|| HY34520 |
|| HISTORY'S MYSTERIES: THE 'AMATEUR' & 'ACADEMIC' HISTORIAN |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Professor William D Rubinstein |
|| Semester 2 |
|| HY32920, HY33020, HY33120, HY 33420, HY 33620, HY 33720, HY 33920, HY 34320, HY 34420 |
| Course delivery
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 20 Hours 10 x 2 hour seminars |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| 2 X 1,500 WORD ESSAYS(40%) & 1 X 4,000 WORD PROJECT (60%) ||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| NO RESIT PERMITTED IF WRITTEN WORK NOT SUBMITTED ON TIME || |
On completion of this module, students should be able to.
better understand the critical skills of the academic historian
contrast the approach of academic and non-academic historians
become familiar with some of history?s popular controversies
This module will examine a number of well-known historical events which have in common that they have typically been written about by `amateur? historians but ignored or virtually ignored by academic historians. These topics will include the assassination of President Kennedy; the identity of `Jack the Ripper?; the real authorship of Shakespeare'r plays, and the fate of the `little princes in the Tower? under Richard III. The modular aim, however, is to enlarge and extend the critical skills of university-trained historians by looking at how `amateur? historians have typically treated these topics, and how these contrast with the approaches and skills of the academically-trained historian.
This module aims to teach the skills of the critical historian and the evidence he or she employs, based on an examination of well-known topics examined by `amateur historians?.
1. Introduction: "Amateur Historiography" vs Academic Historiography
2. The Assassination of JFK I
3. The Assassination of JFK II
4. "Jack the Ripper" I
5. "Jack the Ripper" II
6. Who Was Shakespeare?
7. Richard III and the "Little Princes in the Tower"
8. The Mysteries of Rudolf Hess
9. Ancient Mysteries I
10. Ancient Mysteries II; Conclusion and Summary
** Recommended Text
Gerald Posner (1993) Case Closed
Paul Begg (2002) Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History
John F. Mitchell (1999) Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Bertram Fields (1998) Royal Blood: Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes
Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince, and Stephen Prior (2000) Double Standards
This module is at CQFW Level 6