School of Humanities

Introduction to history study

This course is part of the programme:
Bachelor's study programme Cultural history (1st level)

Objectives and competences


Students will master the basic concepts of specific historical periods; they will develop the skill of building an interdisciplinary network of knowledge from different humanistic fields and will receive an overview of basic historiographical concepts. They will suitably link the objectives, subject contents, work methods etc. to establish a proper image of the development of historiography though the period of time, the similarities and differences between them – and the tools for critical reviewing of modern historical processes.


The discussed course covers general contents from the field of historical sciences, i.e. the structure and the techniques of historical research, the basics of political history, cultural history etc. Students will master the basic principles of historical science, i.e. the procedures of planning and executing an historical research; they will suitably link and coordinate particular historical concepts while employing the broadest possible spectrum of research methods and strategies, leading to the desired research results, their proper arrangement and critical assessment. They will also develop their ability to critically approach preserved sources, review historical methods and begin with independent scientific work.


No prerequisites are required.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The overview of the beginnings of historiographical self-reflection starts with the identifying of the impact of Judeo-Persian heritage exerted on the western ancient historiographic tradition; in the curriculum this covers an integral part of studies, while also addressing the significant contribution of the Byzantine historiography, which is in many ways different from Western European historical interpretation. Following is a comprehensive analysis of the beginnings of modern historiography, which is mainly associated with the contribution of Bishop Bossuet and the work Scienza Nuova, written by Giambattista Vico. This review of the development of historiography ends with the transition from the Middle Ages to modern times and the analysis of the situation after the fall of Constantinople which led to new developments in Western historiography under the influence of Greek scientific and political theoretical thought which had been somewhat forgotten during the European Middle Ages.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

Students are acquainted with the intricacies of historical science and its basic concepts. They are competent in planning and executing a historical research and evaluating historical sources. They receive knowledge of methods and research strategies, develop the ability to perform archival, field and theoretical research and develop the ability to express themselves scientifically. They have the ability to pinpoint crucial historical dilemmas and present historical issues.


Students are able to employ their knowledge in different practical scientific circumstances. They develop the ability for systematic historical research, critical evaluation of historical materials and the output of processed information. Tutorials, related to the lectures in contents, will help develop students’ critical attitude to preserved historical sources, their knowledge of historical methods and their ability to perform independent research.


L. Kramer, S. Maza, A Companion to Western Historical Though. Blackwell, Oxford, 2002.

A. Munslow, The New History. Longman, London, 2003.

F. Ankersmith, H. Kellner, A New Philosophie of History. Reaktion Books, London, 1995.

O. Luthar,Med kronologijo in fikcijo. ZPS, Ljubljana, 1992.

O. Luthar, Universum Historie. ZRC, Ljubljana, 2005.


Colloquia, individual presentation, seminar paper and oral exam. The first three tests are conditional to be admitted to the exam.

Lecturer's references

Izvirni znanstveni članek:

1. POBEŽIN, Gregor. Lógoi chaì erga : Tukidid in vprašanje govorov. Keria (Ljubl.), 2006, letn. 8, št. 2, str. [19]-34. [COBISS.SI-ID 25905965]

2. POBEŽIN, Gregor. Virtus incerta – vprašanje o Salustijevih virih v prologu v Katilinovi zaroti. Keria (Ljubl.), 2007, letn. 9, št. 2, str. [45]-50. [COBISS.SI-ID 27398189]

3. POBEŽIN, Gregor. Ut in aere incideretur : vprašanje beleženja govorov v senatus consulta. Ann, Ser. hist. sociol., 2008, letn. 18, št. 2, str. 431-438. [COBISS.SI-ID 1550035]

4. POBEŽIN, Gregor. In quodam libro Graeco : raba in navajanje grških virov pri 'piscih’ Cesarske zgodovine. V: GROŠELJ, Nada (ur.). Grčija skozi rimske oči v dobi cesarstva : tematska številka ob trideseti obletnici smrti Milana Grošlja, (Keria, Letn. 12, št. 1 (2010)). Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete, 2010, str. 85-101. [COBISS.SI-ID 1893843]

5. POBEŽIN, Gregor. Pôs énkarpos tês historías khrêsis : Polibijeva kritika virov oz. kako (ne) pisati zgodovino. V: KAVČIČ, Jerneja (ur.), MARINČIČ, Marko (ur.). Musis amicus : posebna številka ob osemdesetletnici Kajetana Gantarja, (Keria, letn. 12, št. 2-3). Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete, 2010, str. 67-78. [COBISS.SI-ID 1895891]

Samostojni znanstveni sestavek ali poglavje v monografski publikaciji

6. POBEŽIN, Gregor. Prostor in čas pri Polibiju : nekaj opažanj o časovno-prostorskih razmerjih ob branju odlomka o “vojni brez premirja” (Pol. 1.66-1.88). V: KEBER, Katarina (ur.), VIDMAR, Luka (ur.). Historični seminar 8. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2010, str. 9-20, tabela. [COBISS.SI-ID 31625517]

Znanstvena monografija:

7. LUTHAR, Oto, ŠAŠEL KOS, Marjeta, GROŠELJ, Nada, POBEŽIN, Gregor. Zgodovina historične misli : od Homerja do začetka 21. stoletja. Ljubljana: ZRC SAZU, Založba ZRC, 2006. 694 str., ilustr. ISBN 961-6568-12-4. [COBISS.SI-ID 223431424]

8. POBEŽIN, Gregor, VINKLER, Jonatan (ur.). Rimski zgodovinar in pripovedno besedilo : pripovedno žarišče v Salustijevih monografijah, (Zbirka Digitalna knjižnica, Dissertationes, 16). Ljubljana: Pedagoški inštitut, 2011. 1 optični disk (CD-ROM), barve. ISBN 978-961-270-049-2. html. [COBISS.SI-ID 256793600]

University course code: 1KZ012

Year of study: 1

Course principal:




  • Lectures: 60 hours
  • Seminar: 45 hours
  • Individual work: 135 hours

Course type: mandatory

Languages: slovene

Learning and teaching methods:
lectures. guided discussion (heuristic dialogue). presentation of a seminar paper and ensuing discussion. seminar exercises – students have an independent presentation of a particular learning unit in class.