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Welcome to the new CHA Syllabi Central

This portal will showcase the different methods used by members to teach History. We hope this resource will be of value to graduate students, new instructors, and established teachers who want to shake up their approaches in the classroom. We invite you to submit syllabi from all levels of classroom instruction, representing any geographical region or historical period, and written in either official language. All submissions should have a description of the course that will be searchable and can be up to 250 words in length.  We trust that members will use these shared resources responsibly.


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The Holocaust: Victims, Perpetrators, Bystanders
Author: Lisa Todd
Course Subject: European History/History of Genocide
Posted: May 11, 2016

This upper-level lecture course examines the Nazi German attempt to create a “racially pure” society between 1933 and 1945. We will begin by looking at the long history of prejudice, anti-Semitism and racism in European society, before focusing on the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. We will consider how society increasingly became polarized between those Germans who fit the racial, social and gendered mold of the perfect “Aryan” and those Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, Afro-Germans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and physically and mentally disabled peoples who did not. We will then examine how the Nazi genocide unfolded across Europe, and consider the motivations of the perpetrators, the responses of victims, and the potential compliance of the bystanders. We will end the course with an examination of war crime trials, discuss the politics of Holocaust commemoration, and consider the shifting definition of genocide after 1945.

Throughout the course, students will make regular use of the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). Course requirements consist of regular primary document responses, participation in class discussions, a midterm test, a final exam, and a research essay.


Canada, 1900-1945
Author: James Muir
Course Subject: Canadian history
Posted: March 8, 2016

The period 1900 to 1945 saw the birth of modern Canada. So much happened in this brief period that either continues to shape our experience today or that mirrors, however blurrily, events of our time. And yet it was a period unique and distinct from our own. In this course we will explore the period 1900 to 1945 both to understand it on its own terms as much as possible and to think about its relevance to the present.
The course is a collaborative effort between professor and students. Although the three texts are assigned in advance, everything else is up to the students. They decide on the the teaching method (in this case lectures), the lecture topics, and the evaluation methods. This means the course changes year from year, but, remarkably, not very much. I've attached a combined outline: the two pages they receive on the first day and this year's detailed outline post class discussion about content and evaluation.


Pre-Confederation Canada
Author: James Muir
Course Subject: Era from pre-contact up to Confederation
Posted: March 8, 2016

This course is an introduction to the history of what would become Canada up to and including Confederation in 1867. It is about big things beyond individual control such as climate, culture, disease, economies, and war. It is about people, some named and some not, in families and communities and engaging in personal acts like work and recreation, love and sex, staying put and moving, politics and devotion. As people met each other and faced their circumstances they struggled. Sometimes these struggles were private and limited, such as finding food for the day. Sometimes the struggles were public such as achieving responsible government. These struggles could be wars and rebellions, but many were not. The struggles could occur in forests, along rivers, on plains or in the street; in marketplaces, churches, legislatures, work-places, and homes. In this course we will trace this story of individuals, circumstances and struggles to understand more of the history of what would become Canada.
Regardless of whether you take more courses in History, you will be required to read, research and write through the rest of your university career and in your life at work and at play. Thus, some part of the course will be devoted to working on research and writing skills.


Rebellion, Confederation, Revolution: Canada, 1837-1901
Author: James Muir
Course Subject: 19th century Canada
Posted: March 8, 2016

Rebellion: In 1837, just months after Victoria was crowned queen of the United Kingdom, people in the Canadas took up arms against their governments. In the next sixty years this happened several more times: in Prince Edward Island, in the prairie west and in British Columbia.
Confederation: Between 1857 and 1873 all of the British North American colonies except Newfoundland and the Arctic Archipelago joined together into a single political state. Between the 1860s and 1900 the people in the new country began to think of themselves as Canadian.
Revolution: the Victorian era was a period of several revolutions in Canada: In the economy, an industrial revolution that radically changed the way goods were produced, people laboured and goods and information moved. In scientific thought the spread of Darwinian theories and other nineteenth century innovations and discoveries radically changed how understood their world. Religious practice and belief was revolutionised in the wake of both the industrial and scientific revolutions. Changes in transportation, communication, production and belief all in turn revolutionised culture: the way people experienced the world and understood it.
This semester we will look at several of these changes in Canada to better understand the changes brought about in the Victorian era. We will do this through lectures, discussions, and a game that will stretch over three weeks of class. You will have the opportunity to do a variety of different sorts of assignments, working on your own and in groups.
The course is not a survey.


Hist. 102 -- Canada: 1867 to the Present (A Flipped Course)
Author: Molly Ungar
Course Subject: Canadian History
Posted: February 17, 2016

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the main themes in the history of Canada after Confederation. Our discussion will start in 1867, a turning point in the lives of many Canadians, and trace the direction of Canadian society through four generations to the present day.

The evolving characteristics of Canada and Canadians will be presented from a social, political, economic and cultural perspective, through an examination of issues, events, institutions and personalities. You will be encouraged to engage with a variety of historical sources, such as personal or literary accounts, and audio or visual works.

This is a Flipped Course

All electronic course content, such as lecture outlines, lecture notes and PowerPoint components will be available online on BlackBoard Learn. The textbooks for this course are available in hardcopy at the UFV Bookstore as well as on reserve in the UFV Library. Course participants are responsible for accessing online material, textbook material and assigned readings before the relevant classes.

All in-class time in this course will be devoted to acquiring skills in critical analysis, historical research, scholarly writing, thoughtful, effective group and individual presentation, and peer discussions.

There are no in-class lectures in this course.


History 2288
Author: Adele Perry
Course Subject: History of Social Movements in Canada
Posted: February 16, 2016

In this course we will examine the complexities of Canada in the modern era through an examination of the social movements that have both shaped it and protested it. We will pay particular attention to the ways that identities and inequalities -- of gender, race, class, nation, religion, language, sexuality and more – were encoded in Canada’s nation-state. We will also pay attention to how social movements (Indigenous rights, feminism, the labour movement, gay and lesbian liberation, and more) aimed to challenge this, and to the particular combination of successes and failures that they experienced in doing so.

This course builds on survey-level introductions to Canadian history and raises questions of historical methodology, including the use of primary sources and the critical analysis of historiography. There are no pre-requisites, and the course is suitable for students with little or no Canadian history background. The course aims to prepare students for more detailed and in-depth studies, including in seminar-level investigations into Canadian history, gender history, or Indigenous history.


HIST 235 - History of Canada: Moments that Matter (UBC)
Author: Laura Ishiguro
Course Subject: Introduction to Canadian History
Posted: February 16, 2016

This course is a team-taught introduction to Canadian history, designed and delivered by Canadian historians in the UBC Department of History. Rather than a broad survey, the course investigates different interpretations of a number of “defining moments” that have shaped northern North America. More specifically, HIST 235 revolves around the question - what "moments” have mattered in Canada’s history, and why? - and the wide range of ways in which we might answer this question. Lectures are delivered by different historians, who each draw on their particular areas of expertise in order to answer the question posed by the course. Readings, assignments, and tutorial discussions and activities then give students further opportunity to assess lecturers' answers, to understand each “moment” in its broader historical context, to make connections between different “moments,” and to explore other possible responses to the question. Like other 200-level courses in the UBC History department, HIST 235 is also designed to introduce key areas of historical practice including primary source analysis, historical writing, library and media skills, and public history.

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