Note: not all courses listed will necessarily be offered each year. All courses are three hours a week.
This course is designed for first semester history majors, to introduce them to the history department, different kinds of historical inquiry, and the basics of historical research. Further, it is specifically designed to create a cohort of the new history majors, both through participating in the class together, and more specifically, by working in small groups with an upper year history undergraduate mentor or graduate assistant through weekly breakout sessions as well as a semester-long group project.
This course is specifically designed for second semester history majors, to introduce them to the methods and practices behind the researching and writing of history papers. Further, it is designed to create a cohort of the new history majors, both through participating in this class together, and, by working in small groups. (Anti-requisite: 43-200) (Credit cannot be obtained for both 43-111 and 43-200.)
This course looks at the different forms of contact between Europeans and the rest of the world during the Middle Ages, focusing on conflict and coexistence with Islam. It will consider exchanges between civilizations, whether of an economic, cultural, artistic or spiritual nature. Topics include Muslim Spain, the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire and Venice.
This course looks at the different forms of contact between Europeans and the rest of the world during their first period of imperial expansion (15th-18th Century). Special attention will be paid to the discovery, conquest and settlement of India, Asia, and the Americas, as well as the relationship of Europeans with native populations of these continents.
An overview of the major events and movements during the first half of the 'short' twentieth century. The course will broadly explore the world-wide impact fo the world wars, communism, fascism, colonialism, the Great Depression, etc. The geographical focus of the material will vary with the instructor. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
An overview of the major events and movements during the second half of the 'short' twentieth century. The course will broadly explore the world-wide impact of the Cold War, communism, decolonization, globalization, terrorism, etc. The geographical focus of the material will vary with the instructor. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
Topics of current interest in history which may vary from year to year. (May be repeated for credit if content changes.)
A survey of Europe from the Age of Discovery to the French Revolution. Areas of study will include the formation of a world economy, the industrial revolution, the rise of the nation state, popular culture, the Catholic and Protestant Reformations, the printing revolution, the Renaissance, the scientific revolution, and the Enlightenment. (3 lecture hours a week.) (Students cannot receive credit for both 43-115 and 43-201.)
A survey of Europe from the French Revolution to the present. Areas of study may include political ideologies, revolution, imperialism, World War, Cold War, and European union. (3 lecture hours a week) (Students cannot receive credit for both 43-116 and 43-202.)
A survey of England's transition from a medieval to a modern state. Areas of study may include relations with Scotland, Ireland and Europe, as well as dynastic, religious, and constitutional change. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours/1 tutorial hour a week.)
A survey of Britain's experience of industrialism, imperialism and post-colonialism. Areas of study may include political and social reform, the world wars, the welfare state, and the European Union. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours/1 tutorial hour a week.)
This is a survey course that examines the development of a distinctive Islamic civilization over the course of four centuries in southern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and portions of Central Asia. The lectures will emphasize the following themes: 1) the formation of Islamic civilization as a long-term and gradual process engaging in by the conquering Arab Muslims and their conquered subjects; 2) the diversity of expressions of Islamic culture and religious practices; and 3) the important role played by historical memory in the formation of Islamic culture.
This is a survey course that explores middle period of Islamic hsitory from 1000-1500 C.E. This period was one of continuing change and innovation as new political and religious institutions were developed in response to changing conditions and the areas under the influence of Islamic civilization continuted to expand, contributing to cultural civilization, including, for example: 1) the relationship between state and religion; 2) trade and the economies of the increasingly diverse and fragmented Islamic states; 3) the social order and its expression in the urban environment; and 4) the relation between "high" and "low" culture.
An overview of the evolution of military conflict during the last one hundred years. In addition to traditional military history, this course will introduce many facets of the New Military History, such as the social history of soldiers, life on the homefront, gender and war, etc. (3 lecture hour, or 2 lecture hours/1 tutorial per week.)
This course is an overview of the major historical shifts in Africa during the pre-modern period (700-1800 AD). Its purpose is to introduce the student to Africa and the Africans: the space and its occupants. Main topics include climatic and linguistic maps, major networks of trade and communication, the cultivation of the 'Semitic' heritage (Christianity and Islam) and its impact on African experiences and relations with the rest of the world. (Pre-requisites 43-220 or semester 4 standing)
This course explores the imposition and liquidation of European colonialism in Africa. It focuses on the political, economic, and cultural forces behind colonialism, and the attitudes of its agents. Emphasis will be placed on highlighting the major similarities and differences between European colonial power structures and African resistance to, adaptation to and adoption of those structures.
An overview of covering Aboriginal societies, European colonialism, and the emergence of the Canadian federation. Areas may include native-newcomer relations, colonial culture and society, imperial conflict, and the origins of confederation. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
An overview of the development of the Canadian federation. Areas may include competing visions of the Canadian "nations", relations with Aboriginal peoples, industrialization and social change, and shifts in politics and political culture. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
Aboriginal peoples and their impact on the history of Canada. Areas will include an overview of aboriginal nations, and the changing dynamics of the relationship between the first peoples and Europeans. (2 lecture, 1 lab hour per week.)
Aboriginal peoples and their impact on the history of Canada since 1850. Areas will include relations with the state, cultural, land and resource issues, and the politics and protest movements. (2 lecture, 1 lab hour per week.)
A social history from the period of Native-European contact to the mid-nineteenth century. Work, family and sexuality, cultural ideals, and political status and activism among women of Native, African and European origins will be examined. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
A social history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Native, black, immigrant, and native-born white women's roles in paid and household labour, family and cultural life, and reform movements will be examined. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
An exploration of the collective action of women in the past and present in North America. Areas of study may include women's involvement with the temperance, civil rights, suffrage, trade union, environmental, reproductive rights, and women's liberation movements. (Also offered as Women's Studies 53-200.) (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
The social, economic, and political history of the British North American colonies and the United States. Areas may include Native-European contact and conflict, the growth of the British Empire, slavery, the American Revolution, industrialization, reform movements, and the Civil Ware and Reconstruction. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
The social, economic, and political history of the United States since Reconstruction. Topics may include urbanization and immigration, Progressive reform, women's suffrage, the Great Depression, the World Wars, McCarthyism, civil rights and women's liberation, the Vietnam War, and the end of the Cold War. (3 lecture hours or 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
Nation-states in Spanish America, Brazil and the Caribbean, from the revolutions of independence to the present. Covers patterns of political and economic development shared throughout the continent. Country and thematic focus may vary from year to year, and may include the Haitian, Mexican, and Cuban revolutions, modern military dictatorships, resources and the environment, and gender and ethnic relations.
Examines the ways in which crime and criminal justice were shaped by the societies in which they occurred and the ways in which they changed as these societies changed. (Restricted to History, Forensics, and Forensic and Criminology Majors.)
Topics of current interest selected by the area which may vary from year to year. (May be repeated for credit with consent of a program advisor in History.)
An introduction to the social, literary and technological aspects of the book in history. Surveys the oral/manuscript culture of Western Europe, assesses the print culture of early-modern and modern Europe and North America, and addresses contemporary publishing. (3 hours per week, lecture and discussion.)
A series of modules that gives students first hand experience in carrying out historical research and exposes them to sources for doing so. Activities may include visiting an archive and cataloguing sources, designing an historical web page, using computers for quantitative research, creating videos. (Prerequisite: 43-200.)
This course is specifically designed to introduce third year history students to a case study in historiography. Each time it is taught, the instructor's specialization will be the theme, and he or she will outline the various historiographical approaches to that theme. (Credit cannot be obtained for both 43-303 and 43-400.)
This course is a historical study of gender in Islamic History, with special emphasis given to the modern Middler East and Afghanistan. We will examine the role of gender systems at different times and places in Islamic history through primary sources. Some themes of the course may be 1) the ways in which discourses of gender were constructed in ways usually disadvantagous to women. Though careful attention must be paid to important differences in time and place; 2) The relationship of gender systems to other hierarchical social structures such as class, ethnicity and age; 3) women and mens' roles in preserving and constructing the gender systems of their society; and 4) the ways in which women and men were able to exercise agnecy in overcoming or transcending limitations of the dominant discourses on gender.
A study of European intellectual, cultural and artistic life from the 14th to the 16th century. Centered around the notions of Humanism and the revival of Greco-Roman Antiquity, special attention will be given to Italy and the Germano-Flemish lands, but areas of study will also include Spain, France, Eastern Europe, and the Ottoman empire. (Prerequisite: 43-115/43-201or consent of instructor.)
This course explores the nature and terms of West Africa's interation with the Atlantic commercial system that materialized after European colonization of the Americas. It revolves around the birth, growth and demise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (1600s-1800s). The major themes cover the rationale and mechanics of this slave trade, and its impact on the African side of the Atlantic system. Students will be introduced to the general parameters of academic discourses on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its legacy. (Prerequisite: 43-220 and at least Semester 4 standing or Permission of instructor.)
An exploration of the subject of community and power in European thought between 1850 and the late twentieth century. Special attention will be paid to Marxism/Leninism, elitist theory, fascism, and structuralism/poststructuralism. (Also offered as Political Science 45-351.)
An introduction to women's status, roles and significance in European history, with emphasis on feminist ideologies and women's movements from the eighteenth- through the mid-twentieth centuries. The geographic focus may vary from year to year.
Selected aspects dealing with European development in the political, economic, social, diplomatic, and military fields.
The development of the Canadian labour movement and the working-class experience from the nineteenth century to the present. (Also offered as Labour Studies 54-349.) (Prerequisites: semester 4 standing. Labour Studies majors must have Semester 5 or above standing or consent of instructor.)
The history of racial slavery, including both Amerindians and Africans, the emergence of the concept of "race", male and female experiences, resistance to slavery, British abolition, Civil War, and Reconstruction. The Canadian and U.S. experiences will be compared.
The history of racial discrimination, violence, and segregation, struggles for political rights, labour, migration and immigration, and the cultural activity of people of African descent in the U.S. and Canada from the end of American slavery to the present. Women's and men's lives will be treated equally. (Prerequisite: semester 4 standing.) (Students cannot receive credit fro both 43-362 and 43-369.)
Selected themes in the political and social history of the United States from the end of World War II to the present. (Prerequisite: 43-262 or consent of instructor.)
An investigation of North American popular culture from the nineteenth century to present. Topics of study may include sports, and masculinity, youth culture, the media representations of women, "the sixties," the impact of cinema and television and popular music. (Prerequisite: One of 43-244, 43-262, or 43-363 or consent of the instructor.)
Topics of current interest which may vary from year to year. (May be repeated for credit with consent of an advisor in History.)
History courses at the 400 level are restricted to History majors and to third- and fourth-year majors in other programs with a History component. Others may register only with the consent of the instructor.
A social history of medicine, including non-Western and unorthodox traditions, with a cross-cultural focus on healers and an emphasis on the evolution of the allied health professions. Topics may include the consolidation of biomedicine, women and indigenous healers, the modern hospital, and the patient's perspective. (Prerequisite: Semester 7 standing or permission of instructor. Restricted to History majors.)
A thematic approach to Victorian studies. Areas may include labour and leisure, science and religion, history and memory, gender and sexuality, class and national identity, literature and education. (Prerequisite: Restricted to History majors and other students with at least semester 5 and permission of the instructor.)
This course is designed to introduce students to four strands of thought in the history of constructing the life and legacy of the prophet Muhammad. These are 1) the traditional Muslim account of his life, 2) a variety of approaches to the topic by modern social scientists, 3) traditional delegitimizing of Muhammad in historic Western European polemics and their modern equivalents, 4) the role that Muhammad plays in the beliefs and practices of modern Muslims. (Semester 5 standing or above.)
This course is a seminar that will explore the urban history of the Islamic world. The course will focus our attention on four themes: 1) gender and the city, 2) commerce and the city, and 3) religion and the city, and 4) political authority and the city and the ways in which four aspects of urban life structured the shape of both daily life and the physical shape of the city.
This course deals with the intersection between religion and politics in Africa. The main focus of this course is on the role of religion in territorial expansion and political centralization. Comparable examples of the deployment of 'providential truth' to legitimize the conquest of space, control of its resources and the management of its occupants in different geographical settings will be introduced, and how it shaped African interactions with Asians and Europeans with comparable ideas about providential truth. (Prerequisite:Semester 5 standing. or Consent of Instructor.)
This course looks at the foundation, development and interaction of the different European empires (Portuguese, Spanish, French, Dutch, British) in the Americas and Africa from the 15th to the 18th century. Topics include encounters with Africans and the native peoples of the Americas, cross-cultural exchanges, circulation of peoples, ideas, and commodities, migration, missions, conversion, and slavery.
This course will explore the theory and practice of international relations in Europe, from the close of the Napoleonic Wars, to the European Union's foreign policy today. Foci will vary with the expertise of the instructor. (Prerequisite: Restricted to history majors and other students with at least semester 5 standing and permission of the instructor.)
Everyday experiences of Canadians from the nineteenth century to the present. Areas of study may include labour, women's ethnicity, sexuality, native peoples, leisure and sport, and the environment. (Prerequisites: two courses in Canadian history or consent of instructor. Restricted to History majors and other students with at least semester 5 and permission of the instructor.)
The impact of modernity on politics and the Canadian state. Topics may include political culture and ideology, political and social movements, and the beginning of state intervention in society. (Prerequisite: Restricted to History majors and other students with at least semester 5 and permission of the instructor.)
The changing relationship between the state and society during and after the Second World War. Topics may include the politics of post-war planning, the welfare state, nationalism, and political and social protest movements. (Prerequisite: Restricted to History majors and other students with at least semester 5 and permission of the instructor.)
Selected themes in the political and social history of early American, which may include European and Native American contacts, the political and social development of the American colonies, slavery, war and society, the changing status of women, and the American Revolution and its aftermath. (Prerequisite: 43-261 or consent of instructor.) (Prerequisite: Restricted to History majors and other students with at least semester 5 and permission of the instructor.)
The rise and shaping of U.S. power in the hemisphere, with emphasis on Latin American responses. Topics include military, intervention and anti-imperialist movements, cultural and other non-governmental exchanges, and the evolution of inter-American trade. (Prerequisite: Restricted to History majors and other students with at least semester 5 and permission of the instructor.)
The cultural ideology, social regulation, and experience of reproduction and sexual relations and marriage, with an emphasis on women from 1600 to the present. Topics include childbirth, inter-racial relationships, abortion and contraception, sex and social class, sex and slavery, same-sex relationships, concepts of masculinity, and sexuality and feminism. (Also offered as Women's Studies 53-463.) (Prerequisite: one of 43-249, 43-250, or 43-251/43-200.) (Prerequisite: Restricted to History majors and Women's Studies majors and other students with at least semester 5 and permission of the instructor.)
This course will explore the political, military, cultural and social history of the First World War and surrounding period, primarily in Germany, France, and Britain, but including some attention to Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. The course will address the historiography of the Great War, with a focus on the experience of the war of soldiers, for women on the home front, for artists, and for those under occupation. (Prerequisite: Restricted to History majors with at least semester 5 standing; and other students with at least semester 5 and permission of the instructor.)
Topics of current interest which may vary from year to year. (May be repeated for credit with permission of a program advisor.) (Prerequisite: Restricted to History majors and other students with at least semester 5 and permission of the instructor.)