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HIST2002B: Historiography (Advanced)

(2019-2020 Term 2)

Lecturer: Prof. Stuart M. McManus

Office: Room 221E, Fung King Hey Building (KHB 221E)

Phone: (852) 3943 7858


Teaching Assistant: LEE Wai Ho



Time: Thu 10:30am - 12:15pm

Venue: LSK 304

Language of Instruction: English

Course Description

What is history and how should we practice it?  This course looks at the ways scholars have theorized and practiced history from antiquity to the present.  Here, the focus will be on the most influential approaches to history writing (in the West and the world at large), including: Marxism, gender and sexuality, social history, cultural history, race and ethnicity and digital history.  An important focus of the course will be on developing the ability to synthesize and apply complex approaches, both orally and in writing.        

Grade Descriptors

Grade A Outstanding performance on all learning outcomes.

Grade A- Generally outstanding performance on all (or almost all) learning outcomes.

Grade B Substantial performance on all learning outcomes, OR high performance on some learning outcomes which compensates for less satisfactory performance on others, resulting in overall

substantial performance.

Grade C Satisfactory performance on the majority of learning outcomes, possibly with a few weaknesses.

Grade D Barely satisfactory performance on a number of learning outcomes.

Grade F Unsatisfactory performance on a number of learning outcomes, OR failure to meet specified assessment requirements.

Course Outcomes 

At the end of the course, students should be able to achieve the following objectives:

1. Gain a solid training in the craftsmanship of academic presentation and historiographical writing;

2. Identify, understand, and critically analyze major schools of thoughts in historiography;

3. Demonstrate profound understanding and critical analysis of various historical methods, including data-driven digital history.

Introductory Reading 

Students looking for an introduction to historiography should refer to:

Wang, Q.E. & G.G. Iggers, eds., Turning Points in Historiography: A Cross-cultural Perspective (Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2002) [2hr loan in UL]