The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall
 

Undergraduate

Course Designators

Below are descriptions of courses with the following ‘designators’ (the 3 letter code in front of the course number):

Course Prefix Department
HIS Department of History
JHP Joint History and Political Science
(administered by the Political Science Department, Room 3018, Sidney Smith Hall)
NMC Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
(administered by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue)
SII Society and Its Institutions: Cross-Breadth Category, First Year Seminars (First-Year Seminars [courses with '199' in their codes]
are open only to 
newly-admitted Faculty of Arts and Science students.)

NOTE: All courses shown on this page are accepted towards a History program (except SII & XBC199Y1 courses). However, as shown above, they are not all administered by the Department of History.

Course Nomenclature

  • Y1-Y is a full course, both terms
  • Y1-F is a full course, first term (fall session)
  • Y1-S is a full course, second term (winter session)
  • H1-F is a half course, first term (fall session)
  • H1-S is a half course, second term (winter session)

100 Level Courses (2017-2018)

100-level HIS courses are designed for students entering university. They take a broad sweep of material, and introduce students to the methods and techniques of university study. Each week, students will attend two lectures given by the course professor, and participate in one tutorial led by a teaching assistant. First year courses are not considered to be in an ‘area’ for program requirements.

No student may take more than one 100-level HIS course, but ALL students enrolled in a History Specialist, Joint Specialist, Major, or Minor program must take ONE 100-level HIS course.

The Department also offers at least two SII199Y seminar courses each year (see course descriptions below). These are limited to 20 students each. Some previous courses offered by the History Department include "Film on History – History on Film", "Comparative First-Wave Feminism", "African Roots: The African Slave Trade in the Diaspora". You will work more closely with the professor and other students, and gain a more intense training in historical methods. Normally, the SII199Y courses cannot be used to fulfil program requirements, but they can be used as breadth requirements. For more information, consult the First Year Seminar Booklet, which will be available during registration.

Ranging widely chronologically and geographically, this course explores the phenomenon of violence in history. It examines the role and meanings of violence in particular societies (such as ancient Greece and samurai Japan), the ideological foundations and use of violence in the clash of cultures (as in slavery, holy wars, colonization, and genocide), and the effects and memorialization of violence.

Exclusion: Any 100-level HIS course, with the exception of AP, IB, CAPE, or GCE transfer credits.

Instructor: M. Meyerson/L. vanIsschot Lecture: Monday & Wednesday 11 Tutorials: TBA Pre-Modern: ½ credit

Interactions among peoples, empires, and cultures, with particular attention to the non-European world. Can we speak of “international relations” before the modern concept of nation-states was established? What forms did globalization take in the pre-modern era? Covering a broad chronological sweep we will look at exchanges of goods and technologies; dissemination of ideas and religions; voyages of migration and exploration; and episodes of conquest and colonization.

Exclusion: Any 100-level HIS course, with the exception of AP, IB, CAPE, or GCE transfer credits. HISA04H3/HISA05H3

Instructor: A. Ali/J. Sproule Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 3 Tutorials: TBA Pre-Modern: ½ credit

An analysis of the development of the international system from the 1750s to the present day. The course will highlight, in particular, the varying roles of war, diplomacy, and trade in changing, maintaining, and expanding the international system. It will consider wars in Europe, North America, Asia and South Asia, Africa, and several conflicts that were global in scope. Conflict will be considered from several perspectives: as the source and guardian of international order; as an agent of change within the system; as a tool of expansion; and as a threat to the survival of system and its human inhabitants. Appropriate attention will be paid to the contributions made by individuals, ideas, technology, and institutions to the evolution of international order.

Exclusion: Any 100-level HIS course, with the exception of AP, IB, CAPE, or GCE transfer credits.

HIS103Y1 does not count as a distribution requirement course in any category.

Instructor: T. Sayle/V. Dimitriadis Lecture: Monday & Wednesday 2 Tutorials: TBA Pre-Modern: ½ credit

An analysis of the development of the international system from the 1750s to the present day. The course will highlight, in particular, the varying roles of war, diplomacy, and trade in changing, maintaining, and expanding the international system. It will consider wars in Europe, North America, Asia and South Asia, Africa, and several conflicts that were global in scope. Conflict will be considered from several perspectives: as the source and guardian of international order; as an agent of change within the system; as a tool of expansion; and as a threat to the survival of system and its human inhabitants. Appropriate attention will be paid to the contributions made by individuals, ideas, technology, and institutions to the evolution of international order

Exclusion: Any 100-level HIS course, with the exception of AP, IB, CAPE, or GCE transfer credits.

HIS103Y1 does not count as a distribution requirement course in any category.

Instructor: V. Dimitriadis Lecture: Monday 6-8 Tutorials: TBA Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS109Y1 is designed to introduce first year students to the study of European history. It requires little or no historical background at the secondary level since the major currents of European history will be discussed and analyzed on an introductory level.

Because the purpose of the course is to provide a broad background to modern European history, it will begin with an introduction to the shape of traditional society and investigate the forces at work on the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual structures of Western Europe from the High Middle Ages until the Second World War. The approach will be that of a wide survey but centred on five units: the structure of Traditional Society; the First Period of Challenges 1350-1650; the Second Period of Challenges 1650-1815; Confidence, Stability, and Progress 1815-1914; the Collapse of the Old Order and the Condition of Modern Europe 1914-1945.

In addition to the historical content of the lectures and readings, the basic techniques needed for the study of history -and other humanities subjects – will be discussed in the context of the material for the course. Skills such as note taking, forms of historical reporting and researching, essay and examination writing techniques, critical reading, and study methods will be reviewed.

The assigned tutorial readings will be drawn from primary sources, and the basic text will be Perspectives from the Past. A general historical text (see below) will also be required, although most of the factual material will come from the lectures.

Textbook(s): J. Brophy et al., Perspectives from the Past, 2 vols., Norton; J. Coffin et al., Western Civilizations, Norton.

Tentative Course Requirements: a book review and document study (30%), a research paper (25%), an exam (35%) and tutorial participation (10%).

Exclusion: Any 100-level HIS course, with the exception of AP, IB, CAPE, or GCE transfer credits.

Instructor: K. Bartlett Lecture: Monday 4-6 Tutorials: TBA Pre-Modern: 1 credit

Celebrated and decried, held up by some as the natural state of affairs, critiqued by others as an unjust construct, capitalism is an inescapable part of globalized life. Capitalism also has a long and contested history, which students in this course will explore through critical reading and seminar discussion.

Instructor: P. Cohen Lecture: Tuesday 5-7 Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

In this seminar we will explore the complex roles of religion in cases of extreme violence. Working chronologically backward from the 1990s (Rwanda, former Yugoslavia), we will consider cases from a number of locations and decades in the 20th century (Cambodia in the 1970s, the Holocaust in the 1940s, Armenians in the 1910s, Southwest Africa in the 1900s). Rather than limiting ourselves to the recent past, we will also explore cases from the 19th century (imperialism) and earlier as well as ongoing situations that connect past and present (aboriginal people in the Americas). Students will be expected to do the assigned readings (from personal accounts, primary sources, and scholarly articles), participate actively in discussions, prepare a series of short responses, make an oral presentation individually or with a group, and produce a final paper based on original research.

Instructor: D. Bergen Lecture: Wednesday 10-12 Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

"Telling Lies with Maps" How has map-making served deceit and disinformation through the ages? This course examines the use and abuse of maps from many perspectives. First, it emphasizes the “constructedness” and impermanence of political frontiers in history, allowing students to follow the “spatial turn” in historical writing. Second, it explores the subjective side of map-making; asking what map-makers thought was important to include or omit on their maps. What makes a good map legible or illuminating? What makes a bad map confusing or deceitful? Are certain kinds of data (e.g. demographic patterns or election results) displayed to best effect in map form, or do maps make it easier to skew the results? Third, it investigates how a “sense of place” operates in history, animating local autonomy movements, nationalism, and efforts at globalization. Overall, this seminar allows students to share in the sense of discovery that has inspired map-makers throughout history. It may also help them catch out liars and cheats who, even in today’s global age, still use maps to hoodwink an unsuspecting public.

Instructor: J. Retallack Lecture: Monday 11-1 Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions