W.1. What is History? Meaning and definition
W.2. Why study History?
W.3. Types of History (political, cultural, social, economic)
W.4-5. History of Historical Knowledge –Development of Historical Knowledge in 19th and 20th Centuries
W.6. Relationship of History with natural sciences
W.7. Relationship of History with social sciences
W.8. Historical Knowledge
W.9-10. How do we do history?
W.11-12. History writing
w.13-15. Issues of History
W.11. Problems of History (Past, its Preservation, and its (re)Production; Historical Knowledge; Objectivity)
The course ‘Introduction to History’ is designed for the undergraduate students of BS History, semester 1. The course is developed to highlight the significance of the discipline of History as a field of study looking for findings based on evidence as facts and/or social realities. The course also highlights that its ever broadening scope encompasses discussions with reference to the development of historical knowledge in 19th and 20th centuries. The course covers studying History as an empirical study of socio-cultural and politico-economic realities in given time periods. This leads towards understanding the evolution of relationship of History with Natural and Social Sciences. Next, the course offers an insight into the nature of historical knowledge, which takes on students towards discovering historical truth through primary sources of evidence and understanding the presented historical truth through secondary sources of evidence. Students get acquainted with effective ways of writing History as well as types/approaches to effective history writing. The course ends with analysing issues of history with reference to past, its preservation, and its (re)production; historical knowledge; and objectivity.
Course Learning Outcomes
The course aims at enabling students to:
• Understand the meaning, nature, and significance of history as a field of study
• Get acquainted with the concept of historical knowledge, its evolution and various manifestations
• Understand how the study of History relates with Natural and Social Sciences
• Ways and means of writing History
Discovering Historical Truth
Aspects of Historical thinking
How much can we know of the past?
What is History? How is this different from the past?
What is History?
Importance of History
Historical Thinking Concepts
Types of History
Book Title : THE NEW WAYS OF HISTORY
Author : Gelina Harlaftis, Nikos Karapidakis, Kostas Sbonias, and Vaios Vaiopoulos
Edition : 2010
Publisher : I. B. Taurus