Western University HistoryWestern Social Science

Expectations & Outcomes

Historians at Western promote understanding of the formative issues of our time and of the past by equipping students with critical analytic ability and broad historical understanding.

Historical study offers the opportunity to move beyond the limits of one's own time and place, to engage with and analyze events, institutions, and cultures often radically different from our own. It enables students to observe patterns in the past that are larger than one individual life, or even several lives. The study of history expands the imagination, introducing students to questions and experiences they had not previously encountered. It also gives a sense of the ways in which the forms modern societies take and the challenges they face are linked to the past, are produced by past experiences and choices.

The Department of History believes its curriculum will permit students to answer their own questions about how the world in which they live came into being and functions; promote the creation of an informed citizenry, one capable of understanding and analyzing critically a large range of issues; and develop students’ ability to express themselves clearly and succinctly.

Recommended expectations and outcomes for first year classes

These aims might be best achieved with short, focused frequent assignments.


Recommended expectations and outcomes for 2100 level classes:


Recommended expectations and outcomes for second year classes

These aims might be achieved by a combination of short assignments and a final “research paper” of c. 8-10 pages.


Recommended expectations and outcomes for third year classes


Recommended expectations and outcomes for fourth year classes

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