Assignments

HIS 4993/ANT 4993

Reading Responses (150 points) – Students should post their reading responses on our class blog. Your reading responses should summarize the arguments of all assigned readings and should reflect on their relevance to the theme for the week. Occasionally you will be asked to respond to a more specific assignment. In those instances, the assigned questions/tasks take the place of your reading response.

Participation (150 points) – Read the section titled “What to Expect” for more information about participation in this course. You are expected to complete “Lab Work” and post the material you create on our class blog by the beginning of class the next day.

Social Media Exercise (100 points) – Pick a social media platform and cultivate a presence as a “history communicator”. This includes 1) following other prominent, relevant social media accounts on your chosen platform, 2) retweeting articles and commentary from other sources, and 3) creating original history communication content. You should use the hastag #histcommwsu in your content and share your profile with the class. You may make your account personal or more generic/anonymous. You are encouraged to use examples developed throughout the semester. You will submit a report summarizing your activities on our class blog.

Op-Ed (200 points) – Write an Op-Ed drawing on academic sources to reflect on an issue of contemporary debate, which has historical relevance. Your op-ed can historicize a contemporary debate, use scholarly sources to clarify a debate about the past, or in some other way engage historical knowledge for a public readership. You should identify options for submitting your Op-Ed (if you so choose). Your grade for this paper is dependent on your full engagement in multiple rounds of peer-editing. Failure to participate in peer-editing or come to peer-editing fully prepared will lower your grade by 50 points per session.

Hist Comm Portfolio (400 points) – Identify an individual faculty member and work with them to develop a history communication portfolio, which could be used to communicate their work to the public.

  • Meeting Report (50 points)
    • Meet with your chosen faculty member to discuss their work, their goals, your project, and your progress on the portfolio. Reports should detail what you discussed, including the date and time of meetings. If you meet more than once (in person or via Skype), you are encouraged to include reports of those meetings or to create reports summarizing email exchanges.
  • History Communication Plan (50 points)
    • Your plan should include a list of client goals, a work plan detailing the kinds of platforms you are going to use, and a timeline for feedback and completion.
  • Portfolio (300 points)
    • Include at least 4 different types of history communication, including but not limited to the ones explored in the course of this semester.
    • Your portfolio must include public-oriented material and make use of public-oriented platforms that can be widely distributed.

Total Points: 1000

 

HIS 6993 (HIS 6000)

Reading Responses (250 points) – Students should post their reading responses on our class blog. Your reading responses should summarize the arguments of all assigned readings and should reflect on their relevance to the theme for the week. Occasionally, you will be asked to respond to a more specific assignment. In those instances, the assigned questions take the place of your reading response.

Participation (250 points) – Read the section titled “What to Expect” for more information about participation in this course. You are expected to complete “Lab Work” and post the material you create on our class blog by the beginning of class the next day.

Social Media Exercise (200 points) – Pick a social media platform and cultivate a presence as a “history communicator”. This includes 1) following other prominent, relevant social media accounts on your chosen platform, 2) retweeting articles and commentary from other sources, and 3) creating original history communication content. You should use the hashtag #histcommwsu in your content and share your profile with the class. You may make your account personal or more generic/anonymous. You are encouraged to use examples developed throughout the semester. You will submit a report summarizing your activities on our class blog.

History Communicator Analysis (125 points) – Identify a history communicator and write 1,000 words analyzing their approach to history communication.

Institutional Analysis (125 points) – Identify an institution on or off campus and write 1,000 words analyzing their approach to history communication.

Op-Ed (300 points) – Write an Op-Ed drawing on academic sources to reflect on an issue of contemporary debate, which has historical relevance. Your op-ed can historicize a contemporary debate, use scholarly sources to clarify a debate about the past, or in some other way engage historical knowledge for a public readership. You should identify options for submitting your Op-Ed (if you so choose). Your grade for this paper is dependent on your full engagement in multiple rounds of peer-editing. Failure to participate in peer-editing or come to peer-editing fully prepared will lower your grade by 50 points per session.

Hist Comm Portfolio (500 points) – Identify an individual faculty member and work with them to develop a Hist Comm portfolio, which could be used to communicate their work to the public.

  • Meeting Report (75 points)
    • Meet with your chosen faculty member to discuss their work, their goals, your project, and your progress on the portfolio. Reports should detail what you discussed, including the date and time of meetings. If you meet more than once (in person or via Skype), you are encouraged to include reports of those meetings or to create reports summarizing email exchanges.
  • History Communication Plan (75 points)
    • Your plan should include a list of client goals, a work plan detailing the kinds of platforms you are going to use, and a timeline for feedback and completion.
  • Portfolio (350 points)
    • Include at least 4 different types of history communication, including but not limited to the ones explored in the course of this semester.
    • Your portfolio must include public-oriented material and make use of public-oriented platforms that can be widely distributed.

Research Communication Plan (250 points) – Create a plan for communicating your own research to public audiences. If you already have significant work towards your dissertation or master’s thesis, I encourage you to focus on creating a plan for that project. If not, you may choose a research paper you authored for another course. Your communication plan should include at least 4 work samples, including but not limited to the forms of history communication explored in the course of this semester. One of those work samples must be substantive – an Op-Ed, a script for a documentary film, a blog post, a digital history project, etc. Your plan may also include suggestions for further work that you wish to develop. You can use course assignments you worked on throughout the semester as your work samples. Your plan should include a written explanation of no fewer than 1,500 words. That plan should identify your audience, dissemination plans, and justifications of your choices. You should draw on examples from readings from throughout the semester as well as your own research.

Total Points: 2000

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