AK3103 Theory and Method in History, Part 1 7.5 credits

Teori och metod i historisk forskning, del 1

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

For the research student after the course to be able to account for, discuss, analyse and apply historiographical practices - international as well as national Swedish, different perspectives on science in general and historical research in particular, important themes and problems recent historical research, sources and criticism of sources, methods of historical research, construction of explanations in historical research in relation to those of social science in general and to have reflected on the course literature in relation to the topic of the thesis.

Course main content

Perspectives on historical research, historiography, sources and criticism of sources, methods in historical research, explanations in historical research as well as in the social sciences in general.


Eligibility to be accepted in the graduate programme History of Technology.


Ernst Breisach, On the Future of History: The Postmodernist Challenge and its Aftermath (Chicago, 2003); John Lewis Gaddis, The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past (Oxford, 2002); Georg G. Iggers Historiography in the Twentieth Century (1997); Peter Burke, What is Cultural History? (Cambridge, 2004); Miguel A. Cabrera. Postsocial History: An Introduction, eng. övers. (Lanham, Md., 2004); Elizabeth Clark, History, Theory, Text: Historians and the Lingustic Turn (Cambridge, Mass., 2004); Lynn Hunt, ed., The New Cultural History (Berkeley, 1989); Russell Jacoby, "A New Intellectual History?", The American Historical Review 97 (1992), 405-424; Keith Jenkins, ed., The Postmodern History Reader (New York, 1997); Dominick Lacapra, "Intellectual History and Its Ways", The American Historical Review 97 (1992), 425-439; Peter Novick, That Noble Dream: The "Objectivity Question" and the American Historical Profession (Cambridge, 1988) m.m.

Literature is announced within a month before the course starts.


  • UPP1 - Essay, 7.5, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Active participation in seminars and independently written essays.

Offered by

ABE/History of Science, Technology and Environment


Nina Wormbs, nina@kth.se, 08 790 85 83


Per Högselius <per.hogselius@abe.kth.se>

Supplementary information

The course is mandatory for licentiates as well as Ph.Ds in the graduate programme in History of Technology.


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2018.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.