How do we know what actually happened in the past? How do we evaluate and analyze information in the present? History Detectives is a methods course that challenges students by looking at five historical mysteries and examining the problem of deciding "what actually happened." By evaluating collections of sources, students consider how information always poses problems of accuracy and veracity, and develop methods to evaluate evidence. We will also examine widespread belief in some of these mysteries as evidence of society's attitude about government, media and authority.
- 3 lecture hours