Before beginning this course in September, I was unsure what the course was about or what I would be learning. I expected the course to be somewhat boring as the notion of an engaging required class did not seem to be possible. However, now that the course has concluded and I have had some time to reflect on the journey, I have learned a lot about the many different aspects and schools of history and to my delight have be able to grow into a better historian because of it.
I found the topic of gender history from the first module to be very interesting because I never realised how invisible women were until this assignment. The entire aspect of how women played almost no role in history until the late 18th century was disappointing to learn. However I do believe it is important that every aspect of a field be taken into consideration so it was encouraging to learn that this field expended to include various topics. One of the biggest challenges in this course came during this module’s assignment, when we were paired up with a partner who was our opposite. I found this difficult because I am a person who likes to be in control of any given situation and have a solid plan for the completion of a task. My partner on the other hand, although receptive to the plan, was less commutative about his actions, which made me feel out of control. This assignment not only taught me about gender history, it also taught me it is not always possible to control a situation, and other people exercise different techniques in order to complete a task.
The advertising and history assignment really made me more aware of how history is used in everyday settings and how it can shape and enforce stereotypes. I found it troubling that such extreme stereotypes were used only fifty years ago. However this maybe the result of growing up in the Yukon where there is very little diversity, especially in the smaller towns. The biggest lesson I learned from this assignment was the smallest and most inconsequential aspects of life can shape a society and should be questioned.
Completing the module II assignment on film and history really made me aware of how the general public learn about history...