Graduate Courses

2022-23 Academic Year

Fall Term Courses | Winter Term Courses | Summer Courses

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. 

MA students will select 3 - 0.5 courses per term; PhD select 2 - 0.5. 

N
on-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. 

Please note courses that are restricted to Public History MA students.

Course offerings and timetable are subject to change. 

Please note this is tentative schedule for 2022-23

Fall Term (September-December 2022)

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
2022-23
9307A N. Rhoden Wednesdays
9:30-11:30am
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

9719A - Global History: An Introduction

This seminar examines the theories, methods, and practices of global history. It is an introduction to one of the most vibrant fields of historical inquiry characterized by new journals, publication series, conferences, research projects, research funding, and advanced training at many universities. But global history is also a field in flux without overarching consensus on issues, approaches, and potential outcomes. More than most other fields of historical inquiry, global history is engaged in fundamental questions over interpretative hegemony, such as debates over Euro-centrism or Western developmental conceptions of modernity, civilization and development. Finally, historians of the global have also utilized those debates to re-examine the conceptual foundations of historical studies. Consequently the field of global history provides ideal opportunities to engage with a range of theoretical paradigms such as time and space and methodological approaches from entangled history to cultural transfers.

Fall
2022-23
9719A F. Schumacher Fridays
11:30-1:30pm
TBA
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
2022-23
9800A M. Hamilton Tuesdays
10:30-1:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

9803A - Critical Moments in Women's and Gender History

This course will focus on some key moments in women’s and gender history primarily in the history of Europe, but also in other parts of the world. Key themes will be the evolution of women’s/gender history over time, how history changes when we look outside of the political history of male elites, debates about historical periodization and interpretation, whether women’s status has progressed or regressed over time, how women have been viewed historically in colonized states and debates over sexuality. Students will be given the opportunity to write an essay which will explore a topic in women’s/gender history of their choice.

Fall
2022-23
9803A K. McKenna Wednesdays
1:30-4:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
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
2022-23
9804A R. Wardhaugh Tuesdays
1:30-3:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

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
2022-23
9806A D. Spanner Mondays
9:30-12:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

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.

Fall
2022-23
9808A TBA TBA
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

9833A - Environmental History

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.

Fall
2022-23
9833A A. MacEachern Thursdays
9:30-11:30am
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

9871A - 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.

Fall
2022-23
9871A R. MacDougall Mondays
1:30-4:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus 

9877A - Digital Research Methods

Historical research now crucially involves the acquisition and use of digital sources.  In History 9877A, 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. Crossed listed with HIS 4816A

Fall
2022-23
9877A W. Turkel Online asynchronous Syllabus

Winter Term Courses (January-April 2023)

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
2022-23
9274B M. Halpern Thursdays
10:30-12:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

9308B - U.S. and the Cold War

From the end of the Second World War until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States’ conflict with the U.S.S.R. dominated American military and foreign policy, but it also permeated and shaped political, economic, social, and cultural life in the United States.  In this course, we will examine the role of the United States in the creation and waging of the Cold War, American responses to the Cold War, and the effects on American society of this nearly half century-long standoff between the two emerging superpowers.  Rather than attempting a chronological study, we will select and focus on several key events and “battlegrounds” of this war—both actual and symbolic—and examine them through four different lenses: military, diplomatic, ideological, and cultural.  We will also consider how the Cold War continues to shape American government and society today.

Winter
2022-23
9308B A. Sendzikas Thursdays
2:30-4:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
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 European modern 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 the changing views 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. Students will be encouraged to explore both theoretical and empirical dimensions of the changing historiography, the new themes and approaches.

Winter
2022-23
9409B M. Dyczok Wednesdays
1:30-3:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

9720B - Medicine and Technology

This seminar examines the role of technology in medicine and its impact on medical practice, medical institutions, health care professionals, patients, and society at large.  This seminar will interrogate the ways in which medical technology has shaped, and in turn been shaped by, scientific, political, economic, and sociocultural forces.  Through weekly case studies, students will investigate key episodes in the history of medicine to gain an understanding of the relationship between technology and medicine, enabling them to reflect on the implications of this history for our contemporary views on medical technology and our privileging of it as a form of knowledge production.

Winter
2022-23
9720B S. McKellar Wednesdays
10:30-12:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
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
2022-23
9801B M. Hamilton Tuesdays
10:30-1:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
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
2022-23
9807B A. Lloydlangston TBA
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

9819B - History and Theory

This course is designed to introduce graduate students in History and American Studies to some of the philosophical and theoretical ideas that have shaped the field of cultural studies. As scholars seek to explain and interpret society and culture (including history, literature, media) they take for granted that some things matter more than others, but they often disagree about what those things are: social hierarchy, cultural symbols, language, emotions, money, military power, violence, individuals or groups, identity, desire, difference, politics, governments, everyday people, spiritual and scientific claims to Truth. Understanding these debates, the advantages and disadvantages of these decisions and assumptions, will serve you both as an analytical reader (what assumptions does an author make? What will be invisible because of that?) and as a researcher (what assumptions am I making? Why? Should I adjust my approach? If I do, what new interpretations will become available?)

Winter
2022-23
9819B L. Shire Mondays
11:30-2:30pm
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

9824B - History and Public Policy

Nearly all public policy initiatives require historical research, especially to help understand context and demonstrate long term trends. This is especially true with the policies relating to Indigenous peoples in Canada as policies are often addressing historic and long-standing issues.   In this course, we will examine the process of public policy development as well as the different roles of historical research in that process through the case study of three federal policy issues, such as Indigenous policy, health care policy, or National Historic Recognition policy. These policy issues will be the focus of the course assignments. We will also examine the types of historical research products that can help enhance public policy.

Winter
2022-23
9824B TBA TBA Syllabus

9832B - Interactive Exhibits, Disabililty and Design Justice

History 9832B combines a studio course on interactive exhibit design with seminar discussions on disability history, disability studies, and design justice. The course is intended primarily for public historians but is open to other graduate students, space permitting, with permission of the instructor. Students learn how to create accessible interactive exhibits through a series of hands-on projects that teach the basis of interaction design, physical computing and fabrication.

Winter
2022-23
9832B W. Turkel Wednesdays
3:30-5:30pm
SSC 3116
Syllabus

9835B - Rot and Ruin: 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
2022-23
9835B J. Flath Fridays
9:30-11:30am
Lawson Hall 1227
Syllabus

Professional Development (January-April)

9823B - Professional Development

A fundamental part of doing history is engaging with historical practice itself. This 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.  Required for 2nd year PhD students; may be audited by other graduate students with the instructor’s permission.

Winter
2022-23
9823B N. Rhoden & F. McKenzie TBA

Summer Term Milestone (May-August 2023)

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.