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Welcome to History
History is the study of the thoughts, actions and achievements of human beings over time. It communicates a profound and practical understanding of how our world came into being by teaching students how to study events in historically-aware ways. History provides a methodology for research and critical thinking which is essential in most professions and walks of life. It acquaints students with important concepts, events and people, and builds their cultural literacy. History promotes a depth of understanding of ourselves and others by heightening critical thinking, deepening global understanding, and enhancing aesthetic and moral awareness. The skills History provides are invaluable in such varied professions as the law, education, journalism and public and international service.
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People at Laurier
As a PhD Candidate in the Department of History, Whitney Wood is interested in exploring the history of pain. Her research, funded by a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, examines medical and cultural ideas about how various groups of people were thought to feel different levels of pain in the past. Her doctoral dissertation is a study of how the pain women experienced in giving birth was conceptualized - by women themselves, by physicians, and by other social commentators - in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century English Canada, and how these conceptualizations were inseparable from broader socioeconomic changes.