101 Courses

101.002: United States: Seminar in Historical Research and Writing for History Majors

Historians have to make choices about the spaces in which their narratives unfold. They might be small and intimate, like the middle class parlor, or expansive constructs like the Atlantic World. They can include the political landscapes of colonies and states, intellectual spaces like editorial pages, or social networks that nurture protest movements. American histories range across sites of commerce, culture, leisure, law, and labor. The list goes on, limited only by the kinds of questions historians ask and the evidence they uncover. This seminar will ask thesis writers to think critically about (and beyond) the spaces and places framing their projects. It welcomes topics from the broad sweep of American History, from colonization through the twentieth century. Early meetings will be devoted to the mechanics of project design, discussion of exemplary articles, and reflection on the craft of research. As the semester moves forward, we will tackle ongoing challenges and workshop drafts of the 30-50 page research paper each student will produce. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the instructor, Robert Lee (robertlee27@berkeley.edu), prior to the start of the semester with project ideas or questions, and to arrive on the first day with a prospective topic in mind.

Robert Lee
2303 Dwinelle
MW 10-12
101.003: The Writers Group: Seminar in Historical Research and Writing for History Majors

This section is designed for seniors with well-conceived thesis projects that do not fit within the rubrics of other 101 seminars. Members of the group will observe a common schedule in developing, drafting, and critiquing material but will not share a common subject area. Admission requires a written statement and the consent of the instructor. The statement should include: (1) a two-hundred word description of the proposed thesis topic; (2) a preliminary annotated bibliography (with full citations) of suitable primary sources; (3) a short bibliography of secondary sources; (4) a list of previous coursework in the proposed field of research; and (5) the name of a departmental instructor in that field who is willing to help mentor the student by providing bibliographical guidance, occasional consultation, and a critique of the first draft of the thesis. Students apply online by submitting the online preference form, and must also submit their statements directly to Leah Flanagan's mailbox in 3229, or via email to leahf@berkeley.edu by 4 p.m. on Monday August 15th. Although most applicants will not have had time to develop rigorous statements by the application deadline, they must demonstrate the viability of their projects and their commitment to serious preparation in advance of the course. This section is limited to students whose work clearly falls outside the scope of other 101 sections. If in doubt, please apply.

Peter Sahlins
2231 Dwinelle
WF 12-2P
101.004: Late Modern European History, 1789-2011: Seminar in Historical Research and Writing for History Majors

This seminar is open to thesis-writers focusing on any topic in late modern European history, 1789-2011. This course will serve to guide you through the capstone experience of your undergraduate history education: the researching and writing of your senior thesis. Successful completion of this challenging, but rewarding, endeavor requires you to do the work of a historian. Ultimately, this translates to producing an original thirty- to fifty-page work in which you articulate a historical argument rooted in extensive primary source research and informed by thorough secondary source reading. Attendance at scheduled meetings and discussions is mandatory. Timely and diligent completion of preparatory assignments will be figured into your final course grade. Be prepared to share and discuss your work with your classmates. It is encouraged to contact the instructor in advance to discuss potential topics; that email will be available soon.

Emmanuel Comte is a historian of Europe and of International Relations. He specializes in the history of European Integration, and the history of immigration in Europe since World War II. His book project drawn from his PhD dissertation: The Formation of the European Migration Regime, is currently under review with Cambridge University Press. He conducted his PhD research on “The Formation of the European Migration Regime, 1947-1992” at the Department of History of the Université Paris-Sorbonne, finishing in 2014. After his completing his PhD, Emmanuel was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, affiliated with the Department of History and Civilization.

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Emmanuel Comte
3104 Dwinelle
MW 12-2