According to The British Academy for Humanities & Social Sciences,

“Research stemming from a detailed understanding of human behaviour, economies, cultures and societies can dramatically redefine the crucial decisions we need to make. These decisions may involve the future direction of our economy, ways of broadening and strengthening education provision at all levels, or how we deal with the effects of climate or constitutional change… The humanities and social sciences teach us how people have created their world, and how they in turn are created by it.”


In your midterm reflection, consider the following questions:

1) Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • In your answer, you must provide meaningful reasons as to why or why you do not agree with this statement.
    • Read the quote carefully. What is the author saying or arguing about the importance of the Humanities?
    • What is the purpose, by this definition?

2) Relate this to your experience as a First-Year student. Do you think that your perception has changed or the ways in which you act has changed as a result of being a student of Dr. Costanzo's and approaching the past in this manner? Why or why not?

  • Here, I want you to use specific evidence showcasing this change that has occurred.
    • If change has not occurred and you think, act, and perceive the world around you in the same way, why do you think this is? Reflect on what you've done over the past semester and a half at the University and explain (using evidence).

3) Think about your topic (main source) for the Intersections Project and the Integrated Assignment. In both, you are asked to think of how historical change has occurred over time (entering into an academic conversation; secondary sources) and the change that you want to advocate for/produce.

  • Considering the last sentence of the quote above, apply this concept to your research.
    • For instance
      • Topic: Industrial boom of the early 20th century (Second Industrial Revolution)
        • How did people during this era "create their world?" and in turn, were "created by it?"