Course Schedule

I’ll keep adding to the daily schedule as the semester goes along, trying to keep at least a week ahead. Remember that all written work is due on Moodle and that response papers are due by noon on Wednesday, unless otherwise stated.

Week 1
Midweek • No F2F class but note that spring semester starts on W 2/1

• Read: syllabus, schedule, course website

• Complete pre-term assignments by noon on Thursday: syllabus quiz (Moodle), introductory blog comment, schedule professor interview for next week

F 2/3 Course Introduction (first F2F class)
Weekend • Complete preliminary vocation response paper (pass/fail assignment, due by noon on Monday, 2/6)
Week 2
M 2/6 What is history? (part 1) – be sure to bring Fea and McKenzie books
Midweek • Interview faculty member in Bethel History Dept.

• Read: Fea, ch. 1; McKenzie, Introduction and ch. 3

• Write “Define History” response paper (due by 5pm on Thursday, 2/9)

F 2/10 What is history? (part 2) — GUEST: AnneMarie Kooistra
Weekend • Pick a topic for your annotated bibliography (nothing due in writing, but you should come to class Monday ready to share your topic)

• Watch video conversation on secondary sources

Week 3
M 2/13 Introducing historical research (note: meet in the computer lab on the main floor of the Library)
Midweek • Read Turabian, chs. 1 and 3 — and review citation formatting in chs. 16-17

• No response paper – work on annotated bibliography (due M, 2/20)

F 2/17 How historians ask questions (back in AC 321)
Week 4
M 2/20 The nature of historical evidence – GUEST: Diana Magnuson

(annotated bibliography due at the beginning of class – hard copy)

Midweek • Read McKenzie, ch. 1 and the introduction to Cohen & Rosenzweig, Digital History

• Visit Bethel University Digital Library and at least one other significant digital history project

• Write “History in a Digital Age” response paper (due by noon on Wednesday, 2/22)

• Comment on blog posts stemming from response paper (before class starts on Friday)

F 2/24 Digital history (part 1) — GUEST: Charlie Goldberg (meet in the computer lab on the main floor of the Library)
Weekend • Set up your digital history project group
Week 5
M 2/27 Digital history (part 2) — GUEST: Charlie Goldberg (back in the Library computer lab to learn how to use Timeline JS and let your project group work together)
Midweek • Watch video conversation on “Collaboration

• Review McKenzie, ch. 1 (on the nature of primary sources)

• Most of all: work on digital history project (due F 3/3)

F 3/3 Digital history (part 3) — GUEST: Charlie Goldberg (computer lab on the main floor of the Library for a chance to explore other groups’ digital timelines and to learn more about the new Digital Humanities courses and major)
Weekend • Complete peer evaluation of other groups’ digital timelines (linked on Moodle)

• Complete self-evaluation of your own group’s timeline (also on Moodle)

Week 6
M 3/6 Thinking “historically and Christianly” about the past (part 1)
Midweek • Read Fea, chs. 4-5

• Watch video conversation on “How Christians Do History

• Write “Providential History” response paper (due by noon on Wednesday, 3/8) and comment on blog posts

F 3/10 Thinking “historically and Christianly” about the past (part 2)
Weekend (and into spring break) • Read Justin Taylor, “5 Ways to Write History as a Christian” and McKenzie, chs. 3 and 8

• Work on midterm essay (due at start of class, 3/20)

Week 7 Spring Break
Assignment • Complete your midterm essay (due in class on M 3/20 – upload to Moodle as a .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .pdf file)
Week 8
M 3/20 Career development and calling — GUESTS: Dave Broza and Will O’Brien (meet in CC 325 computer lab)
Midweek • Review the final essay assignment, on vocation and history

• Continue to explore career options using LinkedIn and O*Net

• Read at least two interviews from the “From AC 2nd to…” and/or “So What Can You Do with a History Major?” series

• Write “Exploring Careers” response paper (due by 5pm on Thursday, 3/23)

F 3/24 History beyond the academy (back in AC 321)
Weekend • Read up a recent commemoration debate
Week 9
M 3/27 Debates about historical commemoration
Midweek • Read Fea, ch. 2 and McKenzie, ch. 7

• Write “The Usable Past” response paper (due noon on W 3/29)

• Comment on blog posts (by start of class on F 3/31)

F 3/31 Oral history — GUESTS: Amy Poppinga and Sam Mulberry
Weekend • Read Fea, ch. 6
Week 10
M 4/3 History for a Multi-Cultural Society — GUEST: Ruben Rivera
Midweek • Re-read Fea, ch. 6 in light of what you heard on Monday

• Write “History and Society” response paper (due noon on W 4/5)

• Comment on blog posts (by start of class on F 4/7)

F 4/7 The Past as a Foreign Country — make sure to bring Fea, Why Study History? (We’ll be reading ch. 3 together in class.) Remember that we’ve switched classrooms to CC 120, starting today.
Weekend • Read definitions of public history from National Council on Public History

• Minnesota History Center visit (Sa 4/8, 10am-noon) or alternative public history site visit — your public history response paper will be due W 4/12

 

Week 11  Meeting in CC 120 from here on out, except as noted otherwise
M 4/10 Inside the work of public historians — GUEST: Randal Dietrich, Minnesota Historical Society
Midweek Complete site visit (if not done last weekend) and write “Public History” response paper (due noon on W 4/12)
F 4/14 No class – Good Friday
Easter Break Read second group project assignment and pick a group to join

 

Week 12
M 4/17 No class — Easter Monday
Midweek • Meet as a project group to get started on that assignment (I’ll make available some appointment slots during expanded office hours)

• Read Fea, ch. 7

F 4/21 History as Personal Transformation
Sa 4/22  2017 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium – Univ. of Northwestern St. Paul (extra credit option)
Week 13
M 4/24 Biography as history
Midweek • Write “Hollywood History” response paper (due noon on W 4/26)

• Comment on blog posts (by 5pm on Friday 4/28)

F 4/28 No class — project work day (presentations start in a week!)
Week 14  
M 5/1 History in popular culture
Midweek • Work on usable past project

• Sign up for informational interview

F 5/5 Project presentations: National Heritage and Religious Heritage

 

Week 15  
M 5/8 Project presentations: Escapist Past and Inspirational Past
Midweek • Conduct informational interview
F 5/5 Project presentations: Past as Engine of Change
No class — conduct interview or start outlining final essay (office hour)
Week 16  
M 5/15 Project presentation: The Past as Engine of Change / Concluding discussion of “the usable past”
Midweek • Write informational interview response paper (due noon on W 5/17)

• Read Fea, pp. 158-71

F 5/19 Historians and the church — Scandia Chapel (meet outside Seminary entrance)
Coming Up

 

F 5/26     Final essay due (8:15am)

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