What does problem-based learning look like in a humanities course? More specifically, what does a syllabus for a PBL humanities course look like? Is it a series of questions that the class will tackle over the course of the semester? Is it a list of texts? Is is a list of problems?
Maybe there aren’t yet textbooks that promote PBL in the humanities. I think that Cengage’s Major Problems series makes a valiant effort toward problem-based learning. In these chapters are several primary documents, with a pair of essays as the conclusion. The essays approach the topic differently, demonstrating alternative solutions to the major problem of the chapter.
But these are just textbooks, not ways of approaching a course. Yes, they provide some outline for a PBL course, but they do not direct the daily happenings of the classroom. Pedagogy remains the instructor’s prerogative, but a good textbook can help.