Canadian Social History (HIST*3660) | College of Arts

Canadian Social History (HIST*3660)

Code and section: HIST*3660*01

Term: Fall 2017

Instructor: Catharine Wilson


Course Synopsis:

This course examines new directions in social history that have emerged in the last decade and focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries.  The course is divided into three sections which focus on how HOME, WORK, and PLAY were historically understood and experienced by people in the past.  Special attention will be given to spatial context and gendered ideals and experiences.  Students will engage a wide variety of historical evidence, methods and approaches as they learn about evolving cultural ideals that characterized Canada in an age of immigration, industrialization, urbanization and nation building.  The course will develop skills in critical reading and persuasive writing.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Seminars (participation and leadership) - 30%
Book Review - 20%
Document Analysis - 20%
Final Exam - 30%

Required Texts:

James Opp and John C. Walsh, eds.  Home, Work, and Play, 3nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Book for Book Review Assignment: TBA

Learning Outcomes:

1)    Development of analytical skills through critical evaluation of scholarly articles in seminars, and writing a book review and a primary source analysis
2)    Knowledge of concise and persuasive writing skills
3)    Knowledge of social history, its primary sources and historiography
4)    Ability to communicate in a seminar situation
5)    Ability to lead a seminar
6)    Ability to synthesise materials learned in lectures, seminars and course assignments into a meaningful whole

*Please note: This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.