World History at
Term Paper Topics 14th Waves 2009 March
(Due Date June. 1st)
We are going to study social history of Western & Central Europe 1789-1914, with focus on family and household - one specific area of history.
Every student, at the beginning of the course, will choose a specific topic. We will then examine sources which describe or attempt to describe
the living environment. The goal is for students to (1) learn how to take in historical information not as a passive recipient lacking orientation,
but as an active recipient with specific questions in mind, (2) to learn how, using a collection of diverse pieces of information which belong to
different points in time, different geographical areas and social strate, to compile a cohesive paper describing the development from the
French Revolution to World War I, (3) how to systematically look for sources which help them fill gaps in their collection of sources.
Requirements : students will give a presentation on their topic in May and to hand in a paper in June.