Faculty of Arts


Rethinking History


HISTORY 737 offers an intensive introduction to key issues in the theory and practice of history; it exposes you to different ways of conceiving the historical enterprise and thinking about what sort of history you might practice.

HISTORY 737 focuses on the controversies and consequences of the so-called “linguistic turn” (as well as more recent challenges presented by the internet age and populist questioning of academic authority), seeking to illuminate how and why issues of language, culture and interpretation have led scholars to “rethink” the historical enterprise and chart new directions in the practice of history.

HISTORY 737 will deepen your understanding of how historians “do history” and heighten your self-awareness (and self-criticism) about your own preconceptions about history and the past.

The course will

  • Introduce you to recent debates over historical theory, method and practice
  • Train you to engage with and evaluate historians’ arguments, methods and theoretical approaches
  • Encourage you to greater reflexivity in the construction and representation of historical knowledge
  • Foster in you “information literacy” by enabling you to locate, critically evaluate and employ information from a variety of sources (print as well as electronic);
  • Extend your ability to offer coherent arguments—bothoral and written—about the theory and practice of history

  To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 737 A and B.


Coursework only

Availability 2019

Semester 1 and 2 (full year)




HISTORY 737A: 15.0 points

HISTORY 737B: 15.0 points



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