This team-taught course, required for the History major, introduces students to a range of problems, approaches, and methodologies in the contemporary discipline of history. We explore the ethical and public dimension of history; sample a variety of schools of historical thought; examine the problem of historical interpretation; and consider different types of evidence, methods, and approaches in the construction of historical explanations.


Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.


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