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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 25, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Graduate (MA) Courses 2014-15



These are the Master's courses to be offered on Laurier campus 2014-15. Normally the reading/historiography oriented courses will be scheduled in the Fall term and the research-oriented courses in the Winter term. For courses offered on the other two campuses of the Tri-University MA program (Guelph, Waterloo), please consult http://www.triuhistory.ca

HI 696xx: Africa Since 1945: Nationalism, Decolonization and Development I (J. Grischow)

This course will examine the myths and realities of nationalism, decolonization and development in Africa since 1945. Seminar readings will consist of general, continent-wide works as well as case studies from specific regions and countries. The readings will introduce students to major historiographical debates on subjects that might include the rise of nationalism, processes of decolonization, civil wars and revolutions, and postcolonial development. For the research essay, students will be required to write historiographical papers on any topic of interest from the literature on African history since 1945.

HI 696xx: Africa Since 1945: Nationalism, Decolonization and Development II (J. Grischow)

HI6YY is a follow course to HI6XX. It is a research course in which students will write a 7,500 word essay paper on any topic relating broadly to Nationalism, Decolonization and Development in Africa during the post-1945 period. For their essays, students may choose an individual country or leader, or compare the experience of 2-3 countries or leaders. The research paper must be based on primary source material, but the analysis must be set within the relevant historiography for the chosen topic. We will meet during the first week to establish a schedule for progress meetings and research presentations. After Week One, we will not meet as a class until March, but each individual student must attend regularly scheduled progress meetings during the term. The final draft of the research paper will be due in mid-April.

HI 696xx: From Shattered Nerves to Shell Shock I (A. Milne-Smith)

This course examines the history of mental illness from the 1860s through the First World War. Beyond simple diagnostics, the history of psychiatry is deeply shaped by the context of broad social, political, economic, and cultural circumstances. In this seminar we will explain how aberrant mental states were categorized and treated in a trans-Atlantic context. Weekly discussions will offer students an opportunity to explore such questions as: How have ideas of madness changed over time? How did popular culture shape the emergent field of psychiatry? How was deviancy pathologized? What was the fate of the Victorian asylum?

HI 696yy: From Shattered Nerves to Shell Shock II (A. Milne-Smith)

This course is the continuation of the historiographical work of the first term. In this research seminar, students will undertake their own original research paper on the history of psychiatry. We will meet both as a group and in individual consultations to discuss the progress of research and writing. Students will be evaluated both in oral presentations/workshops and in a final research paper of approximately 30 pages.

HI 696xx Cold War America I (D. Mulloy)

This course examines the United States from the start to the end of the Cold War, both domestically and overseas. Topics to be addressed include the development of the national security state, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, Hollywood films and the Vietnam War.

HI 696yy Cold War America II (D. Mulloy)

In the second half of Cold War America, students will write an article-length research paper on a topic of their choicerelated tothe history of the Cold War. The research paperwill be based on primary sources and willaddress the historiography of the student's chosen topic.

HI 696xx Nature and Environment in Canadian History I (S. Zeller)

HI 696xx: Thisreading seminar course focusesonrecent interdisciplinary approaches to the historical study of changing Canadian perceptions of nature andenvironment since the 17th century. We trace theroots of these changes to theinterplay between the European cultural encounter with the New World, andthe particular environment of northern North America and its peoples.Critical readings,discussions, and short written assignmentsonselections from a richscholarly literature in this fieldenable students to formulate individualresearch topics on related themes in the 19th- and 20 centuries.

HI 696yy Nature and Environment in Canadian History II (S. Zeller)


HI 696yy: This research seminar provides the framework within which students analyze a body of primary and secondary sources to carry out and present the research projectsdefined in HI 696xx.