Teaching

Winter 2017 is going to be busy, as I owed some teaching credit due to a reduced load in the Fall!

HIST 303: Digital History

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Digital history, the application of new and emerging technologies to the study of history, is an exciting new field. In this course, we are going to explore the literature on digital history, and then put theory into practice by digitally collecting, evaluating, and producing historical knowledge. Some critical topics for this course include:

  • What is digital history?
  • How new technology can transform historical work, through introductory data mining, textual analysis, spatial analysis, and data visualization
  • How to put history online: making websites, blogs, and engaging with the public (public history)
  • How digital archives are changing how we preserve history
  • How gaming can shake up the historical landscape

This course aims to be different than other history courses you’ve taken. While I will lecture a bit throughout the class, much of it will be hands-on: playing with tools, experimenting with various software packages, getting out of the classroom from time to time, with an eye to active and engaged learning.

HIST 602: Canadian II

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History 602 is an applied research course in Canadian history. Students will receive an introduction to research methods: archives, digital methods, and other primary source repositories in the field. We will also cover dissemination methods, from conventional scholarly publications to digital platforms. Students will then have a choice of two options to demonstrate their grasp of research methods:

  1. A 25-30 page research essay based on primary sources (I’m open to alternative projects too);
  2. Or a group project which will research, write, and produce a digital game or exhibit focused on a specific event in Canadian history (or, realistically, a combination of the two). I.e. if some of you want to work on a website, you can; if a few of you want to build a video game, you can too. We’ll find a way to make it all fit together.

Both options will be graded on an individual basis.

HIST 109: Ten Days that Shook the World

This is a “meet the profs”-style course, where eleven experts from the Department of History share the day that shook their world. Heather MacDougall and myself are coordinating the course, inviting the speakers, overseeing teaching assistants and marking, and making sure the course is the success that I hope it is!

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History 109: Ten Days that Shook the World is about moments of transformation that changed the course of world history. It introduces first year students to fundamental concepts, diverse times, fascinating people, far-flung places and formative events. The course changes yearly.

This time it includes the Age of Discovery, the invention of movable type, campaigns to eradicate smallpox, debates over the Atomic Bomb, and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as world-defining moments in the history of the British Empire and the United States of America.

Team taught, by experts in each field, the course introduces students to members of the faculty of the Department of History and to the differing methods that historians use to understand the past.

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