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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 26, 2015
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Year 2 Course Offerings 2013-2014

HI229       Survey of African History   
                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr. John Laband
                TR  11:30 - 12:50 pm

This course is a survey intended to introduce students to the wide sweep of African history, from earliest times to the present,  and to some of the methodological and interpretative problems associated with it.      

HI248       The Second World War  
                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr. Roger Sarty
                R 7:00 - 9:50 pm 

A history of the Second World War emphasizing global strategy and military operations, 1939-1945.          Exclusion:: 247*

HI249      Impact of the Second World War
                Winter term
                Instructor: Dr. Blaine Chiasson
                R 7:00-9:50 pm

The course examines the impact of the Second World War away from the front lines of battle by concentrating on the role of civilians in the conflict. An attempt will be made to focus on the most controversial issues in the social, political, economic and diplomatic realms that arose in the decade from 1939 to 1948.      Exclusion: HI247*.  

HI250       Violence E. Europe 1880 - WWII
                Winter term
                 Instructor: Dr. Eva Plach
                TR 2:30 - 3:50 pm

From the late 19th c. through to the end of WWII millions of civilians were murdered in the territory that stretches from central Poland through to western Russia.  This course surveys specific examples of political mass murder in the bloodlands both during wars and in peacetime, and considers the role that political ideologies, nationalism, racism and Anti-Semitism played in unleashing violence.

HI251      Show Business: American History
                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr. David Monod
                MWF 9:30 - 10:20 am

This course studies the entrepreneurs and businesses which developed the American entertainment industry.  Using biographies and case studies it documents the pioneering work of show people in such areas as advertising, vertical integration, corporate image-creation, labour relations, copyright protection, franchising and chair distribution.  The course touches on major developments in different branches of the industry including the vaudeville, the music business, Broadway, the film industry, radio and television.

HI252      Lives of the Explorers
                Winter term
                Instructor: Dr. David Smith
                MWF 11:30 - 12:20 pm

From the fifteenth century onwards Europeans traveled across the Atlantic as traders, settlers, and explorers, and created mew connections binding together the many shores of this ocean.  Through the biographies of seven explorers and migrants, European and non-European, this course examines the experience of tumultuous cultural change and the reconfiguration of the world commerce.  It follows the story of the rise and fall of nations and empires, the first global corporations and competing values of principle and profit.  Exclusion: HI316

HI255      Crime and Justice in Antiquity
                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr. Judith Fletcher
                TR 2:30 - 3:50 pm

This course explores how the ancient Greeks and Romans treated crimes such as homicide, assault, theft, adultery and perjury.  Students explore the historical development of legal systems and penal procedures, the phenomenon of popular (informal) justice, ancient ideas about the causes and nature of criminality and the representation of crime in drama and literature.

HI256      Human Rights in World History
                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr. Jeff Grischow
                MWF 11:30 - 12:20 pm

A survey of human rights in world history, from their earliest expression in religious and philosophical texts to the present day. Course themes include: rights in world religions, antislavery, rights and revolutions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rights and development, and International Criminal Law.

HI257       Germany Descent to Catastrophe
                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr. Erich Haberer
                MW 4:00 - 5:20 pm

This course aims to provide an appropriate historical understanding of Nazism, the Third Reich, and its principal legacy of war and genocide. Combining a chronological and thematic approach, the lectures will focus on political, cultural, and ideological developments which went into the making of the Nazi state and characterized its existence between 1933 and 1945. Particular attention will be paid to specific themes in the genesis, consolidation, destruction, and criminality of Hitler’s Germany.

HI258      Natives and Empires 
                Winter term
                Instructor: Dr. Susan Neylan
                MWF 1:30 -  2:20 pm

This course examines the historical experience of Indigenous societies as they came into contact and interacted with empires.  Whether Native or European, “empire” should be interpreted broadly as encompassing first contacts, commercial networks, cultural exchanges, “colonial projects’, legislative frontiers, violence, and diverse forms of resistance (among many other things) over several different centuries and geographic regions of the world.  In the class, students will be exposed to the histories of diverse Indigenous peoples, such as the Nahua (Mexico), Maori (Aotearoa/New Zealand), Xhosa (South Africa), Sami (Nordic Europe), Hawai’ians (United states) and Ts’msyen (Canada) as they met and interacted with European and American empires.  We will also consider what informed the imperial encounter with Native societies.  Selected topics may include: representationsof Aboriginal peoples; inter-Indigenous relations; contact zones; conquest; violence and resistance; trade and work; “colonial projects;” missions; governmental policies towards First peoples; Native people and the law; decolonization, pan-Indianism, and global Indianism; and Native and non-Native interpretations of the past.

            Tutorial 1    F    11:30 - 12:20 pm
            Tutorial 2    M    11:30 - 12:20 pm
            Tutorial 3    T    11:30 - 12:20 pm
            Tutorial 4    R    12:30 - 1: 20 pm

        *NOTE: Students will be required to take one tutorial a week with this course. 
        Registration for tutorials will be done ONLINE when registering for this class.

HI260        History on Film
                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr Michael Sibalis
                T 7:00 - 10:50 pm

Movies and television shows provide most people with their knowledge of the past (which often includes a lot of misinformation).  Students in this course will look critically at how movies deal with historical events and personalities.  Through lectures and weekly screenings, they will explore the ways film makers have used (and misused) historical evidence and how the past has been recreated on the screen.  They will study a selection of films in the context of their own time, i.e. the historical,  historiographical and cultural period in which they were made.  The  course does not deal with cinema as an art form, except insofar as images can convey historical interpretation.  The purpose of the course is rather to understand how films portray the past.  Most particularly, the course asks why film is such a powerful medium for presenting history and teaches students to employ the critical tools of the historian in analyzing them.  This year the course focuses on American, British, French, Italian and Polish movies about nineteenth-century European history from the French Revolution (1789) to 1914.  These include four movies about the French Revolution: La Marseillaise (1938), Marie-Antoinette (1938), Marie-Antoinette (2006) and The Lady and the Duke (2001); three historical epics based on classic novels: Germinal (1993), The Promised Land (1975) and The Leopard (1963); and four “biopics”: Creation (2009), Madame Curie (1943), Wilde (1997) and Young Winston (1972). (For further information on these films, you can consult
Each Wednesday evening class will comprise a lecture (60-75 minutes), followed by a coffee break and then the screening of a movie (ranging in length from 90 minutes to two and one-half hours).  Students will be required to write two six- to eight-page essays on two of the films screened in class (worth 30% each) and a final exam (40%).

HI265      Ten Moments Making Middle East
                Winter term
                Instructor: Dr. Gavin Brockett
                M 4:00 - 6:50 pm

The modern Middle East has been shaped by the impact of specific moments over the course of two millennia: from the rise of the influential monotheistic religions to conflicts that led to changes not only in government but in how men, women and children lived. This course helps students to understand the various forces that have contributed to the Middle East as we know it today. Religion and war are important to the region's history, but equally interesting is how people have lived these moments and even how they are remembered today in different countries and cultures.

HI280        A History of Madness
                Winter term
                Instructor: Dr. Amy Milne-Smith
                MWF 9:30 - 10:20 am

This course will examine how ideas of madness have been understood, constructed and treated in modern Western history.  Covering the past three centuries, discussions will not only examine the point of view of medical practitioners, they will also examine the ideas of the general public along with experiences of sufferers themselves, and how people fought back against asylums, mad-doctors, and social stigma.

HI292        History of Canada to Confederation

                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr. Sharon Jaeger       
                TR  10:00 -11:20 am     

A survey of Canadian history from European contact to Confederation. Attention will be given to social developments as well as to economic and political issues.

        Tutorial 1    W    10:30 - 11:20 am       
        Tutorial 2    R     5:30 - 6:20 pm   
        Tutorial 3    F     11:30 - 12:20 pm       
        Tutorial 4    R     11:30 - 12:20 pm 

        * NOTE: Students will be required to take one tutorial a week with this course.
        Registration for tutorials will be done ONLINE when registering for this class.

HI293      History of Canada Since Confederation   
                Winter term   
                Instructor: Dr. Adam Crerar
                TR   10:00 - 11:20 a.m.

A survey of Canadian history from Confederation to the present. Attention will be given to social developments as well as to economic and political issues.

        Tutorial 1    M     12:30 - 1:20 pm       
        Tutorial 2    F     11:30 - 12:20 pm   
        Tutorial 3    M     5:30 - 6:20 pm       
        Tutorial 4    W     1:30 - 2:20 pm

        * NOTE: Students will be required to take one tutorial a week with this course.
        Registration for tutorials will be done ONLINE when registering for this class.

HI299A    Medieval Crusades
                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr. Jason Sager
                MWF 1:30 - 2:20 pm

This course examines the Crusades of the Middle Ages ( c 1100 - 1500).  We will trace the development of the idea of crusading in eleventh-century Europe: follow the course of the various movements and military campaigns inspired by this idea; and examine the creation of the Crusader States in the Middle East.  We will learn how Latin Christians interacted with the inhabitants of the eastern Mediterranean (Eastern Christians, Jews and Muslims) not just in war but through commercial, cultural and intellectual exchanges.

HI299B      History of Modern Art 1835-1970
                Fall term
                Instructor: Dr. Anne Brydon
                MWF 12:30 - 1:20 pm

This course surveys avant-garde modern art, primarily of Europe and the United States, from the mid-19th century until the early 1970s. Trends in painting, sculpture, photography, design, and architecture are studied in relation to the social conditions of modernity, that post-feudal period associated with the rise of capitalism and related social and political relations. This study will reveal how modernism's credo of newness and originality was driven by a faith in progress similar to that which freed the forces of industrialization, democratization, urbanization, commodity capitalism, mass communication, individualism, and other institutional clusters of modernity.
    You will learn to analyze the period's major artistic movements -- Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Constructivism, Social Realism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, and Minimalism -- in formal (i.e., line, shape and form, space, colour, texture) and contextual terms. You will become aware of why modernism achieved such greatness and why key modernist values have fallen into disrepute. You will also learn how to pay critical attention to modern art's exclusion of women and minority artists, its eurocentrism, and its colonialist legacies.

HI299D     The European dark Ages 400 - 1350: Art and Culture
                Winter term
                Instructor: Dr. Adam Stead
                MW 4:00 - 5:20 pm

This course examines art and architecture in Europe from late antiquity to the dawn of the Renaissance. Though customarily labelled with such inherently negative terms as the “Dark” or “Middle Ages,” this period should be seen not as a prolonged era of cultural “darkness,” but rather as one of the most critically formative and artistically vibrant eras within the history of European culture.

We will examine such diverse cultural developments as the triumphant emergence of the Christian Church and its imagery in late antiquity; the resplendent churches and mosaics of the “Golden Age” of Byzantium; the precious small-scale arts of the so-called “barbarian” tribes in northern Europe (from the Goths and Merovingians through Hiberno-Saxon metalwork and manuscript illumination in the British Isles); the political and religious ambitions of the Carolingian and Ottonian periods; and the major artistic, architectural, and cultural achievements of the Romanesque and Gothic eras across Western Europe. Throughout this course, emphasis will be placed on situating and interpreting works of medieval art and architecture within their distinct religious, political, social, and philosophical contexts.

HI299E    Sports and Society in the Modern World
                Winter term
                Instructor: Allan Downey
                MW 11:30 - 12:50 pm
An examination of the various relationships between sports and society in the 19th and 20th centuries.   

            Tutorial 1    M    2:30 - 3:20 pm
            Tutorial 2    W    2:30 - 3:20 pm
            Tutorial 3    T    10:30 - 11:20 pm
            Tutorial 4    R    2:30 - 3:20 pm

HI299F  Contemporary Canada: 1990 to the present
Spring 2014 term
             Instructor:  Dr. Cindy Comacchio
             TR 10:00 - 11:20

This course examines Canada at the millennium, from the closing years of the 20th century to the present, with emphasis on the late-century roots of such contemporary issues as neo-conservatism and environmentalism; the ‘digital revolution’ and its effects for national identity, politics, education, social relations and arts policy; science and technology; multiculturalism; the persistence of separatist and regional tensions; the politicization of Indigenous communities; the devolution of the welfare state; Canadian-American relations [FTA, NAFTA, and security in the wake of 9/11]; and the sociocultural shifts that have occurred with millennial changes in marriage patterns, especially the legalization of same-sex marriage, in family formation and family size, and in women’s economic and educational opportunities.

Required Text/Additional Sources:   **Course package containing select secondary sources and excerpts from primary sources.