Instructor Info:
Name: BRAIN, ROBERT
Office Telephone: (604) 822-5409
Email: robert.brain@ubc.ca
Taught Sections:
Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments
 HIST 241 201Lecture2 Mon Wed10:0011:00

HIST 241 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

 HIST 241 L1ADiscussion2 Fri10:0011:00
 HIST 241 L1BDiscussion2 Fri12:0013:00
FullHIST 241 L1CDiscussion2 Wed11:0012:00
 HIST 241 L1DDiscussion2 Fri9:0010:00
 HIST 241 L1EDiscussion2 Fri10:0011:00
 HIST 260 101Lecture1 Tue Thu8:009:30

Cross-listed with PHIL 260. History students may register in HIST or PHIL.

 HIST 260 L1ADiscussion1 Fri14:0015:00
 HIST 260 L1DDiscussion1 Fri13:0014:00
 HIST 260 L1EDiscussion1 Thu9:3010:30
 HIST 433 001Seminar1 Mon13:0015:00

HIST 433 restricted to 4th year History honours students.

Manifesting History: Narrative, Research, Memory:

This course, which is mandatory for all fourth-year Honours students, has two primary objectives. The first is to introduce students to some fundamental issues of historical theory and practice. We shall examine not only how people remember, forget, and restructure the past as an ongoing part of the construction of themselves and their worlds, but also the expression of this construct in diverse forms and genres, with their attendant possibilities and constraints. The readings and topics will be general and not limited to any historical period or geography. The second goal of the course is to help students conceptualize and write their honours graduating essays. To support this objective we read about and discuss many of the practical elements of historical research, including archival and ~

research, digital techniques, and more.

We will read a range of texts selected both for their thematical content and for their utility as models of historical writing. In the first semester, close readings of texts will allow students to explore the nuts and bolts of how writers ask historical questions, make their arguments, find and use sources, and situate their work in relation to relevant historiographies. The second semester will focus closely on students own theses in progress. The focus of these class meetings will be critical (but supportive and constructive) engagement with one anothers writing. Course evaluations will be based on participation in discussion and various writing assignments.

Seminar2 Mon13:0015:00

HIST 433 restricted to 4th year History honours students.

Manifesting History: Narrative, Research, Memory:

This course, which is mandatory for all fourth-year Honours students, has two primary objectives. The first is to introduce students to some fundamental issues of historical theory and practice. We shall examine not only how people remember, forget, and restructure the past as an ongoing part of the construction of themselves and their worlds, but also the expression of this construct in diverse forms and genres, with their attendant possibilities and constraints. The readings and topics will be general and not limited to any historical period or geography. The second goal of the course is to help students conceptualize and write their honours graduating essays. To support this objective we read about and discuss many of the practical elements of historical research, including archival and ~

research, digital techniques, and more.

We will read a range of texts selected both for their thematical content and for their utility as models of historical writing. In the first semester, close readings of texts will allow students to explore the nuts and bolts of how writers ask historical questions, make their arguments, find and use sources, and situate their work in relation to relevant historiographies. The second semester will focus closely on students own theses in progress. The focus of these class meetings will be critical (but supportive and constructive) engagement with one anothers writing. Course evaluations will be based on participation in discussion and various writing assignments.

 PHIL 260 001Lecture1 Tue Thu8:009:30

NOTE: Students must sign up for one discussion section among L01, L03 and L04.

 PHIL 260 L01Discussion1 Fri14:0015:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 260 001.

 PHIL 260 L03Discussion1 Fri13:0014:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 260 001.

 PHIL 260 L04Discussion1 Thu9:3010:30

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 260 001.

 STS 597 001Seminar1-2 Thu
 STS 598A 001Seminar1-2 Thu