Fall/Winter 2018-19 course offerings

The following is a list of the MA courses planned for the three campuses in 2018-19. 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 2018-19

Fall 2018

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI650A Early Modern Military Revolutions: Readings Seminar (Darryl Dee)

The Military Revolution is a key concept in premodern history. It argues that beginning in Europe in the sixteenth century, changes in weaponry and modes of fighting provoked cultural, social and political transformations. Furthermore, the Military Revolution was a key cause for the expansion of Europe into the wider world. This seminar will critically analyze the Military Revolution. It will assess the concept’s value and determine its limits. In particular, it will ask: can the Military Revolution account for the rise of the west over the rest of the world?

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

HI656A Africa Since 1945: Nationalism, Decolonization and Development, Readings Seminar (Jeff Grischow)

This course will examine the myths and realities of nationalism, decolonization and development in Africa since 1945. Seminar readings will consist of general, continent-wide works as well as case studies from specific regions and countries. The readings will introduce students to major historiographical debates on subjects that might include the rise of nationalism, processes of decolonization, civil wars and revolutions, and postcolonial development. For the essay, students will be required to write an historiographical paper on any topic of interest from the literature on African history since 1945.

Monday 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 3-105

HI656B Divisions: U.S. Civil War Era, Readings Seminar (Dana Weiner)

The United States Civil War and its era inspire vibrant scholarship. Study of the events leading up to, during, and after the war provides something of interest to every enthusiast of history, whether one is captivated by soldiers, enslaved people, politics, gender history, economics, race, labour, class, and even immigration and western history. This course examines the slave South, northern antislavery activism, politics in the West and nationally, various soldiers’ perspectives and views on the war, the war’s impact on civilians, African Americans’ struggles for freedom and rights, and the roles of men and women in the war.

The historiography seminar begins with an assessment of antebellum politics and society, including the breakdown of national institutions during the 1850s. This includes abolitionism, the rise of the Republican Party, and westward expansion of slavery. We will place the war itself within a broad social context, including the impact of conventional and guerrilla warfare on soldiers, civilians, slaves and freed people.

Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

HI656C Military Operations in the Long 19th Century (Mark Humphries)

This course examines the history of military operations, tactics, and technology in the West during the long 19th Century, from the American Revolutionary War to the Russo-Japanese War. Students will conduct readings, participate in discussions, and complete written research assignments. In addition, there will be an experiential component to this course in which students will participate in tabletop war gaming to examine both the evolution of tactics during the course of the war as well as the limits of decision-making.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic, and Disarmament Studies (232 King St. N. Waterloo)

University of Guelph

HIST*6000 Historiography I (Susannah Ferreira)

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.

Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Location: MacKinnon Building 261

HIST*6190 Topics in Scottish History I (James Fraser)

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.

Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Location: MacKinnon Building 034A

HIST*6290 Topics in North American History (Brittany Luby)

This course examines the rise of Indigenous research methodologies in North America and invites students to engage in contemporary debates about how to best research and represent Indigenous issues in the academy. HIST*6290 will start with an examination of some of the scholarly literature on ethics. We will then turn to an examination of how different research methods align with and/or complicate federal definitions of “ethical” practice. We will also consider how issues such as gender, class, and ethnicity may influence the methods available to us. Through this, we will consider the politics of knowledge mobilization, academic freedom, intellectual theft, and intellectual protectionism.

Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Location: MacKinnon Building 119A

University of Waterloo

HIST601 Canadian History I (Heather MacDougall)

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, public 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-page analysis.

Tuesday 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Location: PAS 2084

HIST604 Theory and Practice of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency (Alex 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.

Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Location: AL 210

HIST612 Indigenous Rights and Claims (Susan Roy)

What are the experiences of Indigenous peoples across the globe? This seminar course examines the historical and political contexts of Indigenous resurgence and assertions of rights in a global perspective. We will concentrate on Canada, but also pay attention to developments around the world during the second half of the twentieth century. We will explore topics such as the emergence of international Indigenous rights movements, the origins and status of legal claims, lands and resource development conflicts, Indigenous-state relations, language and cultural revitalizations, truth and reconciliation commissions, and international political activism, including the development of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Wednesday 2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. (section 1)

Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (section 2)

Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs Room 1-31

HIST632 History of the United States (John Sbardellati)

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 half of the course, students will read and discuss key secondary sources on the history of 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 topics. The seminar will conclude with oral presentations of these projects. Grades will be based on participation in discussion, a research proposal, oral presentation & peer critique, and a research paper.

Monday 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: PAS 2085

Winter 2019

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI617A The War at Home: Home Fronts in Canada, the United States , and Great Britain: Reading Seminar (Cynthia 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 1:00 p.m. -3:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

HI625A Canada’s First Nations: Reading Seminar (Susan Neylan)

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.

Friday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

HI650B Early Modern Military Revolutions: Research Seminar (Darryl Dee)

In this seminar, students will formulate and carry out a research project on some aspect of the early modern military revolutions. Students’ ultimate goal will be to produce an article-length major research essay (30-35 pages). PREREQUISITE: HI650A

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

HI657A Divisions: U.S. Civil War Era, Research Seminar (Dana Weiner)

In History 657A students will write research papers on the topic of their choice related to the history of the Civil War Era. These papers are primarily works of independent research, but all students will consult with the professor extensively, both on topic selection and throughout the term. They are welcome to continue writing about the same topic pursued in the fall term, or take a new direction. This 30-page paper will centre on primary sources, and must also situate the analysis within the specific topic’s historiography. Students will attend scheduled individual meetings with the professor throughout the term to discuss research and writing progress. The class will reconvene toward the end of the term to present working drafts and to provide feedback to one another. PREREQUISITE: HI656B

Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 4-106

HI657B Military Operations in the Great War (Mark Humphries)

This course examines the history of British and Commonwealth military operations during the Great War, focusing on Britain and Germany in particular and addressing questions of tactics, technology, and leadership on the battlefield. Students will conduct readings, participate in discussions, and complete written research assignments. In addition, there will be an experiential component to this course in which students will participate in tabletop war gaming to examine both the evolution of tactics during the course of the war as well as the limits of decision-making.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic, and Disarmament Studies (232 King St. N. Waterloo)

University of Guelph

HIST*6191 Scottish History I Research (James Fraser)

This is an independent research course and a continuation of HIST*6190 in which students prepare an in-depth research paper based on primary sources. This course has irregular course meetings.

HIST*6370 Topis in Cultural History (Peter Goddard)

HIST*6370 proposes to pursue the theme of colony and empire. Employing techniques of transnational and transcultural history as well as theoretical approaches reflective of contemporary concerns, the course will investigate colonial and imperial processes of cultural transfer and transformation from the Roman Era to the present. These might include Roman expansion, the Carolingian and Umayyad forms; Iberian empires; British and French variants in the early modern and modern eras (“New France”; “New England”; Atlantic World; “Scramble for Africa” etc); twentieth- century Empires, as well as post-Independence “post-colonial” cultures. Participants will each take on a specific colonial, imperial or post-colonial historiography, and will explore this with the class through presentation and historiographical paper. Our objective is to understand how these recurrent political and economic structures shape cultures and human experience over the centuries and extend into the modern present.

Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Location: MCKN 342

HIST*6500 Topics in Global History (Stuart McCook)

“Food and Globalization Since 1500”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.

Monday 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

University of Waterloo

HIST602 Canadian History II (Heather MacDougall)

History 602 is a research course in Canadian history. Students will have a choice of two options to demonstrate their grasp of scholarly research and communication methods:

A. A 25-30 page research essay based on primary sources on a topic related to their thesis or MRP; and

B. An individual or group project which will research, write and produce a digital website on a topic of their choice. Previous projects have included websites which examined Waterloo Region’s participation in World War I from 1914-1915, newspaper coverage of missing and murdered indigenous women, and mapping World War I battlefields.

Both options will be graded on an individual basis and students will present either their essay or their digital project to the class to demonstrate their communication skills.

Monday 12:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Location: PAS 2085

HIST610 War and Society in the Twentieth Century Seminar (Geoff Hayes)

Weekly readings, discussions and writing exercises will introduce students to the developing field of War and Society. Our focus will be on the two world wars, with a special (but not exclusive) focus on Canada. Our view of the battlefield will be examined through different lenses that will include but not be limited to: tactics, the experience of war, memory, trauma, gender and ethnicity.

Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Location: EV1 225

HIST620 Early Modern History Seminar (Greta Kroeker)

In this course we will look at religion and violence in the Early Modern period. We will examine aspects of life on the edges of Early Modern Christianity. As a group, we will investigate the ways in which witches, heretics, reformers, Jews, pagans and others negotiated the religious and social experience of Early Modern Europe. In particular, we will focus on the ways in which Early Modern Christians and non-Christians perpetrated, negotiated, and experienced violence.

Monday 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Location: HH 259