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Hist 3120O: The History of the Body Author: Danielle Kinsey
Course Subject: the body; women's, gender, and sexuality histories; disability studies; European history
Posted: November 18, 2018

Course Description: In this course we will examine the History of the Body in two interrelated ways: as a topic and as a methodology. As a topic, we will talk about how ideas about physical attributes, body parts, and bodies in general have developed over time, space, and cultural context. What does hair or scars or height or skin colour say about us, to whom, and how does this change from context to context? How have people worked within or resisted these ideas? Who has had the power to make pronouncements about the body and how have these pronouncements shaped the world we live in?  Thinking about the histories of bodies and body parts will lead us to examine health, science, religion, and ideas about sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, and many more “categories of difference” that some argue are biologically “true” and others contend are cultural assumptions. Who decides “the Truth” about bodies, now or in the past?  Modules within the course will be based on the histories of certain body parts or bodily processes: bones, eyes, stomachs, penises, legs, and so on. As a methodology,we can think of the body as a perspective from which we can analyze any historical topic, not just ones that are pointedly about bodies. We will study how ideas about the abled versus the disabled body changed over time and how they offer us unparalleled insight into power structures of the past. We will also study how people worked within and fought against various kinds of ableism.
tl;dr This course is about three things: 1) how ideas about bodies and body parts have changed over time; 2) how we can better understand all historical contexts by thinking about them from the perspective of the body; and 3) how ableism and the concepts of the abled versus disabled body have been fundamental to societies in the past and present.   Most – but not all -- case studies we will look at will be from European history.

Victorian London Author: Danielle Kinsey
Course Subject: First Year Seminar on "Turning Points in History"
Posted: November 18, 2018

This is a full year course taught to a small group of 25 incoming first-years of any major. Course Description: From Sherlock Holmes to Ripper Street, Dracula to Queen Victoria, we continue to be fascinated by nineteenth-century London as the “city of dreadful delight.”  This course will examine the causes and consequences of the city’s "modernization" between the 1830s and early 1900s as it was shaped by new technologies, the politics of reform, mass migration, industrialization, environmental crises, cholera, the threat of rebellion, hunger, population pressure, and crime.  We will look at topics such as the Thames river, sewage, and clean water infrastructure; the East End versus the West End; overlapping administrative jurisdictions; the rise of department stores and shopping culture; museums, cemeteries and parks as places of leisure; London as a port-city-center of a vast empire; immigration and racism; the flâneur and the flâneuse, so-called urban wanderers; class and fashion; the Great Exhibition; Chartism and Anglo-African activist William Cuffay; ideas about crime and criminality; the politics of housing, public transport, and mobility; newspapers and print culture; photography and the city; and ideas about gender and sexuality.  In addition to exploring the history of Victorian London, this course will also be an introduction to the methodologies of historical research, writing, and thinking.

Consumption Author: Danielle Kinsey
Course Subject: HIST 5211
Posted: November 18, 2018

This is an MA-level course on the history of consumption in modern Europe. Much European historiography considers the production side of the economy by discussing the Industrial Revolution and explaining its rise, stages, consequences, and apparent lack in certain contexts. It is only in the last thirty years or so that historians have begun to take seriously the consumption side of the economy, some going as far as to argue that the development of consumer culture was the true engine of modernity (concepts to be unpacked, for sure). In this course, students will identify and analyze key debates, priorities, and methodologies that have been at work in writing about consumption in European history. We may contend with concepts of the domestic sphere, consumer revolution, emulation theory, modern advertising, mass distribution, consumer agency, addiction theory, thing theory, habitus, performativity, the history of the senses, the digital revolution, and the history of everyday life. Students will begin by considering how consumption is conceived of in theoretical texts. We will then analyze examples of how the history of consumption has been written. Students will end the course by identifying current trends in the field and considering how the frameworks and concepts they have learned can be applied to their graduate projects. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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