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John Sandlos: Teaching

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I am very excited to be teaching three of my favourte undergraduate courses, and one graduate class in 2014-15. In all of my courses, I create lots of opportunties for students to interact with the professor, and with each other. I invite you to join me for a great learning experience in any or all of these courses:

Fall 2014

  • HIST 3030 Environmental History examines the history of environmental change on a global scale. We will look at a variety of themes, including energy, national parks, wildlife conservation, nature in the city, and mining. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research projects on local or global topics of their choice. We will try to use the past as way of learning about environmental problems and solutions in the present. 
  • HIST 1013 Issues in Canadian History assesses major themes in Canadian history from an environmental perspective. This is a research and writing course, and so we will spend lots of time learning how to build an essay from the ground up.
  • HIST 6010 Advanced Studies in Canadian History analyzes several "history wars" in Canada; the major controversies over the politics and meaning of the past. Topics include the Canadian WWII bombing controversy, the meaning of "North," gender, commemorating WWI, labour history, Aboriginal views of history, etc. The course will give students a firm grounding on the various ways that politics and ideology produce intense conflict among communities of historians.

 Winter 2015

  • HIST 2210 Modern Canada is a survey of the most important events in Canadian history (wars, rebellions, skirmishes, and the like). We learn in this course from a variety of sources, including print, film, audio recordings, and from lectures and discussionHIST 

I also hope to teach in future years HIST 4252 Canada and the Great White North, a seminar devoted to the history of sub-arctic and arctic Canada, and HIST 4215 Environmental Ideas in Canada and the United States, a survey of popular and more formal philosophies of the environment ranging from Thoreau to the environmental justice movement.  



Graduate positions for 2014-15

I am interested in working with graduate students or honours students whose research plans falls into the broad field of Canadian environmental history. I am particularly interested in working with graduate students who would like to conduct research on the history of mining, toxic legacies or other industrial activities in northern Canada. 

Previous Graduate Students

  • Rose Fox (supervisor – in progress).
  • Emma LeClerc (supervisory committee – in progress).
  • Alice Will (supervisory committee – in progress).
  • Hereward Longley, Razing Athabasca: Bitumen Extraction and the Industrial Colonization of North-eastern Alberta, 1967-1983 (thesis completed January 2013).
  • Heather Green, “Life After Closure: Deindustrialized Landscape and Memories of the Polaris Mine, 1973-2012” (major paper completed August 2012).
  • Scott Midgley, “Co-Producing Ores, Science and States: High Arctic Mining at Svalbard (Norway) And Nanisivik (Canada)” (supervisory committee; thesis exam completed July 2012).
  • Jean-Sébastien Boutet, “An Innu-Naskapi Ethnohistorical Geography of Industrial Iron Mining Development at Schefferville, Québec” (Co-supervised with Arn Keeling; thesis exam completed March 2012).
  • Patricia Boulter, “The Survival of an Arctic Boom Town: Socio-Economic and Cultural Diversity in Rankin Inlet, 1956-63” (major paper completed August 2011).
  • Jane Hammond, “Labrador City: Gender, Labour and Community in a Remote Mining Town” (major paper completed August 2011).
  • Heather Leard, “The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same: Native Employment in the Mining Industry in the Northwest Territories, Canada as Seen Through Government Reports, 1960-1990” (major paper completed September 2011).
  • Alex Dezan, “‘The Only Course to Follow:’ The Banff Springs Golf Course and Improving Nature in Banff National Park” (major paper completed December 2010).
  • Allan Byrne, “Selling Simplicity: Lee Wulff, Stanley Truman Brooks and the Newfoundland Tourist Development Board, 1925-1946” (major paper completed August 2008).
  • Allan MacDonald, “Hurricane Edna’s Winds of Change: Disaster Relief in Rural Nova Scotia, 1954” (major paper completed August 2007).