Fall/Winter 2017-18 course offerings

The following is a preliminary list of the MA courses planned for the three campuses in 2017-18. This list is intended to provide students and potential students with information on our offerings on a regular and on-going basis.

MA courses 2017-18

Fall 2017

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI610A War and Society: Readings Seminar (R Sarty)

Monday 9:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

“War and Society” will examine the development of historical writing on war from the 1930s to the present, focussing on, but not limited to, influential works from Britain, Canada, and the United States. These include broad surveys, from the ancient world to the present, and monographs on particular conflicts from the 1860s through the end of the Second World War. Among the areas covered will be leading military theorists, warfare on land, at sea, and in the air, and home fronts.

HI696C American Popular Culture in the Twentieth Century: Reading Seminar (D. Monod)

Friday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

This course focuses on major forms of popular entertainment: vaudeville, movies, radio, television and music. In discussing examples and genres, it will introduce students to how scholars approach cultural texts. Some of the works discussed will focus on developments within the entertainment industry itself, others will look at how cultural products reflect and challenge conventional ideas about ethnicity, age, gender, race, region and class. In addition to weekly discussions and book reviews, students will prepare a critical evaluation of the literature surrounding a theme or particular media.

HI696E Nature and Environment in Canadian History (S. Zeller)

Wednesday 5:30 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

This graduate reading seminar considers how and why perceptions of nature and environment underwent dramatic changes in Canadian history, marking the transition from the colonial period of exploration and pioneer settlement, to the modern age of industrialization and urbanization, to the postmodernist critique. Selected themes include society’s changing understanding of its relations to nature and the land; changing explanations of the natural world; human transformations of environment; the background and development of conservationist policies; and climate change and the environmental movement.
 Our consideration of these themes draw upon a growing body of scholarly literature linking the natural environment historically to concurrent political, economic, social, and cultural developments, including the modernizing impact of the burgeoning forces of science, industrialization, and urbanization during the 19th and 20th centuries.

HI696G Early Modern Atlantic, 1492-1776: Reading Seminar (D. Smith)

Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

The early modern Atlantic (1492-1776) was a tumultuous oceanic community, linking together the Americas, Europe and Africa. Adopting a comparative, cross-cultural perspective, this course introduces students to the methods and historiography of Atlantic history. Themes include cross-cultural encounters, commercial networks, and political organization. While the course focuses on the Anglophone Atlantic, we also consider trends in Aboriginal, Spanish and French historiography, and the interactions among different peoples.

HI696N Gender and Sexuality in the Modern West I (M. Sibalis)

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

This reading course examines the history of gender relations and sexuality in the Western world (Western Europe and North America) since 1750. Topics will include how masculinity and femininity have been socially constructed over time, the changing patterns of sexual behaviour among elites and ordinary people, masturbation, prostitution, rape, homosexuality and lesbianism, and the sexual revolution of the 1960s-70s. Students will participate in weekly class discussions and write several short response papers (on the assigned readings) as well as a final long historiographical essay (on a topic of their choice).

University of Guelph

HIST*6020 Historiography II (Prof. Peter Goddard)

Monday 2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

This course studies the evolution of the discipline of History in the 20th and 21st centuries. It examines the intellectual, social, and political currents which have shaped the practice of academic history, with particular emphasis to understand the present frontier of the academic discipline as well as its popular practices. The course is organized to examine the major trends in modern historiography, historical research, and teaching of the past 100 years. The themes and trends include: the rise of social history in the democratic age; concepts of modernity and post-modernity; the emergence of ‘culture’ and ‘power’ as a paradigms for understanding the human past; the rise of anthropological approaches; and the influence of political and social liberation on the writing and understanding of history, in modern Western and non-Western societies

HIST*6190 Topics in Scottish History I (Prof. Elizabeth Ewan)

Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

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*6570 Health, Science, Medicine (Prof. Tara Abraham)

Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

This course will focus on the history of medicine, health, and disease in North American history through a close examination of the debates and themes that have shaped the history of medicine as a field. Our focus will be primarily on examples that cover the American context, but the Canadian sphere will be addressed as well. We will examine the changing ways in which historians have told the story of medicine, from triumphalist narratives of institutional and scientific progress, to stories that recover the voices of patients and highlight the complex relations between medicine, society, and culture. Topics will include patient histories, scientific medicine, epidemic disease, the rise of the hospital system, mental hygiene movements, professionalization, medicine and politics, public health, psychiatry, global health and the ways in which gender, race, and class intersect with medicine, health, and disease. Students will be evaluated according to seminar discussions and presentations, a peer review, and a historiographical essay. Prior experience in history of science and/or medicine is not necessary for success in this course.

HIST*6610 Tourism & Travel History (Prof. Kevin James)

Tuesday 7:00 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.

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.

HIST*6520 Topics in Latin American History (Prof. Karen Racine)

Wednesday 2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

This is a reading and discussion seminar intended to introduce students to the people, events, processes and historiographical approaches to the history of Latin America in the 19th century. Students will be given reading lists each week and will be permitted to choose to follow their own interests so the group discussion will invite a variety of viewpoints. Intended as a course at an advanced level appropriate for graduate study, no previous knowledge of Latin America is expected as a prerequisite. It is hoped that the course will permit students to broaden their knowledge of an important part of the world and also provide historical analogues that might inform their own research topics.

Weekly subjects will include: Independence in Mexico and South America, Folk Caudillos and State Development ( Paraguay, Guatemala, Mexico), Military Caudillos and State Development (Argentina, Chile, Peru), Conflict, Capitalism and the Periphery in mid-century (Caste War of the Yucatán, War of the Pacific, War of the Desert in Argentina and Chile), Mexican Liberalism and Developmentalism (Juárez, French Intervention, the Porfiriato), Brazil: Empire, Abolition and Independence, Cuba: Slavery, Abolition and Independence, 1868-1898; Travelers, Science, Development and the Folk in 19th Century, and Gender and Race in 19th c Latin America. Grade will be based on participation, two short presentations, and a 20-page paper.

University of Waterloo

HIST601 Canadian History I (G. Hayes)

In this course, students will examine the many genres of Canadian history and discuss their relevance to contemporary issues. Topics such as biographical, environmental, gender, aboriginal, regional, social and medical history will provide an introduction to current literature and its applications. In addition to participation and leadership in the weekly seminars, students will prepare a bibliographic proposal for an historiographical paper on one of the course topics, and, after it has been approved, research and write a 25 to 30-page analysis.

Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Location: EV1 225

HIST604 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency (A. Statiev)

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.

Tuesday 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Location: HH 344

HIST607 Human Rights in Historical Perspective (J. Walker)

History 607 examines developments in human rights, primarily since 1945. There are weekly discussions based on readings that will offer students an opportunity to explore such questions as: What are “human rights” and how are they different from any other rights? Where do human rights come from? Why do they change over time, and by whom and by what means are changes effected? Is there a role for the historian in explaining this process, and can the lessons of history be applied to public policy and to continuing human rights issues? Can the Canadian experience serve as a model for other societies? The focus for our study is the formation and evolution of international human rights, with attention paid to Canadian events to assess the relationship between domestic and global human rights innovations.

Wednesday 2:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Location: HH 124

H612: “Indigenous Rights: A Global Perspective” (S. Roy)

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.

Monday 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Location: HH 123

HIST632 History of the United States I (J. Sbardellati)

This M.A. reading seminar examines recent literature on the United States in the Cold War era. We will explore both traditional diplomatic/foreign relations history, but will also examine the nexus between U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics and culture. The course will proceed through four thematic stages: 1) Cold War overviews and origins; 2) race, gender, and Cold War culture; 3) turbulent decades: the 1960s and 1970s; 4] the end of the Cold War and its legacies. Students will be assessed based on participation in weekly discussions, a book review, and a 15 page historiography paper on a topic related to one or more of the course themes. Students can expect to read one core book per week for group discussion, plus additional works for their book review and historiography papers. Students are expected to attend every session, and to make thoughtful contributions in discussion and in their papers.

Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

HH 123

Winter 2018

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI610B War and Society: Research Seminar (R. Sarty)

Hi 610B, the complement to Hi 610A, will be mentored research. Students will be welcome to develop well-focused topics from the Hi610A readings, but may choose any other war and society topic, from the ancient world to the present. The main criterion will be the availability of sufficient primary source material to test and build on findings in the secondary literature. PREREQUISITE: HI610A

Monday 9:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

HI617A The War at Home: Home Fronts in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain: Reading Seminar (C. Comacchio)

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. 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 April.

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin woods Building 4-106

HI696D American Popular Culture in the Twentieth Century: Research Seminar (D. Monod)

This course is the research companion to the reading course on American Popular Culture in the Twentieth Century and is open only to students who successfully complete the reading course. Students will be guided in the writing of a research essay focusing on an aspect of American popular culture. They may choose to work on topics such as a television series, a comic strip, or a particular movie star. They may also prepare institutional histories, looking at such topics as the regulation of competition in the entertainment industry or the impact of new technologies in particular sectors. Students will also prepare a critical evaluation of primary sources related to their research topic. PREREQUISITE: HI696C

Friday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

HI696H Early Modern Atlantic, 1492-1776: Research Seminar (D. Smith)

The early modern Atlantic generated a vast archive of material, including governmental sources, personal letters and correspondence, business papers, visual representations, and political communications. While earlier generations printed many of the key documents, digitization has made a much greater range of these remarkable records widely available. Students will explore these archives, focusing on the Anglophone Atlantic and produce a research paper touching on an emerging aspect of Atlantic history. Occasional group meetings to discuss drafts and progress will supplement individual, one-on-one meetings with the instructor. PREREQUISITE: HI696G

Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

HI696P Gender and Sexuality in the Modern West II (A. Milne-Smith)

In this research seminar, students will make practical use of what they learned in the first term by working on primary and secondary sources under the guidance of the instructor to produce an article-length paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor. This topic may be in American, Canadian, British, or Western European history. The class will meet at the start of term to discuss the process of research and writing. In the following weeks, students will meet individually with the instructor. Toward the end of term, the class will meet together over several weeks so that students can present drafts of their papers for general discussion and constructive criticism from their colleagues before submitting a final, polished draft to be marked by the instructor. PREREQUISITE: HI696N

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

University of Guelph

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*6230 Canada: Culture and Society (Prof. Linda Mahood)

This course examines the changing field of academic research in the history of childhood and youth, with a particular focus on Canada. Case studies, books, journal articles and material artefacts will cover a wide range of methodologies and global and theoretical perspectives. The goal is discover the value of age as a variable in history and expand understandings and analysis of how youth cultures intersect with adult institutions and spread locally, nationally and globally. You will be able to write your final essay on the geographical area of your choice.

Wednesday 2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

HIST*6521 Latin America History Research (Prof. Karen Racine)

[Note: This is an independent research course which does not have regular weekly meetings.]
Continuation of HIST*6520 in which students prepare an in-depth research paper based on primary sources. PREREQUISITE: HIST*6520

HIST*6550 Rural History (Prof. Catharine Wilson)

The countryside was not the city in overalls; it had its own complex trajectory intersecting with the rest of society in interesting and surprising ways. This seminar introduces you to the social, cultural and economic themes of rural history. You will explore the environment, gender, cultural traditions, material artifacts, consumption and production – and how these relate to community and identity. You’ll write a research paper, create your own radio show, and participate in seminars. As such you’ll be learning to communicate your findings in a variety of formats and engage the community.

This term, your research paper and radio show are based on old diaries associated with the Rural Diary Archive website. The power of these sources centers on their immediacy and your assignments provide an intimate encounter with daily life. You will learn the skills and value of micro-historical analysis and test previous interpretations. The essay exercise is designed to heighten your detective and analytical skills and increase your critical assessment of diaries as primary sources. You will reveal the meanings found within these texts and creatively relate diarists’ lives to the themes found in the seminar readings. In creating a radio show you will imaginatively share aspects of your research paper with the public. Staff members at our campus radio station, CFRU, will teach you the skills of script-writing and using a sound board. The best shows will be aired on CFRU.

In weekly seminars you will engage in the field’s finest literature and hone your skills of critical analysis, intellectual independence, integrative communication and leadership. You will take your reading skills to new levels as you probe how authors develop their thesis and make their case studies relevant to larger historical narratives. These are valuable skills that you can apply to your essay assignment, radio show, and take with you into your MRP or MA.

Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

HIST*6580 Health, Science, Medicine Research (Prof. Tara Abraham)

[Note: This is an independent research course which does not have regular weekly meetings.]
Continuation of HIST*6570 in which students prepare an in-depth research paper based on primary sources. PREREQUISITE: HIST*6570

University of Waterloo

HIST602 Canadian History II (G. HAYES)

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.

Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Location: PAS (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology Building) 2084

HIST6xx Environmental History, Preindustrial (S. Bednarski) CANCELLED


HIST627 Modern European History II (G. Bruce)

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.

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Location: PAS (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology Building) 2084

HIST633 Research Seminar (A. Hunt)

This goal of this seminar is to help you conceive, plan, research, write and present an original work of scholarship on a topic of your choice in United States history. You should select a topic that is: a) of interest to you; b) for which accessible secondary and primary sources exist; c) which constitutes an original contribution to historical scholarship; and d) which can be completed in a semester. You will be asked to prepare a research design (proposal), followed by a journal-quality research paper of approximately 24-30 pages, not including footnotes.

Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Location: PAS (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology Building) 2084