300 Level Course Descriptions

Undergraduate

300 Level Courses (2020-2021)

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 306H1-S Islam and Muslims in the Balkans

The course provides an overview of the history of the Balkans (Southeast Europe) from the beginning of the 20th century until the present day. Topics include transitions from empires to nation-states, nationalism, minorities and majorities, World War II, the Cold War, socialist modernity’s, break-up of Yugoslavia, and transitions to democracy. The course also provides insight into cultural and intellectual developments.

Prerequisite: 1.0 FCE 200-level HIS course(s)
Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Islam and Muslims in the Balkans)
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: M. Methodieva
Lecture: Tuesday 11-1
Division: III

HIS 311Y1-Y Introduction to Canadian International Relations

Canadian international affairs in a broader context, from 1750 to the present. The course traces the international context for colonial Canada, the delineation of colonial borders, and considerations of sovereignty. It looks at the violent division of the British Empire in the 1770s, the Canadian colonies’ place in the Empire, and what that meant for relations with the United States. The course will also look at the relationship between economic development and autonomy, involvement in imperial affairs and through the empire, with the rest of the world. In covering the 20th century, the course looks at the origin of Canadian traditions and practices in international affairs, and the problems a small power has with larger and sometimes inconsistent neighbour.

Exclusion: HIS311H5/HISC46H3
Recommended Preparation: A course in Canadian history or politics.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: S. Colbourn
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 2-3
Tutorials: TBA (bi-weekly)
Division: II/III

HIS 312H1-F Immigration to Canada

The peopling of Canada by immigrant groups from the 1660s to the 1970s. Immigration and multiculturalism policies; migration and settlement; ethnic communities; relations with the host society.

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

Instructor: F. Aladejebi/L. Bertram
Lecture: Thursday 5-7 
Division: II

HIS 314H1-F Quebec and French Canada

This course will explore the history of French Canada and Quebec since Confederation. Throughout the semester, we will explore various topics that are designed to introduce students to the history and historiography of French Canada/Quebec, as well as to some of the major debates that are now taking place about the nature of Quebec identity. Throughout the term, we will discuss, among other topics, the role that the ‘nation’ and ‘nationalism’ played in Quebec’s past, and we will debate the most appropriate ways to define the boundaries of Quebec and French-Canadian history. What is, for example, the difference between the history of ‘French Canada’ and the history of ‘Quebec’? How does this history relate to Canadian History more generally? Finally, we will also examine and debate the ways in which gender, class, ethnicity, and ‘race’ shaped Quebec’s past and present, and the importance of the Quebec context to shaping this history.

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

Instructor: S. Mills
Lecture: Tuesday 3-5
Division: II

HIS 317H1-S 20th Century Germany

This course surveys political, social and cultural developments in Germany from the beginning of the First World War to implementation of the Euro. Germany’s history as a unified nation has been short and unusually violent; its history provides a good test case of the political and social tensions of industrial modernity. First unified in 1871, Germany experienced no less than six state forms in the twentieth century ranging from the monarchical-authoritarian structure of the Second Empire, the liberal democracy of the

Weimar Republic, the ‘racial state’ of the National Socialist dictatorship, the twin developments after 1949 of liberal democracy in the Federal Republic and ‘real existing socialism’ in the German Democratic Republic to the reunified state of Germany after 1990. This course explores the development of industrial society and political culture in Germany with special attention to political movements, class tensions, ethnic nationalism and anti-Semitism, and the development of conflict-management strategies, social policy, racial policy, and modernist culture. The First and Second World Wars, the rise of Nazism, the transformation of Germany in the postwar period and the place of Germany in the world today are central themes.

Attendance at lectures, a midterm and final exam, and completion of a research paper are the core components of this course. The course will include a film club (voluntary, for extra credit).

Prerequisite: HIS103Y1/HIS109Y1/HIS241H1/HIS242H1/EUR200Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: J. Jenkins
Lecture: Wednesday 12-3
Division: III

HIS 318H1-S The “Wild” West in Canada

What happens when histories of Canada begin in the West? This course examines the critical challenges that the myths and legacies of the "wild" West pose to Canadian history, from pre-contact to 1967. Themes include First Nations history and colonialism, immigration, racism, economic development, gold rushes, and illegal economies, including bootlegging and prostitution.

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

Instructor: L. Bertram
Lecture: Monday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 320H1-F Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Roman Empire

This course surveys the major themes and figures for the period 300-600, including the following topics: the decline of Greco-Roman paganism, the rise of monotheism, conversion to Christianity, Neoplatonism and late antique education, the late Roman state, individual barbarian groups (Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Huns, Burgundians, Vandals, Franks, Lombards), their culture and impact on the empire, Justinian’s reconquests.

Recommended Preparation: HIS220Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: N. Everett
Lecture: W 10-12
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 323H1-S Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages

Reflecting on the life cycle (birth, childhood, youth, old age and death) in the medieval period gives the opportunity to cross over the thresholds into the dwellings and daily lives of peasants, nobles, monks, nuns and burghers. It also provides an interesting angle from which to study the differences between female and male life experiences, and to confront important contemporary questions (such as adolescent rebelliousness) in a completely different historical setting. Questioning the historiography on the medieval life cycle will be an important part of the course.

Prerequisite: A course specifically on the Middle Ages such as HIS220Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: I. Cochelin
Lecture: Thursday 2-5
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 327H1-F 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 
Division: III

HIS 331H1-S Modern Baltic History

This course examines political, social, cultural and economic developments in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the late 19th century to the present. We study the emergence of independent Baltic states in context of the Russian Revolution and World War One; nation-building and dictatorship during the interwar era; collaboration, genocide and resistance during World War Two; life under Soviet rule; the Singing Revolution and the restoration of independence; transition to democracy and Europeanization. The course will conclude with discussion of contemporary challenges, such as integration of ethnic minorities, memory politics and regional security.

Recommended Preparation: HIS250H1/HIS250Y1/HIS251Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: A. Kasekamp
Lecture: Tuesday 5-7
Division: III

HIS 338H1-F 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: 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 Exterination (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 six undergraduate full-course equivalents
Exclusion: HIS338Y1/398Y1/HIS338H5
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)
Division: III

HIS 340H1-S The Ottoman Empire, 1800-1922

The course examines the history of the Ottoman Empire from the beginning of the nineteenth century until its dissolution in the course of World War I. Topics include the Ottoman reforms and their impact on the Empire’s diverse populations, the diplomatic interactions that came to be known as “the Eastern Question,” the Young Turk revolution, the Balkan wars, as well as social, cultural and intellectual developments. The course also explores the Ottoman legacy in modern Turkey, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Prerequisite: 1.0 FCE 200-level HIS course(s)
Exclusion: HIS389H1 (The Ottoman Empire, 1800-1922)
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: M. Methodieva
Lecture: Thursday 11-1
Division: III

HIS 344H1-S Conflict and Co-operation in the International System Since 1945

This course examines the conduct and consequence of international politics in an atomic/nuclear age when the stakes of the “Great Game” were not just the fates of states and nations, but also the survival of humanity itself. The diplomatic, strategic and economic aspects of international relations will all receive appropriate elucidation.

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

Instructor: TBA
Lecture:  Wednesday 5-7
Division:  III

HIS 346H1-S 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 12-2
Division:  I

HIS 347H1-F 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
Division: III

HIS 349H1-S 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 11-12
Division: III

HIS 352H1-S 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: NEW150Y1 or any course in African History
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: N. Musisi
Lecture: Monday 5-7
Division: I

HIS 353Y1-Y Poland: A Crossroads of Europe

The course will survey the history of Poland as “melting pot” and as a borderland between Western and Eastern Europe. The course will analyze the political and social history of Poland in its Central European context and will discuss the consequences of Christianization, the Polish-Lithuanian Union, the Partitions, two World Wars and the communist era. All materials are in English.

Tentative Course Requirements: two papers, a mid-term exam and a final exam. 

Prerequisite: HIS251Y1/permission of the instructor
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: P. Wróbel 
Lecture: 2.0 hours/week
Division: III 
Pre-Modern: ½ credit 

HIS 355H1-F A History of Pre-Modern Medicine

This course surveys major themes and developments in the history of medicine from c.600 BCE to 1800 CE. Topics include: Hippocrates, Galen and their reception in the Middle Ages; monasteries, medicinal gardens and hospitals; medieval licensing of physicians and pharmacists; medieval scholastic medicine; the Black Death; Renaissance anatomy and charlatans; New World drug discoveries; William Harvey’s heart, William Withering’s foxglove, the isolation of morphine.

Prerequisite: 1.0 FCE in medieval or pre-modern history, or permission of course instructor
Recommended Preparation: HIS220Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: N. Everett
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 361H1-S 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)
Division: III

HIS 363H1-F Dynamics of Gender in Canadian History

A lecture course which deals thematically with gender issues in Canadian history (including familial roles, changing patterns of work and employment, and participation in the public sphere).

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

Instructor: H. Bohaker
Lecture: Tuesday 11-1
Division: II

HIS 364H1-S From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary from 1848 to 1989

Once a powerful kingdom in Central Europe, Hungary and the Hungarians have a rich history of interchanging periods of conquest, dominance, expansion and contraction. More recently, Hungary has been at the forefront of issues facing the European Union and Europe more generally with the rise of populism.
This course has its focus on the multiple transformations of Hungary: from the revolutionary “Springtime of Nations” in 1848/49 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 in an alliance with Nazi Germany; then to Soviet Union occupation, Goulash Communism, and finally to renewed independence in 1989, membership in NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004 and the constitutional revolution that started in 2010 with the election of the Fidesz Party to power.

The focus is on key watershed in Hungarian history. The revolutions of 1848-1849, 1918-1919, the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, Hungary in World War Two, the communist takeover, the 1956 Revolution against Soviet rule and the collapse of communism in 1989 and the Fidesz Revolution in 2010 and after. The story has not 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.

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

Instructor: R. Austin
Lecture: Wednesday 9-11
Division: III

HIS 371H1-S 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: Tuesday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 373H1-F 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.

Prerequisite: A course on the Middle Ages or on the early Modern Period
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: I. Cochelin
Lecture: Thursday 1-4
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 377H1-F 20th Century American Foreign Relations

This course surveys the history of American foreign relations from World War I to the present. Themes of the course include the rise of the United States as a major power; the role of culture and ideology in international relations; and the implications of foreign policy for American national identity.

Exclusion: HIS377Y1
Recommended Preparation: HIS271Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: M. Vallieres
Lecture: Wenesday 5-7
Division: II

HIS 382H1-S China from the Mongols to the Last Emperor

This course traces the history of Chinese empire from its political reorganization, economic expansion, and cultural efflorescence in the 11th century, through its peak of power in the 18th century, and to its decline during the 19th. We will consider how these centuries broke with as well as continued previous developments, and how they have influenced Chinese and world history in the last 150 years.

Prerequisite: HIS280Y1/EAS103H1/EAS209H1 or comparable course in E. Asian/Chinese history
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: Y. Wang
Lecture: Tuesday 5-7
Division: I

HIS 383Y1-Y 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.” 

Prerequisites: HIS295Y1/HIS297Y1/HIS383H1/HIS386H1/HIS481H1/ NEW160Y1/NEW250Y1/NEW261Y1/NEW351Y1/POL301Y1/POL361H1 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 
Division: I

HIS 385H1-F History of Hong Kong

This course examines the growth of Hong Kong from a trading port set up by the British Empire for their China trade in the mid-19th century, to the city’s rise as a major centre of the world economy and of the Chinese diaspora since the mid-20th century. It focuses on both Hong Kong’s internal developments and broader contexts.

Exclusion:  Students cannot take both the Y and H version of HIS385
Recommended Preparation:  HIS280Y1/JMC201Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: C. Lim
Lecture:  2.0 hours/week
Division:  I

HIS 386H1-F Fascism

A comparative and transnational examination of fascist movements and regimes in Europe during 1919-1945. Beginning with Mussolini in Italy and Hitler in Germany, this course analyzes manifestations of the phenomenon in various European countries, including France, Britain, Spain, the Baltic states, Central Europe and Scandinavia. We analyze the factors that led to fascist movements obtaining power in certain countries and to their failure in others. Collaboration with Nazi Germany during the Second World War is also explored. Finally, we discuss whether the concept of ‘generic’ fascism can also be applied to other regions and periods. 

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Topics in History: Fascism), offered in Winter 2018 and Winter 2019
Recommended Preparation: A course in European History
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: A. Kasekamp 
Lecture: Wednesday 1-3 
Division: III

HIS 388H1-S France Since 1830

A study of French society, politics and culture from the Paris Commune to the 1990s. Special attention is paid to watersheds like the Dreyfus Affair and the Vichy regime, to issues of regionalism/nationalism, cultural pluralism, women's rights, intellectual and cultural trends, and decolonization.

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
Division: III

HIS 389H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: American History, American Controversy

In the United States, history is often a source of controversy. This course will explore how and why Americans clash over key elements of their shared past. We will examine the controversies surrounding Columbus Day, the 1619 Project, Confederate monuments, and Hamilton: An American Musical. In doing so, we will grapple with the social, political, and cultural dimensions of historical memory and civic myth.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: S. Lurie
Lecture: 2.0 hours/week
Division: II

HIS 389H1-F, L0201 Topics in History: Trump, Trudeau, Trees, Trade and Other Stuff:  Contemporary Canada and the United States in Historical Context 

How do we understand our complex and quickly changing twenty-first century world? This course examines contemporary issues in Canada and the United States in historical perspective and Canada-US relations by utilizing flashpoint issues, individuals, and events to explain longer trends and developments within a continental, cross-border analytical framework.  Session topics include “OK, Boomer: generational divides,” “race in America, reconciliation in Canada,” “gays, guns, god,” and other contemporary/historical issues.  

Special attention will be given to the implications of COVID-19 and electoral politics, as the course will coincide with the 2020 US presidential election and minority government in Canada.  

Along with traditional assignment options, students can choose to write biographies, conduct primary source analyses, or create podcasts and Prezi/PowerPoint presentations.  Classes will run just over 2 hours, with a break.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: D. Anastakis
Lecture: Thursday 11-2
Division: II

HIS 389H1-F, L0301 Topics in History: European Intellectual History: Ideas and Practices

What is an intellectual, and what does he or she do exactly? What is his role or her role in European societies? The course will explore the transformations of European intellectual practices. We will initially look at the evolution of institutions and media that shaped intellectual debates from the age of revolutions to the so-called end of ideologies. We will then move to focus on case studies in order to examine various forms of intellectual sociability (i.e. universities, journals, political organizations), and investigate different intellectual contexts (i.e. philosophical schools, feminism, pop culture). The course will analyze the fundamental and contradictory role of intellectuals, and their complex relationships with political institutions, the media system, and the market from a variety of perspectives.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: A. Lanza
Lecture: 2.0 hours/week
Division: III

HIS 389H1-S, L0101 Topics in History: Going Global from Coffee, Rubber, Diamonds and Furs to Oil:  Five Commodities that Shape(d) Our World

A Tim’s coffee, a rubber puck, a diamond ring, a fur hat and a can of gasoline: these five relatively simple items are commodities and have played critical roles in shaping history through people’s consumption, labour and cultural practices.  By focusing on the transnational and transcontinental flows of goods through trade, business and culture, this course highlights how the production, circulation, and use of these commodities shaped, and continue to shape, history.  Using a “global” approach that connects the here and the now to broader historical currents, the course provides an engaging way to understand how everyday commodities can help us explain some of the great economic, political, social and cultural transformations of history, including epidemics.  

Along with traditional assignment options, students can choose to write material culture analyses, conduct primary source analyses, or create podcasts and Prezi/PowerPoint presentations.  Classes will run just over 2 hours, with a break.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: D. Anastakis
Lecture: Tuesday 11-2
Division: II

HIS 389H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Topics in Canadian Legal History

This course examines Canadian history through differing Indigenous, civil and common law legal traditions.  We will consider these histories through multiple categories of analysis, including race, gender, class, spirituality and sexuality. Topics include constitutional histories, treaties, law-making, differing systems of land tenure, the franchise and the structure of deliberative bodies (e.g. legislatures), courts and systems of justice, policing and criminal law, punishment (including histories of incarceration and alternatives).

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: H. Bohaker
Lecture: Tuesday 11-1
Division: II

HIS 389H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Modern Italian History

Italy seems to have a singular privilege among contemporary Western democracies: according to many observers in recent years it has constituted a sort of cultural, social, and political laboratory where contemporary trends found their incubation period, from the Berlusconianism, considered as the closest antecedent of Trumpism, up to the current anti-politics, and so on. But if so, where this “privilege” historically comes from? This course is a comprehensive survey of the modern history of Italy, since 1815 to the end of the so-called "First Republic". Following a chronological timeline, the course will consider some of the key moments of modern Italy, the main social transformations, and some of the traits of Italian political imaginary (by referring to Italian cinema, literature, and mass media): the Unification process, the Fascism regime, the “Cold war” democracy, and the contemporary transformations of political institutions and social participation. Particular attention will be paid to the role of Italy in global transformations, and in particular to the attempts to build a colonial empire, to the internal and external effects of massive emigrations, and to Italian globalized legal and illegal economy.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: A. Lanza
Lecture: Thursday 3-5
Division: III

HIS 389H1-S, L0401 Topics in History: Ghosts and Fakes: Weighing Historical Evidence

The remnants of the past are various, but they are all ghostly in the sense that historians are asked to read them in order to try to reconstruct a time they have never known firsthand. This course asks questions such as: Are photographs of ghosts more real than the idea of “fake news” is fake? It looks at how to examine evidence of the past in order to try to write history from these fragments and refractions of human experience. Because the past has passed and cannot speak for itself, reconstructions of it are susceptible to evidence that is not authentic but fabricated in order to mislead. These fakes are evidence of how ideological historical reconstruction can be. So how do we recognize fake evidence, and can even fakery itself tell us important things about the past? 

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: S. Hawkins
Lecture: Thursday 2-4
Division: TBA

HIS 389H1-S, L5101 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 soccer’s place in the broader history of sport and play in human history; 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, as well as literary texts on soccer and first-hand accounts by players; we will also analyze film centered on soccer, as well as games themselves.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: P. Cohen
Lecture: Tuesday 5-7
Division: III

HIS 389Y1-Y Topics in History: Critical Histories of the Black Canadian Experience

The course begins in the seventeenth century with an examination of the presence of free and enslaved Africans in New France and the British colonies. We explore the experiences of Black Loyalists, enslaved and free persons of African descent in British North America and the ‘passengers’ of the Underground Railroad and assess the structures of African Canadian communities, institutions and abolition movements. Twentieth century themes include African Canadians’ contributions to the emerging Canadian nation, the impact of Black Power, as well as the concerns of the ‘new newcomers’ from Africa and the Caribbean. The course brings into sharp focus the historical production of racial categories and racist thought and practice in Canada and examines the experiences of Black Canadians within the context of ‘multiculturalism’.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: F. Aladejebi
Lecture: Thursday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 393H1-F 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 WDW235H1/WDW236H1
Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Digital History)
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)

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

HIS 395H1-F/S/Y Independent Studies

This course provides an opportunity for exceptional third-year students to undertake an independent research project on a topic for which there is not a suitable course offering. Students must find an appropriate supervisor from the Department, submit a proposal, and receive approval for the project. Students must be enrolled in either a History Specialist or Major program; have taken at least 3.0 FCE in HIS with a B+ average; and have approval of an instructor willing to supervise the project. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Third-year standing; 77% average in 3.0 HIS FCEs.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities

Instructor: Staff

HIS396H1-S The Progressive Era and Rise of Big Business in America    

This course examines the rise of big business in America and its relationship to social and economic changes in United States in the so-called Progressive Era (roughly 1880-1920). We will focus on several themes: the evolution and characteristics of big business; rise of organized labor; evolution of business-government relations; social and economic reform movements; and the changing status...

Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Topics in History: Business and Society), offered in Fall 2016 and HIS372H1 (Topics in U.S. History: The Progressive Era and Rise of Big Business), offered in Winter 2018
Recommended Preparation: HIS271Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: C. Chin
Lecture: Monday 4-6
Division: II

JHA 384H1-S 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: HIS102Y1/HIS103Y1/HIS107Y1/HIS241H1/HIS242H1/HIS244H1/HIS250H1/HIS250Y1/HIS271Y1/HIS280Y1/HIS281Y1/HIS282Y1/HIS283Y1/HIS291H1/HIS291Y1/HIS292H1/HIS292Y1/HIS297Y1 or permission of the instructor
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: TBA
Lecture: Thursday 12-2
Division: I

JHN 323H1-F Indigeneity in the Caribbean

This course explores the varied legacies of the pre-Columbian era across the Caribbean, as well as the post-1492 experiences of people of pre-Columbian Caribbean ancestry. The course also examines the origins – and consequences – of the frequently asserted notion that the Caribbean was the first place in the Americas in which pre-Columbian Americans became ‘extinct’. Students are invited to think through the relationship between concepts such as indigeneity, globalisation and diaspora. How does approaching the Caribbean as indigenous space change understandings of the Caribbean? What does it mean to engage in a Caribbean-centered indigenous analysis in a Canadian institutional context? 

Prerequisite: INS201Y1/HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW224Y1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: M. Newton 
Lecture: Thursday 12-2
Division: II

JHP 304Y1-Y Ukraine: Politics, Economy, Society

This course traces the history of Ukraine from earliest times to the present. Introductory sessions will treat the concept of national or territorial history as a cultural phenomenon followed by a chronological survey of the region’s development. Among the topics to be considered are: Kievan Rus’; the Mongo impact; Lithuanian-Polish-Crimean Tatar rule; Orthodox revival; the Cossack state; national revival under Austrian and Russian rule; post-World War I statehood; inter-war Poland and Soviet Ukraine; World War II to the present.
Within each of these periods, political, socio economic, and cultural factors will be considered to the degree that they had a determining impact upon the historical process. Much attention will also be given to developments among peoples living on Ukrainian territory, especially Jews, Poles, Germans, Russians, and Crimean Tatars.

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

Instructor:  P. Magocsi
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10-11
Division: III