300 Level Course Descriptions

Undergraduate

300 Level Courses (2022-2023)

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
JAH Joint History and Anthropology
(administered by the Department of Anthropology, 19 Ursula Franklin Street)
JHA Joint History and Asia-Pacific Studies
(administered by the Asia-Pacific Studies Program1 Devonshire Place (At Trinity College)
JHM & JMH Joint History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
(administered by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue)
JHN Joint History and New College
(adminstered by the Caribbean Studies ProgramRoom WE 133 (300 Huron Street)
JSH Joint History and Slavic Languages and Literatures
(administer by the Slavic Languages and Literatures, 121 St. Joseph Street, Alumni Hall (AH), Room 431)

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 302H1-S, L0101 Material Culture in Victorian Britain

This course examines physical things produced and promoted during the first and second industrial revolutions. It focuses on the twin processes of commercialisation and consumerism. Topics include food, drink, soap, baths, parks, libraries, department stores, advertisements, housing, appliances and clothing.

Recommended Preparation: HIS109Y1 or HIS241H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: L. Loeb
Lecture: Tuesday 4-6
Geographic Area: c

HIS 309H1-F, L0101 Global Reformations

The European Reformation of the sixteenth century is popularly portrayed as a search for a purer and simpler church in reaction to abuses and corruption in the Catholic Church. Yet for many in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, ‘reform’ and ‘purity’ was also about drawing tighter boundaries between true and false beliefs. Criticism of the western Catholic church was mounting from the later fifteenth century, and many proposals for reform circulated. Long before Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin began writing, reform movements were triggering significant social and religious changes, and sometimes sending religious minority groups into exile.

Martin Luther’s theological arguments provided the catalyst for social and intellectual upheavals culminating in a lasting split among western Christians between the Catholic Church and the new Protestant denominations. These upheavals reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of sixteenth century Europe. They profoundly affected the way people worshipped and how ritually they marked key life-cycle events like marriage, childbirth, and death. They also triggered a wave of exiles and expulsions and created the phenomenon of the ‘religious refugee.’
This course will look at theological debates, the interplay of religion and politics, and the connections between social class, gender and reform. We will look at how exile shaped the thought of individuals and the experiences of communities. We will also consider the path that reform took within the Catholic Church, from new religious orders like the Jesuits to the Council of Trent.

Prerequisite: HIS243H1/REN240Y1 or permission of the instructor
Exclusion: HIS340H5/RLG346H5
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: N. Terpstra
Lecture: Tuesday 2-4 & Thursday 2-3
Geographic Area: c
Temporal Requirement: ½ credit

HIS311Y1-Y, L0101 Introduction to Canadian International Relations

Canadian international affairs in a broader context. Anglo-American as well as Canadian-American relations; the European background to questions such as the League of Nations, appeasement and rearmament, which directly affected Canada without this country being consulted.

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

Instructor: TBA
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 1-2
Geographic Area: c

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: Wednesday 10-12
Geographic Area: b

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: Tuesday 2-4
Geographic Area: b

HIS 316H1-S, L5101 Competing Colonialism in Northeast China The Harbin Experiment

This course explores the political, social, and cultural history of Harbin, one of the major cities of Manchuria/Northeast China, the product of competing Russian, Japanese, and international colonialism during the first half of the twentieth century, and an early case of multi-ethnic emigration and multiculturalism.

Prerequisite: HIS250Y1 or HIS280Y1 or HIS281Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: TBA
Lecture: Monday 6-8
Geographic Area: a

HIS 317H1-S, L0101 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
Geographic Area: c

HIS 318H1-S, L0101 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: Thursday 12-2
Geographic Area: b

HIS 319H1-F, L0101 Histories of the Horn of Africa

A critical, introductory survey exploring major themes in the political, social, economic, and cultural histories of the Horn of Africa [Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan] and surrounding Red Sea and Indian Ocean from prehistoric times to the present.

Recommended Preparation: HIS295Y1/ HIS297Y1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: S. Aidid
Lecture: Monday 1-3
Geographic Area: a

HIS 320H1-S, L0101 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: Wednesday 10-12
Geographic Area: c
Temporal Requirement: ½ credit

HIS 328H1-S, L5101 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: Y. Wang
Lecture: Tuesday 6-8
Geographic Area: a

HIS 330H1-F, L0101 Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War

This survey course on Germany in the “long nineteenth century” begins by illuminating the relatively unchanging rhythms of everyday life in pre-modern Europe. It ends in a very different age -- when motorcars and trams rumbled through the streets of huge cities, when German battleships prowled the North Sea and Zeppelins hovered above Lake Constance, when Nobel Prize-winning scientists were the envy of the world, when Expressionism was exploding artistic conventions, and when new ideas about race and eugenics were emerging. Did Otto von Bismarck’s invocation of “blood and iron” in 1862 epitomize Germany’s transition to modern times? Or should we look to other developments to understand how the Germany of Goethe and Schiller became the Germany of Hitler and the Holocaust? Several themes are highlighted: social conflict, confessional division, regional diversity, the women’s movement, and political battles that contributed to both polarization and stalemate. Audio-visual materials are featured in every lecture. And students will have access to a vast array of images and primary documents (in translation) on the public website of the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.
Discussion of these sources will be integrated into lectures.

Prerequisite: 1.0 HIS credit at the 100 or 200-level
Exclusion: HIS341Y1
Recommended Preparation: HIS241H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: J. Retallack
Lecture: Monday 11-1
Geographic Area: c

HIS 331H1-F, L0101 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: Wednesday 1-3
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 3-4
Geographic Area: c

HIS 338H1-F, L0101 The Holocaust, 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: D. Bergen
Lecture: Friday 10-12
Tutorials: TBA (bi-weekly)
Geographic Area: c

HIS 344H1-S, L5101 The Global Cold War

An examination of the conduct and consequences 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 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: Thursday 6-8
Geographic Area: c

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: Friday 10-12
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: Friday 10-12
Geographic Area: c

HIS 351H1-S, L0101 Twentieth-Century Russia

A survey of the history of Twentieth-Century Russia, from the collapse of the Russian Empire and the establishment of the Soviet Union through to the end of the Cold War and the establishment of a new Russian Federation. The social, economic, and political developments of the era are emphasized.

Exclusions: HIS351Y1/ HIS351H5
Distribution Requirements: HumanitiesBreadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

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

HIS 353Y1-Y, L0101 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.

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

Instructor: P. Wróbel
Lecture: Tuesday 9-11
Geographic Area: c
Temporal Requirement: ½ credit

HIS 358H1-S Canadian History in 100 Objects

Students in this class will explore the ways in which historical artefacts challenge our understanding of the history of Canada. From iconic objects, like Terry Fox's running shoes or West Coast totem poles, to artefacts from every day life, including underwear, radios, and beer bottles, students will analyze how objects and museum collections enhance and change the way we think about the past. Regular visits to local museum collections, including the ROM and the Bata Shoe Museum, as well as readings, discussions and workshops, will equip students with the skills required for their own original research project on a historical object of their choosing.

Prerequisite: HIS264H1 or HIS263Y1
Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Material Culture in Canada)
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: L. Bertram
Lecture: Tuesday 12-2
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-F, L0101 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-F, 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: TBA
Lecture: Monday 4-6
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 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, L0101 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: I. Cochelin
Lecture: Thursday 4-6
Geographic Area: c
Temporal Requirement: ½ credit

HIS 377H1-F, L0101 US Foreign Relations

A survey of the history of American foreign relations from 1898 to the present. Themes include imperial expansion and the uses of power; the relationship of business and government in U.S. foreign policy; and the role of culture and ideas in Americas relations with the world.

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

Instructor: TBA
Lecture: Monday 6-8
Geographic Area: b

HIS 382H1-F, L0101 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: TBA
Lecture: Friday 12-2
Geographic Area: a

HIS 383Y1-Y, L5101 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: TBA
Lecture: Tuesday 6-8
Geographic Area: a

HIS 387H1-F, L0101 France, 1610-1848

This course considers the history of France, from the rise of absolutist monarchy under the seventeenth-century, Bourbon monarchs, through the Enlightenment, the Revolution and Napoleonic Empire, and the Restoration, to the fall of the constitutional monarchy in 1848.

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

Instructor: P. Cohen
Lecture: Wednesday 9-12
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: TBA
Lecture: Monday 11-1
Geographic Area: c

HIS 389H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Medieval and Early Modern Ukraine

In-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor. See History website for more details.

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

Instructor: P. Magocsi
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10-11
Geographic Area: c

HIS 389H1-F, L0201 Topics in History: Climate Change and Colonialism

This course takes a long view of climate change by examining human-led ecological disruption through the lens of colonialism. The human costs of imperial expansion, from the emergence of joint stock companies in the 16th and 17th century to contemporary multinational corporations, are inextricably linked to environmental degradation. Students will explore key historical conjunctures from the 15th-19th centuries that illuminate linkages between colonialism, capitalism, and ecological transformation/destruction, which illuminate patterns that inaugurated large-scale ecological destruction. Topics include African slavery and the rise of the plantation complex in the Caribbean, colonial resource extraction and the industrial revolution, and the failure of political independence to secure environmental protections in post-colonial societies. Ultimately, the neoliberal order and disregard for national sovereignty has only accelerated socio-ecological disasters rooted in the colonial and post-colonial pasts. The first half of the course includes an examination of the rise of the transatlantic slave trade, slavery in the Atlantic world, the industrial revolution, and ‘legitimate commerce’ in West Africa. The second half of the course will focus on how entrenched globalization and state divestment from corporate responsibility has helped to accelerate and intensify environmental change.

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

Instructor: S. Sweeney
Lecture: Tuesday 11-1
Geographic Area: b

HIS 389H1-F, L0301 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: Tuesday 2-4
Geographic Area: b

HIS 389H1-F, L0401 Topics in History: Mass Incarceration in the United States

The United States is home to five percent of the world’s population but twenty-five percent of the world’s prisoners, including a disproportionate number of African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. This vast carceral archipelago generates significant profits for private corporations while exacerbating government deficits and wreaking havoc in those communities targeted by systematic policing and imprisonment. It has also provoked public and scholarly debates about the history, ethics, and function of incarceration in the United States. In this course, we will consider the rise of contemporary mass incarceration from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws upon history, sociology, and legal scholarship.

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

Instructor: M. Mishler
Lecture: Wednesday 1-3
Geographic Area: b

HIS 389H1-F, L0501 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-S, L0101 Topics in History: 19th and 20th Century Ukraine

In-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor. See History website for more details.

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

Instructor: P. Magocsi
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10-11
Geographic Area: c

HIS 389H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Soccer: The History of the World’s Game

This seminar proposes to consider 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.

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

Instructor: P. Cohen
Lecture: Wednesday 9-12
Geographic Area: c

HIS 389H1-S, L0401 Topics in History: Canadian Legal Histories

In-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor. See History website for more details.

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

Instructor: H. Bohaker
Lecture: Friday 1-3
Geographic Area: b

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 4-6 & Thursday 4-5

HIS 393H1-S, 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: Friday 10-1

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-S, L5101 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: TBA
Lecture: Wednesday 6-8
Geographic Area: a

JHM 307H1-F, L0101 Islamic Legal History: Formation and Encounters

This course examines the formation and encounters of Islamic Law with Legal Others from roughly the 8th century CE to the early formation of the Ottoman Empire. The Islamic legal tradition arose in a complex historical context in which legal traditions mapped onto, and gave legal cover to, imperial polities. As the Islamic polity expanded, so too did the imagination of jurists having to contend with new realities (political, geographic, economic, and otherwise). This course will introduce students to the formation of Islamic law in a context of contending legal orders, its ongoing encounters with legal orders in the course of Islamic expansion, and the retraction of Islamic legal orders and institutions as a tradition that anticipated political sovereignty experienced the limits of that sovereignty. Examples will be drawn from the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia. The course will introduce students to the disciplinary focus of Law and History through a focus on doctrine, institution, and the implications on both as territory and people are subject to varying waves of imperial designs and local resistance.

Prerequisites: HIS268H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Instructor: A. Emon
Lecture:  Thursday 12-2
Geographic Area: a