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


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 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)

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

Course Nomenclature

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

  • 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)

400 Level Courses (2017-2018)

400-level HIS courses are two-hour seminars that deal with very specialized subjects and are often closely connected to a professor’s research. Most have specific course pre-requisites and require extensive reading, research, writing, and seminar discussion, and in most you will have the opportunity to do a major research paper. All 400-level HIS courses have enrolment restrictions during the FIRST ROUND (must have completed 14 or more full courses, be enrolled in a HIS Major, Specialist or Joint Specialist program and have the appropriate Prerequisites). During the SECOND ROUND of enrolment, access to 400-level seminars is open to all 3rd and 4th year students with the appropriate Prerequisite.

IMPORTANT: Due to significant enrolment pressure on 4th year seminars, during the first round of enrolment, the Department of History reserves the right to REMOVE STUDENTS who enrol in more than the required number for program completion (Specialists – 2; Majors, Joint Specialists – 1) without consultation.

Students in 400-level seminars MUST ATTEND THE FIRST CLASS, or contact the professor to explain their absence. Failure to do so may result in the Department withdrawing the student from the seminar in order to “free up” space for other interested students. Additional 400-level seminars for the 2017-2018 Fall/Winter Session may be added at a later date. To fulfill History program requirements, students may also use 400- level courses offered by other Departments at the U of T that are designated as ‘Related Courses’.

The Department also offers a few joint undergraduate-graduate seminars. These are indicated in the course description. Undergraduate enrolment in joint seminars is restricted, and the expected level of performance is high.

HIS 401Y1-Y, L0101 History of the Cold War

This course is jointly taught by professors Margaret MacMillan and Robert Bothwell. It covers the rivalry between West and East, or between liberal capitalism and communism, from the 1940s until 1991. We will pay particular attention to the principal protagonists, the United States and the Soviet Union, but because the Cold War engaged all parts of the world, we plan to take a broad approach to the subject. We will discuss alliance systems and the nuclear weapons they wielded, as well as the slow disintegration of the economies and political structures of the Soviet Union and its European satellites.

Prerequisite: HIS311Y1/HIS344H1/HIS344Y1/HIS377Y1

Exclusion: HIS401H1

Instructor: R. Bothwell/M. MacMillan
Seminar: T 10-12
Division:  III

HIS 404H1-F, L0101 Topics in U.S. History: Choosing War: U.S. Experiences, 1812-2003
(Joint undergraduate course - HIS404H1/USA400H1)

The United States has gone to war regularly over the past two centuries and this course will consider how decisions to do so have changed — or not changed — over time. Key case studies will include the War of 1812, the Mexican War (1846-48), the Spanish-American-Cuban War (1898), World War I (1917-18), World War II (1941-45), the Korean War (1950-53), Vietnam (1954-73), and Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 21st century.”

Prerequisite: HIS271Y1-Y

Instructor:  R. Pruessen
Seminar:  T 11-1
Division:  II

HIS 405Y1-Y Canadian Foreign Relations
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS405Y1/HIS1142Y)

This is a research-based course, covering Canada and Canadian foreign relations under the Trudeau, Mulroney and Chretien governments, 1980-2003. Topics may include, broadly, NATO, the Commonwealth, the UN and its agencies, and relations with the United States, down to the early stages of the Iraq war. More specifically, we can look at France, Canada and Quebec separatism; nuclear peril in the 1980s, including the Able Archer incident; Canada and Soviet satellites, from Poland to Cuba; the various Balkan crises of the 1990s; Canada and China, including the Tiananmen Square incident of 1989; Canadian involvement in the Middle East; Canada and Rwanda; NAFTA.

Tentative Course Requirements: two seminar presentations, one preliminary research essay, one take-home test, and one major research paper. Participation is worth 30% of the grade; the remaining 70% is based on your written work.

Prerequisite: HIS311Y1/POL312Y1

Instructor: R. Bothwell
Seminar: W 10-12
Division: II

HIS 419H1-F Canada By Treaty: Alliances, Title Transfers and Land Claims
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS419H1/HIS1118H)

This intensive joint graduate/undergraduate research seminar provides opportunity for detailed study of the treaty processes between Indigenous peoples and newcomers in Canadian history, examining the shift from alliance treaties to land surrender agreements during the colonial period through to the signing of recent treaties including the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the Nisga’a Final Agreement. We will consider the history of Canada as a negotiated place, mapping the changing contexts of these agreements over more than four centuries through readings and seminar discussions. The first six weeks will be devoted to an intensive study of more than four centuries of negotiated agreements between Indigenous peoples and newcomers to the lands that would become the Dominion of Canada.  There will be a day long field trip Friday September 28th to the Woodland Cultural Centre and the Mohawk Institute Residential school and a class trip to the Royal Ontario Museum. For the major assignment, students will select a treaty of personal relevance to them and conduct detailed research (guided by the professor), contributing their findings to a web resource on Canada's treaties. Students in this year's Canada By Treaty will have the opportunity to learn about digital curation and website design. Primary source analysis, seminar participation, digital content, research essay.

Prerequisite:  HIS263Y1/HIS264H1

Instructor:  H. Bohaker
Seminar:  F 10-12
Division:  II

HIS 423H1-F The Social History of Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS423H1/1269H)

The seminar, designed to inform students about developments in this emerging scholarly field, will include topics such as the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship, the impact of medical care upon health, the evolution of various medical and surgical specialties as internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry, the relationship between culture and the presentation of illness, and the history of medical therapeutics.

Textbook(s):  Edward Shorter, Doctors and Their Patients: A Social History.

Tentative Course Requirements:  A major historiographical research paper (60%), outline for research paper (25%), participation (15%).

Prerequisite:  A minimum of one course in HIS/PSY/SOC

Exclusion: HIS423Y1

Instructor:  E. Shorter
Seminar:  R 4-6
Division:  III

HIS 430H1-F Canadians and the World Wars

This course in comparative history introduces students to a range of topics relating to Canadians during the First and Second World Wars where there is a strong secondary literature. Military, political, social, and cultural approaches are examined in connection with Canadians’ wartime experiences both at home and overseas. The required readings for the seminars invite students to compare developments of the First World War with those of the Second World War.

No textbook is required.

Course Requirements: comparative commentaries on required readings; primary source analysis; research essay; oral presentation; participation.

Prerequisite:  HIS263Y1/HIS264H1

Instructor:  I. Radforth
Seminar:  M 3-5
Division:  II/III

HIS 435H1-S Themes in Toronto History

This course will examine aspects of Toronto’s history. It is not a general survey of Toronto history; instead, the course will normally revolve around a specific theme or group of themes. Specific themes vary by year, depending on the focus of the instructor. Strong emphasis will be placed on reading and research.

Prerequisite: Any second year Canadian history course or permission of the instructor

Instructor: S. Penfold
Seminar: W 1-3
Division: II

HIS 438H1-S Inquisition & Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Focusing on the papal and Spanish inquisitions, this course explores the response of ecclesiastical and lay authorities to religious dissent.  It considers the origin, definition and prosecution of various “heretics,” such as Cathars and secret Jews, and how historians utilize inquisition records for reconstructing social and religious life.

Textbooks:  R.I. Moore, The Formation of a Persecuting Society; E. LeRoy Ladurie, Montallou: The Promised Land of Error; H. Kamen, The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision; C. Ginzburg, The Cheese and The Worms: The Cosmos of A 16th-Century Miller.

Tentative Course Requirements:  informed class participation (25%), short analyses of primary texts (25%), major research paper (50%).

Recommended Preparation:  HIS 220Y1

Instructor:  K. Lindeman
Seminar:  R 3-5
Division:  III
Pre-Modern:  ½ credit

HIS 442H1-S Jews and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union

This course is an advanced research seminar in Soviet history. It will explore the Jewish experience in the Soviet Union, with a focus on the Holocaust. The seminar will begin with an examination of the history of Jews in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union in the years leading up to the Second World War. Then the course will pivot directly to the topic of the Holocaust on Soviet soil. How did the Holocaust in the “east” differ from the Holocaust in the “west”? How did the conduct of war condition genocide in the Soviet Union? How did Soviet Jews and non-Jews respond to the German genocide? What was the response of Stalin and the Soviet government to the Holocaust? How is the Holocaust remembered by the states and people of the former Soviet Union.

Prerequisite: HIS351Y1 or a course on the Holocaust

Instructor: L. Viola
Seminar: T 3-5
Division: III

HIS 444H1-F, L0101 Topics in Jewish History: Jewish Migration and Displacement in the 20th Century

During the 20th century, millions of Jews were uprooted from their homes as a result of war, persecution and economic distress. This seminar explores the impact of displacement on Jewish life in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. It covers the major Jewish refugee and migration movements, starting with the exodus from Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and concluding with post-soviet emigration. It investigates the relationships between displacement and such issues as gender, nationalist sentiment and Jewish and human solidarity, taking into account the perspectives of various actors, including states, voluntary organizations and the migrants themselves.

Prerequisite: a course in modern European or Jewish history

Recommended Preparation: a course in Jewish history

Instructor: O. Yehudai
Seminar: W 4-6
Division: III

HIS 451H1-F World War II in East Central Europe
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS451H1/1279H1)

World War II was much more destructive and traumatic in East Central Europe than in Western Europe. The difference was caused by many reasons, among which the Nazi and Soviet plans and policies were the most important. Yet, there were also numerous East Central European phenomena that contributed to the cruelty of World War II in the East. This seminar will explore the external and internal factors that defined the war in the discussed region. Students will analyze the military, political, economic, and cultural activities of Germany, the Soviet Union, and their allies and enemies. Following sessions will concentrate on the fall of the Versailles systems, diplomatic and military activities throughout the war, on occupational policies of the invaders, economic exploration of the invaded, on collaboration, accommodation, resistance, genocide, the “liberation” and sovietization of East Central Europe after 1944. All the secondary and primary sources used in class are English.

Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/HIS251Y1/HIS334Y1/HIS334H1

Instructor: P. Wróbel
Seminar: R 10-12
Division: III

HIS 455Y1-1 Hacking History: Digital Projects Capstone Class

This year-long course examines the relationships among academic history, digital media, and community formation using a variety of texts and methods; it culminates in an intensive semester-long digital storytelling project focused on community engagement. The intellectual focus of the first semester is two-fold: first, on the history of the public sphere and second, on the politics of “engaged” scholarship. At the same time, students will be exposed to techniques of multimedia and nonlinear storytelling. The second semester revolves around a group project undertaken in concert with a community organization. Working closely with their community partners, students will build a digital archive or storytelling framework using multimedia and/or social networking technologies. The fundamental aim of the course is to expand the reach of historical scholarship outside of the academy, and to develop modes of historical research compatible with community engagement.

Prerequisite: HIS393H1, equivalent experience, or instructor's permission

Recommended Preparation: Basic HTML/CSS skills as learned in self-paced online introductions

Exclusion: HIS495Y1 (Hacking History)

Instructor: M. Price
Seminar: T 10-1

HIS 457H1-F The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire

The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire constituted a decisive turning-point in the history of France. The Revolution was first and foremost a political crisis which provoked the collapse of the Old Regime monarchy and the invention of a Republican form of government, and plunged France into a long period of social turmoil, civil war and political violence. The Empire in turn represented a return to authoritarian politics conjugated with many of the new republican ideals brought forth in 1789. This course will explore the central themes in the history of France during the Revolution and the First Empire. We will consider the period’s principal political, social and cultural aspects: the causes of the French Revolution; the shift from constitutional monarchy to Republic; the relationship between politics and religion; the invention of a new republican political culture; counterrevolution and Terror; the Directory; Bonaparte’s rise to power; the Napoleonic Empire; the nature of war during the Empire; the Restoration; and the Revolution’s legacy in France and beyond today.

Prerequisite: HIS243H1/HIS244H1/HIS319H1/HIS341Y1/HIS387H1

Instructor: P. Cohen
Seminar: T 6-8
Division: III

HIS 466H1-F, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: The History of Education in Canada

Examines the roots of formal education in Canada and explores the changing relationship between public education and (what became) Canadian society between 1840 and 1950. This broad introduction to the history of education will include an examination of the origins of public education and the common school, educational reform, various types of residential schooling, teacher training, and the gendered, racialized and class-differentiated experience of public schooling for teachers, students, and communities, both rural and urban. Students will draw on both primary and secondary sources to explore this topic throughout the course.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1 or permission of the instructor

Instructor:  R. Sandwell
Seminar:  F 10-12
Division:  II

HIS 466H1-S, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: Race in Canada

This course explores the enduring power and changing forms of “race” in Canada and in the United States. We will examine how “race” has affected society and inequalities within both nations. We will also see how “race” has impacted both nations’ engagements with the world. To make our comparison concrete, we will consider connections as well as divergences. To that end, our examination of “race” will focus on tracing interactions among law, society, and policy from the late 19th century to the early 21st century. We will examine these interactions as they affected white, black, indigenous, Asian, Latino, Muslim and mixed race residents. We also will probe related impacts on transnational and international relations.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1 or permission of instructor

Instructor: L. Mar
Seminar: W 10-12
Division: II

HIS 466H1-S, L0201 Topics in Canadian History: Energy and Daily Life in Canada, 1850-1950

This course focuses on Canadians’ first great energy transition, from the low energy, locally produced organic energy regime of muscle, wood, water and wind power to the high energy, centralized industrial regime of coal, oil, gas, electricity and nuclear power, exploring the ways in which changing energy use transformed Canadian society,1850-1950. For recent research by economic, environmental and cultural historians worldwide is emphasizing the key role of changing energy consumption in the massive transformations associated with industrialization and urbanization. This course employs the unusual lens of daily energy use to see and make sense of the great changes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a lens that will be focused on daily life in Canadian homes and farms.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: R. Sandwell
Seminar: T 1-2
Division: II

HIS 467H1-F French Colonial Indochina: Cultures, Texts, Film

This course examines French colonial Indochina through a number of different lenses.  Early attention will be afforded to the cross-cultural “contact zones” between colonial and colonized societies.  Other issues that will be stressed include contested geographies, the

characteristics of a settler society, imperial cultures, expressions of colonial power, and forms of opposition and resistance.  A number of primary sources will serve as fruitful artefacts to be analysed in class: colonial novels, recently translated resistance literature, documentaries, and feature films.  The net result will be to underscore the many tensions of colonialism.  Finally, we will turn to a series of wistful and nostalgic recent filmic representations of French colonial Indochina, films described as “Indochic” by literary critic Panivong Norindr.  By sifting through these phantasmatic memories of Indochina, and contrasting them with a number of case studies, this course will illuminate issues that go well beyond the boundaries of former Indochine – issues of contested memory, identity, and resistance.

Prerequisite: ANT344Y1/EAS204Y1/GGR342H1/HIS104Y1/HIS107Y1/HIS280Y1/HIS283Y1/HIS284Y/HIS315H1/HIS388H1/NEW369Y1

Exclusion: HIS467Y1

Instructor:  E. Jennings
Seminar:  T 10-12
Division:  I/III

HIS 474H1-S ‘Emancipate yourselves from Mental Slavery?’ Historical Narratives of Caribbean Decolonisation
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course HIS474H1/1720H)

This course is a critical intellectual history of Caribbean decolonisation. It begins with the Haitian Revolution, exploring and comparing how history was mobilized to structure anti-colonial theories about the making of ‘postcolonial’ Caribbean societies. Key conceptual frameworks to be examined include indigenism, noirism, creolization, metissage; Caribbean interpretations of Marxism, Negritude and Pan-Aricanism.

Prerequisite:  HIS294Y1/HIS230H1,231H1

Instructor: M. Newton
Seminar: W 11-1
Division: II

HIS 475H1-F/S/HIS 476Y1 Senior Thesis Seminar

History Specialists only. Compulsory for all Specialists undertaking a one-year dissertation. Weekly seminars provide training in reviewing literature, writing research proposals, formulating hypotheses, oral presentation of findings and constructive critique of other students work. Posters will be prepared for an annual spring conference. Students must find topics and thesis supervisors. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

History Specialists must choose either to write a Senior Thesis (HIS 475H/476Y) or take one of the Methodology courses listed on the

document. The Methodology credit may be combined with another of the department’s program requirements (Divisions 1 to 3 or Pre-Modern). The thesis differs from the independent study in its length and by its research paper format. Students registered in HIS 475H and HIS 476Y are also under the obligation of attending the weekly senior thesis seminar. Students selecting the Senior Thesis option must have a B+ average in no less than 4.0 HIS courses.

How to Enrol:

  • Complete the  (Senior Thesis) with the help of your proposed supervisor. Attach a one-page outline of the project you wish to undertake and a copy of your transcript. Ensure that your supervisor signs the form.
  • Return the documents to the Department by June 15, 2017 for the Fall-Winter 2017-2018 academic year.
  • If approved, your study course will be added to your record on ROSI by the Department of History. If it is not approved, we will notify you and your proposed supervisor as soon as possible by email.

HIS 477H1-F Topics in the Social and Cultural History of Victorian Britain

This course will examine the impact of industrialism on Victorian society and values. Readings will concentrate on major contemporary critics of nineteenth-century British society, including Engels, Mayhew, Owen, Dickens and Morris. Required Reading: All readings will be put on reserve at the library. Students who wish to may purchase: Engels, Condition of the Working Class; Morris, News From Nowhere; Dickens, Hard Times; Arnold, Culture & Anarchy.

Tentative Course Requirements: each member of the seminar will participate actively in all sessions (20%), introduce one session in the fall term (10%), prepare a bibliography (10%), and write a major research paper (60%)

Exclusion: HIS477Y1

Recommended Preparation: a course in modern British history/Victorian literature

Instructor: L. Loeb
Seminar: T 3-5
Division: III

HIS 489H1-F The History of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Illness
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course HIS489H1/HIS1270H)

This course introduces students to some of the main issues in the history of psychiatry and some of the major developments in this unique medical specialty. Classroom discussion will cover such topics as changes in the nature of psychotic illness, the psychoneuroses, disorders of the mind/body relationship, psychiatric diagnosis and the “presentation” of illness.

Textbook(s):  Edward Shorter, A History of Psychiatry from the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac.

Tentative Course Requirements:  a major historiographical research paper (60%), outline for research paper (25%), participation (15%).

Prerequisite:  a minimum of one course in HIS/PSY/SOC

Exclusion: HIS423Y1

Instructor:  E. Shorter
Seminar:  F 10-12
Division:  III

HIS 493H1-S The Modern Evolution of the Law of War

This course explores the development of International Humanitarian Law over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Examining jus in bello from an interdisciplinary perspective, the course will consider its evolution in historical context. Questions asked will be how modern warfare has been understood as a political, cultural, social and legal phenomenon, and the ways in which such perspectives developed into a program of restraint. We will consider how effective this evolution has been and what it might portend for the future of armed conflict.

Prerequisite: HIS241H1/242H1/344H1/344Y1/EUR200Y1 or another course in modern history

Instructor: M. Marrus
Seminar: W 10-12

HIS496H1-S, L0101 Topics in History: Religion and Society in Southeast Asia
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course - HIS496H1/HIS1664H)

This course introduces students to the historical debates on religion and society in the eleven states that now constitute “Southeast Asia.” Readings will address how religious practices in the region—animism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism and Christianity—have served as forces for social and political change in the modern period. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of “religion” in the region’s political transitions in the twentieth century, including the ways in which Southeast Asia’s approach toward “modernity” directly relies upon religious authority.

Prerequisite: 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Requirements: Undergraduates: HIS 283Y1 and Instructor Permission.

Instructor: N. Tran
Seminar: M 1-3
Division: I

HIS 496H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Race, Gender and Citizenship in Latin America
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course - HIS496H1/HIS1725H)

A popular saying in various parts of Latin America is that “Mexicans descended from Aztecs, Peruvians descended from Incas, and Argentines descended from boats,” which posits that some countries construct their identities in relationship to pre-Colombian indigenous histories, and others to processes of immigration. Who gets excluded from the national body in these framings? And how have those marginalized groups sought to create more inclusive conceptions of citizenship and belonging?  To answer these questions - which trace their roots to Latin America’s colonial period, took on contentious implications during the independence era, and remain at the heart of contemporary discourse throughout the region – this course will guide students through an examination of historical documents, scholarly analyses, and various forms of cultural production.

Prerequisite: 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: T. Walker
Seminar: T 11-1
Division: II

HIS 496H1-S, L0301  Topics in History: Law in the British Empire

This course adopts a comparative approach to the legacies of the British imperial experience, which continue to shape the administration of the law in many parts of the world today. Cases are drawn from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, and from all parts of the empire. Thematic foci are crimes against persons, crimes against property, changing definitions of civil rights and cultural conflict – both between legal systems and social norms. Some background in British political, social and/or imperial history is desirable.

Prerequisite: 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course. (Any of the following will do): HIS102Y1, HIS103Y1, HIS109Y1, TRN250Y1, EUR200Y1.

Recommended background: any course in British history. Post-colonial histories of ex-colonies are also useful

Instructor: J. Mori
Lecture: T 3-5
Division: III

HIS 496H1-S, L0401 Topics in History: European Identity and the Politics of Remembrance

Europe’s collective memory is as diverse as its cultures and nations. European policies have nevertheless made an effort to promote a shared European Memory in order to add legitimacy to the European project and foster European identity.
In this course, we explore the tension between attempts to create a common European memory on the one hand and memory conflicts stemming from Europe’s fragmentation into multiple memory communities on the other. The course aims to familiarize students with basic theoretical concepts such as “collective memory” and “lieux de mémoire” (memory sites). We will look into how these concepts can be used to investigate the complex web of historical memory, identity formation, and attempts to coming to terms with the past. We will also ask how historians contribute to the process of “Europeanizing” memories.
The course aims to build students’ analytical competency by helping them evaluate scholarly articles as well as a variety of primary and secondary sources ranging from parliamentary documents and school textbooks to museum and memorial designs.

Prerequisite: 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor:  A. Gerstner
Seminar:  W 11-1
Division:  III

HIS 496H1-S, L0501 Topics in History:  Historical Agency and Individualism in the Atlantic World
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course)

Today most of us assume we are autonomous historical actors and that spirits, ghost, or non-material entities are not. How did individualism come to dominate conceptions of historical agency in Western historiography? Starting with examinations of anthropological studies of personhood in Africa, the course readings look at changes to concepts of agency and their relationship to shifting ideas of the individual in the Atlantic world during the period of the trans-Atlantic slave trade as well as the rise of industrial capitalism. The readings draw on postcolonial theory and Western political philosophy against the background of African and Atlantic history.

Prerequisite: 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor:  S. Hawkins
Seminar:  W 10-12
Division:  I

HIS 497H1-S Animal Politics and Science

Why is thinking about the animal unsettling for some or strange for others? Especially since Darwin, the question of the animal—what it says about being or not being human—has been at the core of important philosophical and scientific debates. This course examines the ways that question has been answered over time.

Instructor:  S. Hawkins
Seminar:  W 10-12

HIS 498H1-F/S/HIS499Y1-Y Independent Studies Courses

History Majors only. These courses result in the production of an independent research project. This may not necessarily take the form of a thesis. Students must find topics and project supervisors. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Independent studies are for students who wish to pursue a detailed research project. This usually involves the preparation of a major paper, though it may take other forms, and must be done under the supervision of an eligible History faculty member. (Please note that faculty are under no obligation to supervise I.S. projects). Students wishing to enrol in these courses must be enrolled in a History Major program, with a B+ average in no less than 4.0 HIS courses, or obtain special permission of the instructor.


  • It is not practical to do an I.S. as a full-credit taken in one term (i.e. HIS499Y1-F or 499Y1-S)
  • Students are allowed only 1.0 I.S. course in History
  • Where research projects can be undertaken within the scope of an existing HIS seminar, students will not normally be allowed to enrol in Independent Studies.

How to enrol:

  • Complete the (Independent Study) with the help of your proposed supervisor. Attach a one-page outline of the project you wish to undertake and a copy of your transcript. Ensure that your supervisor signs the form.
  • Return the documents to the Department by June 15, 2017 for the Fall-Winter 2017-2018 academic year.
  • If approved, your study course will be added to your record on ROSI by the Department of History. If it is not approved, we will notify you and your proposed supervisor as soon as possible by email.

JHP451Y1-Y People from Nowhere
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course JHP451Y1/JHP1299Y1)

This course traces from earliest times to the present the evolution of a people called Carpatho-Rusyns and their historic homeland ‘Carpathian Rus’, located in the heart of Europe. The historic survey will deal with political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments, all the while testing the hypothesis that nationalities are imagined communities.

Recommended Preparation:  a course in eastern European history, or in nationalism

Instructor:  P. Magocsi
Seminar:  W 3-5
Division:  III