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

Canadian Social History (HIST*3660)

Code and section: HIST*3660*01

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Catharine Wilson


AD-S Virtual:

This course will be taught online in a Synchronous format on the following scheduled day(s) and time(s):

MWF    2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Details provided by instructor: This course is online. Two scheduled lectures per week will take place remotely in a synchronous environment, which you can access through Courselink. Each week there will be a seminar. Some of these will be synchronous and others asynchronous. (Upon request, lectures can be recorded and available asynchronously.)

Course Description:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

By the successful completion of this course, an assiduous student will have learned to:

  1. Critically analyze primary sources by doing two document assignments
  2. Critically analyze scholarly articles in seminars
  3. Write concisely and persuasively
  4. Communicate knowledge about social history and its historiography
  5. Communicate effectively in a seminars
  6. Lead a seminar discussion with thought-provoking questions  
  7. Synthesize knowledge learned in lectures, seminars and course assignments into a meaningful whole on the final exam

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

  1. Seminars (participation and leadership) - 30%
  2. Document Analysis 1 - 20%
  3. Document Analysis 2 - 20%
  4. Final Exam - 30%

Required Texts:

  1. James Opp and John C. Walsh, eds. Home, Work, and Play, 3nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2015), new and used hard copies available.  The publisher is aiming to have a digital copy by September.

*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.