Thinking Historically: Making Meaning Out of the Past


Course Description

The past lies within every aspect of the present. How can we become more conscious of it? How do we bridge the gap between the present we live in, and the infinite and unorganized “everything that ever happened” before us? Can understanding our ties to the past help us live in the present? History, that is, the recollection of past human experience, vitally helps us to grapple with such questions. This course delves into the habits of mind of historians and the creative process that they go through to understand the past in order to construct meaningful histories. To explore how historians make sense of the complex flows of time and the ways in which people’s lives unfold within those, we will read passages from important historical works as well as contemporary commentaries on the nature of history.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday, January 8th 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15-8:15 PM

Discussion Team: Nathalie Popa, Jonathan Powers and Greg Peace

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)


Administrative Fees



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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