Available to master’s degree students of the Study Track in Political History and, within the boundaries set by the teaching programme, to other students of the Master’s Programme in Society and Change
After completing the course, students will have an analytical understanding of the central trends and changes in the production of historical knowledge. They will be able to evaluate these from the perspective of the history of science, as well as the wider perspective of the development of historical thought. They will be able to observe the connections between historical and political thought, and identify links between the question formulations of historical research and those social issues and objectives considered important during different periods of time.
The course focuses on the central traditions of historical research and the specific emphases in Finnish historical research. In addition, it examines the way in which historical thought has developed in connection with political ideologies and interpretations of world history.
Literature required for the literature examination:
Georg G. Iggers: Historiography in the Twentieth Century. From Scientific Objectivity to Postmodern Challenge
Juhani Mylly: Kansallinen projekti. Historiankirjoitus ja politiikka autonomisessa Suomessa
Pauli Kettunen: Politiikan menneisyys ja poliittinen historia, teoksessa Pekka Ahtiainen et al. (eds.): Historia nyt. Näkemyksiä suomalaisesta historiantutkimuksesta, pp. 163–207
or (for students completing the programme in English)
Derek Fewster: Visions of Past Glory: Nationalism and the Construction of Early Finnish History
and two of the following:
Stefan Berger & Christoph Conrad: The Past as History. National Identity and Historical Consciousness in Modern Europe
Jeremy Black: Clio’s Battles
Sebastian Conrad: What is Global History?
Laura Lee Downs: Writing Gender History
Related literature for contact teaching:
In addition to the books above, for example
Georg G. Iggers, Edward Wang & Supriva Mukherjee: A Global History of Modern Historiography
as well as articles from scientific journals primarily available as e-publications.
On a scale of 0 to 5. All completed studies will be taken into consideration, while self-assessment is promoted.
The faculty exam 13.6. will be organised in alternative ways of performance. Registration for the exam ends 31.5. at 23:59 All the information about alternative ways of performance you can find in course pages. Please contact the responsible teacher if you do not find how to conduct the exam.
a) Course implemented as contact teaching, including literature and assignments
b) Supervised independent written assignments
c) Literature examination
-Completion methods will be annually specified in the teaching programme.