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Reading History (6 points)


Leader: Jane Drakard and others

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit focuses on the types, or 'genres', of historical sources: their origins and history, the uses made of them by their originators and by later historians, and how they may be read. 'Reading' includes the interpretation of visual, oral, architectural and material sources as well as textual ones. Themes will include the translation of oral communication into writing and the rendering of writing into print; issues of authorship and audience; the interpretation of maps, photographs, documentary film and architectural analysis.

Assessment: Classroom exercise (750 words): 20% + Critical essay (2750 words): 50% + Project/thesis proposal (1000 words): 30%

Contact Hours: 3 hours per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in History or permission

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