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, and students of other master’s programmes
After completing the course, students will have a solid understanding of the theoretical and methodological principles of historical research and the continuing dispute concerning these principles. They will be comprehensively familiar with the various approaches of historical research. They will also be familiar with historical approaches applied to other social sciences. They will be able to evaluate the relationship of historical research with interpretations of history made also by non-academics.
The course examines theoretical and methodological ideas developed by scholars representing different approaches. The course is interlinked with and supports the completion of the research course, during which the content of this course is put into practice.
Literature required for the literature examination
Jorma Kalela: Historiantutkimus ja historia; for students completing the programme in English: Jorma Kalela: The Making of History. Historian and Uses of the Past
and three from the following:
Deborah Cohen & Maura O’Connor (eds.): Comparison and History: Europe in Cross-National Perspective
Mary Fulbrook: Historical Theory
Markku Hyrkkänen: Aatehistorian mieli
Alun Munslow: The New History
Quentin Skinner: Visions of Politics, Vol. 1, Regarding Method
Related literature for contact teaching
In addition to the books above, for example, the following:
Stefan Berger, Heiko Feldner, and Kevin Passmorel: Writing History: Theory and Practice
Peter Burke: History and Theory
Christopher Lloyd: The Structures of History
James Mahoney and Dieter Rueschemeyer (eds.): Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences
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.
Instructions for examinations
- Faculty examinations are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3).
- Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
- Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
- Mobile phones must be switched off.
- Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
- Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.
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.