300 Level Course Descriptions

Undergraduate

300 Level Courses (2021-2022)

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
JHA Joint History and Asia-Pacific Studies
(administered by the Asia-Pacific Studies Program1 Devonshire Place (At Trinity College)
JHN Joint History and New College
(adminstered by the African Studies ProgramRoom WE 133 (300 Huron Street)
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)

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

  • 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.

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 Prerequisites, courses at the 300- and 400-level are demanding and require a good comprehension of history.


HIS 300H1-F, L0101 Energy and Environment in North American History

This course examines the history of energy in North America from the perspective of political economy, environment, and social-cultural history. Particular attention is paid to twentieth-century developments and to the relationship between energy and social power. Examples are drawn from both Canada and the United States.
In Fall 2021, particular attention will be paid to Canadian developments.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1/HIS271Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: S. Penfold
Lecture: Tuesday 10-12
Geographic Area: b

HIS 312H1-F, L0101 Immigration to Canada

From the colonial settlement to 21st century, immigration has been a key experience and much debated in Canadian life. Drawing on primary sources, as well as historical and contemporary scholarship, this course will discuss migration, citizenship and belonging as central features in Canada’s experience of immigration. This course focuses on the individuals, groups, and collectives who built, defined, contested, and reimagined this country, to help make and remake Canada through immigration.

Recommended Preparation: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: L. Mar
Lecture: Thursday 10-12
Geographic Area: b

HIS 313H1-F, L0101 Animal History

What happens to history when we take the category of the animal as the subject? This course pursues the history of people and other animals since the early modern period, with a thematic focus located in the Atlantic world.

Recommended Preparation: HIS218H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: R. Woods/S. Hawkins
Lecture: Friday 10-12
Tutorials: TBA
Geographic Area: a

HIS 314H1-S, L0101 Language, Empire, and Encounter in Francophone Canada

This course will explore the history of Francophone Canada from the late 19th century until today. In addition to looking at more traditional themes focused on nationalism and constitutional politics, we will also look at the history of encounter between groups of different backgrounds and origins. As such, we will place a large emphasis on colonialism and Indigenous history, and the politics of language, race, and immigration. Themes will include, among others, the history of francophone Canada in an era of British imperialism, jazz, the art world, literature, the Oka Crisis, and Quebec’s ties to Haiti and other parts of the non-Western world. For 2022, we will explore these histories through a focus on the city of Montreal.

Exclusion: HIS314Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: S. Mills
Lecture: Wednesday 1-3
Geographic Area: b

HIS 315H1-S, L0101 Vietnamese Histories

This course introduces students to the narratives that diverse actors have used to talk about Vietnamese histories. We will focus on the histories and perspectives of the indigenous peoples of the peninsula, ethnic minority groups, as well as that of the majority "Kinh people." We'll explore themes which have been central to shaping the geographic space, the socio-political regimes, and the cultural entity we now call "Viet Nam," while examining how varying types of historical method and archival strategies can influence the telling of histories. This course may fulfil the methodology requirement portion of the major.

Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: N. Tran
Lecture: Monday 10-12
Geographic Area: a

HIS 327H1-F, L0101 Rome: The City in History

Rome: The City in History This course will investigate the urban development and the idea of Rome from its mythical foundations, through the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods until we reach the modern city. The richly illustrated classes will reveal the sites that encouraged the idea of Rome and the shift from the pagan imperial to the Christian papal city which later emerged as the capital of a united Italy after 1870, a Fascist showplace after 1922 and a modern metropolis within the EU. We will learn how to “read” a city over time by following its growth, decline, structure, and decoration. Besides a modern text on Rome, we will read some excerpts from various primary and secondary sources, from Livy to an analysis of the Year 2000, in order to gain an insight into how the city was perceived and how the “idea” of Rome came to form part of the definition of western culture.

Prerequisite: At least 1.0 credit European History course(s)
Exclusion: VIC348Y1 (offered in Fall/Winter 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016) and VIC162H1 (offered in Fall 2016, Fall 2017 and Fall 2018)
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: K. Bartlett
Lecture: Monday 2-4
Geographic Area: c

HIS 328H1-S, L0101 Modern China

This course traces the history of modern China in its profound and often violent political, social, economic, and cultural transformations from the late 19th through the early 21st centuries. We'll consider how these transformations broke with as well as continued previous developments, and how they've reflected and influenced connections between China and the rest of the world. You're expected to arrive in this class with some previous knowledge of Chinese history. Our particular emphasis will be going beyond dates and names to place different types of historical sources in critical context.

Prerequisite: HIS280Y1/EAS102Y1
Exclusion: JMC201Y1, HIS328Y1
Recommended Preparation: HIS380H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: X. Liu
Lecture: Thursday 10-12
Geographic Area: b

HIS 329H1-F, L0101 Central Middle Ages (900-1200)

A chronological survey from 900, with the foundation of Cluny by the Duke of Aquitaine, the last waves of Vikings, and the decline and end of the Carolingian Empire, up to 1200, with the Battle of Bouvines, the more formal organization of the first universities and the construction of the Gothic cathedrals. The main question will be: what happens when there is no real central power? Why did the term “Feudalism,” now nicknamed the F word by medievalists, was judged inappropriate to describe the situation?

Prerequisite: 9.0 credits including 1.0 HIS credit
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: I. Cochelin
Lecture: Thursday 2-4
Geographic Area: c

HIS 332H1-S, L0101 Crime in English Society

This course addresses crime and the administration of criminal justice from 1550 to 1850 through the lenses of gender, class, and ethnicity. Violent and property crimes are studied from the perspectives of the accused, law enforcement, lawyers, and legislators. The latter portion of the course focuses on modern elements of criminal administration – policing, prosecution, trial, and punishment – which were in the process of formation in this period. Throughout the course we will explore the interrelationships among these components of the criminal justice system and the social context in which they occurred.

Prerequisite: 9.0 credits, including 1.0 HIS credit
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: J. Mori
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 4-5
Geographic Area: c

HIS 338H1-F, L0101 The Holocaust: Preconditions, Consolidation of Nazi Power, War, and Occupation (to 1942)

This is the first of two linked courses on the Holocaust, the program of mass killing carried out under the leadership of Nazi Germans during World War II. Destruction of Jews occupied the centre of Nazi ideology and practice. Accordingly, this course will examine varieties of antisemitism in Europe; German policies against Jews from 1933 to 1939; the expansion of terror with war and conquests in 1939, 1940, and 1941; and Jewish responses to persecution and extreme violence. Particular attention will be paid to how the Nazi assault on Jews connected with attacks against other people within Germany and, after 1939, in German-occupied Europe: people deemed disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Afro-Germans, Sinti and Roma, homosexuals, Poles, and Soviet prisoners of war. The approach will be chronological, up to the end of 1941/beginning of 1942.
In addition to the lectures, students will attend bi-weekly tutorial groups to discuss the assigned readings. Films will be presented in conjunction with the course. Assignments include analysis of a primary source, a map quiz, a mid-term test, a term project, and final examination.

Textbook(s): Victor Klemperer, I Will Bear Witness; 1933-1941: A Diary of the Nazi Years (VK); J. Noakes and G. Pridham, Nazism, A Documentary Reader, 1919-1945, vol. 3, Foreign Policy, War and Racial Extermination (N&P); Heinz Heger, The Men with the Pink Triangle; Jan Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland; Sara Ginaite-Rubinson, Resistance and Survival: The Jewish Community in Kaunas, Lithuania, 1941-1944

Prerequisite: Completion of 6.0 credits
Exclusion: HIS388Y1/HIS398Y1/HIS338H5
Recommended Preparation: A course in modern European history
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: A. Mitter
Lecture: Friday 10-12
Tutorials: TBA (bi-weekly)
Geographic Area: c

HIS 344H1-S, L0101 The Global Cold War

The contest between capitalism and communism in the twentieth century was not only a Cold War between two superpowers, but also created hotspots throughout the world. This course will examine a series of conflicts and crises in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East that constituted the global battlegrounds of the Cold War. Students will work with original documents and audio-visual footage from the Cold War era and refine key research techniques of the History discipline, including how to use library resources, explore archival collections, and plan a research paper effectively.

Exclusion: HIS344Y1
Recommended Preparation: EUR200Y1/HIS103Y1/HIS241H1, HIS242H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: C. Ewing
Lecture: Tuesday 3-5
Geographic Area: a

HIS 346H1-S, L0101 Rice, Sugar, and Spice in Southeast Asia: A History of Food in the Region

This course examines the importance of food products such as rice, spices, and sugars in the livelihoods of the inhabitants of Southeast and in the world economy. Although we will study the circulation of other food products from the region, we use these three commodities to frame our analysis of the changing meanings of food products in Southeast Asian history. The course traces the circulation of these products within the Southeast Asian region in the pre-modern period; into the spice trade of the early modern era, and the establishment of coffee and sugar plantations in the late colonial period; the production of “national” dishes in the modern era and the consumption of these dishes in global settings. We will explore each of the commodities through the prism of food and ritual, identity, scarcity, consumption, and globalization.
I assume no prior knowledge of Southeast Asian or food history.

Recommended Preparation: 1.0 FCE Asian or European history
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Instructor:  N. Tran
Lecture:  Wednesday 1-3
Geographic Area:  a

HIS 347H1-F, L0101 The Country House in England 1837-1939

This course explores the grand country houses of the aristocracy at their peak between 1837 and 1939.    Culturally identified as the symbol of elite status, every member of England’s titled aristocracy maintained a country house in the nineteenth century. Self-made millionaires of the industrial revolution built them in their quest for social acceptance. This course will analyze the material culture of the houses—their floor plans, exteriors, interiors, and gardens. It will also study the activities associated with the houses, including fox hunting, shooting and deerstalking; weekend parties; philanthropy and community engagement.  Finally, it will look at the people of the country houses, including owners, families, and servants.

Prerequisite: A course in British or European history
Recommended Preparation: HIS349H1/HIS302H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: L. Loeb
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10-11
Geographic Area: c

HIS 349H1-S, L0101 History of Britain: Struggle for Power

This is an introductory course in the history of Britain from 1800 to the present day.  It will consider the waning of the power of the crown, the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of the middle and working classes. Topics include welfare, the Irish question, gender, race, immigration, and European Union.  The objective is to put contemporary issues in British society in historical perspective.

Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: L. Loeb
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10-11
Geographic Area: c

HIS 352H1-S, L0101 A History of Women in Pre-colonial East Africa

This course examines the lived experience of women in societies, communities, and polities of varying sizes across territories that cover eight contemporary East African states. It encompasses the period from 1000 B.C to the end of the nineteenth century. Topics covered are clustered under four broad themes: a) Ecology, work in commodity production, wealth and exchange relations; b) “Institutional” power, ideology and structures; c) “Creative” power particularly in the areas of healing, resistance/contestation and transformation; and d) Violence, war and vulnerability.
The course challenges present day gender and identity categories applied to Africa’s deep past and highlights critical nuances of gender, identity, and power dynamics in Africa.

Prerequisite: AFR150Y1 or any course in African History
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: T. Bello
Lecture: Tuesday 4-6
Geographic Area: a

HIS 357Y1-Y, L0101 A Social History of Renaissance Europe

This course will explore social structures and major developments of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries in Europe.  We will plot changes in social customs and living conditions resulting from economic, legal, intellectual, and religious developments, using letters, diaries, law codes, memoirs and images as our key sources.  Our exploration will follow the human life cycle, with particular attention to Birth and Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence, Marriage, Old Age, & Death.  We will also examine issues related to Work & Poverty and Crime & Punishment, and the experiences of those groups and individuals who were pushed to the margins of society (e.g., criminals, the poor, prostitutes).  We will look at the differences that gender and social status made and see how race became a larger preoccupation as Europeans began moving out across the globe as traders, settlers, and soldiers.

Exclusion: HIS357H1/HIS357Y0/HIS357Y5/HIS357H5
Recommended Preparation: A course in Renaissance or Early Modern European history
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: N. Terpstra
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 1-2
Geographic Area: c
Temporal Requirement: 1 credit

HIS 359H1-S, L0101 Regional Politics and Radical Movements in the 20th Century Caribbean

The role of nationalism, race and ethnicity, class conflict and ideologies in the recent development of Caribbean societies; Europes replacement by the United States as the dominant imperial power in the Caribbean; how this mixture of regional and international pressures has led to widely differing political systems and traditions.

Recommended Preparation: HIS294Y1/HIS230H1,231H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: F. Morriello
Lecture: Tuesday 4-6
Geographic Area: b

HIS 361H1-S, L0101 The Holocaust from 1942

This is the second of two linked courses on the Holocaust, the program of mass killing carried out under the leadership of Nazi Germans during World War II. In this course, we will continue with a chronological approach, starting with 1942, a year that marked both the peak of German military power and a massive escalation in the murder of Jews. Particular attention will be paid to the connections between the war and the Holocaust throughout the years 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945. Issues to be addressed include resistance by Jews and non-Jews; local collaboration; the roles of European governments, the Allies, the churches, and other international organizations; and varieties of Jewish responses. The last part of the course will focus on postwar repercussions of the Holocaust in justice, memory and memorialization, and popular culture.
In addition to the lectures, students will attend bi-weekly tutorial groups to discuss the assigned readings. Films will be presented in conjunction with the course.

Tentative Course Requirements: analysis of a primary source, term project, a mid-term test, and a final examination.

Prerequisite: completion of 6 undergraduate full-course equivalents and HIS338H1
Exclusion: HIS338Y1/HIS361H5
Recommended Preparation: a course in modern European history
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: D. Bergen
Lecture: Friday 10-12
Tutorials: TBA (bi-weekly)
Geographic Area: c

HIS 364H1-S From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary Since 1848

Once a powerful kingdom in Central Europe, Hungary and the Hungarians have a rich history of interchanging periods of conquest, dominance, expansion, and contraction.
This 12-week course has its focus on the multiple transformations of Hungary: From the revolutionary “Springtime of Nations” in 1848 when Hungary’s quest for independence was halted through political sovereignty and partnership with Austria in the Dual Monarchy between 1867 and 1918, to a truncated but independent existence in the interwar period; from there to subjection first to Nazi Germany and then to the Soviet Union, and finally to renewed independence in 1989 and membership in the European Union in 2004.
The focus is on the revolutions of 1848-1849, 1918-1919, the 1956 Revolution against Soviet rule and the collapse of communism in 1989. The story has been invariably heroic, violent, and tragic. In the long peaceful periods, long at least for East Central European conditions, Hungary changed from a patriarchal and rural country to an urbanized and industrialized nation.
The course will offer a chronological survey of the history of Hungary from 1848 until the present. It is ideal for students with little or no knowledge of Hungarian history but who possess an understanding of the main trends of European history in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Prerequisite: A 100 level HIS course
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: R. Austin
Lecture: Wednesday 9-11
Geographic Area: c

HIS 366H1-S, L0101 Indigenous Histories of the Great Lakes from 1815 to the Present

Explores the history of Aboriginal peoples (Indigenous and Metis) living in the Great Lakes Region after the Great Lakes were effectively split between British North America (later Canada) to the north and the united States to the south, when a rapidly increasing newcomer population on both sides of the border marginalized Indigenous peoples and settled on their land. Topics include a comparative examination of Indigenous experiences of colonialism, including treaties and land surrenders as well as the development of government policies aimed at removing and/or assimilating Great Lakes peoples. This course will also study resistance by First National and Tribal Councils to those programs over nearly two centuries and assess local strategies used for economic and cultural survival.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1/HIS271Y1
Exclusion: HIS369Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: H. Bohaker
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
Geographic Area: b

HIS 368H1-F, L0101 Early Modern Britain, 1485-1660

Introduction to the political, social, and religious history of early modern England, Scotland, and Ireland. Particular attention will be paid to the history of the monarchy, the Protestant Reformation, gender, and social change.

Recommended Preparation: EUR200Y1, HIS109Y1/HIS243H1/HIS244H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: J. Mori
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 4-5
Geographic Area: c
Temporal Requirement: ½ credit

HIS 369H1-F, L0101 Indigenous Histories of the Great Lakes, to 1830

Explores the history of Aboriginal peoples (Indigenous and Métis) living in the Great Lakes Region from the 16th century to the aftermath of the war of 1812. Weaving together interdisciplinary sources, this course examines central events in Great Lakes history including the formation of the Wendat and Haudenosaunee Confederacies and key Anishinabek alliances, the arrival of European newcomers into an Indigenous landscape, the social-political impact of new diseases, reactions to European missionaries, the fur trade, major conflicts and peace processes including the Great Peace of Montreal, the Treaty of Niagara and the 60 Years War for the Great Lakes; and ending with the period of significant encroachment of new settlers on Indigenous lands. Tutorials, primary source analysis, essay, exam.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1/INS201Y1
Exclusion: HIS369Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: B. Melle
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
Geographic Area: b

HIS 370H1-F, L0101 Modern Palestine

Weekly lectures provide an overview of the struggles over Palestine between Zionist and Palestinian national movements in the twentieth century in the context of the British mandate, settler colonialism, UN negotiations and resolutions, Third-worldism, superpower rivalry and everyday resistance and occupation on the ground.

Exclusion: HIS339H1
Recommended Preparation: HIS340H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: J. Hanssen
Lecture: Tuesday 10-1
Geographic Area: a

HIS 371H1-S, L5101 Canadian Political History

This course examines the history of Canadian politics from the late colonial period to the recent past. Lectures and tutorials will focus attention on specific political issues (responsible government, Confederation, war, welfare, battles over voting rights, campaigns for social change, etc.) but also consider the deeper structural, social, economic, and cultural dynamics that shaped politics over time. The course takes a broad view of politics (elections and parties but also social movements, interest groups, bureaucracy). A key theme is the nature of political power in a democratic polity.

Prerequisite: HIS264H1/HIS263Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: S. Penfold
Lecture: Wednesday 6-8
Geographic Area: b

HIS 373H1-S Servants and Masters, 1000-1700

This course will explore the history of all types of servants, from the ladies-in-waiting to the domestic slaves, in Western Europe between 1000 and 1700. The goal will be to observe especially their working and living conditions, as well as the changing perception of service through time.

Recommended Preparation: A course on the Middle Ages and/or a course on the Early Modern Period in any discipline
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: E. Gabe
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 378H1-F, L0101 America in the 1960s
(Joint undergraduate – HIS378H1/AMS313H1)

A survey of one of the most turbulent decades in American history. Examines the political, social, economic, and cultural revolutions that transformed the face of America.

Prerequisite: HIS271Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: K. Kilgore
Lecture: Friday 12-2
Geographic Area: b

HIS 383Y1-Y, L0101 Women in African History

The past 30 years have seen African women’s history enter its second generation. During this time, African historians have produced a body of literature moving the sub-field from the margins to a more central position. This course subjects our increasing knowledge about African women’s history from the mid-19th century to the present to critical analysis. It goes beyond restoring women to history and seeing African women as victims impacted upon and struggling against colonialism and neo-colonialism. More specifically, it examines how African women’s lived experiences have been captured, represented, packaged, and delivered to different audiences. Central to this enquiry will be critical interrogation of concepts such as “Africa,” “woman/women,” “body,” “modernity,” “colonial/post-colonial,” “poverty,” “agency,” “space,” “motherhood,” “power,” “culture.”

Prerequisite: HIS295Y1/HIS297Y1/AFR150Y1/AFR250Y1/AFR351Y1/POL301Y1 or permission from the Instructor
Exclusion: HIS383H1/HISC97H3
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: N. Musisi
Lecture: Thursday 4-6
Geographic Area: a

HIS 384H1-F, L0101 The Baltic Sea Region from the Vikings to the Age of Nationalisms

This course traces political, cultural, and socio-economic developments in North-Eastern Europe, i.e. the Baltic Sea region, from the early Viking age in the 9th century to industrialization in the late 19th century. Topics include the Northern crusades, the Hanseatic League, the Protestant Reformation, the rise and fall of the Swedish empire and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the early modern struggle for hegemony in the Baltic Sea region, Absolutism, the Enlightenment and the emancipation of the peasantry, the advent of Prussia and Tsarist Russia as great powers, and national movements.

Prerequisite: 9.0 credits including 1.0 HIS credit
Recommended Preparation: A course in European History
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: A. Kasekamp
Lecture: Wednesday 1-3
Geographic Area: c

HIS 388H1-S, L0101 France Since 1830

This course explores modern and contemporary France, from the Revolution of 1848 to the 1990’s. We will examine in detail fin-de-siècle culture and society, as well as major political dramas and traumas, including the Paris Commune, the Dreyfus Affair, the Vichy regime, and the wars of decolonization. Beyond the realm of politics, the course delves into a number of social, intellectual, and cultural themes including pluralism and feminism in France, the place of intellectuals in French society, and forms of French cultural expression. Finally, the course opens a window onto the broader French-speaking world, by analysing colonialism and neo-colonialism, as well as the emergence of la Francophonie.

Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/one course in HIS/FRE
Exclusion: HIS388Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: E. Jennings
Lecture: Tuesday 10-12
Geographic Area: c

HIS 389H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Science and Empire in the Americas

This course examines how science played a crucial role in the British, French, Spanish, and American (U.S.) empires across North America from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. Using a diverse selection of documents and images, students will explore why and how science was a crucial part of imperial activities and schemes, how scientific concepts changed as a result of information and revelations generated in the margins of empire, and how science became a key site in which Europeans, Indigenous, and African peoples struggled for power. No prior knowledge of colonial or American history is required.

Prerequisite: 4.0 credits including 1.0 HIS credit
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: H. Anderson
Lecture: Wednesday 2-4
Geographic Area: b

HIS 389H1-F, L0201 Topics in History: History of Psychiatry and Mental Illness

This class introduces students to some current issues in the history of psychiatry and some of the major developments in the evolution of this unique medical specialty.
The class will use a lecture format, with ample class discussion encouraged.  We will cover such topics as:

  • Psychiatric diagnosis and classification
  • Disorders of the mind/body relationship
  • Changes in the “presentation” of psychiatric illness

Text: Shorter, Edward.  A History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac. (New York: Wiley, 1997)

Prerequisite: 4.0 credits including 1.0 HIS credit
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: E. Shorter
Lecture: Friday 10-12
Geographic Area: c

HIS 389H1-F, L0301 Topics in History: The World of the Cairo Geniza
(Joint undergraduate – HIS389H1/CJS390H1)

Before 1500, most Jews lived in the Islamic world; around a thousand years ago, Cairo was that world’s greatest city. In this course, we will explore that world largely through the lens of a large cache of documents discarded in one of the city’s synagogues. These papers have proved a treasure trove for social historians--in many cases, we know more about the lives of some individuals in the eleventh and twelfth century than for any other people in the pre-modern world. Students will themselves be part of the research team in this young field, getting to know how medievalists navigate their rich but always frustratingly scarce records.

Prerequisite: 4.0 credits including 1.0 HIS credit
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: J. Goldberg
Lecture: Friday 10-12
Geographic Area: a

HIS 389H1-F, L9901 Topics in History: Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asia

This course will introduce students to the major historical and theoretical debates around gender and sexuality in Southeast Asia from the early modern period to recent times. We will explore how local meanings of gender, sex, sexuality, and the body have been central to the articulation of the region’s history as a cohesive cultural sphere. The course will also examine gender and sexuality in conversation with the themes of power, “modernity”, economy, ethnicity, religion, and law in Southeast Asian history.

Prerequisite: 4.0 credits including 1.0 HIS credit
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: S. Yeo
Lecture: Friday 9-11
Geographic Area: a

HIS 389H1-S, L0101 Topics in History: The Criminalization of Protest in Latin American History

The criminalization of protest is generally understood in terms of policing, and the use of legal measures, including the declaration of states of emergency, to quell dissent. Criminalization can also refer to the stigmatization of individuals, groups, and communities, whereby state or private actors disparage those perceived to be their ideological enemies. Indeed, the criminalization of protest refers a wide range of norms and practices, political as well as social and cultural. This course invites students to study criminalization in the Latin American context, from the Cold War, to the War on Drugs, to the War on Terror. We will examine processes of state formation and popular mobilization throughout the twentieth century. Students will analyze primary sources, write research papers, and present their work to the class. We will read history, as well as a few key works from anthropology, political science, and law. 

Prerequisite: 4.0 credits including 1.0 HIS credit
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: L van Isschot
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
Geographic Area: b

HIS 389H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Soccer: The History of the World’s Game

This course examines the history of the world's most popular sport, soccer, in broader political, social, economic, and cultural context. We will consider the emergence of the modern game in industrializing Britain in the 19th century; its globalization; its mobilization as a vehicle for political expression, as well as social cultural, and gendered identities; supporter culture; and soccer as an industry. Students will read scholarly works from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, cultural anthropology, sociology, literature, and economics; students will also engage in a range of critical writing exercises.

Prerequisite: 4.0 credits including 1.0 HIS credit
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: P. Cohen
Lecture: Wednesday 12-3
Geographic Area: c

HIS 393H1-F, L0101 Digital History

Take your first steps into the exciting new world of the digital humanities! How will the shift from print to digital change what it means to be a historian? How will historical arguments and methods change? What skills will you need to be a next-generation historian? In today’s shifting media landscape, these issues are of paramount importance. Digital History is your chance to begin to explore them, while also getting practical experience in topics like:

  • How to turn big data into historical arguments
  • How to work with oral sources
  • How the form of a historical argument affects its content
  • How to use maps, GIS, and other geographical tools in historical work

This course also provides preparation for the Department’s digital capstone project course, Hacking History, and is strongly recommended for all students with an interest in digital media.

Prerequisite: 200-level History course or one of DHU235H1/DHU236H1
Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Topics in History: Digital History), offered in Summer 2015, Winter 2016, and Winter 2017
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)

Instructor: M. Price
Lecture: Tuesday 2-4 & Thursday 2-3

HIS 397H1-F, L0101 Political Violence and Human Rights in Latin America

This course will explore human rights theory and practice from a Latin American perspective.  There will be a focus on the local derivation, development, and impact of the movement for human rights in Latin America.  The course will focus on the history of organized protest against violence in the twentieth century.

Prerequisite: HIS292H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: L. van Isschot
Lecture: Thursday 10-12
Geographic Area: b

JHA 384H1-F Japan in the World, mid-16th to mid-20th century

This course examines Japan within the context of world history from roughly 1600 to the mid-20th century. Examples of topics include: the mid-16th to early 17th century European expansion into East Asia; the Dutch and Chinese influence on early modern Japan; the Meiji “Restoration” as a global event; Japanese nationalism in a world of nations; Japan as both semi-colony and colonizer; the “woman question”; and the US Occupation of Japan.

Prerequisite: One course from: HIS102Y1, HIS103Y1, HIS107Y1, HIS241H1, HIS242H1, HIS244H1, HIS250H1, HIS250Y1, HIS271Y1, HIS280Y1, HIS281Y1, HIS282Y1, HIS283Y1, HIS291H1, HIS291Y1, HIS292H1, HIS292Y1, HIS297Y1, or 1.0 credit from CAS200H1, CAS201H1, CAS202H1, CAS310H1, CAS320H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: S. Jung
Lecture: Wednesday 5-7
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