Fall/Winter 2016-17 course offerings

The following is a list of the MA courses planned for the three campuses in 2016-17. While courses, schedules, and content can be subject to change, the list is intended to provide students and potential students with information on our offerings on a regular and on-going basis.

MA courses 2016-17

Fall 2016

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI617A The War at Home: Home Fronts in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain: Reading Seminar

Cynthia Comacchio
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Room: Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB) 4-106

The concept of a “home front” was first articulated during the Great War, with reference to the required participation of civilians to support the war effort, ideologically and materially. The war at home, consequently, was integral to military victory while greatly affecting the everyday lives of home front participants and their customary community practices in diverse ways, and with lasting impact. The first semester of this two-semester course is a historiography seminar. We will draw from a weekly list of readings, including a featured monograph that considers the sociocultural, economic and political aspects of the two world wars in relation to Canada, Great Britain and the United States. Such themes and concepts as class, gender, race, age, generation, family, sexuality, popular culture, and collective memory will be explored through select readings. Particular attention will be paid to the subject’s development through the recently-established interdisciplinary field of “home front studies.” A historiographical review will be the major assignment, due in December.

HI625A Canada’s First Nations: Reading Seminar

Susan Neylan
Mondays 10:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Room: Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB) 4-106

This historiography course focuses on recent trends in First Nations of Canada’s historiography, from tales since time immemorial to the (post) colonial gaze. A selected number of themes and approaches will be considered with special attention given to understanding how Indigenous History is (re)interpreted by a variety of disciplines and by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous historians. These include the politics of Indigenous identities; demythologizing historical narratives (e.g. Wendat/Huron dispersal; treaty-making and resettlement; Indigenous-Settler relations); storytelling and oral histories; colonialism; collaborative methodologies; and how historians have reckoned Indigenous historical consciousness.

HI696Y Violence in Asian History: Reading Seminar

Blaine Chiasson
Mondays 2:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
Room: Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB) 4-106

In this course students will explore the academic scholarship on violence in 19th and 20th century Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian history, in particular state-based collective violence at the moments of historical rupture and the foundation of new states and ruling ideologies. Historiographical themes covered by recent works include the role violence plays in constructing new national identities; identities of outsider and insider; the utility of violence as a means to nationalize populations; the relationship between cultures and history in the context of nation-statehood; and finally the post colonial context of the establishment of the nation-state.

University of Guelph

HIST*6000 Historiography I

Prof. Susannah Ferreira
Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m., ANNU Room 002

This course will introduce students to some of the approaches and methods of historical writing in the Western tradition from the classical period through to the end of the nineteenth century. By reading a variety of famous histories, students will discuss how and why subject matter, style and methods of writing history have changed over the centuries. By the end of the course, students will better understand how history has been conceived and interpreted in the past and demonstrate an awareness of the political utility of collective memory. By considering how past societies have read, written and interpreted the past, students will develop their own skills in historical analysis and writing. Through their writing students will demonstrate an awareness of how political and cultural context shape how historians write about the past. Through discussion students will reflect on what we can learn from the history of the discipline.

HIST*6190 Topics in Scottish History I

Prof. Elizabeth Ewan
Mondays 7:00 p.m. – 9:50 p.m., CRSC Room 101

This course provides an introduction to Scottish history, its themes, debates, and sources. The period covered will depend on the research interests of the students in the course. Usually it ranges from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, with much emphasis on the medieval and early modern period. The course will begin with an overview of Scottish history, involving student presentations on particular periods. Students will be introduced to the skills required for using Scottish primary sources and given some practical experience in using them, both in reading historic handwriting and in analysing them. Drawing on documents from the University of Guelph’s Scottish Collection, students will choose a particular document and present their findings to the class. The final part of the course examines particular themes in Scottish history, with students being asked to relate their own thesis/MRP work to the issues under discussion. The themes chosen will depend on the research interests of the students in the course. For example, a student working on Canadian urban history could examine Scottish urban history; a student working on the Scottish Wars of Independence could examine work on Anglo-Scottish relations in the Middle Ages. Among other potential topics are the history of crime, women’s history, religious history, crown-noble relations, the Reformation, and national identity.

HIST*6290 North American History

“North American Tourism”
Prof. Alan Gordon
Thursdays 2:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m., MCKN Room 261

This course will focus on the history of North American tourism. The seminar will explore the development of tourism from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. We will examine the development of the infrastructure, business, marketing, and enjoyment of tourism and leisure pursuits over the course of 200 years. We will focus on Canada and the United States, however there will also be some engagement with Mexico and the Caribbean. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of heritage tourism and the connections between public history and the tourist trade. Seminar preparation will involve the reading of at least one book and 3-4 articles per week. Discussions will involve analyses of key primary and secondary historical sources. Each student will be expected to come to class ready to participate in discussions, having read and understood the assigned readings.

There will be two short and one long written assignments. The major written assignment will be a historiographical essay on a subject of the student’s choosing (but related to North American tourism). Students also have the option to produce a primary source based research essay by registering for the research extension (independent studies) in W17.

HIST*6370 Topics in Cultural History

“Tourism and Travel in Historical Perspective”
Prof. Kevin James
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Room TBD

This course explores the experiences and literatures of tourism and travel in historical perspective, focusing on the evolution of the commercial hostelry in various forms and national/transnational settings. You are welcome to choose a period and area of study of interest to you; we will be engaged in seminar reading, as well as hands-on archival visits, historical street tours of the motel, hotel and boarding house landscape, and other experiential learning opportunities.

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • examined a broad range of perspectives on the evolution of the hotel as a social, cultural and commercial institution, from a variety of disciplines including sociology, architecture, geography, and history;
  • critically appraised the relationship of the hotel to travel practices in specific national and transnational contexts;
  • critically evaluated the evolution of writing about the hotel as public space, from the late nineteenth century to the present day, and embedded your understanding of those waves of scholarship within specific historical contexts;
  • surveyed the expansive range of primary materials that may be incorporated within original research into the history of the hotel, appreciating the widening textual field used in tourism and travel history, from architecture to maps and ‘ephemera’; and
  • refined and practised skills of oral and written communication in the development of a major research paper incorporating a critical literature review.

University of Waterloo

Hist 601 A: Major Problems in Canadian Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century

Ryan Touhey
Mondays 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Through an examination of key flash points, controversies, and personalities, this seminar will examine the evolution of Canadian foreign relations during the twentieth century. The seminar will use specific case studies i.e. the impact of the World Wars, the Great Depression; rise of the dictators; the Cold War; decolonization; peacekeeping to trace how Canadian governments and the Canadian public have dealt with global conflict and change. In doing so, we will consider how historically rooted foreign policy myths and realities affect the conduct of Canadian foreign relations in the present day. The seminar will expose students to schools of Canadian foreign policy thought, including new literature that explores how cultural relations, race, and national identity have shaped Canada’s perceptions of the world and subsequently its overseas relationships.

H604: “Theory and Practice of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: Historical and Contemporary Issues

Alexander Statiev
Mondays 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This seminar offers a comparative analysis of insurgency and counterinsurgency from the 19th century to the present. It examines resistance to foreign invaders in Europe, the century of rebellion in Mexico in 1810-1917, anti-colonial wars of national liberation, Marxist revolutionary movements in South-East Asia and Latin America, the upsurge of Islamic fundamentalism and urban guerrilla warfare. The course will focus on the sources of insurgencies, their nature and the support they drew from various social groups. In each case, the government’s response will also be investigated. We will analyse theories of guerrilla thinkers and pacification models and pay particular attention to the gap between intended and actual policies, and the plight of civilians caught in crossfire.

H610: “The Impact of War in the 20th Century”

Geoff Hayes
Tuesdays 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This course will explore the impact of twentieth century war on the English-speaking world, especially Canada. It will introduce students to the many ways in which historians have studied the First and Second World Wars, but also other conflicts. Our seminar presentations and research papers will sample the ‘old military history’ of tactics and strategy, but we will also sample the ‘new military history’ that focuses on the social, and cultural impact of war. 

H633: “Research Seminar in Modern U.S. History: Secret History: Inside the FBI and CIA”
John Sbardellati
Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This hybrid reading and research seminar introduces students to the benefits and challenges of conducting research in the declassified files of the U.S. national security state, focusing in particular on the investigative and intelligence branches, most notably the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In the first part of the course, students will read and discuss key secondary sources on these agencies. Students will then proceed to build on this historiographical foundation by developing their own research projects utilizing available online primary sources. These projects may explore political, cultural, social and/or international themes. The seminar will conclude with oral presentations of these projects. Grades will be based on participation in discussion, a research proposal, oral presentation and peer critique, and a 20 page research paper.

H660: “Topics in Transnational and Global History

Douglas Peers

This course will focus on temporal and geographic scales of analysis outside of traditional national histories, and promotes linking the local and the global. It looks at global forces influencing particular societies and vice versa, and encourages perspectives outside conventional regional and national boundaries. We will critically consider a number of the metanarratives that have informed and continue to inform historiography, particularly ideas such as modernity, progress, civilization, globalization, and the on-going preoccupation with the ‘rise of the west’. Weekly seminars will begin with a discussion of the possibilities offered by as well as the limits to transnational/global/world history and the various interpretative frameworks which have emerged. Themes/case studies may include: gender and imperialism, industrialization and modernization, famine and climatic change, disease and ecology, nationalism and social protest, military technology and governmentality, global trade and the rise of consumer society(s), diasporas and cultural identities.

    Winter 2017

    Wilfrid Laurier University

    HI617B The War at Home: Home Fronts in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain: Research Seminar

    Cynthia Comacchio

    Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. [Note: This is an independent research course which does not have regular weekly meetings, but when it does meet it will meet at this time and place]

    Room: Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB) 4-106

    The concept of a “home front” was first articulated during the Great War, with reference to the required participation of civilians to support the war effort, ideologically and materially. The war at home, consequently, was integral to military victory while greatly affecting the everyday lives of home front participants and their customary community practices in diverse ways, and with lasting impact. Building upon the first term’s historiography seminar, this course will consist of independent research, based on a research proposal submitted for approval the first week of January. The outcome will be a 25-30 page paper that explores an original topic related to the first term’s subject matter, and is based on primary research. PREREQUISITE: HI617A

    HI625B Canada’s First Nations: Research Seminar

    Susan Neylan

    Mondays 10:00 a.m. -12:50 p.m. [Note: This is an independent research course which does not have regular weekly meetings, but when it does meet it will meet at this time and place]

    Room: Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB) 4-106

    Hi625B further develops the content and experiences students were introduced to in Hi625A, the Historiography of Canada’s First Nations, by allowing them to engage in doing Native history themselves. In this research seminar students will formulate a research project and process for a topic in Canadian First Nations’ History of their choosing. With close and regular consultations with the instructor, through presentations and peer-reviewing of their fellow students’ work, the ultimate goal of this course is the production of an article-length major research essay (30-35 pages). PREREQUISITE: HI625A

    HI696Z Violence in Asian History: Research Seminar

    Blaine Chiasson

    Mondays 2:30 pm. - 5:20 p.m. [Note: This is an independent research course which does not have regular weekly meetings, but when it does meet it will meet at this time and place]

    Room: Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB) 4-106

    Building upon exposure to the historiography of violence in Asian History as covered in HI696Y, this research seminar gets students to devise a primary source based project culminating in an article-length research essay. Students are free to select their own topics related to the theme of violence in 19th and 20th century Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian history. This course also includes regular progress meetings with the instructor, presentations, and peer assessment. PREREQUISITE: HI696Y

    University of Guelph

    HIST*6230 Canada: Culture and Society
    “Nationalisms and Identities, Commemorations and Celebrations”
    Thursday’s 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in MACN 202
    Prof. Matthew Hayday

    As Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, this course will focus on the evolution of nationalisms and identities in Canadian history, with an emphasis on how competing nationalisms and identities have shaped the country’s politics, society and culture. One of the great conundrums of Canadian history has been the struggle to define its identity. Indeed, it is probably more accurate to speak in the plural about identities, since region, language, culture, ethnicity, gender and many other factors have all contributed to the fashioning of both national and subnational identities in Canada, and have also, over time, contributed to competing nationalisms.

    The course will start with an examination of some of the major scholarly literature on nationalism and identity politics. We will then turn to an examination of how different nationalisms have arisen and competed in Canada since Confederation, including British-Canadian nationalism, French-Canadian conceptions of dualism and biculturalism, Québécois neo-nationalism and separatism, Aboriginal nationalisms, and provincial/regional identities. We will also be considering how issues such as gender, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation have interacted with and shaped these nationalisms. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural and political manifestations of these identities and how they have evolved over time. We will examine such cultural phenomena as commemorations (the tercentenary of Quebec, Canada’s 1967 centennial, provincial anniversaries etc.), holidays (Dominion Day/Canada Day, Quebec’s Fête Nationale/St-Jean-Baptiste Day, Victoria Day, Empire Day, Acadian National Day (Aug 15), Labour Day, etc.), flag debates, anthems, parades, monuments and other public manifestations of national and regional identities. Through this, we will explore the various ways in which Canada’s national, regional and other identities have evolved, interacted and competed through its history, and consider the impacts that nationalisms and identity politics have had on the country’s development.

    HIST 6500: Topics In Global History

    Food and Globalization Since 1500
    Monday’s 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in MACN 202
    Prof. Stuart McCook

    The global history of food is a key case of globalization, and also sheds lights on broader trends in globalization and global history. For centuries now, some foods have been globally traded, linking diverse economies, polities, and cultures. This course will use global food history to explore the changing patterns and processes of global history and global trade over the past five centuries. We will explore the changing relations between producers, intermediaries, and consumers across the globe – and the relations between members of these groups. We will consider how global trade was shaped by different institutions, such as empires, nations, corporations, and organized social movements. We will look at how food commodity chains were shaped by the dominant international political and economic regimes (mercantilism, liberalism, neoliberalism, etc). The course will also explore the role of culture, ideas, taste, aesthetics, and values in shaping the globalization of food.

    HIST*6191 Scottish History I Research

    Prof. Elizabeth Ewan

    [Note: This is an independent research course which does not have regular weekly meetings.]

    Continuation of HIST*6190 in which students prepare an in-depth research paper based on primary sources.

    Prerequisite: HIST*6190

    HIST*6291 North American History Research

    Prof. Alan Gordon

    [Note: This is an independent research course which does not have regular weekly meetings.]

    Continuation of HIST*6290 in which students prepare an in-depth research paper based on primary sources.

    Prerequisite: HIST*6290

    HIST*6371 Cultural History Research

    Prof. Kevin James

    [Note: This is an independent research course which does not have regular weekly meetings.]

    Continuation of HIST*6370 in which students prepare an in-depth research paper based on primary sources.

    Prerequisite: HIST*6370

    University of Waterloo

    H602: “Canadian History Projects Course”

    Ian Milligan
    Location/Day/Time: PAS 2085, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

    History 602 is an applied research course in Canadian history. Students will receive an introduction to research methods: archives, digital methods, and other primary source repositories in the field. We will also cover dissemination methods, from conventional scholarly publications to digital platforms. Students will then have a choice of two options to demonstrate their grasp of research methods:

    (a) A 25-30 page research essay based on primary sources;

    (b) Or a digital project of equivalent size and scope. In the past, these have included video games and digital exhibits, done either individually or in small groups.

    Both options will be graded on an individual basis.

    H612: “Indigenous Rights: A Global Perspective”

    Susan Roy
    Location/day/time: Hagey Hall 124, Monday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

    What are the experiences of Indigenous peoples across the globe? This course examines the historical and political background of Indigenous rights in a comparative and global perspective. We will focus on developments around the world after WWII, covering areas such as the emergence of the international Indigenous rights movements, the status of legal claims, lands and resource development conflicts, Indigenous-state relations, language and cultural revitalization, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, and international political activism, including the development of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    H620 “Religion and Violence in Early Modern Europe”

    Greta Kroeker
    Location/Day/Time: Hagey Hall 123, Friday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

    “Religion and Violence in Early Modern Europe” explores the ways in which early modern peoples experienced the religious changes and upheavals caused by the Reformations, forced expulsions, and inquisitions of the period.

    H627: “German Dictatorships in the 20th Century”

    Oliver Haller
    Location/day/time: Hagey Hall 124, Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

    History 627 compares the two German dictatorships of the 20th century through an examination of various topics, including societal support, the secret police, education, repression, and resistance. The goal of the course is not to equate the dictatorships– that would lead to a relativizing of the Nazi dictatorship – but rather to use comparative history to better understand each dictatorship on its own terms.

    H632: “Reading Seminar in Modern U.S. History Since 1945”

    Andrew Hunt
    Location/day/time: Hagey Hall 123, Mondays, 2:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

    This Masters seminar on the United States Since 1945 is intended to offer you a broad introduction to the graduate study of contemporary American History. I have three goals in this course: to introduce you to key topics in American history, and the methods, ideas, and disagreements that shape them; to cultivate the practice of critical reading, evaluation, and inquiry; and to help you write as clearly and economically as possible. The principal component of each class meeting will be a detailed discussion of the assigned reading; in general, you will be reading a book a week, which is pretty typical for the MA level. You should come to class well prepared to discuss the content, strengths, and weaknesses of the readings and the theoretical, methodological, and historiographical orientations of their authors.

    H691: “Global Intimacies”
    Prof. Howard Chiang
    Location/day/time: Hagey Hall 123, Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    This graduate seminar provides a critical introduction to the history of gender, sexuality, and intimate relations in the modern world. It pays special attention to the production of knowledge, the operation of power, and how they relate to the construction of personhood and the body as sites of meaning-making, grounds for political struggle, loci of cultural identity and social conflict, objects of scientific study and legal regulation, and guarantors of human difference. A key agenda of this course is to develop the intellectual capacity to bring questions conventionally directed towards the private/intimate sphere to bear on historical narratives and analyses concerning macro-structural transformations. This involves the careful interrogation of the concepts, categories, and questions used by scholars in the past and present, always measured against a varying body of empirical evidence. As such, a more general objective of this course is to cultivate the appropriate tools for rigorous critical historical thinking.