Spring 2017 - HIST 494 D100

Honors Seminar (4)

Class Number: 3982

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 2530, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to the honours program in history.



An introduction to the honours program, and to the community of SFU historians, in which students will engage in a project as a cohort. Students with credit for HIST 305 may not take this course for further credit.


Historians at Work: Professional Practice at SFU 1965-2017

What is the “work” in the life of a professional historian? Were your favorite courses taught here thirty years ago? How is historical practice shaped by, or reflective of, wider social, economic, and political forces? Using historical practice at SFU over the past 51 years as our example, in this seminar we will consider how research, teaching, publishing, administration and public service have been conducted in our home institution. We will encounter published works, grant proposals, course syllabi, newspaper articles, podcasts, social media, digital and physical archives, material culture, and creative works in our survey of the rich assemblage of historians’ output and influence. We will discover how professional life at SFU reflected broader trends in society and in the study of history. Weekly meetings will involve discussion of assigned material, interviews with faculty members, and group work towards a final project and poster on SFU historians at work, past and present. Students will also workshop their honours projects.


  • Verbal discussions and written responses 60%
  • Research Project 40%



Williams, Robert C. The Historian's Toolbox : A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History (Routledge 2011)

Other readings and materials to be made available through Canvas

Registrar Notes:

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