2011-2012 Graduate Calendar

Master of Arts in History Go to top of document
Dean Douglas Kneale Faculty of Humanities Associate Dean Carol Merriam Faculty of Humanities Core Faculty Professors Robert Dimand (Economics), Rosemary Hale (Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), Jack N. Lightstone (History), R. Andrew McDonald (History), John Sainsbury (History), Elizabeth Sauer (English), David Schimmelpenninck (History) Associate Professors John Bonnett (History),Michael Driedger (History and Liberal Arts), Kevin Kee (History). Maureen Lux (History) , Jane McLeod (History), Elizabeth Neswald (History) Carmela Patrias (History), Daniel Samson (History), Barnett Singer (History), Mark Spencer (History), Tami Friedman (History), Murray Wickett (History) Assistant Professors Renée Lafferty (History and Canadian Studies), Dan Malleck (Community Health Sciences), Behnaz Mirzai (History), Olantunji Ojo (History), Maria Del Carmen Suescun Pozas (History), Elizabeth Vlossak (History), Ning Wang (History) Graduate Program Director Daniel Samson dsamson@brocku.ca Administrative Assistant Dinah Martin e-mail: dmartin@brocku.ca (905) 688-5550, ext. 4321 http://www.brocku.ca/history  
Program Description Go to top of document
The Master of Arts in History provides students with training in the various fields of history through course work and research experience. Our program has no specified fields of concentration, but offers a high-quality, general Master's degree in History consistent with the excellence and dedication of the faculty who teach it. A distinctive feature of the program is an emphasis on theme, rather than on region or timeframe. Those themes are Imperialism, Gender History, Intellectual History, Revolutions, Labour Systems, Migration/Ethnicity/Identity, History of Science and Medicine, and History and Computing. A central focus is on developing students' critical analysis of both primary and secondary sources. Another goal is to give students the opportunity to explore historiography and methodology and encourage them to engage vibrant debates in their study of history.  
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Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in History with an average of not less than 75%. Students with a co-major in History or a closely-related discipline will be considered, although such students may be required to take additional undergraduate courses. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of suitable candidates. Part-time study is available.  
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While the program offers both a major research paper stream and a thesis stream, most students will be encouraged to pursue the major research paper stream, as the additional coursework required by this choice provides a broader foundation for future studies. The thesis stream is by invitation only, on the recommendation of the Graduate Committee. All students in the major research paper stream will take Historiography and Historical Method (HIST 5F01), four half-course electives (HIST 5V00-HIST 5V79), and the major research paper (HIST 5F80). Students invited to the thesis stream will take Historiography and Historical Method (HIST 5F01), two half-course electives (HIST 5V00-HIST 5V89), and the thesis (HIST 5F90). Each student enrolled in HIST 5F90 must defend his/her thesis at a public oral examination. Under exceptional circumstances, students in either the major research paper stream or the thesis stream may be permitted to substitute a directed reading course (taken as HIST 5P80), or a course offered by another graduate program, in lieu of one of their elective courses. The major research paper stream is designed to normally be completed in twelve months (three terms). The thesis stream is designed to normally be completed in twenty months (five terms). The completion time for part-time students will vary with the candidate's circumstances.  
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Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. HIST 5F01 Historiography and Historical Method Examines debates about the nature of history and provides an overview of contemporary historiographic controversies. A wide variety of methodologies and theoretical perspectives will be explored with an eye to assessing the practical applications of each for the study of history and for the students' own research projects. HIST 5F80 Major Research Paper A major research project (of approximately 35 pages), the topic of which shall be chosen by the student in consultation with the Supervisory Committee. The major research paper must demonstrate the student's ability to conduct original research with primary sources and a mastery of relevant historiography. HIST 5F90 MA Thesis An extended research project (of approximately 80-100 pages) which meets the conditions specified in the description for HIST 5F80 but involves a higher level of research and a fuller treatment of the selected subject. The thesis will be examined by an external reader and will have a public defense. HIST 5P80 Directed Reading in History Directed individual or group reading in a specified area of historical study. Restriction: permission of the Graduate Program Director. HIST 5V00-5V09 Imperialism Themes in the history of imperialism. HIST 5V00 Empire 2011-12 Examines empires in the modern world. Focuses on 19th and 20th centuries, with some attention to earlier empires. Considers both the overseas (Britain, France, Spain, Netherlands, etc.) and continental (China, Turkey, Russia, Austria, etc.) versions. Selected topics include nationalism, ideology, culture, economics, colonial warfare, and decolonization. Concludes with a discussion of post-imperial multinational groups. HIST 5V03 Early North Atlantic World 2011-12 Expansion, colonization, cultural encounter, and environment from Western Europe into Iceland, Greenland, and Northeastern North America ca. 800-1700. HIST 5V10-5V19 Gender Themes in the history of gender. HIST 5V12 Gender and Nationalism 2011-12 Historical relationship between gender, nation-building processes, national identity formation, citizenship, and memory. Modern case studies explore intersection with region, empire, race, and class. HIST 5V20-5V29 Intellectual History Themes in the history of ideas. HIST 5V30-5V39 Revolutions Themes in the history of revolutions. HIST 5V40-5V49 Labour Systems Themes in the history of labour. HIST 5V50-5V59 Migration/Ethnicity/Identity Themes in the history of migration, ethnicity, and/or identity. HIST 5V52 Immigration and Minorities in North American History 2011-12 Approaches and methodologies of American and Canadian scholars of immigration. Topics include the causes of migration; state policy, immigrants in the labour force, racialization, ethnicity, and the impact of class and gender on immigrant community building and integration HIST 5V60-5V69 History of Science and/or Medicine Themes in the history of science and/or medicine. HIST 5V60 The Social History of Medicine in Canada 2011-12Major themes in the social history of medicine in Canada from the Aboriginal notions of health and disease to the modern era. Emphasis on the impact of social ideas, values, and systems on medicine and health; competing views of disease; medical pluralism; changing cultural understandings of disease and epidemics; social history of institutions; professionalization; the role of the state. HIST 5V70-5V79 History and Computing Themes in history and computing. *HIST 5V71 Humanities Computing (also offered as HUMA 5P71) 2011-12 Use of the computer for research, teaching, and expression in the humanities to support teaching and research.  
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