New History Courses
Taught by our award-winning faculty, The History of Sport will introduce you to humanity’s longstanding practice of competitive games and teach you important university skills such as critical reading and essay writing.
This new course for Fall-Winter 2019-2020 explores such questions as: What are human rights? Where do they come from? What obstacles limit the universal enjoyment of human rights? Why do human rights remain so contested? This team-taught course features lectures and applied workshops by guest activists and practitioners discussing practical applications of human rights in today’s world.
This course will analyze various Canadian social movements in terms of their historical factors, strategies and tactics; organizational challenges they faced; and the role that mass media, the state, individual personalities, and counter-movements played in determining their success and failures. Canadian social movements will be placed in their international context.
Classroom at Kings: Jan-April 2020. Unique overseas Program in Belgium and France: 30 April to 11 May 2020. Class capped at 18: apply by sending an email for information to: email@example.com
This is a different kind of history course.
It empowers students to understand the roots of current events, while applying historical methods, ethical reasoning and effective advocacy to address real-world humanitarian policy challenges.
This course examines the history of the Holocaust, especially the historical, ethical and theological dimensions of religious involvement in this genocide. Themes to be considered include the relationship between religious anti-Judaism and political anti-Semitism, Christian responses to the Holocaust, Muslim-Jewish relations, and the legacy of the Holocaust for interfaith relations.
How have Canadians thought about rights throughout our history? This course will explore this question with a close examination of specific rights campaigns in 20th century Canadian history. Weekly readings and discussions will offer students the opportunity to consider where rights come from, how and why their meaning changes over time, who and what is involved in the formation of rights, and how we as historians can explain these processes. Canadian issues will be placed within the context of international human rights challenges and innovations.
This course examines the formative issues that shaped the Latin American Colonial worlds. Relations between ethnicities, genders and classes will be explored to trace the creation of Latin American cultures as African, Indigenous and Europeans came together with explosive force.
This course explores the long historical development of human rights discourses, advocacy and abuses in Latin America. It focuses upon the struggle for, and by, indigenous and African populations and other marginalized groups from contact to the authoritarianism and institutionalized human rights violations of the 20th century.
This course explores human rights history, focusing on the language and practice of rights in the French Revolution. Students examine the foundational rights texts of the revolutionary era, and the expansion, limitation, denial of rights for women, religious minorities and people of African origins, enslaved and free, in colonial contexts.
This course explores the roots of the contemporary human rights movement in the era of Nazism-Fascism and the Holocaust, from the interwar period to the decades after 1945 and the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Topics include the role of faith-based organizations as advocates for human rights.
To provide qualified students enrolled in an Honors Specialization or Major in History at King’s University College with practical opportunities for experiential learning and mentorship in a professional field of interest.
Students will be mentored by a professional in area which they are considering a career, while applying and refining their skills in critical thinking, logical reasoning, research, analysis and writing. Depending on the duration of the mentorship period or the nature of the work involved, students will receive a half-credit towards the completion of their History degree.
In addition to the mentorship opportunities offered directly by the Department of History, students are encouraged to identify other mentorship opportunities (paid or unpaid) of interest or relevance to their career plans.
NOTE: The Department of History will assess these mentorship proposals in order to determine whether they are eligible to be counted for credit towards the completion of degree requirements.
HISTORY AND THE PRACTICE OF LAW
OBJECTIVE and GUIDELINES:
- To provide senior History students (in Year 3 or 4 of their respective program) with demonstrated academic achievement and an expressed interest in the study and practice of the law to be mentored by an experienced lawyer. The student will be assigned a research assignment relevant to the practice of the law.
- The student’s time and work will be monitored by a faculty mentor and a lawyer mentor, the two of whom will consult periodically to monitor the student’s progress and identify any areas of concern.
- The student understands that this is an unpaid mentorship opportunity. Should a student wish to complete the mentorship within the academic framework of the new History 3901F/G, Workplace Learning, the student will receive academic credit towards completion of her or his degree requirements.
- The duration of the mentorship will be equivalent to 26 contact hours, commensurate with 0.5 course.
- Interested students will be required to apply formally and to provide documentation to demonstrate academic achievement and a genuine interest in legal studies and legal practice. This will include:
- Academic transcripts certifying that the student(s) is enrolled in Year 3 or 4 the Honors Specialization in History or History Major;
- Student will have achieved a minimum average of 80% in her/his previous 5 full-courses;
- Three references : 2 academic references and one character reference;
- One-page statement of interest explaining why the student is interested in a law career and how the study of history will prepare her or him for the study and practice of law.
- A writing sample of the student’s best graded work in a senior-level course (2200-level or above).
- The qualified candidate(s) will be selected by a committee comprised of the Chair, Department of History (or designate), the faculty mentor and the lawyer mentor.
- The student understands that the University’s Code of Student Conduct and all the usual rules regulating a student’s academic work at the University will apply for the duration of the mentorship.
- In the unlikely event that difficulties or a discrepancy of aims should arise, the law firm retains the right to terminate the mentorship at its discretion, with due notification to the student and the Department of History.