David Schweitzer

Sessional Instructor


David SchweitzerI have been teaching course at the University of Waterloo since 1996.  My Hon. B.A. and M.A. degrees were awarded by the University of Guelph and I did further graduate studies and earned my doctorate in history from University College, University of London (Russell Group) where my specialization was eighteenth and nineteenth-century British and Irish history, although over the years I have taught courses in other fields at a number of Ontario universities.  Those other spheres range from Western Civilization to general European history (including German history) to Film and History and, most recently, to the History of Western Sport.


  • B.A. (Hon) History, College of Arts, University of Guelph, 1977
  • M.A. History, College of Arts, University of Guelph, 1979
  • PhD History University College, University of London, 1983

Research and teaching interests

  • British history
  • Irish history
  • Film and history
  • History of sports in the West

Courses taught

  • HIST 110 History of the Western World I
  • HIST 111 History of the Western World II
  • HIST 200: History and film
  • HIST 205: History of Western Sport
  • HIST 250 The Art & Craft of History
  • HIST 266 The British Empire 1857-1956
  • HIST 371 Ireland Before the Famine
  • HIST 372 Ireland Since the Famine

The purpose of a university education is to learn how to learn, as the process of learning occurs throughout one’s entire life.  Those who come to appreciate the joy of learning and discovery as an end in itself will find it unnecessary to obsessively focus on numerical grades as good grades will be a natural consequence of a sincere interest in learning. 

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