All students will be responsible for each week's reading and will write a weekly response paper of 2-3 pages. Students will also each co-lead one class, providing questions for discussion on that day.
There will be one final paper (15-20 pp.) which will be due on session 11. As part of writing your final paper, the following due dates will also apply: statement of paper topic, session 3; initial bibliography, session 4; annotated bibliography, session 6.
Final Paper Guide
what do historians have extant as sources in this case?
what are the strengths and weaknesses of those sources?
who are the authors of the sources?
do the sources represent both the defense and the prosecution?
what biases do the nature of the sources introduce into historians' knowledge of the case?
Review of the literature
how have historians used the sources available to them?
what arguments have they made?
what has been their focus or frame of reference?
how has the frame of reference affected their arguments?
Your argument about the case: some possible approaches
legal, philosophical, or ethical issues
issues of evidence
other kinds of material evidence
interpersonal evidence and testimony
- 來龍去脈 -當時發生的特定歷史爭議
context - particular historical issues at work at the time
what gave rise to the trial?
what gave rise to the given outcome or outcomes?
what was the role of particular personalities?
what was the role of timing in the trial?
if you were viewing the trial as a staged event, what would you notice about the ways it was conducted?
coverage in the press
who is covering this trial? Which authors and which periodicals?
what are their primary foci?
legal issues, political, moral, human interest
what kinds of language are the authors using?
in what ways do different periodicals take different views of the trial?
how fixed are the writers in their notions of guilt and innocence?
how much are legal issues covered?
reception, i.e., how people after the trial have looked at it
e.g., canonization or demonization of the main figures
A caution or two:
try to stay focused on the trial itself without getting carried away by the events leading up to it
you may want some kind of background info in your paper on the technical issues of venue, etc.