Teaching

Welcome to the new CHA Syllabi Central

This portal will showcase the different methods used by members to teach History. We hope this resource will be of value to graduate students, new instructors, and established teachers who want to shake up their approaches in the classroom. We invite you to submit syllabi from all levels of classroom instruction, representing any geographical region or historical period, and written in either official language. All submissions should have a description of the course that will be searchable and can be up to 250 words in length.  We trust that members will use these shared resources responsibly.

Public History in Canada - Memory, Representation, Interpretation Author: Laura Ishiguro
Course Subject: Canadian history / public history
Posted: January 15, 2018

This course is an introduction to public history in Canada. Through lectures, discussions, assignments, and activities, we explore how and why Canadian history has been interpreted or represented in public, and consider why it matters. Units explore common professional settings for public historical work in Canada; how historical interpretation enters our lives in more everyday ways; and controversies or points of contention in public history in Canada today. Like other 200-level courses in the UBC History department, HIST 236 is also designed to introduce key areas of historical practice including primary source analysis, historical writing, library and media skills, and (of course) public history.

This is a 200-level course with no pre-requisites, and is designed to be suitable for students with little or no background in Canadian history. (This means that the course doubles as an introduction to public history and an introduction to Canadian history.) In this version (2017-18), the assigned materials are almost all publicly accessible sources, and I am teaching the course with a parallel "light" version on Twitter that is intended to allow interested members of the public to follow along with course content - making the course both about public history, and a form of public history itself.

HIST 2500: Canadian History (York University Author: Sean Kheraj
Course Subject: Canadian History
Posted: November 4, 2017

This is a syllabus for HIST 2500: Canadian History. This is an introductory survey course in Canadian history taught at York University in 2016-17.

Legacies of Indigenous Education in North America Author: J.M. McCutcheon
Course Subject: History
Posted: November 4, 2016

This course examined the complex history of Indigenous education during the colonial era, through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the American context, how Native American children experienced boarding schools and federal education policies will be compared with the diversity of approaches missionaries, Church officials, bureaucrats sought to erase Indigenous identities and culture using Christianity to ‘civilize’ and educate. Students will study the history and legacies of schools, federal policies, inter-generational trauma to consider the processes of decolonization, reconciliation and healing in contemporary society.

Material History and Material Culture in Canada Author: J.M. McCutcheon
Course Subject: Material History
Posted: November 4, 2016

This course explored Canada’s history using material history methods and material culture research. Using inter-disciplinary approaches including, but not limited to archaeology, art history, Indigenous studies and museum studies, students examined and contextualized artifacts and objects to learn about Canada’s past. The course followed a thematic approach that included a consideration of pre-Contact material cultures, New France, British North America to the twentieth-century. Students were introduced to digital tools to display artifacts and to systematically analyze sources and objects relevant to Canada’s material past. Students will have opportunities to visit and become familiar with collections from institutions like the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum, the Museum of Science and Technology and the Library and Archives Canada. Students went on a walking tour and visit to Laurier House on Laurier Street. Students evaluated, interpreted and created history through their course work throughout the session.

This course may be taught with a blended learning model. A survey of student access to the Internet and devices for learning will be undertaken during the first week to determine how to approach this element of the source. We may have some flipped classes where students will watch relevant tutorials and lectures related to key concepts and then trouble shoot and collaborate in-class and using Adobe Connect.

American History: Revolution to Reconstruction, 1776 to 1877 Author: J.M. McCutcheon
Course Subject: American History
Posted: November 4, 2016

This course was a general survey of U.S. history from the American Revolution (War of Independence) to the Civil War and if time permits, a consideration of the Reconstruction era. Lectures and readings provided students with an overview of the major social, political, cultural, economic, and demographic trends that affected and challenged the American republic between 1776 and the 1870s. Students considered how history was constructed and specific historical events have been commemorated and depicted over-time.
Students used the Valley of the Shadow website to complete their final research project by doing history. Students were also introduced to digital tools to further enhance their analysis of the past.

History and Theory Author: J.M. McCutcheon
Course Subject: Historical Research Methods
Posted: November 4, 2016

This course will examine the history of history within a global context. It will also include an analysis and study of specific theoretical frameworks used in historical interpretations and how the practice of history has changed over time. We will focus on the origins and development of historical narratives, practices, methods and ideas, and question the use and consequences of history in a variety of contemporary contexts.

Students will be tasked with understand what is history and how this idea, while common to all societies, has been studied and transmitted differently. How have and how do historians undertake historical inquiry? Other questions that will we consider includes: What role does history play in daily life? Communities? Nations? What is the use of history? What is the relationship between history and theory? What distinguishes history from other disciplines? We will use contemporary media sites, blogs, and other resources frequently.

As students of history and members of the university community, we should question and reflect critically on the diverse uses of history in contemporary society. Students should also begin to think about your own epistemological position – how do we know what we know about the past? How important is what is not known?

The Making of Canada Author: J.M. McCutcheon
Course Subject: Survey of Canadian History
Posted: November 4, 2016

This survey course covered the major political, social, cultural, and military themes in Canadian history from the time before contact to the present. This course combined traditional lectures with workshops to learn about a diversity of approaches to studying Canadian history. Students examined specific events, people and learn to identify, critically evaluate and interpret a diversity of primary sources.

Students were introduced to digital tools like Zotero to help them manage their research and digitally born material relevant to course material like primary sources from Canadiana.org, digital newspapers, House of Commons Debates, the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and online news sources.

Students also selected a novel related to Canadian history and evaluated the effectiveness of learning history from fiction.

A History of Women in Canada Author: J.M. McCutcheon
Course Subject: A Survey of Women's History
Posted: November 4, 2016

This course will survey the history of girls and women in Canada from both a chronological and a thematic perspective. There will lectures along with interactive learning activities and discussions based on assigned readings. There will also be a focus on primary documents. Students will consider a specific identity, career or life cycle phase and explore change over time. Students will be encouraged to engage in social media tools for their projects and use technology to facilitate learning and enhance their research processes.

Digital History, Skills and Tools for History in Canada Author: J.M. McCutcheon
Course Subject: Digital History
Posted: November 4, 2016

What happens when the study of the past is presented in the digital realm? How does research and writing in a time when millions of significant primary and secondary source texts, photographs, videos, audio sources, artifacts, maps and much more have been made available via academic and public realms? Students will be introduced to a range of works on evaluating, interpreting and creating history using digital tools. Beyond course readings we will also critically engage a range of digital tools and resources as students will also learn how to construct, post, maintain and implement new media in their course work. This course will explore the current and potential impact of the use of digital media on historical analysis, practice, research and presentation.

This course will be taught with a blended learning model, including some flipped classes where students will watch relevant tutorials and lectures related to key concepts and then trouble shoot and collaborate in-class and using Adobe Connect.

The Holocaust: Victims, Perpetrators, Bystanders Author: Lisa Todd
Course Subject: European History/History of Genocide
Posted: May 11, 2016

This upper-level lecture course examines the Nazi German attempt to create a “racially pure” society between 1933 and 1945. We will begin by looking at the long history of prejudice, anti-Semitism and racism in European society, before focusing on the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. We will consider how society increasingly became polarized between those Germans who fit the racial, social and gendered mold of the perfect “Aryan” and those Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, Afro-Germans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and physically and mentally disabled peoples who did not. We will then examine how the Nazi genocide unfolded across Europe, and consider the motivations of the perpetrators, the responses of victims, and the potential compliance of the bystanders. We will end the course with an examination of war crime trials, discuss the politics of Holocaust commemoration, and consider the shifting definition of genocide after 1945.

Throughout the course, students will make regular use of the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). Course requirements consist of regular primary document responses, participation in class discussions, a midterm test, a final exam, and a research essay.

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