Students in the History and Politics and Governance double major will learn to evaluate and analyze political decisions, administrative practice, and policies that emerge from a variety of sources, and to consider these in historical perspective. Using a range of sources and texts, the History and Politics & Governance double major will develop students’ proficiency in critical thinking, and enhance their ability to question, research, argue, understand, and communicate. Students will learn to evaluate and analyze political decisions, administrative practice, and policies that emerge from a variety of sources, and to evaluate them on a range of criteria, including empirical, theoretical and ethical bases, and examine these in historical perspective. They may explore the formation of societies in the ancient world, or contemporary problems in historical perspective, or the great diversity of themes in the centuries between as well as explore the five traditional sub fields of Political Science: Canadian, Comparative, Global, Policy, and Theory.
All of these skills are vital in enabling them to succeed in a wide range of careers and participate in the life of the world around them as informed citizens. This program offers a high degree of choice regarding the electives that students complete to fulfill their degree requirements. They might wish to explore the formation of societies in the ancient world, or contemporary problems in historical perspective, or the great diversity of themes in the centuries between. Within the Politics and Governance component of the degree, students choose electives from the five traditional sub fields of Political Science: Canadian, Comparative, Global, Policy, and Theory. Students may choose depth in a small number of thematic categories, or choose breadth by sampling in several such categories. Within the History component, students will have a wide range of course choices covering multiple time periods, geographical focii, historical themes and methodological approaches.
The core goals of the double major are to graduate students who will be able to:
- Discuss and demonstrate a coherent understanding of the intellectual and other foundations of historical and modern societies, including the interconnectedness of people, ideas, things, and places;
- Identify key historical issues from a diverse spectrum of regions, cultures, and time periods, and distinguish and evaluate overlapping, and sometimes competing, narratives;
- Apply historical knowledge, drawn from a broad range of sources to help interpret contemporary events and issues, whether local, national, or global in character; and
- (For those engaging in experiential learning components in heritage management and public history) apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the contextualization, interpretation presentation, and preservation of historical artifacts in a professional setting.
- Apply those perspectives and skills to analyze and address contemporary societal needs as global citizens and emerging leaders.
- Discuss and explain how important decisions are made in today’s society – at the international, national, provincial and local level – by both governmental non-governmental organizations and informal political institutions.
- Evaluate and analyze political decisions, administrative practices, and policies that emerge from a variety of formal and informal institutions.
- Employ a variety of empirical, theoretical and normative approaches to evaluate and analyze global, national, and local political processes and events.
- Understand how global, national, and sub-national political institutions function.