400 Level Course Descriptions


400 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
JHP Joint History and Political Science
(administered by 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

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.

  • 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.

400-level HIS courses are two-hour seminars that deal with very specialized subjects ad are often closely connected to a professor’s research. Most have specific course pre-requisites and require extensive reading, research, writing, and seminar discussion, and in most you will have the opportunity to do a major research paper. All 400-level HIS courses have enrolment restrictions during the FIRST ROUND (must have completed 14 or more full courses, be enrolled in a HIS Major, Specialist or Joint Specialist program and have the appropriate Prerequisites). During the SECOND ROUND of enrolment, access to 400-level seminars is open to all 3rd and 4th year students with the appropriate Prerequisite.

IMPORTANT: Due to significant enrolment pressure on 4th year seminars, during the first round of enrolment, the Department of History reserves the right to REMOVE STUDENTS who enrol in more than the required number for program completion (Specialists – 2; Majors, Joint Specialists – 1) without consultation.

Students in 400-level seminars MUST ATTEND THE FIRST CLASS, or contact the professor to explain their absence. Failure to do so may result in the Department withdrawing the student from the seminar in order to “free up” space for other interested students. Additional 400-level seminars for the 2020-2021 Fall/Winter Session may be added at a later date. To fulfill History program requirements, students may also use 400- level courses offered by other Departments at the U of T that are designated as ‘Equivalent & Related Courses’.

The Department also offers a few joint undergraduate-graduate seminars. These are indicated in the course description. Undergraduate enrolment in joint seminars is restricted, and the expected level of performance is high.

HIS 404H1-S Topics in U.S. History: Slavery in North America
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS404H1/HIS1802H/USA402H1)

Slavery has existed in many human societies throughout history. Beginning in the sixteenth century, European empires pioneered new regimes of racialized chattel slavery that ensnared Native Americans and, ultimately, involved the transportation of millions of African captives to plantation zones in the Americas. This course examines the history of slavery in British North America and the United States (c. 1619-1865). We will explore both the Atlantic and domestic slave trades; Indigenous and Atlantic slaveries; the codification of racial difference that accompanied slavery’s expansion; gender and the reproduction; enslaved people’s lives and politics; the economic history of slavery; the politics of slavery in the United States (1776-1865); the gradual abolition of slavery in the U.S. North and the British Empire; and the destruction of chattel slavery during the Civil War (1861-65). We will conclude by taking up what Saidiya Hartman calls the afterlives of slavery in post-war American history.

Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

Instructor: M. Mishler
Seminar: Thursday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 406H1-S Advanced Topics in Gender Histroy: Gender and Social Change

This course examines selected themes relating to gender relations in Canada, with a particular focus on diverse groups of Canadian peoples. Through historical and contemporary writing on women and gender relations, this course examines First Nations-Newcomer relations, white settler societies, the law and criminalization, women's labour, education, and early political and social organizing. By exploring such themes, this course hopes to unpack how meanings of gender, race, class and sexuality were produced and how they are examined by historical scholars. Throughout the course, we will be querying the theoretical assumptions underlying and framing the historical texts we are studying, as well as assessing the different kinds of primary sources used to recover women’s and gender history.

Instructor: F. Aladejebi
Seminar: Wednesday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 419H1-S Canada By Treaty: Alliances, Title Transfers and Land Claims
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS419H1/HIS1118H)

This intensive joint graduate/undergraduate research seminar provides opportunity for detailed study of the treaty processes between Indigenous peoples and newcomers in Canadian history, examining the shift from alliance treaties to land surrender agreements during the colonial period through to the signing of recent treaties including the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the Nisga’a Final Agreement. We will consider the history of Canada as a negotiated place, mapping the changing contexts of these agreements over more than four centuries through readings and seminar discussions. The first six weeks will be devoted to an intensive study of more than four centuries of negotiated agreements between Indigenous peoples and newcomers to the lands that would become the Dominion of Canada. At least one field trip, to the Royal Ontario Museum, Woodland Cultural Centre or other similar site. For the major assignment, students will select a treaty of personal relevance to them and conduct detailed research (guided by the professor), contributing their findings to a web resource on Canada's treaties. Students in this year's Canada By Treaty will have the opportunity to learn about digital curation and website design. Primary source analysis, seminar participation, digital content, research essay.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1

Instructor: H. Bohaker
Seminar: Thursday 11-1
Division: II

HIS 422H1-F Early Modern English Popular Culture, 1500-1800
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course - HIS422H1/HIS1419H)

Deals with issues of orality, literacy, gender, class, cultural bricolage and vernacular epistemology – the constituents of popular, as opposed to elite knowledge - through the study of folklore, magic, religion, drink, sex, riot and festivity in early modern England. Some background in medieval and/or early modern history or literature is highly recommended. Extensive work will be undertaken with primary printed sources.

Prerequisite: One of HIS101Y1/HIS109Y1/HIS220Y1/HIS243H1/HIS244H1/HIS368H1/HIS337H1/HIS349H1/HIS357Y1

Exclusion: HIS496H1 (Topics in History: Early Modern English Popular Culture, 1600-1800), offered in Summer 2018

Instructor: J. Mori
Seminar: Thursday 11-1
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 423H1-F The Social History of Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS423H1/HIS1269H)

The seminar is designed to inform students about some key developments in this specialized area of scholarship.  Classroom discussion will include such topics as the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship, the impact of medical care upon health, the emergence of various medical and surgical specialties including  internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry, the relationship between culture and the presentation of illness, and the history of medical therapeutics.

Textbook: Edward Shorter, Doctors and Their Patients: A Social History.

Tentative Course Requirements: A major historiographical research paper (60%), outline for research paper (25%), participation (15%).

Exclusion: HIS423Y1

Instructor: E. Shorter
Seminar: Thursday 4-6
Division: III

HIS 428H1-F Medieval Institutes of Perfection  
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS428H1/HIS1213H1)

In order to understand a society, it is necessary to study its ideals. Religious regular life was perceived in Western Europe as the most perfect form of existence. This seminar will try to understand why such was the case, as well as how the monastic ideal evolved from its origin to the 12th C. The daily life, internal structures and relationships with the outside world of the most significant regular communities of the Middle Ages will be studied. The sources studied will be primarily hagiographical (lives of saints and collections of miracles) and normative (rules and customaries).

Textbook(s):  C.H. Lawrence, Medieval Monasticism: Forms of Religious Life in Western Europe in the Middle Ages; Sourcebook: RB 1980, The Rule of Saint Benedict in English

Prerequisite: a course specifically on the Middle ages such as HIS220Y1.

Instructor: I. Cochelin 
Seminar: Tuesday 2-4
Division: III 
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 446H1-S Gender & Slavery in the Atlantic World 
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS446H1/HIS1555H1)

The course examines the relationship between gender and the experience of slavery and emancipating several Atlantic world societies from the 17th-19th centuries. Areas to be covered are the Caribbean, Brazil, the U.S. South, West and South Africa and Western Europe.

Prerequisite: HIS291H1/HIS294Y1/HIS230H1,231H1/HIS295Y1

Exclusion: HIS446Y1

Instructor: M. Newton 
Seminar: Thursday 12-2
Division: I/II/III

HIS 451H1-F World War II in East Central Europe  
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS451H1/HIS1279H1)

World War II was much more destructive and traumatic in East Central Europe than in Western Europe. The difference was caused by many reasons, among which the Nazi and Soviet plans and policies were the most important. Yet, there were also numerous East Central European phenomena that contributed to the cruelty of World War II in the East. This seminar will explore the external and internal factors that defined the war in the discussed region. Students will analyze the military, political, economic, and cultural activities of Germany, the Soviet Union, and their allies and enemies. Following sessions will concentrate on the fall of the Versailles systems, diplomatic and military activities throughout the war, on occupational policies of the invaders, economic exploration of the invaded, on collaboration, accommodation, resistance, genocide, the “liberation” and sovietization of East Central Europe after 1944. All the secondary and primary sources used in class are English.

Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/HIS251Y1/HIS334Y1/HIS334H1 

Instructor: P. Wróbel     
Seminar: 2.0 hours/week
Division: III

HIS 466H1-F, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: Commemorations and Public History, Canada, 1800s-2000

This course explores selected topics in the history of commemoration, public memory, and public history in Canada.  We will examine the number of different locations in Canadian society in which historical memories have been created and disseminated.  Covering a time span from, roughly, the early nineteenth century up to the present, we will examine how the past has been remembered.  Such processes have often involved various groups - political, economic, and social elites - who have attempted to create ‘pasts’ or ‘traditions’ for themselves and others in society, often as part of creating socio-economic and political hegemony.  The course will look at institutions and processes, such as the state or tourism, as examples of such developments.  However, we will also read about their contestation; the attempts by women, working-class people, and ethnic and racialized groups to counter the powerful’s apparent monopoly on the public memory of the past.  We also will explore the multiple ways in which historical memories have shaped and created landscapes, in ways both discursive and material.    

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: C. Morgan
Seminar: Tuesday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 466H1-F, L0201 Topics in Canadian History: History of Energy in Everyday Life, Canada, 1850-1950

As the catastrophic effects of climate change become more apparent, people around the world are struggling to understand how their patterns of everyday life – the ways they obtain light, heat, food, transportation, communications, entertainment, clean water, and waste disposal – have led to our current environmental crisis. We are now at a time when per capita consumption of energy is the highest in human history, yet people’s understanding of its role in their lives has never been more limited. History provides a unique, accessible and much-needed point of entry for understanding the crucial historical relationships between people, energy use and the environment that created both the modern world and our current environmental crisis. 
Students will investigate historians’ renewed interest in the last energy transition, from the organic energy regime powered by wood, wind, water and human and animal muscles,  to the modern or industrial “revolution” of coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power. Students will draw on secondary and primary sources to explore ways in which Canadians – men, women, children, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, and in both rural and urban areas – experienced and made sense of the dramatic energy transitions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that slowly transformed just about every aspect of daily life in this period. This course will be offered online.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: R. Sandwell
Seminar: 2.0 hours/week
Division: II

HIS 466H1-F, L0301 Topics in Canadian History: Sex Work Histories in Comparative Contexts

This seminar explores the historical effects of the "world's oldest profession" in Canada and beyond. Using a range of texts, including film, memoirs, oral history and visual culture, it seeks to enhance both historical and contemporary discussions of the sex trade by examining its rich, difficult and problematic pasts. Seminar readings and discussions will examine the lives and experiences of multiple sex trade-involved populations, from affluent 19th-century madams to streetwalkers and queer and trans communities.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/ HIS264H1 or permission of the instructor

Exclusion: HIS417Y1 

Instructor: L. Bertram
Seminar: Friday 11-1
Division: II

HIS 466H1-S, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: Upper Canada Creating a Settler Society, 1790s-1860s

This course explores selected topics in the history of Upper Canada, such as its formation in the crucible of transatlantic and imperial warfare, relationships with Indigenous people, the creation of multiple institutions, and colonial leisure and culture. As well as having its own particular local characteristics and features, not least its proximity to the United States, Upper Canada was one of a number of settler societies within the British Empire. The course is intended to explore various dimensions of these aspects and, wherever possible, to consider the relationships between local dynamics and imperial currents. Although the colony became ‘Canada West’ in 1841, our readings and discussions will stretch beyond that conventional political boundary, moving us into the 1850s and 1860s.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: C. Morgan
Seminar: Tuesday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 466H1-S, L0201 Topics in Canadian History: History of Education in Canada

Examines the roots of formal education in Canada and explores the changing relationship between public education and (what became) Canadian society between 1840 and 1950. This broad introduction to the history of education will include an examination of the origins of public education and the common school, educational reform, various types of residential schooling, teacher training, and the gendered, racialized and class-differentiated experience of public schooling for teachers, students, and communities, both rural and urban. Students will draw on both primary and secondary sources to explore this topic throughout the course.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1 or permission of the instructor\

Instructor: R. Sandwell
Seminar: Wednesday 1-3
Division:  II

HIS 467H1-F French Colonial Indochina: Cultures, Texts, Film

This course examines French colonial Indochina through a number of different lenses. Early attention will be afforded to the cross-cultural “contact zones” between colonial and colonized societies. Other issues that will be stressed include contested geographies, the characteristics of a settler society, imperial cultures, expressions of colonial power, and forms of opposition and resistance. A number of primary sources will serve as fruitful artefacts to be analysed in class: colonial novels, recently translated resistance literature, documentaries, and feature films. The net result will be to underscore the many tensions of colonialism. Finally, we will turn to a series of wistful and nostalgic recent filmic representations of French colonial Indochina, films described as “Indochic” by literary critic Panivong Norindr. By sifting through these phantasmatic memories of Indochina, and contrasting them with a number of case studies, this course will illuminate issues that go well beyond the boundaries of former Indochine – issues of contested memory, identity, and resistance.

Prerequisite: ANT344Y1/EAS204Y1/GGR342H1/HIS104Y1/HIS107Y1/HIS280Y1/HIS283Y1/HIS284Y/HIS315H1/HIS388H1/NEW369Y1

Exclusion: HIS467Y1

Instructor: E. Jennings
Seminar: Tuesday 10-12
Division: I/III

HIS 470H1-S History, Rights and Difference in South Asia

This seminar addresses modern South Asian history to think critically about ideas of rights since 1750. Examining themes in the political, economic, and legal history of South Asia (most especially India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) 1750-present, the course highlights the central place of colonial and postcolonial histories, and the questions of difference they pose, within the intellectual history of rights. The course will survey major debates on rights: citizenship and its relationship with custom and tradition; rights, the rule of law, and the question of cultural and gender difference; and rights and ideas of contract in the context of market exchange, colonial capitalism, and postcolonial development. Readings include primary historical sources from South Asia, legal and political theory on rights, and postcolonial historiography.

Tentative Course Requirements: two short analytical papers, one longer paper on a major theme, class attendance and participation.

Prerequisite: A mark of 73% or higher in HIS282Y1 or instructors permission.

Recommended Preparation: background in political and social theory and some background in South Asia.

Instructor: R. Birla
Seminar: Tuesday 1-3
Division: I

HIS 474H1-S Emancipate Yourselves from Mental Slavery? Historical Narratives of Caribbean Decolonisation 

This course is a critical intellectual history of Caribbean decolonisation. It begins with the Haitian Revolution, exploring and comparing how history was mobilized to structure anti-colonial theories about the making of ‘postcolonial’ Caribbean societies. Key conceptual frameworks to be examined include indigenism, noirism, creolization, metissage; Caribbean interpretations of Marxism, Negritude and Pan-Aricanism.

Prerequisite:  HIS294Y1/HIS230H1,231H1

Instructor: M. Newton 
Seminar: Tuesday 12-2
Division: II

HIS 475H1-F or HIS476H1-S Senior Thesis Seminar

History Specialists only. Compulsory for all Specialists undertaking a one-year dissertation. Weekly seminars provide training in reviewing literature, writing research proposals, formulating hypotheses, oral presentation of findings and constructive critique of other students work. Posters will be prepared for an annual spring conference. Students must find topics and thesis supervisors. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

History Specialists must choose either to write a Senior Thesis (HIS 475HI/476Hi) or take one of the Methodology courses listed on the PDF iconMethodology Courses for History Specialist.pdf document. The Methodology credit may be combined with another of the department’s program requirements (Divisions 1 to 3 or Pre-Modern). The thesis differs from the independent study in its length and by its research paper format. Students registered in HIS475H1 and HIS 476H1 are under the obligation of attending the weekly senior thesis seminar scheduled on Tuesdays from 10-12 in the Natalie Zemon Davis Conference Room (SS 2098). Students selecting the Senior Thesis option must have a B+ average in no less than 4.0 HIS courses.

How to Enrol:

  • Complete the PDF iconHIS475H1-HIS476H1_ThesisBallot-2020.pdf (Senior Thesis) with the help of your proposed supervisor. Attach a one-page outline of the project you wish to undertake and a copy of your transcript. Ensure that your supervisor signs the form.
  • Return the documents to the Department by August 21, 2020 for the Fall-Winter 2020-2021 academic year.
  • If approved, your study course will be added to your record on ROSI by the Department of History. If it is not approved, we will notify you and your proposed supervisor as soon as possible by email.

HIS 477H1-F Topics in the Social and Cultural History of Victorian Britain

This course examines the impact of industrialism and Victorian society and values.  Readings will concentrate on major works by Victorian social critics, including Engels, Mayhew, Arnold, Dickens and Morris.

Recommended Preparation: A course in modern British history/Victorian literature

Instructor: L. Loeb
Seminar: Tuesday 4-6
Division: III

HIS 484H1-F The Car in North American History

This seminar examines the history of the car in North America from the perspective of technology, business, landscape and popular culture. Particular attention is paid to issues of production, consumption, geography, and daily life, and to the importance of class race, gender, region, and age in shaping the meaning and experience of car culture.  Seminars will also focus upon the historical change of automotive technologies, from the gas to electric and automated vehicles; the environmental impact of the automobile; the automobile industry’s role in the Second to Fourth Industrial Revolutions.  

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

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/​ HIS264H1/​ HIS271Y1

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

HIS 489H1-F The History of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Illness
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course - HIS489H1/HIS1270H)

This seminar  is intended to introduce students to some of the main issues in the history of psychiatry and some major developments in this unique medical specialty. Classroom discussion will cover such topics as changes in the nature of psychotic illness and the psychoneuroses, disorders of the mind/body relationship, psychiatric diagnosis and changes in the “presentation” of mental illness.

Textbook: Edward Shorter, A History of Psychiatry from the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac.

Tentative Course Requirements: a major historiographical research paper (60%), outline for research paper (25%), participation (15%).

Exclusion: HIS423Y1

Instructor:  E. Shorter
Seminar:  Friday 10-12
Division:  III

HIS 490H1-F Everyday Stalinism

This course is an advanced research seminar in Soviet history. It will explore issues of everyday life in Soviet Russia during the Stalin era. What was the "Soviet normal"? Was there such a thing? How did people live in and outside the Gulag? Students will be introduced to major topics through the use of a series of different types of sources. During the first eight weeks of the seminar, students will read intensively, acquiring familiarity with various sources and their specific problems in Soviet history; at the same time, they will design a topic and bibliography for their research paper. The remainder of the course will be devoted to individualized research.

Prerequisite: grade of A in HIS250Y1/ grade of B+ or higher in HIS351Y1

Instructor: L. Viola
Seminar: Tuesday 3-5
Division: III

HIS 496H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Latin America in the Artistic Imagination

How have painters, filmmakers, novelists, and other artists portrayed the history of Latin America? How do those portrayals – of colonization, slavery, revolution, and immigration, among other topics – compare to scholarly approaches to those same subjects? What are the possibilities of using art to disseminate historical knowledge? Are there any dangers to privileging artistic over scholarly approaches to history, or vice versa? To answer these and other questions, this class brings together a wide array of scholarship and artistic output covering nearly five hundred years of Latin American history. We will engage these diverse sources through writing assignments, film screenings, textual analyses, and discussions. Over the course of the semester, you will be able to probe a range of historical topics from a variety of vantage points, to understand both the reach and the limits of the artistic imagination.

Prerequisite: 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: T. Walker
Seminar: Thursday 4-6
Division: II

HIS 496H1-F, L0201 Topics in History: The Holocaust and Religion

This seminar considers the complex roles of religion, specifically Judaism and Christianity, in the Holocaust by addressing four key themes: everyday religious life under persecution; religion and violence; rescue, conversion, and coercion; and religious/ethnic/national identities. We will examine each theme through primary sources and secondary literature and also consider how similar issues play out in other cases of genocide or mass atrocity in order to explore how comparative studies might deepen our understanding of the Holocaust. Each student will develop a topic and produce an in-depth project based on original research.

Prerequisite: 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: D. Bergen
Seminar: Wednesday 1-3
Division: III

HIS 496H1-F, L0301 Topics in History: Trends in Women and Gender History in the Global South
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course - HIS496H1/HIS1705H)

This seminar is intended as an introduction to key issues, debates, and themes in the historiography of women and gender in the global south. The course focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, nationalism and transnationalism in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean within the context of colonialism, decolonization and globalization from the late 19th century to the early 21st century. Case studies range from gender and tradition in colonial and nationalist discourses; nationalist leaders and women’s emancipation; body politics; sexuality, the state and citizenship to feminism, nationalism and transnationalism.

The seminar asks not only questions of gendered and sexual inclusive and exclusive discourses and practices; it also considers questions of what history is and how it is constructed. 
The seminar will be a space for intellectual exploration and learning, for the forming and sharpening of ideas, and for discovery about some of the ways women and gender historians have been making histories, working in a variety of fields and archives, defining and theorizing problems and using evidence-based research.

Prerequisite: 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: N. Musisi
Seminar: Tuesday 4-6
Division: I

HIS 496H1-F, L0401 Topics in History: The Two Germanies and the Cold War, 1945-1990

This course explores post World War II European and global history by familiarizing students with significant texts, dates and events in the histories of the two postwar German states. How were the two postwar states—the Cold War successor states to the Third Reich—founded and how did they develop? What were their similarities; what were their differences? Can we put together a single narrative of German history that integrates elements of both eastern and western states, or do the differences between these two states and societies make such a project impossible? The course will analyze these questions with attention to global (Cold War), regional (European) and national (German) frameworks.  An interdisciplinary variety of texts will be studied, covering topics from diplomacy and economy, to gender, memory, politics and geopolitics.
Prerequisites: three modern history/politics courses at the 200 level or above. 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: J. Jenkins
Seminar: Monday 10-12
Division: III

HIS 496H1-S, L0101 Topics in History: Globalization and Empire in the Twentieth Century
(Joint undergraduate/graduate HIS496H1/HIS1272H)

The twentieth century has been called the age of nation states. We will investigate it as an age of empire. While some empires were destroyed by the First World War, others expanded and new imperial systems arose. This course explores the Soviet Union and National Socialism as twentieth-century empires and analyzes ongoing transformations in the imperial systems of Great Britain and France. The rise of the United States as a global empire, and its effect on the reshaping of the European state system after 1945, will be a central point of focus. Via the impetus provided by studies on globalization, we will investigate the types of global connection created by imperial competition.

Prerequisite: three modern history/politics courses at the 200 level or above. 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: J. Jenkins
Seminar: Monday 10-12
Division: III

HIS496H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Renaissance Humanism
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course – HIS496H1/HIS1223H1)

The seminar will discuss Renaissance Humanism in its various forms, applications and contexts. Every student will be responsible for a seminar presentation on a subject of his or her choice but guided by the topics and the schedule in the course outline. You can focus on Italy or any place north of the Alps and any time period between about 1350 and 1600. Please review the various topics in advance of the first meeting so that you can choose a time and topic for your seminar.
For the seminar, you will be responsible for providing the other students in the class some suggestions for reading (both primary and secondary materials) at least one week in advance to stimulate the discussion of your presentation. I expect every seminar will be an active, dynamic dialogue in the best Humanist tradition. Rather than reading verbatim a prepared paper, be provocative in order to engage the rest of the class. The use of visual material is encouraged.
A written research paper based on your seminar presentation is due at the end of term. Do take into consideration my and the other students’ responses to your presentation and do discuss your topic and bibliography with me in advance.

Prerequisite: 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: K. Bartlett
Seminar: Monday 3-5
Division: III

HIS 496H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Hacking History: Digital Projects Capstone Class

This course examines the relationships among academic history, digital media, and community formation using a variety of texts and methods. The central project is an intensive digital storytelling project undertaken in concert with a community organization. Working closely with their community partners, students will build a digital archive or storytelling framework using multimedia and/or social networking technologies. The fundamental aim of the course is to expand the reach of historical scholarship outside of the academy, and to develop modes of historical research compatible with community engagement.

Prerequisite: HIS393H1, equivalent experience, or instructor's permission. 14.0 FCEs including 2.0 FCE HIS course.

Recommended Preparation: Basic HTML/CSS skills as learned in self-paced online introductions

Exclusion: HIS455Y1 (Hacking History)

Instructor: M. Price 
Seminar: Monday 2-5

HIS 498H1-F/S/HIS 499Y1-Y Independent Studies Courses

History Majors only. The Department of History offers senior undergraduate students the possibility of study under the course designations HIS498H1-F/S or HIS499Y1-Y. These courses result in the production of an independent research project. This may not necessarily take the form of a thesis. Students must find topics and project supervisors. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Independent studies are for students who wish to pursue a detailed research project. This usually involves the preparation of a major paper, though it may take other forms, and must be done under the supervision of an eligible History faculty member(Please note that faculty are under no obligation to supervise I.S. projects). Students wishing to enrol in these courses must be enrolled in a History Major program, with a B+ average in no less than 4.0 HIS courses, or obtain special permission of the instructor. Students must attend the senior thesis seminar which is scheduled on Tuesdays from 10-12 in the Natalie Zemon Davis Conference Room (SS 2098).


  • It is not practical to do an I.S. as a full-credit taken in one term (i.e. HIS499Y1-F or 499Y1-S)
  • Students are allowed only 1.0 I.S. course in History
  • Where research projects can be undertaken within the scope of an existing HIS seminar, students will not normally be allowed to enroll in Independent Studies.

How to enrol:

  • Complete the PDF iconHIS498H1-HIS499Y1_IndSt-Form-2020.pdf (Independent Study with the help of your proposed supervisor. Attach a one-page outline of the project you wish to undertake and a copy of your transcript. Ensure that your supervisor signs the form.
  • Return the documents to the Department by August 21, 2020 for the Fall-Winter 2020-2021 academic year.
  • If approved, your study course will be added to your record on ROSI by the Department of History. If it is not approved, we will notify you and your proposed supervisor as soon as possible by email.

JHP 454Y1-Y 20th Century Ukraine
(Joint undergraduate/graduate course JHP454Y1/JHP1299Y1)

World War I and the Russian Revolution: the Ukrainian independence movement; the Soviet Ukraine and west Ukrainian lands during the interwar period; World War II and the German occupation; the Soviet Ukraine before and after the death of Stalin. Socio-economic, cultural, and political developments. (Given by the Departments of History and Political Science)

Prerequisite: A course in modern European, East European or Russian history or politics such as JHP204Y1/HIS250Y1/HIS351Y1/HIS353Y1

Instructor:  P. Magocsi
Seminar:  Wednesday 3-5
Division:  III