore. Because the seminar format will require constant reference to texts--and because most students will want to mark important passages in their own copies--students should use their own copies of each work.
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneium (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1994).
Steven Ozment, The Buergermeister's Daughter: Scandal in a Sixteenth-Cneutyr German Town (New York: HarperPerennial, 1997).
Anne F. Hyde, Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860 (New York: Ecco-Harper, 2012).
Jenny L. Presnell, The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students (New York and Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007).
The following film will be screened during the first week of Block 3, and will be an option as material for the first review assignment:
Mark Jonathan Harris, Into the Arms of Stranger: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)
One further common reading will be accessible of the course's PROWL resource site"
David Herlihy, "Family," American Historical Review 96 (1991): 1-16.
SCHEDULE OF CLASS DISCUSSIONS AND WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS
Unless otherwise announced, class will meet at 9:30am in Palmer 217. The instructor will introduce common readings, suggest appropriate study questions, and identify text sections for especially focused consideration at the meeting before respective texts are addressed. Discussions will then be led by small teams of students. Project presentations will require that each class member distribute photocopied prospectus materials.
WEEK 1 (October 29)
Monday 10:30 START AFTER FIRST MONDAY
Tuesday Herlihy discussion (see PROWL)
Wednesday Wallace-Hadrill discussion I
Thursday 8:30 BREAKFAST AND A MOVIE: Into the Arms of Strangers
Friday BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INSTRUCTION 9:30 TLC I
WEEK 2 (November 5)
Monday Wallace-Hadrill discussion II
BOOK OR FILM REVIEW DUE (2 PP.)
Tuesday Ozment discussion I
Wednesday Ozment discussion II
Thursday INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES WITH INSTRUCTOR
Friday COLLABORATIVE RESOURCE GUIDE WORKSHOP
RESEARCH PROJECT LITERATURE REVIEW DUE (4 PP.)
WEEK 3 (November 12)
Monday Hyde discussion I
Tuesday Hyde discussion II
Wednesday BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SESSION 9:30 TLC1
COLLABORATIVE RESOURCE GUIDE DUE
Thursday SENIOR ESSAY PRIMARY SOURCE REVIEW DUE FOR EXCHANGE
GROUP CRITIQUE OF PRIMARY MATERIALS REVIEWS
Friday INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES WITH INSTRUCTORS
WEEK 4 (November 17)
Monday INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS AT CLASS BREAKFAST
SENIOR ESSAY PROSPECTUS DUE FOR EXCHANGE (5 pp. plus annotated bibliography)
Tuesday PROSPECTUS WORKSHOPS
Wednesday REVISED PROSPECTUS DUE
Throughout the block, students will be responsible for scheduling meetings with their primary (or, in cases when Carol Neel is primary reader, secondary) departmental readers and extra-departmental consultants. Class will meet as a group less frequently, as indicated here.
WEEK 1 (November 26)
Monday FIRST MONDAY LECTURE BY ANNE HYDE: ARMSTRONG HALL 11:15--"Love, Gold, and Blood"
CLASS MEETS IN PALMER 217 AT 10:45 TO WALK OVER TOGETHER
Tuesday Discussion of First Monday lecture, progress reports on senior essay work
Wednesday INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES WITH INSTRUCTOR
Thursday WORK DAY
Friday SOURCE USAGE WORKSHOPS
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS OF SPECIFIC SOURCE ANALYSES
WEEK 2 (December 3)
Monday WORK DAY
Tuesday PARTIAL DRAFT DUE 3PM: FIRST TEN PAGES
Wednesday GROUP DRAFT CRITIQUES
Thursday INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES WITH INSTRUCTOR
Friday WORK DAY
WEEK 3 (December 10)
Monday PARTIAL DRAFT DUE: FIRST TWENTY PAGES
Tuesday GROUP DRAFT CRITIQUES
Wednesday INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS WITH INSTRUCTOR
Thursday WORK DAY
Friday COMPLETE DRAFT DUE
WEEK 4 (December 17)
Monday GROUP DRAFT CRITIQUES AND VICTORY CELEBRATION
Tuesday INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES WITH INSTRUCTOR
Wednesday CLEAN DRAFT DUE NOON
THE CLASS SCHEDULE FOR BLOCK 4, HISTORY 420, IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND WILL BE APPENDED BEFORE THANKSGIVING.