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HIST 515  Independent Research Paper  Units: 6.00  
The research paper must be based on independent research involving the use of primary and secondary sources. The instructor may assign additional assessments to assist the student in producing the final paper.
Learning Hours: 240 (24 Individual Instruction, 24 Online Activity, 192 Private Study)  
Requirements: Prerequisite Level 4 or above and registration in a HIST Major or Joint Honours Plan and a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. Exclusion HIST 514/3.0; HIST 517/3.0.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Conduct extensive research in primary and secondary sources on their research topic.
  2. Read and master the interpretations of the major secondary sources on their topic.
  3. Develop a clear and persuasive thesis, which is supported by evidence-based arguments, which contribute to the historiography of the chosen topic.
  4. Write an extensive paper on their topic which conforms to The Chicago Manual of Style and contains minimal stylistic and typographical errors.
  5. Practice independent research skills, synthesize evidence, and analyze its relevance with a focus on the reliability and biases of the source that produced it.