THE LIMITS OF HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE
Code: 31103
ECTS: 6
Departament: Department of Social Sciences and Management
Field of Study: History
Keywords:
    1. Historical knowledge
    2. History methodology
    3. History epistemology
    4. Historians
Teacher:
Adelaide Millán da Costa
Área Científica: History
E-mail: acosta@uab.pt

Course Description:
This course unit is centred in the epistemological origins of historical knowledge. Throughout the teaching/learning process, there will be a thorough analysis of the grounds that led to the construction of this knowledge, taking in to account the following topics:
• the hypotheses to understand the object of study in History, given the limits imposed by the sources, to the interference of the researcher and to the methods adopted to conduct his/her research scientifically;
• the role of History within the areas of knowledge and sciences.

The students will be introduced to the techniques and alerted to the ethics of the elaboration of academic works


Competences:
• Mastering the epistemological problems of historical knowledge;
• Recognising the methodological foundations used in the construction of historical knowledge;
• Questioning the definition of History as knowledge.


Contents:
I. The Historians, the past and present times;
II. The construction of historical knowledge
     1. From the formulation of problems to the selection of documents;
     2. The concept of source, maintenance and preservation conditions;
     3. The methods: critical analysis of sources and information management.
III. The definition of historical knowledge
     1. A science? A scientifically conducted speech? An Art?
IIV. The scientific research: ethics and standards.


Format:
E-learning.


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Assessment:
Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).


Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office – gcri@uab.pt