The following is a preliminary list of the MA courses planned for the three campuses in 2011-12. 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 2011

University of Waterloo

HIST 601: Canadian History I (H. MacDougall)
Mon 1:30-3:20pm

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.

Marking Scheme

  • Seminar Leadership and Participation – 40%
  • Assignment Proposal (4-5 pages plus annotated bibliography) – 20%
  • Historiographical Paper (25-30 pages) – 40%

The readings for this course are available in the University of Waterloo Library system either on reserve in the Dana Porter Library or through online searches and/or use of scholarly journals. The group leader(s) for each discussion class are expected to read all of the material and to ensure that their classmates have access to it prior to class. In the event of illness or other problems that require a class to be missed, students are expected to inform the course instructor and to prepare a critical summary of the week’s readings.

HIST 606: International Development in Historical Perspective (B. Muirhead)
Wed 10:30am-12:20pm

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 607: History of Human Rights I (J.W. Walker)
Wed 2:30-04:20pm

The course will examine developments in human rights, primarily during the twentieth century. Weekly discussions based on assigned readings 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? The focus for our study is the formation and evolution of international human rights, but with attention paid to Canadian events to assess the relationship between domestic and global human rights innovations.

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI 610A: War and Society in the 20th Century (Roger Sarty)
Tues 7:00-9:50pm

This course focuses on the impact of the 20th-century wars on the peopleof the English-speaking world, especially Canada. The course emphasizes issues related to the second World War but both seminar discussions and research papers include topics related to the First World War and other 20th-century conflicts. Issues to be examined include: medical and psychiatric developments; personnel selection; veterans’ re-establishment programs; the impact of war upon families; economic transformations, including labour relations; as well as a range of military questions arising from operational history. (Not available for credit to students holding credit for HI 461 of HI 661).

HI 614A International History, 1890-1956 (George Urbaniak)
Wed 7:00-9:50 pm, DAWB 5-101

This course centres on the problems of International Relations in the years between 1890 and 1956. These years were particularly troubled because of the instability caused by the emergence of new ideologies (like Communism and Fascism) which challenged traditional conceptions of international order. The course will examine the nature of this challenge and the ways more traditional states of all sizes tried to deal with this destabilization.

The course consciously encourages a comprehensive and innovative approach to international problems. It attempts to go beyond diplomatic and military history in order to understand the profound forces which shape international relations. An attempt will be made to analyse ideas and perceptions, political institutions and personalities, social and economic tensions as well as the more obvious geopolitical realities of international contacts.

HI 696C: New York (David Monod)
Fri 9:30-12:20pm

HI 696E: Science, Technology and the Environment in Canada (Suzanne Zeller)
Tues 7:00-9:50pm

University of Guelph

History 6000: Historiography I (J. Palsetia)
Thurs 10am-12:50pm, MINS B37

Hist 6040: Special Reading Course
Instructors/times/locations will vary

Hist 6200 Modern Scottish History (G. Morton)
Mon 11:30am-2:20pm, CRSC 101

This courses examines the key historical debates in the study of Scotland for the period since 1700. The concept of everyday life will be applied to focus on Scotland’s socio-economic, political, and cultural development within its geographical boundaries, in comparison with England, and in relation to the Scottish Diaspora.
Course Texts: A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, vols 2, 3 and 4
(Edinburgh University Press, 2009-2010).

History 6280: Canada: Community & Identity (C. Carstairs)
Thurs 2:30-5:20pm, MACK 261

This course will cover gender and women’s history in Canada, paying careful attention to how the writing of gender/women’s history has changed over time. Issues will include: feminist activism, biography, gender and the body, gender and consumption.

History 6370: Topics in Cultural History (K. James)
Wed 7-9:50pm, MACK 119

This course explores the cultural history of modern tourism and travel in Britain, from the Grand Tour to the packaged holiday, with an emphasis on theories of mobility, sociality, embodiment, and and an extensive study of the historiography of tourism.


Winter 2012

University of Waterloo

HIST 602: Canadian History II (W. Mitchinson)
Wed 11:30am-1:20pm

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. At that 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 608: History of Human Rights II (J.W. Walker)
Mon 2:30-4:20pm

In this sequel to HIST 607, students will have an opportunity to pursue a primary research project on an approved topic in the history of human rights. A series of progress meetings and research consultations will lead towards a “conference” where students will present their own research and comment on their classmates’ draft papers.

HIST 614: Space, Identity and Culture: Reading in Canadian Social History (J. Roberts)
Wed 1:30-3:20pm

In this course students will master both classic and cutting-edge historical scholarship in Canadian Social History. Works will be read that interrogate and historicize the traditional foci of social historians – class, gender and race. Works will be read which are informed by cultural theory, especially concerning the occupation of social space and the expression and experience of particularized social identities. Each week, the class will meet together in seminar to discuss the substance, theoretical orientation, methodology, and historiographical significance of the assigned material. As such, active readings and constructive participation in seminar are key. In addition, students will be required to lead seminar discussions and write an historiographical paper.

HIST 622: Microhistory and the Lost Peoples of Europe (S. Bednarski)
Thurs 2:30-04:20pm

This course borrows its title from the famous collection of essays edited by Edward Muir and Guido Ruggiero. The course explores how historians use narrative to (re)construct past realities. It looks closely at the uses, abuses, and limitations of microhistory as a genre and exposes students to important trends in social history. Though the bulk of the material deals with Europe in the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries, the course is methodological in nature and is intended for all graduate students of social history. Students in HIST 622 read the great microhistories including Davis’ The Return of Martin Guerre, LeRoy Ladurie’s Montaillou and Caranaval at Romans, Spence’s The Death of Woman Wang, Ginzburg’s Night Battles, and others. Through these sources students acquire a deep understanding of the historiography surrounding this genre. In addition, HIST 622 exposes students to the various non-historical theorists (sociological, anthropological, etc.) whose works inform the microhistorical method.

HIST 627: Modern European History II (G. Bruce)
Tues 1:30-3:20pm

Since 1989, the year of dramatic revolution in Germany, historians have sifted through the mammoth holdings of the former Communist dictatorship, especially the paper legacy of the Communist Party and its notorious secret police, the Stasi, and in so doing have produced compelling accounts of the former East Germany. As such, it is now possible to compare various aspects of “the second German dictatorship” with the earlier, and better known, Nazi dictatorship. In this course, we will explore both dictatorships thematically, comparing issues such as policing, resistance, the experience of social groups, and the demise of the regimes. Students will be introduced to the value of comparative history.

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI 610B: War and Society in the 20th Century Research Seminar (Roger Sarty)
Tues 7:00-9:50pm
PREREQUISITE: HI 610A

HI 614B: International History, 1890-1956 Research Seminar (George Urbaniak)
Wed 7:00-9:50pm, DAWB 5-101
PREREQUISITE: HI 614A

HI 696D: New York Research Seminar (David Monod)
Fri 9:30-12:20pm
PREREQUISITE: HI 696C

HI 696F: Science, Technology and the Environment in Canada Research Seminar (Suzanne Zeller)
Tues 7:00-9:50pm
PREREQUISITE: HI 696E

University of Guelph

HIST6020 Historiography II (P. Goddard)
Tues 11:30-2:30pm, MACK 034A

An examination of major examples of recent historical methodology, including works in cultural and social history. The student is also expected to develop and present a thesis proposal.

HIST6230 Canada: Culture and Society (C. Wilson)
Thurs 2:30-5:20pm, MACK 342

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: Social Movements and the State in North America (M. Hayday)
Wed 2:30-5:30pm, MACK 521

The twentieth century was profoundly affected by a wide array of social movements as groups in civil society sought to implement social and political change. Many of these movements operated in multiple national contexts, sometimes achieving greater success in one country than another. This course will examine a variety of social movements which attempted to transform North America, paying attention to their strategies for change, internal dynamics, and impacts on their societies. It will pay particular attention to the interconnected nature of social movements, which often drew upon lessons learned from previous movements, or comparable movements operating concurrently in other countries. It will also examine the developing interdisciplinary literature on social movements, and critically analyze the efforts of scholars to explain these movements.

HIST6300 Deep Play: Sport, State, and Society in Modern Europe (A. McDougall)
Mon 2:30-5:30pm, MACK 059

Since the later nineteenth century, sport has played a major role in reflecting and shaping the development of modern European societies. This course examines how games and leisure time activities have been mobilised by states, both authoritarian and liberal, for political purposes – and how sport has at times been able to subvert or defy such intentions. In the process it discusses sport’s centrality to the cultural and social lives of millions of ordinary Europeans.

Topics include: the origins and early development of association football in Britain; the cultural and social history of the Tour de France; the 1936 Berlin Olympics; football under Italian fascism and the Francoist regime in Spain; sport and Cold War politics; doping and the East German ‘sports miracle’; and football hooliganism on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

HIST6370 Topics in Cultural History (S. Nance)
Tues 7-10pm, MACK 119

This semester we will be considering the cultural history of the non-human world, animate and otherwise. Readings will engage with the historiographies of “nature,” “environment,” “animal,” “human,” “wild,” “domesticated,” and more — as the students decide. The course will focus on one or more regions of the globe, depending upon student interest.

The reading list will potentially include: Erica Fudge, Animal (2004); Theodore Steinberg, Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History (2008); Tina Loo, States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century (2007); Roger Olien and Diana Davids Olien, Oil and Ideology: The Cultural Creation of the American Petroleum Industry (2000); Sarah Franklin, The Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy (2007).

HIST6500: Topics in Global History: Commodities and Trade since 1500 (S. McCook)
Wed 11:30-2:30pm, MACK 119

Commodities are the embodiment of globalization and global history. For centuries now, commodities have travelled across the globe, linking diverse economies, polities, and cultures. This course will, therefore, use commodity history to explore the changing patterns and processes of global history and global trade over the past five centuries. We will explore power relations between producers, intermediaries, and consumers across the globe and the often difficult 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 the commodity chains were shaped by the dominant international political and economic regimes (mercantilism, liberalism, neoliberalism, etc). Most of the commodities studied in this class will be tropical commodities that are consumed in the temperate parts of the world. For sake of space and topical unity, the course will focus primarily on agricultural commodities.