MA Courses 2012-13

The following is a preliminary list of the MA courses planned for the three campuses in 2012-13. Modifications in the course offerings will occur and (where anticipated) are noted below. The list is intended to provide students with information on our offerings on a regular and on-going basis.


Fall 2012

University of Waterloo

HIST 601 – Canadian History I (W. Mitchinson)
Wed 10:30am-12:20pm, Room: HH 119

In recent years, historians have become intrigued by the challenges and potential of cultural studies. At a time when Canadian historiography appears polarized between a social history that focuses on the peoples of Canada and a political history that privileges the nation state, cultural studies offers a broad synthesis that brings a new and, some would argue, richer understanding of what is has meant to be Canadian in the past. Part of cultural studies is popular history.

History 601 will examine various topics in the popular history of Canada. Largely focusing on the twentieth century, it will examine subjects such as sport, sexuality (male and female), youth culture, the media, the image of Canadian heroes (eg. the Mounties), and material culture including the foods we eat (eg. the donut).

The course will meet for weekly seminars. Students will be expected to participate in the discussion of the readings and to help ‘lead’ one of the seminars. In addition there will be small additional assignments that focus on famous Canadian figures in pop culture and/or an analysis of some aspect of Canadian popular culture (a film, a book, a TV programme, a sports team etc.). The main written assignment will be a short historiographic paper (10 pages) that focuses on some aspect of popular culture.

Antireq: HIST 403A (UW) – taken with Professor Mitchinson since 2006

HIST 604 – Theory and Practice of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: Historical and Contemporary Issues (A. Statiev)
Mon 11:30am-01:20pm, Room: AL 210

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 analyze 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.

HIST 610 – War and Society in the Twentieth Century I (G. Hayes)
Mon 2:30-04:20pm, Room: HH 345

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, as well as other conflicts. Our seminar presentations and research papers will sample the ‘old military history’ of tactics and strategy, and we will also examine the ‘new military history’ that focuses on the social, economic and cultural impact of war.

HIST 632 – History of the United States I (J. Sbardellati)
Thurs 11:30am-1:20pm, Room: HH 119

This masters readings seminar on modern U.S. history offers an introduction to recent literature on post-1945 American political, diplomatic, and cultural history. Key themes include: the Cold War at home and abroad; the civil rights movement; the fracturing of liberalism; the rise of conservatism; gender and the family; religion and consumerism; and contested definitions of citizenship. Students will be assessed based on participation in discussions, a weekly précis assignment, and a 12-15 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 an additional work for the précis assignment. Students will also be tasked with leading group discussion once during the term. Students are expected to attend every session, and to contribute thoughtful analysis in discussion and in their papers.

HIST 691 – Transnational and Global History: Old Problems and New Directions (D. Peers)
Wed 6:30pm-08:20pm, Room: HH 119

History as a profession and a discipline is intimately linked to the rise of the nation-state and began to coalesce around the time of the zenith of European imperialism. Not surprisingly, it has tended to employ the nation state as its fundamental referent, or at least used the nation-state as a convenient framing device. Intellectual trends, such as post-modernism and post-colonialism, and historical events, such as the ending of the Cold War, globalization, environmental degradation that knows no political boundaries, and mass migrations and the ensuing diasporas, have called into question conventional teleology as well as the practice of constraining ourselves to national boundaries, and provoked historians to think through and across the national and regional boundaries that have hitherto occupied our attention.

This course examines transnational and global historical processes, focussing 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 encourages students to place themselves outside conventional local, regional, and national boundaries, and will critically consider a number of the metanarratives that have informed and continue to inform historiography, particularly ideas such as modernity, progress, and the ongoing preoccupation with the ‘rise of the west’. Given these questions, and the almost endless scope of a course that purports to take the world as its focal point, weekly seminars will begin with a discussion of the possibilities offered by as well as the limits to transnational/global/world history, the various interpretative frameworks in use and their proponents as well as the challenges that transnational/global/world history poses. We will then focus on particular case studies or themes so as to promote discussion that is as much historiographical as it is historical. Such themes/case studies may include: feminism and imperialism, famine and climatic change, disease and ecology, military technology and governmentality, global trade and the rise of consumer society(s), colonial knowledge and shifting ideas of race.

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI696K – The Memory and Legacy of World War Two in Europe: Reading Seminar (E. Plach)
Wed 11:30am – 2:20pm, Room: DAWB 3-108

In this fall-term reading seminar we will survey the literature pertaining to the memory and legacy of World War Two in Europe. We will examine the various ways in which World War Two was remembered, repressed, subverted, and / or commemorated in the postwar, and will focus on the ways that “remembering and forgetting” shaped attempts to rebuild political and social life. Our approach will be broadly comparative and will focus on examples from both western and eastern Europe (Germany, France, Britain, Poland, and Russia, for instance). Students will read the equivalent of one monograph a week, and they will write on selected aspects of the historiography.

HI696M – Culture and Identity in Ontario, 1791-1945 – Part I (A. Crerar)
Wed 2:30 – 5:20pm, Room: DAWB 4-108

History 696M is a course of selected readings in the history of Ontario from the aftermath of the American Revolution to the end of the Second World War. The emphasis will be on aspects of culture and identity, defined broadly, including topics relating to the development of political culture, the growth of the state, the development of class identities, evolving ideas of cultural pluralism, the uses of historical memory, and expressions of anti-modernism.

HI696R – Making of the Modern Middle East – Part I (G. Brockett)
Wed 2:30 – 5:20pm, Room: DAWB 3-108

The goal of this seminar is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the modern Middle East that will be useful to them whatever path they follow after completing the MA. We will discuss the main themes in the region’s twentieth century history, and try to make sense of the multiple conflicting interpretations and arguments. Ultimately students will be equipped to engage and explain current events in light of recent history. We will explore the resources available to students so that they can undertake meaningful research even though they do not read Middle Eastern languages. Students will have the opportunity to craft a research project that suits their interests and that might become the foundation for the required Major Research Project.

University of Guelph

Hist 6000 – Historiography 1 (J. Palsetia)
Tues 2:30-5:30pm, Room: MACK 314

The course examines history as a cultural product whose narrative alters depending on the writer. The course aims to introduce students to the broad topic of historiography as a discipline regulative of the historical sciences. The course examines primary and secondary source readings that cover the ancient and medieval, and early modern periods of world history. Particular emphasis will be given to the ideology and purpose of historical composition, forms of historical discourse, schemas of history, and conceptions and techniques of historical verification.

EUR 6070 – Topics in Comparative European Culture – European Cinema (A. McDougall)
Wed 2:30-5:20pm, Room: MACK 312

This course focuses on 12 seminal works in European cinema, examining the cultural, socio-economic, and political conditions in which the films were made and their ultimate historical and artistic importance. The selected films cover a wide geographic and temporal range, from early Soviet and German cinema to contemporary works by some of Europe’s leading directors.

Hist 6190 – Topics in Scottish History 1 (E. Ewan)
Thurs 2:30pm – 5:20pm, Room: MACK 308

This course introduces students to the study of Scottish history. Specific topics and time periods covered will depend on the interests and areas of study of those in the class. The course begins with an overview of Scottish history. This is followed by discussion and practice in using historical documents and the art of reading manuscript materials. Using the rich resources of the University Library’s Scottish Collection, we will look at how to mine the material in specific Scottish documents. Each student will choose a specific document on which to work. Finally, the course will examine the historiography of various topics, with each student choosing one area of interest.

Hist 6320 – Canada: Culture and Society (A. Gordon)
Mon 11:30pm to 2:30pm, Room: MACK 314

This year’s theme will be spectacle, spectators, and display.  The course will entail a cultural history examination of a variety of spectacles and performances from Canada’s past.  Weekly seminars will be devoted to student presentations on specific titles, and discussion built around common themes in the readings.  In addition, attention will be paid to the methodology of cultural history.  Written assignments will include a book review essay and a research paper on a specific spectacle or performance to be determined by the student in consultation with the professor.  The research paper must be based on original, primary source research.

Hist 6500 – Topics in Global History (F. Kolapo)
Tues 11:30am-2:20pm, Room: MINS B37

This seminar course will explore, in global terms, selected major historical processes that have shaped our societies. The readings and discussions will be geared towards identifying the interconnectedness between and among continents, peoples and nations, and the patterns and impact these interactions have had across the globe over the past 5 centuries. We will be examining a selection out of such topics of change and continuity as the overtime global exchanges of people, goods, money; disease, and of political, religious, cultural and intellectual ideas and how technological and demographic changes  have impacted on the environment. The point of view will be decidedly global – examining the local within the context of the global whole.

 

Winter 2013

University of Waterloo

HIST 602 – Canadian History II (W. Mitchinson)
Time and Location: TBA

History 602 is a research course in Canadian Social History/ Popular Culture. Students will write a primary research paper on a topic of their choosing in one or other of those areas. The paper should be approximately 25-30 pages, typed double-spaced, in length. To assist in this process we will meet several times during the term to discuss different stages of the research and writing. You will critique each other’s work and marks will be based not just on the final version of the paper but its various stages and the contributions each of you brings to the assessment of the work of your colleagues. We will meet and have an archival tour in the first week of classes. After the first class, time the course will revolve around each student’s writing and the class responding to a formal topic proposal and bibliography, a detailed outline, a rough draft of the paper, and a final draft. Marks will be 1/3 based on process and 2/3 based on the final paper. Strongly suggested if possible is that you choose a topic that will be connected to your thesis or MRP subject.

HIST 606 – International Development in Historical Perspective (B. Muirhead)
Time and Location: TBA

This course examines the theory of international development and how it has been applied in practice. As well, students will assess the records of various international actors in terms of their success or failure in providing development assistance. They will also study the interactions between international organizations, states, non-governmental organizations and more informal interest groups through their involvement in overseas development assistance. Finally, the role played by the Cold War in determining Overseas Development Assistance priorities will be examined.

HIST 611 – War and Society in the Twentieth Century II (G. Hayes)
Time and Location: TBA

History 611 forms the research component of the course. Students will write a research paper based on primary sources on a topic chosen with the professor’s consultation. The paper will be approximately 30-35 pages in length (7500-9000 words). The class will meet throughout the term to discuss the process of research and writing. Each student will also present his or her working drafts to the class for discussion. Marks will be based on the quality of constructive comment raised in each class, as well as on the final paper submitted at term’s end.

HIST 620 – Early Modern History I (G. Kroeker)
Time and Location: TBA

This seminar will explore the relationship between religion and violence in Early Modern Europe and will focus on the interaction of religion and violence in the contexts of the European Witch Craze, transatlantic
encounters, and the Reformations. Students will be expected to read deeply in the historiography, write analyses of assigned works, lead discussions, and produce a historiographical paper.

HIST 633 – History of the United States II (J. Sbardellati)
Time and Location: TBA

This masters research seminar tasks students with completing a research paper (25-30 pages) on a topic of their choosing in modern US history. As this course is designed to flow from History 632, students are encouraged, but not required, to build upon their knowledge from that course and pursue topics related to the themes covered the previous term. This paper must demonstrate both the student’s familiarity with the relevant secondary literature as well as his or her ability to locate and analyze primary sources. Within the first few weeks of the term, students will formulate a manageable research project (prospectus). The prospectus should include: an identification of the research topic; the central question(s) motivating the study; and a bibliography consisting of relevant primary and secondary sources.

For the remainder of the term, we will meet periodically as a group and in individual consultations as we discuss the progress of your projects. Near the end of the term, students will deliver oral presentations of their papers, as well as oral commentaries of work conducted by their peers. Given that these presentations will occur before the final due date of the project, this will necessitate that each student completes a rough draft for distribution to the class one week before their scheduled presentation date. Students should make use of the critical feedback they receive during presentations when polishing their final drafts.

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI696L – The Memory and Legacy of World War Two in Europe: Research Seminar (E. Plach)
Wed 11:30am – 2:20pm, Room: DAWB 3-108

In this winter-term seminar, students will work on a research topic that evolves out of the material they covered in the fall-term reading seminar. Students will define their own area of interest and will work with primary sources.

HI696N – Culture and Identity in Ontario, 1791-1945 – Part II (A. Crerar)
Wed 2:30 – 5:20pm, Room: DAWB 4-108

The central assignment of History 696N is the writing of a major research paper based on primary sources on some aspect of the history of Ontario from 1791 to 1945. The seminar is structured into stages to lead students through this task, including: the definition of a suitable research question; an introduction to archival work; the preparation of a proposal; the workshopping of preliminary research; the organizing and writing of a work of original research; and the oral presentation of one’s findings to the class in a conference-like colloquium. A trip to the Archives of Ontario in Toronto is planned for January.

HI696S – Making of the Modern Middle East – Part II (G. Brockett)
Wed 2:30 – 5:20pm, Room: DAWB 3-108

The goal of this seminar is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the modern Middle East that will be useful to them whatever path they follow after completing the MA. We will discuss the main themes in the region’s twentieth century history, and try to make sense of the multiple conflicting interpretations and arguments. Ultimately students will be equipped to engage and explain current events in light of recent history. We will explore the resources available to students so that they can undertake meaningful research even though they do not read Middle Eastern languages. Students will have the opportunity to craft a research project that suits their interests and that might become the foundation for the required Major Research Project.

University of Guelph

HIST 6020 – Historiography II (P. Goddard)
Tues 11:30am – 2:30 pm, Location: TBA

This course studies the evolution of the discipline of History in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries.  We want to study the intellectual currents which have shaped the practice of academic history, and we especially seek to understand the present frontier of disciplinary activity, together with its prospects for growth and renewal.

In Winter 2013, the course will be organized around the themes which have served to catalyse historical research and teaching in the past 100 years.  Such stimuli include the rise of social history in the democratic age; the emergence of “culture” and “power” as a paradigms for understanding the human past; the rise of anthropological approaches; the influence of political liberation, both within modern western societies, and in their colonial adjuncts.  We also want to find out what “postmodernism” has meant for our practice, and how to understand the relations between literary practice and the work of the historian.

HIST6191 – Topics in Scottish History: Research Seminar (E. Ewan)
Time & Location: TBA

In this course, a research project is carried out over one semester on a topic in Scottish history. The aim is for the student to acquire practice in the advanced research and writing skills required for independent research at the graduate level. It is designed so the student can explore a topic of his/her choice, demonstrate a thorough grasp of the secondary literature on the topic, engage with the primary sources, and arrive at an original conclusion on the topic.

HIST6230 – Canada: Culture and Society (C. Wilson)
Thurs., 2:30 to 5:30pm, Location: TBA

This seminar is an introduction to Canadian Rural History. 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. Engage important debates in the historiography, and learn about rural culture and society by analyzing 19th and 20th century farm diaries.

HIST6290 – Topics in North American History: Health and Illness (C. Carstairs)
Wed 2:30 – 5:30pm, Location: TBA

The course will focus on the history of health and illness in the United States and Canada. Since the 1970s, there has been a revolution in the field of medical history: once the story of heroic doctors and the onward march of medical progress, there is now a much more critical history that looks at why people have rejected some aspects of medical progress, examines the sometimes conflicting history of medical advice, explores the ways that the medical profession has valorized certain types of bodies, and asks questions about the costs and benefits of our highly commercialized and technological medical systems. Students will read some of the newest literature in the field, and have the opportunity to write research papers on a topic of their choice.

HIST6370 – Topics in Cultural History: The Cultural History of Modern British & Irish Travel and Tourism (K. James)
Tues, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, Location: TBA

By the end of this class, you will have surveyed current scholarship which examines the evolution of British tourism from the early nineteenth century; examined, in detail, and critically explored the potential for applying sociological theory to the study of tourism, especially theories of embodiment, landscape production and the sociology of movement; surveyed the expansive range of sources that may be incorporated within original research into the history of tourism and travel; and refined and practised skills of oral and written communication.

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