Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) – Environmental History
David Brownstein, Klahanie Research Ltd.
This university-level teaching unit is designed to be easily scaled up or down regarding class time consumed, or difficultly, as appropriate for the individual course context. The material in this unit has a strict focus on Canada (specifically Canadian Photographs as primary sources), though instructors in other locations are encouraged to improvise on their own, using this module as a base, to insert a comparative element and make connections to other places or themes.
- Introduce the theme of photographs as primary sources
- familiarize the student with methods by which they can inform and enrich historical narrative in new ways
- encourage students to connect these concepts with their own experience of the world
This teaching unit is composed of six resources:
- an open source journal article, to be assigned as a reading
- discussion questions focused on the reading
- a contextual essay, around which the instructor can build their own lecture, or share with Teaching Assistants working outside of their area of expertise
- a video assignment
- primary sources, to be deployed as best suits the purposes of the instructor
- a glossary of “Canadian” terms and concepts, to support a non-Canadian,