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Graduate Courses

2017-18 Academic Year

Fall Term Courses | Winter Term Courses | Summer CoursesCourse Timetable at a Glance

All graduate courses in History are small seminar or studio classes of about 5-15 students. Students begin online registration for Fall Term courses in early August and for Winter Term courses in early December. Non-History students will be able to enroll in Fall Term courses on August 15th. Registration for both terms closes at the end of the first week of classes, and changes will not be permitted after that point. 

Course offerings and timetable are subject to change. 

Fall Term (September-December 2017)

9050A - American Studies: Methods and Practices

TBA

Fall
2017-18
9050A L. Shire Fridays
9:30-12:30PM
LwH 2270C
Syllabus to come

9207A - French Canada

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

Fall
2017-18
9207A J. Vacante Tuesday
1:30 AM-3:30 AM
Lawson Hall 1218
Syllabus

9307A - Early America and the Atlantic World

This graduate course on early American history examines the settlement of the mainland British colonies of North America in the 1600s and 1700s, their development in the context of a British Atlantic world, the American Revolution, and the formation of the early U.S. republic. Particular attention is paid to understanding the character and diversity of British colonialism and the formation of the United States through comparisons with other New World empires as well as the rich context of the multi-national, multi-ethnic Atlantic World. 

Fall
2017-18
9307A N. Rhoden Mondays
1:30-3:30PM
Lawson Hall 2270C
Syllabus

9378A - The United States and the Projection of Power in the 20th Century

This course considers the United States and the projection of its power in the twentieth century. We will examine the main axes of debate over American foreign relations between realists, New Left revisionists, so-called “post-revionists,” and others. We will then explore key episodes in the projection of American power: from the Spanish-American War through World War I; from the end of World War II and the origins of the Cold War to Vietnam; and the challenges posed to American power by decolonization in Southeast Asia and Africa, liberation movements in Latin America, and radical Islamic fundamentalism..

Fall
2017-18
9378A G. Stewart Wednesdays
9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Lawson Hall 2270C
Syllabus

9416A - The Victorians at Home: 19th Century Britain

This course examines the domestic experience of men and women in nineteenth-century Britain. It covers both physical premises, from urban slums through suburban villas and country estates, and their inhabitants both upstairs and down. Topics include the domestic ideal, gender roles, and master/servant relations. Students will be expected to read the Steinbach text for general background knowledge, plus at least one source from each weekly list. We will also collectively make our way through Middlemarch. Often cited as the greatest 19th c English novel, it addresses many of the themes highlighted in academic studies of the period

Fall
2017-18
9416A A. May Mondays
11:30 AM-1:30 PM
LwH 1218
Syllabus

9417A - Europe Since the Second World War

This course on the history of Europe since World War II has a number of objectives. One is to provide a historical framework for the study of the period. A second objective is to introduce students to key subjects of historical inquiry. No claim is made for comprehensiveness. A third goal is to examine works of history that can serve as models of innovative formulations of questions and use of sources. The assigned readings include works by senior historians and recent PhDs, as well as works by non-historians, including academics from other disciplines, journalists, film directors, and writers of memoirs.

Fall
2017-18
9417A E. Nathans Tuesdays
9:30 AM-11:30 PM
LwH 2270C
Syllabus

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
2017-2018
9800A M. Hamilton Tuesdays
11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Lawson Hall 2270C
Syllabus 

9804A - Canada and Its Historians

This course provides an analysis of the field of modern Canadian history by focusing on thirteen established topics and examining the most relevant works. The course offers an in depth study of post-Confederation Canadian history and historiography. The aims and outcomes focus on reading, discussing, and writing. The course provides excellent preparation for doctoral candidates preparing for comprehensive examinations in the field of Canadian history, but is by no means limited to PhD students; MA students make up the majority of the class.

Fall
2017-2018
9804A R. Wardhaugh Fridays
1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Lawson Hall 2270C
Syllabus (2016-17)

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. This course is designed for Public History students; open to other graduate students with the instructor’s permission.

Fall
2017-18
9806A Don Spanner Mondays
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Stevenson Hall 3166
Syllabus to come.

9808A - Digital Public 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, not open to other graduate students.

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

Fall
2017-18
9808A Tim Compeau Thursdays
9:30-11:30AM
Lawson Hall 2270C
Syllabus to come.

9830A - Colonialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries

This course examines the history of modern era colonialism and its legacies in a comparative fashion. It utilizes case studies from various European colonial empires as well as Japan and the United States, draws on multi-disciplinary insights from fields such as history, sociology, geography, and anthropology, and explores the economic, military, social, cultural, intellectual, and environmental dimensions of colonialism.

Fall
2017-18
9830A F. Schumacher

Fridays
11:30-1:30PM
STvH 3166

Syllabus

Winter Term Courses (January-April 2018)

9274B - Oh Gendered Canada! Gender in Canadian History

This course will explore the ways in which gender—largely, the social construction of masculinity and femininity—has played a role in Canadian history, and will examine some of the major historiographical debates that have surrounded this complex topic. These debates often also address the related issues of race, class, and sexuality. This course will challenge students to employ gender as an integral tool of historical analysis, and to reconsider conventional narratives in Canadian history.

Winter
2017-18
9274B M. Halpern Mondays
9:30-11:30AM
LwH 2270C
Syllabus

9277B - Themes in Canadian Intellectural History

This graduate seminar explores a wide range of themes in Canadian intellectual history spanning the mid-18th century to the late 20th century.  As defined by Michel Ducharme, one of the authors whose books we will be reading in this course, intellectual history is “the history of ideas, prejudices, principles, values, concepts, and ideologies as they influence the lives of individuals and the development of societies.”  The intent of the seminar is to provide a critical examination of the role that ideas, including but not limited to colonialism, liberty, democracy, nationalism, liberalism, socialism, progressivism, conservatism, secularization, Americanization, internationalism, labourism, and modernism played in contextualizing and shaping Canada’s political, economic, social, and cultural development between the 18th and the 21st centuries.

Winter
2017-18
9277B K. Fleming Tuesdays
2:30-4:30PM
LwH 2270C
Syllabus

9409B - Europe and the Politics of Power

The lifting of the iron curtain in Europe in 1989-1991 began a new era in the historical enquiry into Russian and EuropeThe lifting of the Iron Curtain in 1989-91 began a new era in the study of European and Russian history. New interpretations and approaches appeared to old questions such as: What is Europe? Where are its boundaries? What is the historical relationship between its Western, Central and Eastern areas? How do we study Russian and Soviet history? This course looks at both the traditional and recent historiography on imperialism, nationalism, socialism, and globalization, and explores how they shaped the history of the European continent. Particular attention will be focused on the Eastern regions.

Winter
2017-18
9409B M. Dyczok Thursdays
1:30-3:30 AM
Lawson Hall 2270C
Syllabus

9601B - Roots of Underdevelopment: The Economics History of the Islamic Middle East

 

Winter
2017-18
9601B M. Shatzmiller Mondays
11:30-1:30PM
Lawson Hall 2270C
Syllabus

9718B - Race and Gender on Imperial Frontiers

In this course we will read and discuss recent literature on the history of settler colonialism in North America alongside comparative studies of other settler societies around the globe.

Winter
2017-18
9718B L. Shire Tuesdays
9:30-12:30PM
Lawson Hall 2270C
Syllabus

9801B - Public History Group Project

This seminar course examines history as it is interpreted for and understood by the public including: public history theory (topics and issues such as authenticity, commemoration, "imagined communities", invention of tradition, "usable pasts", contested places, colonialism and culture, historical designation and preservation, living history, heritage tourism, cultural legislation, public policy, cultural (mis)representation, oral history, ethics, gender and class, the natural and built environment, intangible heritage, education vs. entertainment, and social memory); the history of public history (examination of the establishment of Canadian museums, archives, government agencies and the individuals key to their development); and, the practice of public history (through readings, guest speakers, site visits, workshops and projects, students learn the methods and skills practiced by public historians today). Required for Public History students; not open to other graduate students.

Winter
2017-18
9801B M. Hamilton Tuesdays
11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Lawson Hall 1218
Syllabus

9807B - Introduction to Museology

This course is intended for students considering a career in the museum field, or, for those students interested in the history of museums and their associated roles as collector, steward and interpreter of public history. Museums are explored through both theoretical and applied contexts, with students acquiring an understanding of the objectives of effective museum management and the ability to directly apply these principles to the administration and operation of museums and cultural institutions. Topics explored include: the social history and development of museums; professional, legal and ethical standards; contemporary organizational & management structure, issues and strategies; and practical museum functions such as collections management, preservation, exhibition, and public education. This course is designed for Public History students; open to other graduate students with the instructor’s permission.

Winter
2017-18
9807B Dr. Amber Lloydlangston Thursdays
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Lawson Hall 2270C
Syllabus to come.

9823B - Professional Development

A fundamental part of doing history is engaging with historical practice itself. This pass/fail course is designed to help History graduate students develop their understanding of our discipline’s professional expectations; think reflectively about their research, writing, and teaching; and develop skills that they can use to land and excel in a job in our profession. The course will involve group discussion, presentations, group work, workshops, and guest speakers. Required for 2nd year PhD students; may be audited by other graduate students with the instructor’s permission.

Winter
2017-18
9823B Prof. Francine McKenzie

Mondays
1:30-3:30pm
LwH 1218

Syllabus

9832B - Interactive Exhibit Design

History 9832B is a studio course on interactive exhibit design, intended primarily for public historians and digital humanists. Students will learn how to create interactive exhibits through a series of hands-on projects that teach the basics of interaction design, physical computing, and desktop fabrication. Preference will be given to Public History students or graduate students in the digital humanities, but open to other graduate students with the instructor’s permission. 

Winter
2017-18
9832B Devon Elliot Wednesdays
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
SSC 3116
Syllabus

9833B - Environmental History: People and Nature Through Time

 Environmental history explores the history of human beings and the natural environment: how people have thought about, and interacted with, nature. While introducing the main concepts and debates of the international field, this seminar course will trace an environmental history of Canada, particularly through the past two centuries.

Winter
2017-18
9833B A. MacEachern Wednesdays
9:30-11:30AM
LwH 2270C
Syllabus

9835B - Rot and Ruin: History and the Downside of Material Culture

This is a course about things -- rotten and ruined things. More importantly, it is about how history has been shaped by loss and decay, and how we understand the past in terms of what it leaves behind as fragments and remnants of objects and collections, decomposing matter and ruined spaces and places. Finally, we will question how we structure the past by managing what it leaves behind. 

Winter
2017-18
9830B J. Flath

Mondays
1:30-3:30PM
Lawson Hall 2270C

Syllabus

9871B - Teaching and Learning History

Because historians are both teachers and public intellectuals, there is a strong pedagogical component to their work. Yet academic history offers little commentary on the nature of teaching history or even arguments for how we select what histories should be taught, when, and to whom. This course aims to address these issues through both practical instruction on how to teach history and critical exploration of the history education literature. Key topics include: the cognitive dimensions of learning history; curriculum theory; ethnic and community identities; history as citizenship education and nation-building. 

Winter
2017-18
9830B R. MacDougall

Wednesdays
12:30-3:30PM
Lawson Hall 2270C

Syllabus

Summer Term Courses (May-August 2018)

9900 - Cognate Paper

The cognate essay should be a high-quality research paper, comparable to an article published in a scholarly journal, which develops and sustains a significant historical argument. It must be:

  • approximately 12,500 words (about 50 typed, double-spaced pages) in length
  • characterized by polished presentation (well organized, clearly, concisely and elegantly expressed, free of grammar and syntax errors etc.)
  • based on primary source material, and
  • set in the context of the critical published work.