Graduate Courses

2021-22 Academic Year

Fall Term Courses | Winter Term Courses | Summer Courses

All graduate courses in History are small seminar or studio classes of about 5-15 students. Students begin online registration for Fall Term courses in early August and for Winter Term courses in early December. 

MA students will select 3 - 0.5 courses per term; PhD select 2 - 0.5. 

N
on-History students will be able to enroll in Fall Term courses on August 15th. Registration for both terms closes at the end of the first week of classes, and changes will not be permitted after that point. 

Please note courses that are restricted to Public History MA students.

Course offerings and timetable are subject to change. 

 

Fall Term (September-December 2021)

9274A - Oh Gendered Canada! Gender in Canadian History

This course will explore the ways in which gender—largely, the social construction of masculinity and femininity—has played a role in Canadian history, and will examine some of the major historiographical debates that have surrounded this complex topic. These debates often also address the related issues of race, class, and sexuality. This course will challenge students to employ gender as an integral tool of historical analysis, and to reconsider conventional narratives in Canadian history.

Fall
2021-22
9274A M. Halpern Wednesdays
10:30-12:30pm
Syllabus

9307A - Early America and the Atlantic World

This graduate course on early American history examines the settlement of the mainland British colonies of North America in the 1600s and 1700s, their development in the context of a British Atlantic world, the American Revolution, and the formation of the early U.S. republic. Particular attention is paid to understanding the character and diversity of British colonialism and the formation of the United States through comparisons with other New World empires as well as the rich context of the multi-national, multi-ethnic Atlantic World.  

Fall
2021-22
9307A N. Rhoden Fridays
9:30-11:30am
Syllabus

9308A - U.S. and the Cold War 

From the end of the Second World War until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States’ conflict with the U.S.S.R. dominated American military and foreign policy, but it also permeated and shaped political, economic, social, and cultural life in the United States.  In this course, we will examine the role of the United States in the creation and waging of the Cold War, American responses to the Cold War, and the effects on American society of this nearly half century-long standoff between the two emerging superpowers.  Rather than attempting a chronological study, we will select and focus on several key events and “battlegrounds” of this war—both actual and symbolic—and examine them through four different lenses: military, diplomatic, ideological, and cultural.  We will also consider how the Cold War continues to shape American government and society today.

Fall
2021-22
9308A A. Sendzikas Thursdays
2:30-4:30pm

Syllabus

9409A - Europe and the Politics of Power

The lifting of the iron curtain in Europe in 1989-1991 began a new era in the historical enquiry into Russian and European modern history. New interpretations and approaches appeared to old questions such as, What is Europe? Where are its boundaries? What is the historical relationship between its Western, Central and Eastern areas? How do we study Russian and Soviet history? This course looks at both the traditional and recent historiography on the changing views on imperialism, nationalism, socialism, and globalization, and explores how they shaped the history of the European continent. Particular attention will be focused on the Eastern regions. Students will be encouraged to explore both theoretical and empirical dimensions of the changing historiography, the new themes and approaches.

Fall
2021-22
9409A M. Dyczok Wednesdays
1:30-3:30pm

Syllabus

9800A - Public History: Theory, History and Practice

This course introduces the field of public history: history as it is interpreted for and understood by the public. Topics include: authenticity, commemoration, “imagined communities,” the invention of tradition, “usable pasts,” contested places, colonialism and culture, historical designation and preservation, heritage tourism, public policy, cultural (mis)representation, oral history, ethics, gender and class, the natural and built environment, education vs. entertainment, and social memory. Through readings, guest speakers, site visits, workshops, and projects, students explore the theoretical concerns underlying the field and learn the methods and skills practiced by public historians today. Required for Public History students; not open to other graduate students.

Fall
2021-22
9800A M. Hamilton Tuesdays
10:30-1:30pm

Syllabus

9804A - Canada and Its Historians

This course provides an analysis of the field of modern Canadian history by focusing on thirteen established topics and examining the most relevant works. The course offers an in depth study of post-Confederation Canadian history and historiography. The aims and outcomes focus on reading, discussing, and writing. The course provides excellent preparation for doctoral candidates preparing for comprehensive examinations in the field of Canadian history, but is by no means limited to PhD students; MA students make up the majority of the class.

Fall
2021-22
9804A R. Wardhaugh Fridays
1:30-3:30pm
Syllabus

9809A - Social Memory

This course is an introduction to the phenomenon of social memory in various modern societies. It will address such matters as the commemoration of historical events and the meanings conferred on them, conflicts over different versions of history, the construction of collective identities around historical events, and the influence of historical events on modern nationalisms. In each case, there will be an attempt to understand the continuing impact of the past on the present. The seminar readings will be divided into themes, with each week’s readings examining a different case study of the theme.

Fall
2021-22
9809A J. Vance Thursdays
9:30-12:30pm
Syllabus 

9806A - Understanding Archives: The Management of Primary Sources in the Digital Age

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of professional archival work. Class sessions will primarily be lecture driven, but combine discussion, practical exercises, and demonstrations. Students will gain a solid grounding in the history of the profession, an understanding of basic archival terminology, principles, theory, as well as an appreciation of current practices and how digital technologies have impacted both archival management and public programming. This course is designed for Public History students; open to other graduate students with the instructor’s permission.

Fall
2021-22
9806A D. Spanner Mondays
6:30-9:30pm

Syllabus

9808A - Digital Public History

Digital history is the use of computers, digital media, and other tools for historical practice, presentation, analysis, and research. This course emphasizes both the presentation of history on the web, and the use of computational techniques to work with digital resources. Required for Public History students, not open to other graduate students.

Fall
2021-22
9808A T. Compeau Mondays
9:30-11:30am
Syllabus

Winter Term Courses (January-April 2022)

9417B - Europe Since the Second World War

This course on the history of Europe since World War II has a number of objectives. One is to provide a historical framework for the study of the period. A second objective is to introduce students to key subjects of historical inquiry. No claim is made for comprehensiveness. A third goal is to examine works of history that can serve as models of innovative formulations of questions and use of sources. The assigned readings include works by senior historians and recent PhDs, as well as works by non-historians, including academics from other disciplines, journalists, film directors, and writers of memoirs.

Winter
2021-22
9417B E. Nathans Tuesdays 
1:30-3:30pm
Syllabus

9601B - The Economic History of the Middle East in the Context of Globalization

The ‘Great Divergence’ is a phrase applied to the gap that opened between the West and the rest of the world, in terms of economic development and standards of living. Where is the place of the Middle East in it and how does it affect the destiny of its people? It is the role of the social, political and economic history to explain it.

Winter
2021-22
9601B M. Shatzmiller Wednesdays
1:30-3:30pm
Syllabus

9801B - Public History Group Project

This seminar course examines history as it is interpreted for and understood by the public including: public history theory (topics and issues such as authenticity, commemoration, "imagined communities", invention of tradition, "usable pasts", contested places, colonialism and culture, historical designation and preservation, living history, heritage tourism, cultural legislation, public policy, cultural (mis)representation, oral history, ethics, gender and class, the natural and built environment, intangible heritage, education vs. entertainment, and social memory); the history of public history (examination of the establishment of Canadian museums, archives, government agencies and the individuals key to their development); and, the practice of public history (through readings, guest speakers, site visits, workshops and projects, students learn the methods and skills practiced by public historians today). Required for Public History students; not open to other graduate students.

Winter
2021-22
9801B M. Hamilton Tuesdays
10:30-1:30pm
Syllabus

9803B - Critical Moments in Women's and Gender History

This course will focus on some key moments in women’s and gender history primarily in the history of Europe, but also in other parts of the world. Key themes will be the evolution of women’s/gender history over time, how history changes when we look outside of the political history of male elites, debates about historical periodization and interpretation, whether women’s status has progressed or regressed over time, how women have been viewed historically in colonized states and debates over sexuality. Students will be given the opportunity to write an essay which will explore a topic in women’s/gender history of their choice.

Winter
2020-21
9803B K. McKenna Mondays
1:30-4:30pm
online
Syllabus

9807B - Introduction to Museology

This course is intended for students considering a career in the museum field, or, for those students interested in the history of museums and their associated roles as collector, steward and interpreter of public history. Museums are explored through both theoretical and applied contexts, with students acquiring an understanding of the objectives of effective museum management and the ability to directly apply these principles to the administration and operation of museums and cultural institutions. Topics explored include: the social history and development of museums; professional, legal and ethical standards; contemporary organizational & management structure, issues and strategies; and practical museum functions such as collections management, preservation, exhibition, and public education. This course is designed for Public History students; open to other graduate students with the instructor’s permission.

Winter
2021-22
9807B A. Lloydlangston Thursdays
6:30-8:30pm
Syllabus

9823B - Professional Development

A fundamental part of doing history is engaging with historical practice itself. This pass/fail course is designed to help History graduate students develop their understanding of our discipline’s professional expectations; think reflectively about their research, writing, and teaching; and develop skills that they can use to land and excel in a job in our profession. The course will involve group discussion, presentations, group work, workshops, and guest speakers. Required for 2nd year PhD students; may be audited by other graduate students with the instructor’s permission.

Winter
2021-22
9823B N. Rhoden TBA

9835B - Rot and Ruin: The Downside of Material Culture

This is a course about things ̶ rotten and ruined things. More importantly, it is about how history has been shaped by loss and decay, and how we understand the past in terms of what it leaves behind as fragments and remnants of objects and collections, decomposing matter and ruined spaces and places. Finally, we will question how we structure the past by managing what it leaves behind.

Winter
2021-22
9835B J. Flath Fridays
9:30-11:30am
Syllabus

9877B - Digital Research Methods

Historical research now crucially involves the acquisition and use of digital sources.  In History 9877A, students will learn to find, harvest, manage, excerpt, cluster and analyze digital materials throughout the research process, from initial exploratory forays through the production of an electronic article or monograph which is ready to submit for publication. Crossed listed with HIS 4816A

Winter
2021-22
9877B W. Turkel Tuesdays
5:30-7:30pm
Syllabus

Summer Term Courses (May-August 2022)

9900 - Cognate Paper

The cognate essay should be a high-quality research paper, comparable to an article published in a scholarly journal, which develops and sustains a significant historical argument. It must be:

  • approximately 12,500 words (about 50 typed, double-spaced pages) in length
  • characterized by polished presentation (well organized, clearly, concisely and elegantly expressed, free of grammar and syntax errors etc.)
  • based on primary source material, and
  • set in the context of the critical published work.