HIST 260: Magic, Religion and Science since 1400

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  1. Course Information
  2. Schedule
  3. Giving Feedback

Course Information

Instructor: Prof. Thomas Robisheaux

The history of magic and witchcraft in western culture from the Renaissance to the present, with particular attention to the relationship of supernatural beliefs to religion and science. The renewal of magic, astrology, and alchemy in the Renaissance; early modern witch beliefs and the witch hunt; national skepticism in the Enlightenment; modern marginal sciences such as parapsychology; and adaptations of magical beliefs to modern culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Student Writing Assignment

What are students writing? [info]
For whom? [info]
Where would such writing typically be found? [info].
Why would someone usually read it? [info]


Student – Reader Interactions

Here are the deadlines for students in the reader project:


Link to full Syllabus:

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Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is the activity around which the entire project is designed. You may have considerable professional experience giving feedback on writing — whether to colleagues, employees, or other contexts — or perhaps this is an fairly novel experience. Given the aims and nature of the Reader Project, we are hoping that our volunteers engage with student writing in a particular way–one that is quite different from what is conventionally done in other contexts.

The primary aim of the project is to help students really understand what it means to write for readers, rather than as a school assignment. Think about the following when you give feedback, whether in writing or in real time:

  • Respond as a reader rather than as an editor. (They can get basic editorial help from others.) Focus on sharing your reactions to the draft as a user of such writing. What are you thinking as you read? More

Instructor’s response questions:




Quality Reader Feedback Example

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