HIST 450 Course Schedule

NOTE: All dates and assignments are subject to change. Please be aware of any announcements made in class or via the course website.

All readings are due on the date listed below. Each student is responsible for locating any readings in journals via library databases.

All assignments should be submitted via Dropbox and clearly labeled with the date and the student’s name.

Last updated: February 15, 2018

Topic Reading Assignment

(Due Sunday, 11:59pm unless otherwise noted)

Weds., Jan. 17 Introduction to the Course: What’s News?
Mon., Jan. 22 The Academic Article
  • Robert Darnton, “An Early Information Society: News and the Media in Eighteenth-Century Paris,” The American Historical Review 105:1 (2000): 1–35.
  • Heidi J.S. Tworek, “The Death of News? The Problem of Paper in the Weimar Republic,” Central European History 50, no. 3 (2017): 328–346.
  • Rampolla, Pocket Guide, 1–25.
  • Historiographic review sheet for each article
Weds., Jan. 24 Locating Primary Sources
  • James R. Brennan, “The Cold War Battle over Global News in East Africa: Decolonization, the Free Flow of Information, and the Media Business, 1960-1980,” Journal of Global History 10, no. 2 (2015): 333–56.
  • Amelia Bonea, “The Medium and Its Message: Reporting the Austro-Prussian War in the Times of India,” Historical Social Research 35, no. 1 (2010): 167–87.
Mon., Jan. 29 Designing/Discovering a Project
  • Carl Robert Keyes, “History Prints, Newspaper Advertisements, and Cultivating Citizen Consumers: Patriotism and Partisanship in Marketing Campaigns in the Era of the Revolution,” American Periodicals 24, no. 2 (2014): 145–85.
  • Rampolla, Pocket Guide, 83–90.
  • Description of topic and possible sources
Weds., Jan. 31 Defining a Project and Introduction to Archives
  • Presentations on BFWepisodes (assigned in class)
Mon., Feb. 5 No meeting: Conferences #1 Sign up for a meeting time for the week of February 5 via Starfish.
  • Preliminary research questions
  • Annotated bibliography with at list six primary sources and possible archival sources
Weds., Feb. 7 American Antiquarian Society Meet at 2:30 p.m. at the American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester. Note: Each student is responsible for his/her own transportation.
Mon., Feb. 12 The Craft of the Historian
  • Rampolla, Pocket Guide, 90–100.
  • Topic summary (750-1,000 words)
Weds., Feb. 14 Making Choices, Choosing Directions
Mon., Feb. 19 NO CLASS MEETING – President’s Day   Due Monday, Feb. 19 by 11:59 p.m.

  • Annotated bibliography of at least six secondary sources
  • Updated bibliography of primary sources
Weds., Feb. 21 Historiographic Contributions
Mon., Feb. 26 Progress Updates
  • Review of historiography (1,000 words)
Weds., Feb. 28 No class: Research Day
Mon., Mar. 5 No meeting: Conference #2 Sign up for a meeting time for the week of March 5 via Starfish.
  • Project Proposal
Weds., Mar. 7 No meeting: Conference #2
Mar. 12-14 NO CLASS MEETINGS – Spring Break
Mon., Mar. 19 Writing Mechanics I
  • Rampolla, Pocket Guide, 52–72, 100–103.
  • Response to conference
  • Update on sources, new ideas
Weds., Mar. 21 Organization and Topic Sentences
Mon., Mar. 26 Introductions and Conclusions
  • Paper outline
Weds., Mar. 28 Abstracts
Mon., Apr. 2 Writing Mechanics II
  • Rampolla, Pocket Guide, 72–82, 104–19
  • At least 2,500 words of the essay draft
Weds., Apr. 4 No meeting: Research/Writing Day
Mon., Apr. 9 How to Design a Poster
  • At least 5,000 words of the essay draft
Weds., Apr. 11 No meeting: Writing Day
Mon., Apr. 16 NO CLASS MEETING – Patriot’s Day
  • Paper Draft #1 (due on individually assigned dates from Thurs., Apr. 12 to Tues., Apr. 17)
Weds., Apr. 18 No class: Conference #3 Sign up for a meeting time for the week of April 17-20 via Starfish.
Mon., Apr. 23 Peer Editing I
  • Draft # 2 of essay
Weds., Apr. 25 Peer Editing II
Mon., Apr. 30 Effective Oral Presentations
Weds., May 2 Final Thoughts
  • Final essay due by 2:30 p.m.
Thurs., May 10 Final Exam: Oral Presentations (11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)