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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.

Modern Germany, Part 1 1871-1945 Author: Lisa Todd
Course Subject: German History/European History
Posted: May 11, 2016


Beginning with the 1871 Unification of Germany, and ending with the Third Reich’s defeat in the Second World War, this upper-year lecture course uses myriad themes to make sense of the tumultuous 20th century, including: violence, cultural innovation, diplomacy, gender relations, everyday life under democracy and dictatorship, memory and commemoration, war and genocide, and the changing place of Germany within Europe. We will discuss the fractures and divisions within Imperial German society, the home and fighting fronts of the First World War, the short-lived, but influential, Weimar Republic, the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Volksgemeinschaft of the Third Reich, and the Nazi’s “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem” in Occupied Europe.

The course will consist of lectures, class discussions, and films. Students will complete regular written assignments using primary documents from the on-line website German History in Documents and Images and the graphic novel Maus, a research essay, a midterm test, and a final exam.

Modern Germany, Part 2 1945 to the Present Author: Lisa Todd
Course Subject: German History/European History
Posted: May 11, 2016

This upper-year lecture course examines German History from the end of World War II to the present. Beginning with the Allied occupation of Germany in 1945, we will study the formation of two separate states: the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany. Using the tools of social, cultural, political, and gender history, we will then consider everyday life under communism and democracy, relations between the two Germanies, and the role of these states in the Cold War. We will analyze the rise of left-wing terrorism, consider the role of the “68ers”, discuss the role of atonement for the crimes of the Holocaust, and compare the lives of workers in the two states. We will then trace the events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and think about the many challenges Germans continue to face following (re-) unification.

We will read primary documents and view documentaries and popular films (such as The Lives of Others and Good-bye Lenin) to further consider the interconnections between popular culture, memory, and political systems. Students will complete regular written assignments using primary documents from the on-line website German History in Documents and Images, a research essay, a midterm test, and a final exam.

Canada, 1900-1945 Author: James Muir
Course Subject: Canadian history
Posted: March 8, 2016

The period 1900 to 1945 saw the birth of modern Canada. So much happened in this brief period that either continues to shape our experience today or that mirrors, however blurrily, events of our time. And yet it was a period unique and distinct from our own. In this course we will explore the period 1900 to 1945 both to understand it on its own terms as much as possible and to think about its relevance to the present.
The course is a collaborative effort between professor and students. Although the three texts are assigned in advance, everything else is up to the students. They decide on the the teaching method (in this case lectures), the lecture topics, and the evaluation methods. This means the course changes year from year, but, remarkably, not very much. I've attached a combined outline: the two pages they receive on the first day and this year's detailed outline post class discussion about content and evaluation.

Pre-Confederation Canada Author: James Muir
Course Subject: Era from pre-contact up to Confederation
Posted: March 8, 2016

This course is an introduction to the history of what would become Canada up to and including Confederation in 1867. It is about big things beyond individual control such as climate, culture, disease, economies, and war. It is about people, some named and some not, in families and communities and engaging in personal acts like work and recreation, love and sex, staying put and moving, politics and devotion. As people met each other and faced their circumstances they struggled. Sometimes these struggles were private and limited, such as finding food for the day. Sometimes the struggles were public such as achieving responsible government. These struggles could be wars and rebellions, but many were not. The struggles could occur in forests, along rivers, on plains or in the street; in marketplaces, churches, legislatures, work-places, and homes. In this course we will trace this story of individuals, circumstances and struggles to understand more of the history of what would become Canada.
Regardless of whether you take more courses in History, you will be required to read, research and write through the rest of your university career and in your life at work and at play. Thus, some part of the course will be devoted to working on research and writing skills.

Rebellion, Confederation, Revolution: Canada, 1837-1901 Author: James Muir
Course Subject: 19th century Canada
Posted: March 8, 2016

Rebellion: In 1837, just months after Victoria was crowned queen of the United Kingdom, people in the Canadas took up arms against their governments. In the next sixty years this happened several more times: in Prince Edward Island, in the prairie west and in British Columbia.
Confederation: Between 1857 and 1873 all of the British North American colonies except Newfoundland and the Arctic Archipelago joined together into a single political state. Between the 1860s and 1900 the people in the new country began to think of themselves as Canadian.
Revolution: the Victorian era was a period of several revolutions in Canada: In the economy, an industrial revolution that radically changed the way goods were produced, people laboured and goods and information moved. In scientific thought the spread of Darwinian theories and other nineteenth century innovations and discoveries radically changed how understood their world. Religious practice and belief was revolutionised in the wake of both the industrial and scientific revolutions. Changes in transportation, communication, production and belief all in turn revolutionised culture: the way people experienced the world and understood it.
This semester we will look at several of these changes in Canada to better understand the changes brought about in the Victorian era. We will do this through lectures, discussions, and a game that will stretch over three weeks of class. You will have the opportunity to do a variety of different sorts of assignments, working on your own and in groups.
The course is not a survey.

Hist. 102 -- Canada: 1867 to the Present (A Flipped Course) Author: Molly Ungar
Course Subject: Canadian History
Posted: February 17, 2016

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the main themes in the history of Canada after Confederation. Our discussion will start in 1867, a turning point in the lives of many Canadians, and trace the direction of Canadian society through four generations to the present day.

The evolving characteristics of Canada and Canadians will be presented from a social, political, economic and cultural perspective, through an examination of issues, events, institutions and personalities. You will be encouraged to engage with a variety of historical sources, such as personal or literary accounts, and audio or visual works.

This is a Flipped Course

All electronic course content, such as lecture outlines, lecture notes and PowerPoint components will be available online on BlackBoard Learn. The textbooks for this course are available in hardcopy at the UFV Bookstore as well as on reserve in the UFV Library. Course participants are responsible for accessing online material, textbook material and assigned readings before the relevant classes.

All in-class time in this course will be devoted to acquiring skills in critical analysis, historical research, scholarly writing, thoughtful, effective group and individual presentation, and peer discussions.

There are no in-class lectures in this course.

HIST 235 - History of Canada: Moments that Matter (UBC) Author: Laura Ishiguro
Course Subject: Introduction to Canadian History
Posted: February 16, 2016

This course is a team-taught introduction to Canadian history, designed and delivered by Canadian historians in the UBC Department of History. Rather than a broad survey, the course investigates different interpretations of a number of “defining moments” that have shaped northern North America. More specifically, HIST 235 revolves around the question - what "moments” have mattered in Canada’s history, and why? - and the wide range of ways in which we might answer this question. Lectures are delivered by different historians, who each draw on their particular areas of expertise in order to answer the question posed by the course. Readings, assignments, and tutorial discussions and activities then give students further opportunity to assess lecturers' answers, to understand each “moment” in its broader historical context, to make connections between different “moments,” and to explore other possible responses to the question. Like other 200-level courses in the UBC History department, HIST 235 is also designed to introduce key areas of historical practice including primary source analysis, historical writing, library and media skills, and public history.

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