Spring 2023 - HIST 494 D100

Honours Seminar (4)

Class Number: 4770

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Fri, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • 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.


Historians at Work: Professional and Public Practice

What is the “work” in the life of a professional historian, or indeed anyone who deploys historical thinking, research, writing, and interpretation in professional practice? How is historical practice shaped by, or reflective of, wider social, economic, and political context, working conditions, and market forces? In this seminar we will consider how research, teaching, publishing, administration and public service have been conducted in Universities in the lower mainland, and look at how historical thinking is practiced in alternative career pathways. In our survey of the rich assemblage of historians’ output and influence, we will encounter published works, grant proposals, course syllabi, newspaper articles, podcasts, social media, digital and physical archives, materials, museum displays, historical re-enactments, and creative works.

Hist 494 is a course that supports Honours students as they conduct research and write their theses. Students will have an opportunity to share their work in progress. As a cohort, you will help set the agenda for the class and fulfill individual and shared goals in learning about the discipline during what for many will be their final term. Weekly meetings will involve discussion of assigned material, workshops with guests from within and outside of academia, and creation of a public-facing aspect of your Honours thesis.


  • Participation 20%
  • "Hour of Power" 20%
  • Written/Oral Responses 20%
  • Final Project (scaffolded) 40%


Assessments (Students can apply 10% flex) 



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Registrar Notes:


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