Graduate Seminars Offered 2018-2019

Please check Minerva for the days, times and rooms for all courses and seminars in History.

FALL 2018 Term Seminars

HIST 511 History of Emotions 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Brian Cowan
Readings and research on the history of emotions, with a focus on how historians have studied the emotional life of the past. Particular attention to the various ways emotion has been conceived in the past and the historical methodologies used to study emotional experiences.
HIST 528 Indian Ocean World Slave Trade 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Gwyn Campbell
HIST 558 Modern Medicine: Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. George Weisz
This seminar examines the history of Global Health, a concept that seems on the surface to be fairly straightforward but which on closer inspection is complex and sometimes problematic. We begin with some early 20th century phenomena that are customarily seen as precursors: colonial and tropical medicine, international health, and then move on to the transition to Global Health during the final third of the 20th century.
HIST 632 Writing Canadian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Elsbeth Heaman
Primitivism and modernity in the writing of Canadian History.
HIST 678 Historiography 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Nancy Partner
This seminar addresses the basic question: Why should history, a discipline devoted to factual information,  have a “theory” at all? What is it about history, as a cultural practice and intellectual discipline, that leads to the concepts and philosophical questions that constitute a theory? We examine the foundations and applications of historical theory, questions of knowledge, representation, and the historian’s moral and intellectual responsibilities in the discipline. Historical theory in this sense applies equally to all time/place special fields and subjects.

 

WINTER 2019 Term Seminars

HIST 503 Topics in Modern European Hist 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Judith Szapor
Topic Postwar: The Aftermath of WWI and WWII
HIST 510 Enviro. Hist. of L. Am (Field) 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert
HIST 559 Modern Medicine: Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. George Weisz
The History of Global Health Movement in the 20th Century
HIST 640 Modern Medicine Seminar 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Thomas Schlich
The History of Surgery: This course is an introduction into the history and historiography of surgery. It deals with defining the field, its range, contents and different aspects. It introduces some central themes of the history of surgery along with historical facts and landmarks, but it will also focus on the discussion of methods, approaches, and theories in order to prepare the students’ own research in the field.
HIST 679 Historical Methods 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Elsbeth Heaman

 

FALL/WINTER 2018-2019 Full-Year Seminars

HIST 560D1 World History: Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

HIST 560D2 World History: Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Catherine Desbarats
World History of Money: In this seminar, we will tackle two types of questions: how have crucial thinkers (Aristotle, Guan Zhong, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Georg Simmel, to name a few) thought about the concept of money? And also, what has been the history of monetary practices across time and space?  We will sample from some of the best recent work—dealing with political, cultural, religious aspects of money in settings ranging from Ancient Greece and China, early modern France, the transatlantic slave trade, to non-state currencies such as Bitcoin. Along the way, we will reflect on the many ways in which monetary matters are rarely “simply” economic…
HIST 564D1 Topics: Latin American History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

HIST 564D2 Topics: Latin American History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Catherine LeGrand
New approaches to the Social and Cultural History of Latin America: Concentrating on 19th and, mostly, 20th century Latin America, this course delves into the questions social and cultural historians ask, their methodologies and sources.   Themes to be studied include race, gender, class, religion, nationalism and socio-cultural perspectives on US-Latin American (and Canadian-Latin American) relations.  We will take  note of how socio-cultural approaches can shed new light on political and economic history.  Different readings will focus on  Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.
HIST 565D1 Modern Britain: Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

HIST 565D2 Modern Britain: Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Elizabeth Elbourne
Social and Political Reform Movements, Britain and the British Empire
HIST 570D1 Topics:Historical Interp 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

HIST 570D2 Topics:Historical Interp 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Laura Madokoro
History of Forced Migration and Refugees
HIST 572D1 Seminar in Jewish History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

HIST 572D2 Seminar in Jewish History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Gershon Hundert
Jew in Early Modern and Modern Europe: Although this course will emphasize the period referred to as "early modern"—roughly the period between 1453 and 1789—we will venture into the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well.  A variety of topics and issues will be discussed including: the print revolution; absolutism; codification; kabbalah; Iberian inquisition and expulsion; commerce and early capitalism; tolerance and toleration; messianism and gender; did Jews have a Renaissance?; Ukrainian catastrophe; kabbalah; Jewish responses to the Reformation and more. To the extent possible the students' interests will configure the topics examined in depth. Discussions will focus on primary materials in English.
HIST 574D1 Topics in Comparative History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

HIST 574D2 Topics in Comparative History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- TBA
Violence & the Sacred in European Political Culture, 1415-2018
HIST 586D1 Canada: Diasporas & the State 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

HIST 586D2 Canada: Diasporas & the State 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. John Zucchi
HIST 598D1 Topics in Modern U.S. History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

HIST 598D2 Topics in Modern U.S. History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

- Prof. Shanon Fitzpatrick
American Empire
 

Interdisciplinary Options

MA History—Development Studies option, MA History—Gender and Women's Studies option and, for students interested in combining the approaches of history and political science, MA History—European Studies option (students interested in European history generally should apply to the regular MA program). Students admitted to these options participate in an interdisciplinary seminar in place of 3 history seminar credits (6 in the case of the Gender and Women's Studies option) and write their research paper or thesis on a topic approved by the specific option's coordinating committee.

HIST 659 Interdisc Sem in European Stud 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  (Syllabus for 2013 POLI659 [.pdf] )
INTD 657 Development Studies Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

WMST 601 Feminist Theories and Methods 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer