Upcoming Courses

History graduate courses: Winter 2023

For additional course infomation such as slot, room number, and instructor, see our upcoming courses database. 

Our 4th year seminars in the Department of History are open to graduate students taking the course for graduate credit (a 6xxx designation). Individual instructors may require additional reading, assignments, and/or engagement from graduate students in the seminar. Instructor’s permission is required to register in these seminars as a graduate student and is subject to capacity.

History of Environmental Ideas in Canada & USA (HIST 4125)

This course will survey major philosophical, scientific, and popular ideas of nature in North America during the 19th and 20th centuries. As well as key environmental thought from romanticism to social ecology, the seminar will also contextualize important voices from social groups and racialized peoples often marginalized in environmental debates. 

North American Frontier (HIST 4212)

The idea of “frontier” regions has figured prominently in the ways people have understood themselves and the territories they inhabit in settler societies. This seminar examines how concepts of “frontier” have figured in North American history, and equally in the writing of that history.

Slavery & Resistance in the Atlantic World (HIST 4219)

In this seminar we will explore how freedom and slavery in early modern New Orleans were held in uneasy balance by a complex array of social, legal, and cultural accommodations. In thinking about the historical evolution of race relations, we will discuss food, music, Mardi Gras, and other cultural expressions of the Crescent City’s creole history.

French Revolution (HIST 4320)

This seminar examines the causes and proximate and long-term consequences of the events of 1789 and the revolutionary period in France. The seminar considers both how the French people initiated and responded to major events in France, as well as the participation in and consequences of the Revolution on French colonies and the rest of Europe.

Oral History (HIST 4480)

Oral history is both a method of inquiry used by historians, and others, and a subfield of history which has a strong commitment to those marginalized voices whose histories are rarely in state archives. This course will introduce students to oral history methodology, theory, and ethics.

Honours Reading Seminar (HIST 4821)

This seminar is designed to help students learn to critically read and discuss major academic works. Students will read ten books over the semester, one book discussed each week, culminating in an oral examination with two faculty members.

Masters Seminar (HIST 6200)

This is a seminar on Historiography, the study of the writing of history, intended to direct our students in writing the historiographical analysis section of their Thesis or Major Research Paper.

Advanced Studies in Labour History and Working Class (HIST 6075)

This course explores the history of working people and the development of organized labour since the 19th century. Focused especially on Canadian case studies, the course provides insight into empirical and theoretical aspects of working-class history. Students will have an opportunity to examine and evaluate a variety of approaches to the study of this subject.