Canadian Social History (HIST*3660)
Code and section: HIST*3660*01
Term: Fall 2023
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.
This course is in class on campus. Each week students will meet twice for an eighty-minute class. The first 50 minutes are a lecture and the last 30 minutes are devoted to discussing the seminar reading for that day.
By the successful completion of this course, an assiduous student will have learned to:
- Critically analyze primary sources by doing two document assignments
- Critically analyze scholarly articles in seminars
- Write concisely and persuasively
- Communicate knowledge about social history and its historiography
- Communicate effectively in a seminars
- Lead a seminar discussion with thought-provoking questions
- Synthesize knowledge learned in lectures, seminars and course assignments into a meaningful whole on the final exam
Methods of Evaluation and Weights:
Seminar participation and leadership - 30%
Document Analysis 1 - 20%
Document Analysis 2 - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
James Opp and John C. Walsh, eds. Home, Work, and Play, 3nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2015), new and used hard copies available.
*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.