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First Term Courses

2015-16 Academic Year

9202a - Canada and the First World War

This course considers the Canadian experience during and after the First World War using a variety of perspectives from social, cultural, political, intellectual, and military history. This is a research seminar in which emphasis is placed upon the ability to write clearly and effectively, and upon a willingness to think broadly about the impact of the First World War on Canadian society.

Fall 2015-16 9202a J. Vance Wed 9:30-11:30am
Lawson Hall 2270C

9207a - Modern Quebec

This seminar explores the development of modern Quebec. The emphasis this term will be on the social, cultural, and political evolution of the province since the late nineteenth century. Our discussions will focus on such key themes as: the rise of Quebec nationalism in the early twentieth century, the province’s reaction to modernity, the changing role of religion and the Church, gender, the development of the modern bureaucratic state, and the Quiet Revolution and its aftermath. We will also explore historiographical debates that have shaped the writing of Quebec’s history and the modern Quebec mind.

Fall 2015-16 9207a J. Vacante Tues 9:30-11:30am
Lawson Hall 2270C
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9403a - Eighteenth Century English Society

This course explores English society in the eighteenth century, looking first at the social hierarchy and then turning to gender roles and relations, religion, the eighteenth-century landscape, the birth of a consumer society and the new industrialism which fed it, eighteenth-century constructions of “home,” leisure activities, the rise of sentiment, and the way in which social relations played out in the criminal justice system. We will conclude by focusing on Georgian London. The class will also participate in a shared reading experience over the course of the term, each student reporting on a volume of Samuel Richardson’s novel Clarissa.

Fall 2015-16 9403A A. May Mon 11:30-1:30pm
Lawson Hall 1218

9800a - Public History: Theory, History and Practice

This course introduces the field of public history: history as it is interpreted for and understood by the public. Topics include: authenticity, commemoration, “imagined communities,” the invention of tradition, “usable pasts,” contested places, colonialism and culture, historical designation and preservation, heritage tourism, public policy, cultural (mis)representation, oral history, ethics, gender and class, the natural and built environment, education vs. entertainment, and social memory. Through readings, guest speakers, site visits, workshops, and projects, students explore the theoretical concerns underlying the field and learn the methods and skills practiced by public historians today. Required for Public History students; not open to other graduate students.

Fall 2015-16 9800a M. Dove Tues 11:30-2:30
Lawson Hall 2270C

9806a - Understanding Archives: The Management of Primary Sources in the Digital Age

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of professional archival work. Class sessions will primarily be lecture driven, but combine discussion, practical exercises, and demonstrations. Students will gain a solid grounding in the history of the profession, an understanding of basic archival terminology, principles, theory, as well as an appreciation of current practices and how digital technologies have impacted both archival management and public programming. Optional for Public History students; open to other graduate students with the instructor's permission.

Fall 2015-16 9806a D. Spanner Thurs 6:30-9:30pm
Stevenson Hall 3166
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9808a - Digital History

Digital history is the use of computers, digital media, and other tools for historical practice, presentation, analysis, and research. This course emphasizes both the presentation of history on the web, and the use of computational techniques to work with digital resources. Required for Public History students; open to other graduate students with the instructor's permission.

Digital history students may also be interested in the companion studio course, History 9832b: Interactive Exhibit Design, offered in the Winter Term.

Fall 2015-16 9808a T. Compeau Mon 1:30-4:30pm
Lawson Hall 2270C

9817a - United States History and Historiography

Historiography means both the writing of history and the study of historical writing itself. This seminar will introduce you to some major themes and core works of United States historiography, and invite you to develop your skills as readers and critics of historical literature. It is not a comprehensive survey of American history (hardly possible in 13 weeks), but rather a history of historical writing about the United States. We will read and discuss a combination of classic and modern texts—some of the best work in the profession—to see how American historiography has changed over time, and how history is always shaped by the historical, intellectual, and biographical circumstances of those who write it. We will learn a great deal about United States history along the way, but the course is really an intellectual history of history, in the American context.

Fall 2015-16 9817A R. MacDougall Wed 11:30-2:30
LwH 2270C

9831a - Killing Fields: A Global History of Mass Violence

This seminar explores the causes, cases, contours, and consequences of mass violence in modern history. The course draws on theoretical perspectives from anthropology, history, sociology, law, political science, social psychology, and philosophy to develop a coherent analytical matrix for understanding mass violence. We will discuss conceptual frameworks and apply to them a number of case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, and genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda. We will study victims and perpetrators, analyze the role of gender, examine, rescue, resistance, intervention and prevention, and discuss the multiple functions of social memory to post-conflict justice.

Fall 2015-16 9831a F. Schumacher M 9:30-11:30
Lawson Hall 2270C

9877a - Digital Research Methods

Historical research now crucially involves the acquisition and use of digital sources. In this class, students will learn to find, harvest, manage, excerpt, cluster, and analyze digital materials throughout the research process, from initial exploratory forays through the production of an electronic article or monograph which is ready to submit for publication.

Fall 2015-16 9877a W. Turkel Wed 6:30-9:30pm
Lawson Hall 2270C