Description of History GSI Positions

 

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Description of History Course Types

 

Lower Division Lecture (Courses numbered 1-99)

Introductory survey courses.  Graduate students of all levels may apply.  50% GSIs teach two 20-student sections under the supervision of the instructor who teaches the lecture.  Each section meets for two hours a week.

Upper Division Lecture (104)  

Thesis preparation course designed to teach sophomores and juniors the fundamentals of original research.  GSIs teach one  20-student section under the supervision of the instructor who teaches the lecture.  Each section meets for three hours a week. 

Upper Division Lecture (CalTeach)  

Course designed to teach upper division students how to teach the History of Science at the elementary and and secondary levels.  GSIs teach one  20-student section under the supervision of the instructor who teaches the lecture.  Trainng is provided by the Cal Teach program.  Each section meets for two hours a week. 

Upper Division Lecture (Courses 100, and 105-199)

More advanced surveys and topical courses.  GSIs teach two 25-student sections under the supervision of the instructor who teaches the lecture.  Each section meets for 1 hour a week. 

Lower Division Reading and Composition Seminars (R1B)

R1B seminars satisfy Berkeley’s Reading and Composition requirement and as such they aim to teach non-major freshman to read historical prose critically, to conduct research in historical sources, and write historical narrative and argumentation.  GSIs teach one 17-person section.  Limited to graduate students who have advanced to candidacy.  GSIs choose their own topics, design their own syllabus and teach the seminar independently, while under faculty supervision.  Graduate students should suggest topics and course titles that will appeal to freshmen.  Selection of GSIs will be based partly on the topic’s appeal and its ability to attract capacity enrollment.  Recent examples of topics that have enrolled well include "Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco, Big Food: The Conquest of Public Health in the Twentieth Century" and "A History of Diplomacy from the Greeks to Wikileaks."  GSIs are expected to attend department conducted workshops.  Students offered a position and who accept the offer is asked to provide a course description at the time s/he responds to the offer notification.

Upper Division Proseminars (103s)

The 103 is a proseminar on historiography involving close reading and critical discussion, most often with a synthesizing paper due at the end of the semester.  Every history major is required to take one 103. Ideally, the 103 prepares history majors for their 101 seminar, in which they write independent research papers of 30 to 50 pages in fulfillment of the Major and Honors requirement.  103 seminars vary widely in their emphasis. Some might focus on historical writing, or historiography and theory, with extended introductions to the various texts and artifacts. Others spend time on old and contemporary historical debates that closely examine the literature as well as the sources and meanings of disagreement. 103s designed along transhistorical categories and processes in comparative perspective often produce lively seminars. In either case, 103s can be developed through different categories:

* thematic (for example, “Crime and Punishment,” “History and Theory,”
"Animals");
*chronological and/or geographical (“Society and Culture in the Age of
Enlightenment,” “1920s America”);
*methodological (“Military History,” “Ideology and Interest”);
*source driven ("The Memoir," "The Newspaper").  GSIs teach one 15-person section.

Section meets once a week for two hours.  Limited to graduate students who have advanced to candidacy.  GSIs choose their own topics, design their own syllabus and teach the seminar independently, while under faculty supervision. .  Students offered a position and who accept the offer is asked to provide a course description at the time s/he responds to the offer notification.

 Upper Division Writing Seminars (101s)

The 101 provides history majors with the opportunity to construct thirty- to fifty-page papers based on original research in primary sources.  History 101 is a required course for majors and students must receive an "A-" or better in the class in order to be given honors of varying degrees. The seminar, an intense experience packed into fifteen weeks, can mark the culmination of a student's undergraduate career. It should pull together students' learning from previous courses, putting their knowledge towards the goal of constructing a piece of original research. At the same time, it helps them develop a hands-on understanding of historical argument. In engaging them in interpretation of documentary materials, the 101 can bring them to a new awareness of historical knowledge and the subtleties of information and imagination. It can be a Cal history major's most rewarding experience.

 GSIs teach one 15-person section.  Section meets twice a week for 1and a half to two hours a meeting.  Limited to graduate students who have advanced to candidacy.  GSIs choose their own topics, design their own syllabus and teach the seminar independently under faculty supervision.  Topics are typically very broad, such as.  Recent examples include: "British Domestic and imperial History, 1700-2000," Place Matters: U.S. Urban and Suburban History," and "Europe and Empire in the 20th Century."  Students offered a position and who accept the offer is asked to provide a course description at the time s/he responds to the offer notification