Current Undergraduate Fall/Winter Courses

Fall/Winter Courses 2021-2022

The Department offers 100-level, 200-level, 300-level, and 400-level History (HIS) courses.

Please Note:

  • Course descriptions are not final and may be changed at or before the first class.
  • For enrolment instructions, students should consult the 2021-2022 Fall/Winter Timetable.
  • Prerequisites will be enforced rigorously. Students who do not have the relevant prerequisite(s) may be removed from the course after classes begin. Specific questions regarding prerequisites for a course can be answered by the course instructor. Where there are two course instructors, an asterisk (*) indicates the Course Coordinator.

Course Timetable

Course numbers are linked to course descriptions. The courses below are listed in numerical order. The descriptions here are fuller than those in the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

These lists show only those courses which will be offered in the 2021-2022 Sessions. For brief descriptions of courses not offered in the current year, refer to the Arts & Science Calendar: History.

Course Nomenclature

  • H1-F = "First Term"; the first term of the Fall/Winter Session (September - December)
  • H1-S = "Second Term"; the second term of the Fall/Winter Session (January - April)
  • Y1-Y = full session (September - April)
  • Students should note that courses designated as "...Y1F" or "...Y1S" in the Timetable are particulary demanding.

Delivery Methods

  • In Person - A course is considered In Person if it requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities.**** Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.
  • Online - Synchronous - A course is considered Online Synchronous if online attendance is expected at a specific time for some or all course activities, and attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
  • Asynchronous - A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.

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. All 100-series HIS courses are mutually exclusive, with the exception of AP, IB, CAPE, or GCE transfer credits.  Students may enrol in only one 100-series History course.  Students enrolled in more than one of these courses (or who have completed one of these courses or a previous HIS 100-series course with a mark of 50% or greater) will be removed at any time.  First-Year students can also enrol in 200-series HIS courses. ALL students enrolled in a History Specialist, Major, or Minor program must take ONE 100-level HIS course.

First-Year Foundation Seminars

First-Year Foundation Seminars are open only to newly-admitted, Faculty of Arts & Science students (3.5 credits or less). They are 1.0 credit or 0.5 credit courses that focus on discussion of issues, questions and controversies surrounding a particular discipline (or several disciplines) in a small-group setting that encourages the development of critical thinking, writing skills, oral presentation and research methods. FYF seminars are as rigorous and demanding as any other first-year course and require in addition the acquisition of those skills expected of successful undergraduate students. With a maximum enrolment of 30 students each, they are an ideal way to have an enjoyable and challenging small-class experience in your first year. Details can be found at the First-Year Opportunities website.

First-Year Foundation Seminars:

  • Count as 1.0 or 0.5 of the 20 credits required for an Hon. B.A., Hon B.Sc. or B. Com.
  • First-Year Foundation Seminars are not required to get into any Program of Study. However, they may count towards your Program. Please check with your college registrar for further details.
  • Can be counted towards the breadth requirement.
Course Code & Section Title Day/Time Room
Fall Term
Winter Term
HIS101Y1-Y, L0101 Histories of Violence Tuesday 11-12
Thursday 11-12
AH 100
NF 003
AH 100
MY 150
M. Meyerson/A. Guerson De Oliveira
HIS102Y1-Y, L0101 Empires, Encounters and Exchanges Tuesday 11-12 Thursday 11-12 Online - Synchronous Online - Synchronous M. Inan
HIS103Y1-Y, L0101 Statecraft & Strategy : War and Diplomacy in European History 2.0 hours/week Asynchronous Asynchronous T. Sayle
HIS108Y1-Y, L0101 What is History? Wednesday 9-11 SS 2102 SS 2101 P. Cohen
HIS191H1-F, L0101 Pandemics and Human History Tuesday 9-11 SS 581 -- M. Price
HIS193H1-F, L0101 Calls to Action: The TRC and Residential Schools in Canadian History Tuesday 10-12 BA 1210 -- H. Bohaker
HIS194H1-S, L0101 Power, Resistance, and the Graphic Novel Wednesday 1-3 -- IN 312 M. Mishler
HIS198H1-F, L0101 Decolonizing Women's History Tuesday 10-12 SS 1084 -- S. Sweeney

200-level HIS courses are surveys that introduce in broad outlines the history of a particular country, region, continent, or theme. Most are essential background for further upper-level study in the area. Students will generally attend two lectures and participate in one tutorial each week. The 200-level courses are open to first year students as well as those in higher years.

The department regularly offers a number of 299Y Research Opportunity Programs, which are open only to students in their second year. In this course, you work as a Research Assistant to a professor on a particular subject. In past years, students in 299Y courses have done oral history interviews, sought out manuscripts in provincial archives, and gathered primary source documents in the university libraries. Students in their first year should check with the Faculty Registrar in February for the list of ROPs that will be offered in the following academic year.

Course Code & Section Title Geographic Area Day/Time Room
Fall Term
Winter Term
HIS205H1-F, L0101 From Women's History to Gender History b Thursday 10-12 SS 2127 -- F. Aladejebi
HIS221H1-F, L0101 African American History to 1865 b Tuesday 4-6 UC 161 -- C. Johnson
HIS222H1-S, L0101 African American History from 1865 to the Present b Tuesday 4-6 -- UC 161 C. Johnson
HIS230H1-F, L0101 Indigenous and Early Colonial Caribbean History b Wednesday 12-2 SS 1085 -- S. Charles
HIS231H1-S, L0101 Revolution and Emancipation in the Colonial Caribbean b Wednesday 12-2 -- SS 2106 M. Newton
HIS240H1-F, L0101 World War I in Europe c Thursday 9-11 SS 1070 -- P. Wróbel
HIS242H1-S, L0101 Europe in the 20th Century c Wednesday 1-3 -- SS 2118 A. Kasekamp
HIS243H1-F, L0101 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1648 c Tuesday 10-11 Thursday 10-11 SS 2102 -- N. Terpstra
HIS244H1-S, L5101 Early Modern Europe, 1648-1815 c Thursday 5-7 -- SS 2102 J. Mori
HIS245H1-F, L0101 European Colonialism, 1700- 1965 c Wednesday 10-12 VC 215 -- E. Jennings
HIS250Y1-Y, L0101 History of Russia c Monday 10-11 Wednesday 10-11 SS 2108 SS 2108 A. Gornostaev
HIS251Y1-Y, L0101 History of East Central Europe c Tuesday 9-11 SS 2105 SS 2105 P. Wróbel
HIS262H1-F, L5101 Canada: A Short History of Here -- Tuesday 5-7 SS 2135 -- H. Bohaker
HIS264H1-F, L0101 Critical Issues in Canadian History b Tuesday 2-4 AH 100 -- S. Mills
HIS265Y1-Y, L0101 Black Canadian History b Monday 1-3 SS 1083 SS 1083 F. Aladejebi
HIS266H1-S, L0101 Asian Canadian History b Monday 10-12 -- SS 1069 L. Mar
HIS267H1-S, L0101 Business History b Tuesday 11-1 -- BL 205 D. Anastakis
HIS268H1-S, L0101 Law and History a/b Wednesday 10-12 -- KP 108 A. Emon
HIS271Y1-Y, L5101 American History Since 1607 b Tuesday 6-8 SS 2102 SS 2102 D. Cucuz
HIS280Y1-Y, L0101 History of China a Monday 10-11 Wednesday 10-11 AH 100 AH 100 J. Guo
HIS282Y1-Y, L0101 History of South Asia a Tuesday 1-2
Thursday 1-2
SS 2106 SS 2106 R. Birla
HIS285H1-F, L0101 History of Chinese Overseas a Tuesday 10-12 SS 1069 -- L. Mar
HIS291H1-F, L0101 Latin America: The Colonial Period  **Please Note: Course has been Cancelled** b -- -- -- --
HIS292H1-S, L0101 Latin America: The National Period b Tuesday 10-12 -- SS 1071 L. van Isschot
HIS295Y1-Y, L0101 History of Africa a Thursday 12-2 UC 161 UC 161 S. Hawkins

300-level HIS courses are more specialized and intensive. They deal with more closely defined periods or themes. They vary in format, with some being based around lectures, and others involving tutorial or discussion groups. Most 300-level courses have prerequisites, which are strictly enforced. First year students are not permitted to enrol in 300 or 400-level HIS courses. Although some upper level courses do not have specific pre-requisites, courses at the 300 and 400-level are demanding and require a good comprehension of history.

Course Code & Section Title Geographic Area Day/Time Room
Fall Term
Winter Term
HIS300H1-F, L0101 Energy and Environment in North American History b Tuesday 10-12 SS 2127 -- S. Penfold
HIS312H1-F, L0101 Immigration to Canada b Thursday 10-12 WB 219 -- L. Mar
HIS313H1-F, L0101 Animal History a Friday 10-12 WI 1017 -- R. Woods/S. Hawkins
HIS314H1-S, L0101 Language, Empire, and Encounter in Francophone b Wednesday 1-3 -- MY 360 S. Mills
HIS315H1-S, L0101 Vietnamese Histories a Monday 10-12 -- SS 1071 N. Tran
HIS327H1-F, L0101 Rome: The City in History c Monday 2-4 EM 001 -- K. Bartlett
HIS328H1-S, L0101 Modern China a Thursday 10-12 -- SS 1085 X. Liu
HIS329H1-F, L0101 Central Middle Ages (900-1200) c Thursday 2-4 SS 2125 -- I. Cochelin
HIS332H1-S, L0101 Crime in English Society c Tuesday 4-5 Thursday 4-5 -- SS 2127 J. Mori
HIS338H1-F, L0101 The Holocaust: Preconditions, Consolidation of Nazi Power, War,and Occupation (to 1942) c Friday 10-12 SS 1087 -- A. Mitter
HIS344H1-S, L0101 The Global Cold War a Tuesday 3-5 -- MP 203 C. Ewing
HIS346H1-S, L0101 Rice, Sugar, and Spice in Southeast Asia: A History of Food in the Region a Wednesday 1-3 -- KP 108 N. Tran
HIS347H1-F, L0101 The Country House in England, 1837-1939  **Please Note: Course has changed from in-person to online synchronous c Tuesday 10-11
Thursday 10-11
Online synchronous -- L. Loeb
HIS349H1-S, L0101 History of Britain: Struggle for Power c Tuesday 10-11 Thursday 10-11 -- EM 001 L. Loeb
HIS352H1-S, L0101 A History of Women in Pre-colonial East Africa a Tuesday 4-6 -- SS 1084 T. Bello
HIS355H1- S, L0101 A History of Pre-Modern Medicine **Please Note: Course has been Cancelled** c -- -- -- --
HIS357Y1-Y, L0101 A Social History of Renaissance Europe c Tuesday 1-2 Thursday 1-2 VC 101 VC 101 N. Terpstra
HIS359H1-S, L0101 Regional Politics and Radical Movements in the 20th Century Caribbean b Tuesday 4-6 -- SS 1086 F. Morriello
HIS361H1-S, L0101 The Holocaust from 1942 c Friday 10-12 -- SS 1070 D. Bergen
HIS364H1-S, L0101 From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary Since 1848 c Wednesday 9-11 -- SS 2125 R. Austin
HIS366H1-S, L0101 Indigenous Histories of the Great Lakes from 1815 to the Present b Wednesday 10-12 -- SK 720 H. Bohaker
HIS368H1-F, L0101 Early Modern Britain, 1485-1660 c Tuesday 4-5 Thursday 4-5 SS 2127 -- J. Mori
HIS369H1-F, L0101 Indigenous Histories of the Great Lakes, to 1830 b Wednesday 10-12 UC 152 -- B. Melle
HIS370H1-F, L0101 Modern Palestine a Tuesday 10-1 SS 1087 -- J. Hanssen
HIS371H1-S, L5101 Canadian Political History b Wednesday 6-8 -- SS 1088 S. Penfold
HIS373H1-S, L0101 Servants and Masters, 1000-1700 **Please Note: New Course Added c Wednesday 10-12 -- RW 142 E. Gabe
HIS378H1-F, L0101 (J) America in the 1960s b Friday 12-2 SS 1074 -- K. Kilgore
HIS383Y1-Y, L0101 Women in African History a Thursday 4-6 SS 1073 SS 1073 N. Musisi
HIS384H1-F, L0101 The Baltic Sea Region from the Vikings to the Age of Nationalisms c Wednesday 1-3 SS 1072 -- A. Kasekamp
HIS388H1-S, L0101 France Since 1830 c Tuesday 10-12 -- SS 1074 E. Jennings
HIS389H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Science and Empire in the Americas b Wednesday 2-4 SS 1070 -- H. Anderson
HIS389H1-F, L0201 Topics in History: History of Psychiatry and Mental Illness **Please Note: Location has changed from SS1069 to OA 102 (Auditorium) c Friday 10-12 OA 102 -- E. Shorter
HIS389H1-F, L0301 (J) Topics in History: The World of the Cairo Geniza a Friday 10-12 SS 1072 -- J. Goldberg
HIS389H1-F, L9901 Topics in History: Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asia a Friday 9-11 Online - Synchronous -- S. Yeo
HIS389H1-S, L0101 Topics in History: The Criminalization of Protest in Latin American History b Wednesday 10-12 -- WW 121 L. van Isschot
HIS389H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Soccer: The History of the World's Game c Wednesday 12-3 -- SS 1083 P. Cohen
HIS393H1-F, L0101 Digital History - Tuesday 2-4
Thursday 2-3
SS 1083 -- M. Price
HIS397H1-F, L0101 Political Violence and Human Rights in Latin America b Thursday 10-12 SS 1085 -- L. van Isschot
JHA384H1-F, L5101 Japan in the World, Mid-16th to Mid-20th century a Wednesday 5-7 SS 1083 -- S. Jung

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 or 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 – 1.5 FCE; Majors 0.5 FCE) 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 2021-2022 Fall/Winter Session may be added at a later date. Please check back frequently for current information.

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.

Course Code & Section Title Divisions Day/Time Room
Fall Term
Winter Term
HIS401H1-S L0101 The Cold War through its Archives c Monday 10-12 -- SS 2119 V. Dimitriadis
HIS414H1-F, L0101 Down and Out in Medieval Europe **Please Note: Location has changed from SS2116 to UC B203 c Tuesday 2-4 UC B203 -- I. Cochelin
HIS422H1-F, L5101 (J) Early Modern English Popular Culture, 1500-1800 **Please Note: Location has changed from SS2116 to UC255 c Thursday 5-7 UC 255 -- J. Mori

HIS423H1-F, L0101 (J)

Social History of Medicine in the 19th & 20th Centuries **Please Note: Location has changed from WE75 to OA 402 c Thursday 4-6 OA 402 -- E. Shorter
HIS433H1-S, L0101 (J) Polish Jews Since the Partition of Poland c Thursday 9-11 -- SS 2116 P. Wróbel
HIS435H1-S, L0101 Themes in Toronto History **Please Note: Location has changed from SS2116 to UC148 b Tuesday 3-5 -- UC 148 S. Mills
HIS437H1-F, L0101 Telling Lies About Hitler: Frauds and Famous Feuds Among German Historians c Monday 11-1 SS 2120 -- J. Retallack
HIS443H1-S, L0101 Society, Culture and Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation **Please Note: Day/Time has changed from Monday 3-5 to Thursday 3-5 c Thursday 3-5 -- NF 231 N. Terpstra
HIS446H1-S, L0101 (J) Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World a/b/c Thursday 10-12 -- IN 223 M. Newton
HIS451H1-F, L0101 World War II in East Central Europe c Thursday 9-11 SS 2119 -- V. Dimitriadis
HIS465Y1-Y, L0101 (J) Gender and International Relations **Please Note: Location has changed from SS2116 to SS1069 c Monday 4-6 SS 1069 SS 1069 C. Chin
HIS466H1-F, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: Commemorations and Public History, Canada, 1800-2000 **Please Note: Location has changed from OI7192 to OI8200 b Tuesday 1-3 OI 8200 -- C. Morgan
HIS466H1-S, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: Upper Canada Creating a Settler Society, 1790s-1860s b Tuesday 1-3 -- OI 10200 C. Morgan
HIS467H1-F, L0101 French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film **Please Note: Location has change from SS2112 to VC215 a/c Tuesday 10-12 VC 215 -- E. Jennings
HIS475H1-F, L0101 Senior Thesis Seminar - Tuesday 10-12 SS 2098 -- S. Hawkins
HIS476H1-S, L0101 Senior Thesis Seminar - -- -- SS 2098 S. Hawkins
HIS477H1-F, L0101 Topics in the Social and Cultural History of Victorian Britain  **Please Note: Course has changed from in-person to online synchronous c Tuesday 4-6 Online synchronous -- L. Loeb
HIS484H1-F, L0101 The Car in North American History **Please Note: Location has changed from SS2119 to UC B203 b Tuesday 11-1 UC B203 -- D. Anastakis
HIS490H1-S, L0101 Everyday Stalinism c Tuesday 3-5 -- Online synchronous L. Viola
HIS496H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Trends in Women and Gender History in the Global South  **Please Note: Course has been Cancelled** - -- -- -- N. Musisi
HIS496H1-S, L0101 (J) Topcis in History: Religion and Society in Southeast Asia a Monday 2-4 -- SS 2110 N. Tran
HIS496H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Renaissance Humanism c Monday 3-5 -- EM 205 K. Bartlett
HIS496H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Hacking History -- Wednesday 2-4 -- SS 2119 M. Price
HIS496H1-S, L0401 (J) Topics in History: Race in the USA and Canada b Thursday 10-12 -- UC 330 L. Mar
HIS498H1-F Independent Studies -   -- -- Staff
HIS498H1-S Independent Studies -   -- -- Staff
HIS499Y1-Y Independent Studies -   -- -- Staff

Please Note: Temporal Requirement was formerly Pre-Modern Requirement. Students entering into any History Program (Specialist or Major) in 2021-2022 the new requirement is Temporal. Any student enrolled in a History Program (Specialist or Major) 2020-2021 and prior it's known as Pre-Modern.

The following History courses carry half or full Temporal requirement (prior to 1800) status, to fulfill program requirements.

Course Number Title Credit
HIS100Y1 History of the Arctic ½
HIS101Y1 Histories of Violence ½
HIS102Y1 Empires, Encounters, and Exchanges: From the Silk Road to the Present ½
HIS103Y1 Statecraft & Strategy ½
HIS106Y1 Natives, Settlers and Slaves: Colonizing the Americas, 1492-1804 1
HIS107Y1 Approaches to East Asian History ½
HIS109Y1 The Development of European Civilization 1350 – 1945 ½
HIS110Y1 Connected Histories from Dakar to Jakarta ½
HIS208Y1 History of the Jewish People ½
HIS220Y1 The Shape of Medieval Society 1
HIS230H1 Indigenous and Early Colonial Caribbean History ½
HIS243H1 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1648 ½
HIS244H1 Early Modern Europe, 1648-1815 ½
HIS250Y1 History of Russia ½
HIS251Y1 History of East Central Europe ½
HIS271Y1 American History Since 1607 ½
HIS280Y1 History of China ½
HIS282Y1 History of South Asia ½
HIS283Y1 Southeast Asian Crossroads ½
HIS291H1 The History of Colonial Latin America ½
HIS293H1 The Making of the Atlantic World ½
HIS295Y1 History of Africa 1
HIS301H1 Imperial Spain ½
HIS303H1 The Mediterranean, 600-1300: Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora ½
HIS308H1 The Mediterranean, 1300-1700 ½
HIS309H1 The European Reformations ½
HIS319H1 Renaissance France and the Wars of Religion, 1483-1610 ½
HIS320H1 Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Roman Empire ½
HIS321H1 Dark Age Europe, 7th-10th Centuries ½
HIS322H1 The High Middle Ages -- (RETIRED) ½
HIS323H1 Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages ½
HIS329H1 Central Middle Ages (900-1200) ½
HIS332H1 Crime in English Society ½
HIS333H1 Catholic Asia in the Early Modern Era, 1500-1800 ½
HIS336H1 Medieval Spain ½
HIS337H1 Culture, Politics and Society in 18th Century Britain ½
HIS353Y1 The History of Poland from the 10th Century ½
HIS355H1 A History of Pre-modern Medicine ½
HIS357Y1 A Social History of Renaissance Europe 1
HIS362H1 The Hansa: The World of Merchants ½
HIS368H1 Early Modern Britain, 1485-1660 ½
HIS373H1 Servants and Masters, 1000-1700 ½
HIS374H1 American Consumerism - The Beginnings ½
HIS403H1 Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe ½
HIS412Y1 Crusades, Conversion and Colonization in the Medieval Baltic 1
HIS414H1 Down and Out in Medieval Europe ½
HIS422H1 Early Modern English Popular Culture, 1500-1800 ½
HIS424H1 Violence in Medieval Society ½
HIS426H1 Medieval Italy, 400-1000 ½
HIS427H1 History and Historiography in the Golden Legend ½
HIS428H1 Medieval Institutes of Perfection ½
HIS432H1 Topics in Medieval History ½
HIS434Y1 Kievan Rus 1
HIS443H1 Society, Culture, and Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation ½
HIS452H1 Science and Society in Britain, 1600-1800 ½
HIS457H1 The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire ½
HIS492H1 Empire & Colonization in the French Atlantic World ½