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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIS6935

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-08-02
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): The only proposed change to this course is to reduce the credit hours from 4 to 3 in order to bring it in line with the seminars offered by all other departments in the College.
Comments: Elective for History. Chnge in hours from 4 to 3. To GC 2/10/16. Appd pending rev to LO and repeat info. Emailed 5/10/16. Updated. Repeatble 5 times (5 diff topics). To GC 5/20. Approved 5/23/16. To USF Sys 5/23/16. to SCNS after 5/31/16. Eff 8/2/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5382 2016-01-28
    Department College Budget Account Number
    History AS TPA/123500/10000/000000/0000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Julie Langford 8139743249

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    HIS 6935 Graduate Reading Seminar in History

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 5

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Grad Reading Seminar in Hty
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    - 0



    Course Description

    This course is designed to give Graduate Students an opportunity to become intimately familiar with topics that address a particular aspect of their research. Though there is some writing required, the emphasis is on reading and discussion.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Any M.A. Students and Ph.D. students may take this course

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in History or a related discipline

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This course equips students to succeed in the major and minor fields of their comprehensive exams. It is designed to give students time and instructional support to become intimately familiar with the primary sources, historiography and methodologies concerning a particular topic, period or region. Students will learn to critique scholarship in terms of argument, responsible use of source material and the contribution of the piece to scholarly discourse on the topic.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the course the student will be able to

    • Identify major themes, figures and events pertinent to the topic

    • Describe different historiographical approaches to the topic

    • Be conversant in the primary sources most pertinent to their topics

    • Critically evaluate scholarship in light of its logical consistency, evidence and justified conclusions.

    • Analyze and explain relationship between presented information and concepts.

    C. Major Topics

    Each rendition of this course will be tailored to address topics in the student’s major or minor fields. Some examples of topics might be:

    Politics and the Supernatural in Ancient Rome

    Sex and Gender in Colonial America

    British Imperialism and Slavery

    Medieval Hagiographic Literature

    D. Textbooks

    In conjunction with their committee members, students develop a reading list for their comprehensive exams in their major and minor fields. This course will draw about 10 monographs and 20 articles from this list.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    These will be drawn from the comprehensive exam reading lists of students and thus will vary considerably from one rendition of the course to another.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students will be expected to meet once a week with the instructor to review the readings, discuss their place within scholarship and analyze the argument and responsible use of primary and secondarly scholarship as well as methodology and theorical approach. There will be no tests involved in these courses, only short response papers that will prepare students to answer the sorts of questions that might appear on their comprehensive exams.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Varies by topic

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Varies by instructor

    J. Program This Course Supports

    History M.A. and Ph.D. programs

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Any program that requires graduate level electives

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