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Title: Can we teach undergraduates the history of time?
Authors: Clark, Justin T.
Keywords: Humanities::History
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Clark, J. T. (2022). Can we teach undergraduates the history of time?. Time & Society.
Journal: Time & Society 
Abstract: This essay examines the author’s experience since 2018 in developing and teaching a third-year undergraduate course on the history of time at a Singapore university, for students specializing in East and Southeast Asian history and the history of technology. History courses are traditionally taught in a chronological format, with clear periodization, and a nearly exclusive focus on written and audiovisual “texts.” The author has found that such an approach is less effective for a course on the history of time, a subject that suggests no obvious periodization or linear narrative, and for which many of his students lack a precise vocabulary. To solve these challenges, the author has borrowed autoethnographic exercises developed by scholars in other disciplines and assigned unconventional tasks such as building water clocks and curating time capsules. While the course has proven popular, it has also invited questions about what a global history of time looks like. Although the industrial and technological history of time is accessible to his students, much of the recent work on temporality presumes a familiarity with European and North American social and political issues that students outside of those regions may lack.
ISSN: 0961-463X
DOI: 10.1177/0961463X221111048
Schools: School of Humanities 
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). All rights reserved. This paper was published by SAGE Publications in Time & Society and is made available with permission of The Author(s).
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