HIST 496H / HIST 498: Capstone Research Seminar

**You cannot sign up for HIST 496H or HIST 498 via UAccess.  To register, e-mail the instructor for permission (e-mail addresses are indicated below for the instructor for each section), and the instructor can then give permission by e-mail to the advisor, Kathryn Gallien, kgallien@email.arizona.edu, to enroll you in the course.


Options for Fall 2018 (more information is posted below for each section):

HIST 498 (001): Britain and the Modern World (Prof. Laura Tabili) - TTh 12:30-1:45

HIST 498 (002): Life, Death, and Everything in Between in Early Modern Europe (Prof. Ute Lotz-Heumann) - T 3:30-6:00

HIST 498 (102/202): The 1970s (Prof. Jeremy Vetter) - Fully Online

For likely Spring 2019 options please see tentative list at the bottom of this page.

HIST 498 (001)

"Britain and the Modern World"

Prof. Laura Tabili (tabili@email.arizona.edu)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:45

History 498 is a research seminar in which students learn to design, research and write an article-length work of original scholarship based on research in primary materials, contextualized with relevant secondary literature. Students will be encouraged to use the University's collection of British Parliamentary Papers, an unparalleled source of primary data on Britain and its global empire as well as many other parts of the nineteenth-century world. 


HIST 498 (002)

"Life, death and everything in between in early modern Europe"

Prof. Ute Lotz-Heumann (ulotzh@email.arizona.edu)

Tuesdays, 3:30-6:00 p.m.

The purpose of History 498 is to enable students to practice the methods of historical research by conducting original research and writing a college-level research paper. The main assignment in this class is a 20-25 page research paper that is based on primary sources as well as a wide range of secondary material. During the semester you will go through several systematic steps of preparation for this paper (a research proposal, a bibliography, an outline, a historiographical essay etc.)

The topic of this course is "Life, death and everything in between in early modern Europe." The early modern period between c. 1450-c. 1800 encompasses the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Enlightenment. You may write about any subject that sheds light on any aspect of life (and death) in the early modern period, preferably European, but I will also entertain requests to work on the colonial histories of North America and the Spanish Empire. Possibilities for research papers include working with collections of primary sources online as well as the rich holdings in early modern history in UA Special Collections.

I expect students to have acquired some basic knowledge about the early modern period in previous courses and/or to refresh their knowledge through reading before the start of the semester. Please come to see me to register for the class and talk to me about possible paper topics before the end of the spring semester. Meetings are by appointment, just drop me an email at ulotzh@email.arizona.edu.


HIST 498 (102/202)

"The 1970s"

Prof. Jeremy Vetter (jvetter@email.arizona.edu)

Fully Online

The culmination of the history major, History 498 allows students to pursue in depth the research interests and skills they have developed in other history classes. This research seminar for majors teaches students to organize, research, and write a substantial paper (20-25 pages). This project should base its argument substantially on a critical evaluation of primary sources. It should also actively engage secondary scholarship, contextualizing its argument in relation to important scholarship in the field, noting where scholars disagree. Ideally, the final seminar paper will add something new to these debates, including formulating a research question, reading and analysis of secondary sources for historical background and so that you can situate your research in the scholarly debates, your research proposal and annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources, partial draft, full draft with peer review, and final revised version.

This section of History 498 will focus on the pivotal decade of the 1970s—an era of great transformation in the political economy of the U.S. and other industrialized countries, economic turmoil, acute challenges faced by working-class people, oil shocks and energy crisis, environmental problems, the continuation and end of the Vietnam War, and Watergate, but also an era of further organizing by social movements for equality and justice regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation, and distinctive cultural developments in popular music, cinema, and television. Overall, at least in the political and economic spheres, the U.S. and many other industrialized countries shifted in a conservative direction during the 1970s, although not always uniformly. We will start off with readings about the United States in the 1970s in global context. However, you may work on any part of the world that you wish, including inside the United States, or in other places, or even the connections and relationships between them, as long as you are able to find and read appropriate primary source materials for addressing your research question. You may work on any aspect of history in the 1970s—politics, the economy, culture, society, religion, war, diplomacy, science, environment, technology, health, or anything else, as long as you can pose a great historical question and find the primary sources to address it. Chronologically, we will consider the “long 1970s” which includes from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, and students may, with the instructor’s permission, have the option of extending further forward or backward in time, as long as the 1970s is still a major part of your analysis and narrative. Regardless of what topic you choose, you will be expected to explain the larger historical significance for the 1970s as a whole.


Likely Spring 2019 options:

HIST 496H Biography and Life (Prof. Julia Clancy-Smith)

HIST 498 U.S. Foreign Relations since 1945 (Prof. David Gibbs)

HIST 498 History Lab (Prof. Katherine Morrissey)

HIST 498 (online) Medieval Europe and/or possibly also Food and Games in World History (Prof. Paul Millman)

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