Spring 2018 - HIST 494 D100

Honors Seminar (4)

Class Number: 3323

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5046, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Christina Adcock
    1 778 782-4533
    Office: AQ # 6236
  • 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.


This seminar has four aims:

  • To continue cultivating a sense of intellectual community among Honours students in the Department of History, a process begun in HIST 400;
  • To cultivate a sense of intellectual community between Honours students and senior members of the Department of History, especially faculty members;
  • To give each student time and space to explore empirical materials; historiographical, theoretical, and methodological approaches; and/or professional issues within the discipline of history of particular interest to them;
  • To undertake a set of term-long research projects as a cohort, the fruits of which will be presented and celebrated at a Departmental reception at the end of the term.

Building on successful foundations developed by Drs. Bidisha Ray and Sarah Walshaw in previous iterations of HIST 494, each week of the seminar will include the following components:
  • An “Hour of Power,” in which students will take turns choosing scholarly material relevant to their intellectual interests generally, and their Honours thesis specifically, and leading discussions based on that material;
  • “Historians at Work,” in which History faculty members and special guests will visit the seminar and discuss some aspect of their research or career. In weeks where no such visit occurs, we will learn about approaches or issues germane to seminar members’ historical research or interests;
  • Dedicated time to work on term-length research projects, the specific details of which will be confirmed later in the Fall term or in the course’s opening weeks.


  • Participation 25%
  • Research project 35%
  • Written work, the exact form of which shall be determined collectively at the first meeting 40%
  • We may also collectively decide to adjust the weighting of each course component, within reasonable bounds.



To be determined in consultation with seminar members and made available through the Bookstore or via Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

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