Current Undergraduate Fall/Winter Courses

Fall/Winter Courses 2020-2021

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 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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.

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, major, or minor program must take one 100-level HIS course.

The department also offers First-Year Foundation Seminar courses each year (see listings below - HIS195H1-HIS199H1). These are limited to thirty students each. Some previous courses offered by the Department of History 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 HIS195H1-199H1 courses cannot be used to fulfill program requirements, but they can be used as breadth requirements. For more information, consult the First-Year Opportunities website, which will be available during registration.

Course Code & Section Title Day/Time Room
Fall Term
Room
Winter Term
Instructor
HIS101Y1-Y, L0101 Histories of Violence Monday 11-12
Wednesday 11-12
TBA TBA M. Meyerson/TBA
HIS103Y1-Y, L0101 Statecraft & Strategy : An Introduction to the History of International Relations Monday 2-3
Wednesday 2-3
TBA TBA T. Sayle/V. Dimitriadis
HIS108Y1-Y, L0101 What is History? Wednesday 9-11 TBA TBA P. Cohen
HIS110Y1-Y, L0101 Connected Histories from Dakar to Jakarta Tuesday 12-2 TBA TBA N. Tran/S. Hawkins
HIS192H1-F, L5101 A History of Queer Asia Tuesday 5-7 TBA -- Y. Wang
HIS194H1-F, L0101 Power, Resistance, and the Graphic Novel Wednesday 1-3 TBA -- M. Mishler
HIS195H1-S, L0101 Drunk History Monday 10-12 -- TBA A. Smith
HIS196H1-S, L0101 Religion and Violence Wednesday 10-12 -- TBA D. Bergen

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 Divisions Day/Time Room
Fall Term
Room
Winter Term
Instructor
HIS205H1-S, L0101 Topics in Women's History: Women and Gender in Latin American History II Tuesday 4-6 -- TBA T. Walker
HIS208Y1-Y, L0101 History of the Jewish People I/III Tuesday 9-10
Thursday 9-10
TBA TBA Y. Nizri
HIS218H1-F, L0101 Environmental History -- Tuesday 10-12 TBA -- R. Woods
HIS230H1-F, L0101 Indigenous and Early Colonial Caribbean History II Tuesday 12-2 TBA -- M. Newton
HIS231H1-S, L0101 Revolution and Emancipation in the Colonial Caribbean II Tuesday 10-12 -- TBA S. Sweeney
HIS241H1-F, L0101 Europe in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914 III Tuesday 1-2
Thursday 1-2
TBA -- J. Jenkins
HIS242H1-S, L0101 Europe in the 20th Century III Thursday 9-11 -- TBA P. Wróbel
HIS243H1-F, L5101 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1648 III Tuesday 11-12
Thursday 11-12
TBA -- TBA
HIS244H1-S, L5101 Early Modern Europe, 1648-1815 III Tuesday 3-4
Thursday 3-4
-- TBA J. Mori
HIS245H1-S, L0101 European Colonialism, 1700- 1965 III Wednesday 10-12 -- TBA E. Jennings
HIS262H1-F, L5101 Canada: A Short History of Here -- Tuesday 5-7 TBA -- H. Bohaker
HIS264H1-S, L0101 Critical Issues in Canadian History II Wednesday 1-3 -- TBA S. Penfold
HIS268H1-S, L0101 Law and History II Wednesday 10-12 -- TBA A. Emon
HIS271Y1-Y, L5101 American History Since 1607 II Tuesday 6-8 TBA TBA M. Mishler
HIS280Y1-Y, L0101 History of China I Tuesday 3-4
Thursday 3-4
TBA TBA Y. Wang
HIS282Y1-Y, L0101 History of South Asia I Wednesday 1-2
Thursday 1-2
TBA TBA TBA
HIS291H1-F, L0101 Latin America: The Colonial Period II Tuesday 4-6 TBA -- T. Walker
HIS295Y1-Y, L0101 History of Africa I Friday 12-2 TBA TBA 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 Divisions Day/Time Room
Fall Term
Room
Winter Term
Instructor
HIS306H1-S, L0101 Islam and Muslims in the Balkans I Tuesday 11-1 -- TBA M. Methodieva
HIS311Y1-Y, L0101 Introduction to Canadian International Relations II Tuesday 2-3
Thursday 2-3
TBA TBA TBA
HIS312H1-F, L5101 Immigration to Canada II Thursday 5-7 TBA -- F. Aladejebi/L. Bertram
HIS314H1-F, L0101 Quebec and French Canada II Tuesday 3-5 TBA -- S. Mills
HIS317H1-S, L0101 20th Century Germany III Wednesday 12-3 -- TBA J. Jenkins
HIS318H1-S, L0101 The "Wild" West in Canada II Monday 1-3 -- TBA L. Bertram
HIS323H1-S, L0101 Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages III Thursday 1-4 TBA -- I. Cochelin
HIS327H1-F, L0101 Rome: The City in History III Monday 2-4 TBA -- K. Bartlett
HIS331H1-S, L5101 Modern Baltic History III Tuesday 5-7 -- TBA A. Kasekamp
HIS338H1-F, L0101 The Holocaust: Preconditions, Consolidation of Nazi Power, War,and Occupation (to 1942) III Friday 10-12 TBA -- D. Bergen
HIS340H1-S, L0101 The Ottoman Empire, 1800-1922 III Thursday 11-1 -- TBA M. Methodieva
HIS344H1-S, L5101 Conflict and Co-Operation in the International System Since 1945 III Wednesday 5-7 -- TBA TBA
HIS346H1-S, L0101 Rice, Sugar and Spice in Southeast Asia: A History of Food in the Region I Wednesday 12-2 -- TBA TBA
HIS347H1-F, L0101 The Country House in England, 1837-1939 III Tuesday 10-11
Thursday 10-11
TBA -- L. Loeb
HIS349H1-S, L0101 History of Britain: Struggle for Power III Tuesday 11-12
Thursday 11-12
-- TBA L. Loeb
HIS352H1-S, L5101 A History of Women in Pre-colonial East Africa I Monday 5-7 -- TBA N. Musisi
HIS353Y1-Y, L0101 Poland: A Crossroads of Europe III Tuesday 9-11 TBA TBA P. Wróbel
HIS355H1-F, L0101 A History of Pre-Modern Medicine III Wednesday 10-12 TBA -- N. Everett
HIS361H1-S, L0101 The Holocaust, from 1942 III Friday 10-12 -- TBA D. Bergen
HIS363H1-F, L0101 Dynamics of Gender in Canadian History II Tuesday 11-1 TBA -- H. Bohaker
HIS364H1-S, L0101 From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary Since 1848 III Wednesday 9-11 -- TBA R. Austin
HIS371H1-S, L0101 Canadian Political History II Tuesday 1-3 -- TBA S. Penfold
HIS373H1-F, L0101 Servants and Masters, 1000-1700 III Thursday 2-5 -- TBA I. Cochelin
HIS377H1-F, L5101 20th Century American Foreign Relations II Wednesday 5-7 TBA -- TBA
HIS382H1-S, L5101 China from the Mongols to the Last Emperor I Tuesday 5-7 -- TBA Y. Wang
HIS383Y1-Y, L0101 Women in African History I Thursday 4-6 TBA TBA N. Musisi
HIS385H1-F, L0101 History of Hong Kong I Friday 11-1 TBA -- C. Lim
HIS386H1-F, L0101 Fascism III Wednesday 1-3 TBA -- A. Kasekamp
HIS388H1-S, L0101 France Since 1830 III Tuesday 10-12 -- TBA E. Jennings
HIS389H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: American History, American Controversy II Tuesday 11-1 TBA -- S. Lurie
HIS389H1-F, L0201 Topics in History: Trump, Trudeau, Trees, Trade and Other Stuff:  Contemporary Canada and the United States in Historical Context  II Thursday 11-2 TBA -- D. Anastakis
HIS389H1-F, L0301 Topics in History: European Intellectual History: Ideas and Practices III Thursday 3-5 TBA -- A. Lanza
HIS389H1-S, L0101 Topics in History: Going Global from Coffee, Rubber, Diamonds and Furs to Oil: Five Commodities that Shape(d) Our World II Tuesday 11-2 -- TBA D. Anastakis
HIS389H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Topics in Canadian Legal History II Tuesday 11-1 -- TBA H. Bohaker
HIS389H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Modern Italian History III Thursday 3-5 -- TBA A. Lanza
HIS389H1-S, L0401 Topics in History: Ghosts and Fakes: Weighing Historical Evidence -- Thursday 2-4 -- TBA S. Hawkins
HIS389H1-S, L5101 Topics in History: Soccer: The History of the World's Game III Tuesday 5-7 -- TBA P. Cohen
HIS389Y1-Y, L0101 Topics in History: Critical Histories of the Black Canadian Experience II Tuesday 1-3 TBA TBA F. Aladejebi
HIS393H1-F, L0101 Digital History - Tuesday 2-4
Thursday 2-3
TBA -- M. Price
HIS395H1-F Independent Studies - TBA TBA   Staff
HIS395H1-S Independent Studies - TBA TBA   Staff
HIS395Y1-Y Independent Studies - TBA TBA   Staff
HIS396H1-S, L0101 The Progressive Era and Rise of Big Business in America II Monday 4-6 -- TBA C. Chin
JHA384H1-S, L0101 Japan in the World, mid-16th to mid-20th Century I Thursday 12-2 TBA -- TBA
JHN323H1-F, L0101 Indigeneity in the Caribbean II Thursday 12-2 TBA -- M. Newton

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 2020-2021 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
Room
Winter Term
Instructor
HIS404H1-S, L0101 (J) Topics in U.S. History: Slavery in North America II Tuesday 1-3 -- TBA M. Mishler
HIS406H1-S, L0101 Advanced Topics in Gender History: Gender and Social Change II Wednesday 1-3 -- TBA F. Aladejebi
HIS419H1-S, L0101 (J) Canada By Treaty: Alliances, Title Transfers and Land Claims II Thursday 11-1 -- TBA H. Bohaker
HIS422H1-F, L0101 (J) Early Modern English Popular Culture, 1500-1800 III Thursday 11-1 -- TBA J. Mori
HIS423H1-F, L0101 (J) The Social History of Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries III Thursday 4-6 TBA -- E. Shorter
HIS428H1-F, L0101 (J) Medieval Institutes of Perfection III Tuesday 2-4 TBA -- I. Cochelin
HIS446H1-S, L0101 (J) Gender & Slavery in the Atlantic World I/II/III Thursday 12-2 -- TBA M. Newton
HIS451H1-F, L0101 (J) World War II in East Central Europe III Thursday 9-11 TBA -- P. Wróbel
HIS466H1-F, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: Commemorations and Public History, Canada, 1800s-2000 II Tuesday 1-3 TBA -- C. Morgan
HIS466H1-F, L0201 Topics in Canadian History: History of Energy in Everyday Life, Canada, 1850-1950 II Wednesday 1-3 TBA -- R. Sandwell
HIS466H1-F, L0301 Topics in Canadian History: Oldest Profession II Friday 11-1 TBA -- L. Bertram
HIS466H1-S, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: Upper Canada Creating a Settler Society, 1790s-1860s II Tuesday 1-3 -- TBA C. Morgan
HIS466H1-S, L0201 Topics in Canadian History:  History of Education in Canada II Wednesday 1-3 -- TBA R. Sandwell
HIS467H1-F, L0101 French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film I/III Tuesday 10-12 TBA -- E. Jennings
HIS470H1-S L0101 History, Rights and Difference in South Asia I Tuesday 1-3 -- TBA R. Birla
HIS474H1-S, L0101 Emancipate Yourselves from Mental Slavery? Historical Narratives of Caribbean Decolonisation II Tuesday 12-2 -- TBA M. Newton
HIS475H1-F, L0101 Senior Thesis Seminar - Tuesday 10-12 TBA -- M. Price
HIS476H1-S, L0101 Senior Thesis Seminar - Tuesday 10-12 -- TBA N. Tran
HIS477H1-F, L0101 Topics in the Social and Cultural History of Victorian Britain III Tuesday 4-6 TBA -- L. Loeb
HIS484H1-F, L0101 The Car in North American History II Tuesday 11-2 TBA -- D. Anastakis
HIS489H1-F, L0101 (J) The History of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Illness III Friday 10-12 TBA -- E. Shorter
HIS490H1-F, L0101 Everyday Stalinism III Tuesday 3-5 TBA -- L. Viola
HIS496H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Latin America in the Artistic Imagination II Thursday 4-6 TBA -- T. Walker
HIS496H1-F, L0201 Topics in History: The Holocaust and Religion III Wednesday 1-3 TBA -- D. Bergen
HIS496H1-F, L0301 (J) Topics in History: Trends in Women and Gender History in the Global South I Tuesday 4-6 TBA -- N. Musisi
HIS496H1-F, L0401 Topics in History: The Two Germanies and the Cold War, 1945-1990 III Monday 10-12 TBA -- J. Jenkins
HIS496H1-S, L0101 (J) Topcis in History: Globalization and Empire in the Twentieth Century III Monday 10-12 -- TBA J. Jenkins
HIS496H1-S, L0201 (J) Topics in History: Renaissance Humanism III Monday 3-5 -- TBA K. Bartlett
HIS496H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Hacking History II/III Tuesday 2-5 -- TBA M. Price
HIS498H1-F Independent Studies -   -- -- Staff
HIS498H1-S Independent Studies -   -- -- Staff
HIS499Y1-Y Independent Studies -   -- -- Staff
JHP454Y1-Y (J) 20th Century Ukraine III Wednesday 3-5 TBA TBA P. Magocsi

The following History courses carry half or full Pre-Modern 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
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 ½
HIS323H1 Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages ½
HIS329H1 Central Middle Ages (900-1200) ½
HIS332H1 Crime and Society in England, 1500-1800 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  
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