Methodology for History


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General characterization





Responsible teacher

Jorge Miguel de Melo Viana Pedreira


Weekly - 2

Total - 280

Teaching language



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Bloch, Marc (1963), Pour une histoire compare des sociétés européennes. In Mélanges historiques. Tome I, Paris: SEVPEN, pp.17-40
Burke, Peter (1993), History and Social Theory, Thaca: Cornell University Press.
Foucault, Michel (1970), L’Ordre du discours. Paris: Gallimard.
Ginzburg, Carlo (1986), Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method, Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Megill, Allan (2007). Historical Knowledge, Historical Error. A Contemporary Guide to Practice, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Stone, Lawrence (1981). The Past and the Present Revisited. Abingdon: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Topolski, Jerzy (1976), Methodology of History. Boston: D. Reidel Publishing Company.

Teaching method

Work sessions are based on an initial presentation by the instructor or by invited experts in the field (who will share their research experience) and on open or guided discussions, organized around previously indicated texts. It is intended that classes will be enlivened through student participation in a class-wide debate, as a way to provide more active and participatory learning and to promote reasoned critical reflection.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - 1. Participation in the debates and activities promoted in the framework of the seminar (15%), 2. A critical report (3-5 pages) on one of the seminar sessions(15%), 3. A critical essay (10-15 pages) on a topic desirably related to the methodological options of the doctoral dissertation project. This paper will be presented and discussed in a special session organized for this purpose(70%)

Subject matter

The syllabus, besides a set of main permanent topics, will be adjusted in each editionof the course to the students' interests and projects, so that the seminar will make a relevant contribution to the realization of the doctoral dissertation.
The main contents are:
Problems of historical knowledge.
History and the social sciences.
The Sources. The archivistics.
Comparative analysis.
Statistical methods and data treatment.
The analysys of contente and the analysis of discourse
Oral history and memoir collection.
History and archeology.
Methodologies of Social History (Prosopography and network analysis).
Methodologies of Political History.