There are several levels of instruction in history:
1. The subject matter – facts, people, places, events, dates;
3. Research and analytical skills students must learn to find information and create their interpretations.
This guide is created to instruct students taking HTY301 Falsifications in History those research and analytical skills needed to find, evaluate and use information effectivelly.
This course is designed to give knowledge about the major types of falsifications of history in Modern Times, and to help students to understand their abiding power in both historiography and politics.
The most important aims of the “Falsifications in History” are to:
• Encourage students to explore divergent approaches to studying the past.
• Trace the pattern of producing falsified documents that led to distorted images of the past, and, to number of inhuman practices.
• Explore the “use” and “abuse” of history in the public sphere.
• Improve student skills in historical analysis that relates to the present day social issues.
"Effective undergraduate teaching must necessarily involve an effort to improve the students’ expository writing skills. I believe it is the instructor’s duty to ensure that students are aware of the basic requirements of the historical-writing genre itself – for example the requirement that a paper in history should not be a simple digest of “facts,” but must, instead, use “facts” to prove a thesis. Such skills, I believe, are best learned through the use of longer writing assignments of the “research-paper” kind (as opposed to in-class examinations)."
Prof. Evelina Kelbetcheva