Spring 2019 - HIST 494 D100

Honours Seminar (4)

Class Number: 3831

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Mon, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Jennifer Spear
    1 778 782-8435
    Office: AQ 6018
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to the honours program in history.



An introduction to SFU historians and their research, in which students will engage the scholarly community in a cohort-specific project. Students with credit for HIST 305 may not take this course for further credit.


This course is designed with four goals in mind. 

  • to explore empirical, historiographical, methodological, and/or professional approaches or issues within the discipline of history and the historical profession that interest you;
  • to continue cultivating a sense of intellectual community among Honours students in the History Department that began in the fall with HIST 300 and HIST 400 while expanding this intellectual community to include senior members of the History Department, especially faculty members;
  • to provide you with time to research and work through issues pertinent to your Honours thesis; and
  • to work collaboratively to present some aspect of your Honours thesis or other research of interest to the cohort to the History Department community at the end of the term.



  • Participation 15%
  • "Hour of Power" discussion leadership 5%
  • “Historians at Work” interview of visiting faculty 5%
  • The remaining 75% of the grade will be divided between semi-regular written work and the final project (including a first draft, peer review, and a critical reflection upon the project). The nature of that written work and the relative weighting between these two components will be decided by the class at the beginning of the semester. 75%



Required readings for the course will mostly be built around your academic interests and those of your fellow Honours students in one of two ways:

“Hour of Power”: Each week, one student will choose scholarly material relevant to their intellectual interests generally and/or their Honours thesis specifically and will lead the discussion based on that material;

“Historians at Work”: During most weeks, one History faculty member or other special guest will visit the seminar to discuss some aspect of their research, methods, and/or career. For these weeks, we will read some of their work and/or scholarship they recommend.

Additional time each week will be dedicated to work and discussion of the course project and/or your Honours theses.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html