Historical Theory and Practice (MHI331)

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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Historical Theory and Practice examines the principles and assumptions underlying different forms of history. The course introduces students to debates about the discipline and considers their implications for practice. Students reflect on the current state of the discipline by critically evaluating the changing intellectual contexts that have shaped how historians work.

Learning outcome


  • Demonstrate knowledge of debates in the theory and method of history.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the connection between historical theory and historical practice.


  • Recognise and critically evaluate concepts and methods employed in different forms of historical practice.
  • Construct arguments concerning the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to studying history.


  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the diversity of historical cultures and the ethical implications of historical inquiry within a global context.
  • Account for the factors that create agreement and disagreement among historians as a community of scholars.

Required prerequisite knowledge

HIS175 What is History? Historiography, Historical Theory, Method and History Didactics
HIS175 What is History? Historiography, Historical Theory, Method and History Didactics or equivalent course.


Reflective journal and book analysis

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Reflective journal 2/5 Letter grades
Book analysis 3/5 Letter grades

Reflective journal: 1500 wordBook analysis: 2000 wordSubmission dates for the exams you will find in Studnetweb.

Coursework requirements

Attendance 75%, Reflective Journal, Individual presentation
  • 75% attendance
  • reflective journal submit in Canvas before each lecture (10 in total)
  • 1 individual presentation of the week’s topic

If an assignment is assessed as not approved, the student will be given one further opportunity to submit a revised assignment

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Tyson Ashley Retz

Study Adviser:

Signe Ekenberg

Method of work

Lectures, student presentations and student-led discussion

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Academic writing, theory and method in history (MHI330_1) 15
Humanistic theory and methods (MLE330_1) 10

Open for

Master in History and History Didactics and incoming exchange students.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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