Fall 2014

University of Waterloo

HIST 601 Canadian History I (H. MacDougall) – Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 in PAS 2084

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, 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 30-page analysis.


HIST 607 History of Human Rights (J. Walker) – Tuesdays, 12:30-2:20

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.


HIST 610 War and Society in the Twentieth Century (P. Lackenbauer) – Tuesdays, 2:30-5:20, STJ 3015

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 622 Microhistory and the Lost Peoples of Europe  (S. Bednarski) – Thursdays, 1:30-4:20, STJ 3012

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.


Wilfrid Laurier University

Africa Since 1945: Nationalism, Decolonization and Development I (J. 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 research essay, students will be required to write historiographical papers on any topic of interest from the literature on African history since 1945.


From Shattered Nerves to Shell Shock I (A. Milne-Smith)  

This course examines the history of mental illness from the 1860s through the First World War. Beyond simple diagnostics, the history of psychiatry is deeply shaped by the context of broad social, political, economic, and cultural circumstances. In this seminar we will explain how aberrant mental states were categorized and treated in a trans-Atlantic context. Weekly discussions will offer students an opportunity to explore such questions as: How have ideas of  madness changed over time? How did popular culture shape the emergent field of psychiatry? How was deviancy pathologized? What was the fate of the Victorian asylum?


Cold War America I (D. Mulloy)

This course examines the United States from the start to the end of the Cold War, both domestically and overseas. Topics to be addressed include the development of the national security state, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, Hollywood films and the Vietnam War.


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

This reading seminar course focuses on recent interdisciplinary approaches to the historical study of changing Canadian perceptions of nature and environment since the 17th century. We trace the roots of these changes to the interplay between the European cultural encounter with the New World, and the particular environment of northern North America and its peoples. Critical readings, discussions, and short written assignments on selections from a rich scholarly literature in this field enable students to formulate individual research topics on related themes in the 19th- and 20 centuries.


University of Guelph

HIST*6000 – Historiography I (S. Ferreira)
Thurs 8:30 am – 11:20 pm, ANNU Room 306
This course examines historical writing from the classical period to WWI and aims to introduce students to the broad topic of historiography. Students will learn about the ways in which the ideology of history changed over the centuries as well as different forms of historical writing.


HIST*6290 – North American History (A. Gordon)
Mon 2:30-5:20, MCKN Room 059
This course will focus on the history of North American tourism.  The seminar will explore the development of the tourism business from the early 19th century to the late 20th century.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of heritage tourism and the connections between public history and the tourist trade.  Seminar discussions will involve analyses of key primary sources as well as historiographical discussions based on secondary source readings.  Written assignments will include short reviews of pertinent books and a major essay on a subject of the student’s choosing.


HIST*6380 – Topics in Early Modern European History (P. Goddard)
Tues 1:00 pm – 3:50 pm, MCKN Room 034A
This seminar course examines current issues in early modern European history as selected by instructor(s). Participants review current research and historiography, discuss the principal debates, and develop their own perspectives through encounter with primary source materials.

Plan for Fall 2014:


Professor Peter Goddard invites participants in Hist*6380 to address issues in Reformation History.  We will concentrate on social history approaches to the various Reformations across Europe and within traditional (Catholic) practice as well.  Key interpretive frameworks include “confessionalization”, secularization, individualization and social reconfiguration.  We will also examine collateral issues – governmentality and law; new thinking about work, education, markets, marriage, money, reading, writing, crime, poverty and death.


In addition to weekly seminar leadership, participants will generate a culminating paper which links their own interests in early modern history with themes, or a theme, of the course, and which demonstrates this interest through analysis of primary source materials.



Winter 2015

University of Waterloo

HIST 611 War and Society in the Twentieth Century II (P. Lackenbauer )

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 614 Space, Identity and Culture: Reading in Canadian Social History (J. Roberts)

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


HIST 602 – Canadian History II (H. 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;

B.      A group project which will research, write and produce a digital game or exhibit illustrating a specific event in Canadian history.

Both options will be graded on an individual basis. The essay mark will be divided into five components: 10% for the proposal and annotated bibliography, 10% for the outline, 20% for the draft essay, 10% for student’s contributions to assessing their classmates’ work, and 50% for the final essay. The group project assessment rubric will consist of the following: 10% for the component of the proposal and bibliography that each team member provides, 30% for the research report on each individual section of the project, 30% for the story boards or script segments, 20% for commentary on production activities, and 10% for a reflective analysis of the project and team experience.


HIST 632 US History (A. Hunt)

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.  This course, like graduate school in general, is heavily reading-intensive.  You will be expected to assimilate lots of material in a short time.  You should consider strategies that will effectively enable you to do that. 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. Topics include: the origins of the Cold War; domestic Cold War culture in the 1950s; the heyday of American liberalism; the Civil Rights Movement and race relations; upheaval and protest in the 1960s; gender and feminism; American society in the 1970s; and the rise of modern conservatism.


HIST 660 – Transnational and Global History: Old Problems and New Directions (D. Peers)

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.


HIST 691 – Premodern Environmental History (S. Bednarski)

This course examines the relatively recent emergence of environmental history for the premodern and early modern period.  It begins with the supposition that nature is an historical actor, one complicit in the production of human society and culture.  Religion, law, economics, living conditions, food, clothing, transportation, comfort, etc. all develop in reaction to nature.  Nature, likewise, is changed by man’s social and cultural acts.  It makes sense, therefore, to read nature back into history, to consider its interplay with mankind, and to set history within a natural context.

Students in this class will read important works on a number of topics intended to introduce them to the major ideas, problems, sources, and methodologies associated with premodern environmental history.  Topics covered in the course include climate and climate change, natural crises, water, food, animals, forests and deforestation, cities and states, energy, religion, and the rise of the industrial world.


Wilfrid Laurier University

Africa Since 1945: Nationalism, Decolonization and Development II (J. Grischow)   

This is a research course in which students will write a 7,500 word essay paper on any topic relating broadly to Nationalism, Decolonization and Development in Africa during the post-1945 period.  For their essays, students may choose an individual country or leader, or compare the experience of 2-3 countries or leaders.  The research paper must be based on primary source material, but the analysis must be set within the relevant historiography for the chosen topic.  We will meet during the first week to establish a schedule for progress meetings and research presentations.  After Week One, we will not meet as a class until March, but each individual student must attend regularly scheduled progress meetings during the term.  The final draft of the research paper will be due in mid-April.


From Shattered Nerves to Shell Shock II (A. Milne-Smith)

This course is the continuation of the historiographical work of the first term. In this research seminar, students will undertake their own original research paper on the history of psychiatry. We will meet both as a group and in individual consultations to discuss the progress of research and writing. Students will be evaluated both in oral presentations/workshops and in a final research paper of approximately 30 pages.


Cold War America II (D. Mulloy)

In the second half of Cold War America, students will write an article-length research paper on a topic of their choice related to the history of the Cold War.  The research paper will be based on primary sources and will address the historiography of the student’s chosen topic.


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

This research seminar provides the framework within which students analyze a body of primary and secondary sources to carry out and present the research projects defined in The fall course.


University of Guelph

HIST*6020 Historiography II (P.Goddard)
Thurs 11:30 am – 2:20 pm, MacKinnon Room 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.


HIST*6191: Scottish History I Research (E.Ewan)

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


HIST*6291: North American History Research (A.Gordon)

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


EURO*6072 Comparative European Culture II (A. McDougall)
Thurs 2:30 pm – 5:20 pm, MacNaughton Room 202

Post-war: European film and the aftermath of conflict

François Truffaut claimed that ‘the effective war film is often the one in which the action begins after the war, when there is nothing but ruins and desolation everywhere’. This course examines the multiple ways in which European cinema has engaged with, elided, and aestheticized the legacies of war. What is the role of film, an artificial medium, in recreating individual and collective memories of conflict, and in portraying the personal and historical traumas occasioned by war? By examining the artistic and historical merits of the selected films – and the cultural, socio-economic, and political conditions in which they were made – students will gain critical insights into European cinema as a multilayered site of post-war trauma.


HIST*6370 Topics in Cultural History (Kevin James)
Mon 7:00 pm – 9:50 pm, MacNaughton Room 202

This course explores the experiences and literatures of tourism and travel in historical perspective, focusing on the contours of early-modern and especially modern travel and tourism in Europe, and in particular the rise of the hotel as a centre of social, cultural and commercial exchange.

By the end of this class, you will have:

1. surveyed current, international and interdisciplinary scholarship which examines the evolution of hotel as a nexus of commercial, cultural and social exchange;

2. critically appraised and applied a range of perspectives on travel and tourism, drawn from several disciplinary traditions, including literature, historical geography, aesthetic theory and sociology;

3. surveyed the expansive range of primary materials that may be incorporated within original research into the history of tourism and travel, appreciating the widening textual field used in tourism and travel history, from architecture to maps and ‘ephemera’; and

4. refined and practised skills of oral and written communication in the development of a major research paper incorporating a critical literature review.