How to Write an Academic Article in History

History 283

Spring 2018
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
M 2-5
Class Number: 
25032
Units: 
4

This course will have both practical and theoretical components. On the practical side, students will begin the course with some piece of research that they have written previously—a 285 paper, an undergraduate thesis, etc.—and over the course of the semester we will work to turn these drafts into publishable articles. This will involve careful consideration not only of the students’ own research and writing, but of the formal characteristics of academic articles and what makes for a successful scholarly intervention. On the theoretical side, we will examine the genre of the article itself, its history and politics, so that students emerge with a better understanding of an academic genre that we tend to take for granted. By the end of the semester, I hope that each student will have an article ready for submission, and that each student will have a better understanding of our scholarly ecosystem and what publishing an article means.