IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course will be conducted online. We will meet as a group only three times during the semester, using Cisco Webex Meetings (on April 22 from 4 to 5pm CET, on May 27 from 4 to 5pm CET, and on July 8 from 4 to 5pm CET). These meetings are not mandatory; students can successfully complete the course without participating in them.
The main focus of the course will be students’ writing, which they will upload and discuss on Blackboard and in individual online sessions with the instructor. While we will read scholarly texts on historical research and writing, students will mainly have to complete mandatory writing exercises each week. In the middle of the semester, there will be a longer writing exercise: Students will be asked to write a 600-word introduction to a term paper. They will then share their texts with other students, who will provide them with feedback. After one round of revisions, the instructor will provide students with additional feedback on the introduction. Moreover, we will schedule two individual meetings between students and the instructor via Cisco WebEx, Skype, or on the phone. During those meetings, students will discuss their writing and ways to improve it with the instructor.
All literature that is needed to participate in the course will be provided via Blackboard. Please consult your FU email address regularly, since this email address will be used for all communication in the course.
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer's English: An utterly correct guide to clarity and style (New York: Random House, 2019); Peter Novick, That Noble Dream: The “Objectivity” Question and the American Historical Profession in Context (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988); Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1983). Schließen