The following is a list of  the MA courses planned for the three campuses in 2019-20.  While course, schedules, and content can be subject to change, the list is intended to provide students with the information on our offerings on a regular and on-going basis.

Fall 2019

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI610A War and Society: Reading Seminar (Roger Sarty)

This reading seminar will examine the development of historical writing on war from the 1930s to the present, focusing 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.

Monday 10:00 am – 12:50 pm

Location: Peters Building P331

HI650A International Relations in Early Modern Europe (Darryl Dee)

This seminar examines conflicts and peacemaking from 1648 to 1720, a critical period in the history of Europe.  Through the reading and weekly discussion of books, journals articles and other sources, students will learn about the dynamics of early modern international relations, the development of the European Great Power System, the nature of warfare and the culture and practices of diplomacy.  Furthermore, by the end of the seminar, each student will become and expert on one of the early modern European powers – France, England, the Dutch Republic, Habsburg Austria and the Holy Roman Empire, Spain and the Duchy of Savoy.  This expertise will prepare students for History 650B, Great Power Games – War and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe.

Wednesday 1:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building DAWB 4-106

 HI656D Holocaust Reading Course (Eva Plach)

During the Second World War the Nazis and their allies murdered two-thirds of Europe’s Jews, or approximately 6 million people. This seminar surveys the various topics and themes reflected in historical scholarship on the Holocaust. Examples of broad subject areas that we may cover in the course include: the Nazi worldview; perpetrators; collaboration and complicity; commemoration and “Holocaust tourism”; Jewish resistance; rescuers and “the righteous”; and postwar justice.

Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:50 pm

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building DAWB 4-106

HI656E Bloody Victorians: Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth Century (Amy Milne-Smith)

This reading course explores British history and society through the lens of crime and punishment.  Topics will include the real-life history of policing and detection, the nineteenth-century obsession with murder, new definitions of crime, the evolution of crime fiction, and shifting ideas of criminals.  We will read texts with a range of methodologies, paying attention to how legal, social, gendered, urban, and cultural approaches change conversations about Victorian crime.

Thursday 1:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building DAWB 4-106

HI656F Reading Seminar: Nature and Environment in Canadian History (Suzanne Zeller)

This graduate Reading seminar considers how and why perceptions of nature and environment  in Canadian history underwent dramatic change over time, marking transitions from the colonial period of cultural encounter, exploration, and pioneer settlement; to the modern age of industrialization and urbanization; and the postmodern environmental movement. Selected themes include society’s understanding of its relations to nature and the land; changing explanations of the natural world; human transformations of environment; the background and development of conservation policies; and the rise of the 20th-century ecological outlook. Our approach is through the critical analysis of a growing body of scholarly literature reflecting Canada’s place in North America and the larger world; and linking the natural environment historically to concurrent political, economic, social, and cultural developments. Our goal is for students to develop original research proposals on a related theme of their choice.

Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building DAWB 4-106

University of Guelph

HIST*6000 Historiography (S. 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 present day. 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.​

Wednesday 2:30 pm – 5:20 pm

Location: TBA

HIST*6190 Topics in Scottish History (E. Ewan)

This course provides an introduction to Scottish history, its themes, debates, and sources, as well as practical skills in using and analyzing primary and secondary historical sources at the graduate level.  The period covered will depend on the research interests of the students in the course – in the past this had tended to be the medieval and early modern period.  the course begins with an overview of Scottish history from c.1000.  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 primary source 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 and issues in Scottish history.  The themes chosen will reflect the research interests of the students as much as possible.

Tuesday 11:30 am – 2:20 pm

Location: TBA

HIST*6570 Health, Science and Medicine (T. Abraham)

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.

Thursday 2:30 pm – 5:20 pm

Location: TBA

HIST*6590 Public History, Heritage, and Historical Consciousness (A. Gordon)

This seminar examines how history has been presented, displayed, and used in public to shape historical consciousness and national or other group identities.  The seminar will discuss commemorations, celebrations, public holidays, monuments and historic sites.  The main written assignment will be a case study investigation of one of the above public history expressions.  The time period and geographical location of the case study will be left open to suit the individual research focus of students.  Seminar discussions will focus on the western world from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

Tuesday 2:30 pm – 5:20 pm

Location: TBA

University of Waterloo

HIST601 Canadian History (H. 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.

Thursday 10:30 – 12:30 pm

Location: PAS 2085

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.

Monday 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Location: PAS 2085

HIST612 Indigenous Rights: A Global Perspective (S. 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 – 5:30 pm

Location: Balsillie Room 1-31

HIST632 History of the United States (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 (i.e.,Post – 1945) U.S. History.  Topics will include (but are not limited to): Origins of the Cold War; Postwar Culture; the Heyday of Liberalism; the Civil Rights movement; the Vietnam War; Feminism; the Modern Conservative Movement; and others.  I have three goals in this course; to introduce you to key topics in Postwar U.S. 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 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 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 reading and the theoretical, methodological, and historiographical orientations of their authors.

Wednesday 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Location: HH123

Winter 2020

Wilfrid Laurier University

HI610B War and Society: Research Seminar (Roger Sarty)

A research seminar in which students pursue any ‘War and Society’ subject agreed with the instructor, who will provide individual advice and guidance.  The assignments are milestones that build to the completion of a paper of 6,000-7,000 words.  Prerequisite: History 610A

Monday 10:00 – 12:50 pm

Location: P331

HI617A The War at Home (Cynthia Comacchio)

This course considers the sociocultural, economic and political aspects of the two world wars in relation to Canada, with comparative discussion of the experiences of Great Britain and the United States. Such themes and concepts as class, gender, race, age, family, sexuality, national and local politics and popular culture will be explored through select readings.

Tuesday 10:00 – 12:50 pm

Location: P331

HI650B Great Power Games: War and Diplomacy in early Modern Europe (Darryl Dee)

This seminar is a historical simulation game of European international relations between 1688 and 1720.  Small teams of students will take on the roles of decision-makers for one of Europe’s important powers: France; England; the Dutch Republic; the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy and the Holy Roman Empire; and the Duchy of Savoy.  Each week, the student teams will interact with each other to try and achieve the goals of their power while thwarting the ambitions of their rivals.  They will also have to deal with unexpected challenges such as plague, famine, peasant uprisings, noble revolts, death in royal families, and the intervention of powers on the peripheries of Europe such as the Ottoman Empire, Russia, and Poland-Lithuania.  By the end of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the nature of international relations during a pivotal period in European history.  More importantly, they will grasp how historical actors thought, felt and behaved.  Prerequisite: History 650A.

Wednesday 1:00 – 3:50 pm

Location: DAWB 4-106

HI657C Research Seminar: Nature and Environment in Canadian History (Suzanne Zeller)

Students refine and carry out the research proposals developed in HI 696x, with the goal of presenting the resulting papers for class discussion and revision.  Prerequisite: History 656F

Tuesday 2:00 – 4:50 pm

Location: DAWB 4-106

University of Guelph

HIST*6191 Scottish History Research (E. 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

Meetings to be arranged

HIST*6500 Topics in Global History: The 20th Century in Perspective (J. Palsetia)

This course examines major themes relevant to global history in the twentieth century. Topics include the International System; War in the modern world; Revolutions in Europe; Totalitarianism; Genocide; Ideology as war; and the USA in world power. Additionally, the course is designed to understand select issues in the Developing World, such as national ideology, economic development, consumerism, the environment, and women’s rights as they affect and shape India, East Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The course will entail group readings and discussion, a major paper, and presentations by one or more students on topics within the course.

Wednesday 11:30 – 2:30 pm

HIST*6360 History of Sexuality and Gender (J. Murray)

This course will provide a thematic approach to the foundations of Western attitudes towards sex and sexuality as they developed in premodern Europe (500-1550). The complex interweaving of medicine, Christian law and theology, and popular practices and beliefs will be explored. This course is problem oriented rather than content oriented and will focus on a variety of acts and identities found across the premodern period.

Wednesday 2:30 – 5:20 pm

HIST*6580 Health, Science, Medicine Research (T. 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

Meetings to be arranged

HIST*6600 Public History Research (A. Gordon)

This is an independent research course and a continuation of HIST*6590 in which students prepare an in-depth research paper based on primary sources. Students enrolled in HIST*6590 will be given an opportunity to propose a research topic during F19.  The research topic must be suitable to the requirements of HIST*6591.


Meetings to be arranged

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, including archives, and other primary source repositories in the field. We will also cover dissemination methods, from conventional scholarly publications to digital platforms. Students will be responsible for critiquing papers drafted by their colleagues; they will also present their own drafts for class comment.  At term’s end, they will submit a 25-30 page research essay based on primary sources.

Wednesday 12:30 – 2:20

Location: PAS 2084

HIST605 Global Governance in Historical Perspective (K. Bruce-Lockhart)

This course examines the various ways global actors have identified and tried to solve global problems in the twentieth century. We will study the interactions between international organizations, state actors, non-governmental organizations, and informal interest groups as they have confronted global issues such as war, immigration, international trade, human rights, and environmental and health crises.

Thursday 2:30 – 5:20

Location: Balsillie SIA 1-32

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.

Tuesday 12:30 – 2:20

Location: HH 123

HIST624 Environmental & Climate History, Premodern (S. Bednarski)

This course introduces graduate students to the major authors, works, and themes of preindustrial environmental and climate history. It demonstrates how historians frame the historical interaction of mutable human culture and natural environment. The locus of study is western Europe, the period between the end of antiquity and the start of the industrial revolution. Each week, students will read assigned texts and discuss them in a seminar format. Ultimately, each student must write a final research essay.

Monday 12:30 – 2:20

Location: SJ1 3020