Current Undergraduate Summer Courses

Summer Courses 2021

The Department offers 100-level, 200-level, 300-level, and 400-level History (HIS) courses.

Please Note:

  • Course descriptions are not final and may be changed at or before the first class. 
  • For enrolment instructions, students should consult the Faculty of Arts & Science 2021 Summer Timetable.
  • Prerequisites will be enforced rigorously. Students who do not have the relevant prerequisite(s) may be removed from the course after classes begin. Specific questions regarding prerequisites for a course can be answered by the course instructor. Where there are two instructors of a course, an asterisk (*) indicates the Course Coordinator.

**This page will be updated regularly. Please check here for curriculum changes.

Course Timetable

(Course numbers are links to course descriptions). The following courses are in numerical order. The descriptions are fuller than those in the Arts & Science Calendar.

Section Code Classes Start Classes End Final Assessments
F May 3 June 14 June 16 - 23
Y May 3 August 16 August 18 - 25
S July 5 August 16 August 18 - 25

Y section code course lectures do not meet the week of June 16 to June 23; term tests may be held.

100-level HIS courses are designed for students entering university. They take a broad sweep of material, and introduce students to the methods and techniques of university study. Each week, students will attend two lectures given by the course professor, and participate in one tutorial led by a teaching assistant. First year courses are not considered to be in an ‘area’ for program requirements.

All 100-series HIS courses are mutually exclusive, with the exception of AP, IB, CAPE, or GCE transfer credits.  Students may enrol in only one 100-series History course.  Students enrolled in more than one of these courses (or who have completed one of these courses or a previous HIS 100-series course with a mark of 50% or greater) will be removed at any time.  First-Year students can also enrol in 200-series HIS courses. ALL students enrolled in a History Specialist, Major, or Minor program must take ONE 100-level HIS course.

Course Code & Section Course Title Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS102Y1-Y, L5101 Empires, Encounters and Exchanges Monday 5-7
Wednesday 5-7
Online - Synchronous M. Inan

200-level HIS courses are surveys that introduce in broad outlines the history of a particular country, region, continent, or theme. Most are essential background for further upper-level study in the area. Students will generally attend two lectures and participate in one tutorial each week. The 200-level courses are open to first year students as well as those in higher years.

Course Code & Section Course Title Geographic Area Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS218H1-F, L0101 Environmental History -- Tuesday 10-12
Thursday 10-12
Online - Synchronous R. Woods
HIS241H1-S, L5101 Europe in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914 Div. III Tuesday 5-7 Thursday 5-7 Online - Synchronous N. Rahal
HIS264H1-F, L5101 Critical Issues in Canadian History Div. II Monday 5-7
Wednesday 5-7
Online - Synchronous K. Main
HIS291H1-S, L0101 Latin America: The Colonial Period Div. II Monday 3-5
Wednesday 3-5
Online - Synchronous V. Mantilla Morales

300-level HIS courses are more specialized and intensive. They deal with more closely defined periods or themes. They vary in format, with some being based around lectures, and others involving tutorial or discussion groups. Most 300-level courses have prerequisites, which are strictly enforced. First year students are not permitted to enrol in 300- or 400-level HIS courses. Although some upper level courses do not have specific pre-requisites, courses at the 300 and 400 level are demanding and require a good comprehension of history.

Course Code & Section Course Title Geographic Area Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS330H1-S, L0101 Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War Div. III Monday 3-5 Wednesday 3-5 Online - Synchronous E. Bredovskis
HIS342H1-F, L0101 Political and Psychological Liberation in 20th Century Africa Div. I Monday 12-2 Wednesday 12-2 Online - Synchronous T. Bello
HIS377H1-S, L5101 20th Century American Foreign Relations Div. II Tuesday 5-7
Thursday 5-7
Online - Synchronous M. Vallières
HIS385H1-F, L0101 History of Hong Kong Div. I Tuesday 11-1
Thursday 11-1
Online - Synchronous C. Lim
HIS389H1-F, L0101 (J) Topics in History: Holocaust in Literature Div. III Tuesday 10-1
Thursday 10-12
Online - Synchronous TBA

400-level HIS courses are two-hour seminars that deal with very specialized subjects and are often closely connected to a professor’s research. Most have specific course pre-requisites and require extensive reading, research, writing, and seminar discussion, and in most you will have the opportunity to do a major research paper. All 400-level HIS courses have enrolment restrictions during the first round (must have completed 14 or more full courses, be enrolled in a HIS Major, Specialist or Joint Specialist program and have the appropriate prerequisite). During the second round of enrolment, access to 400-level seminars is open to all 3rd and 4th year students with the appropriate prerequisite. First year students are not permitted to enrol in 300- or 400-level HIS courses.

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 create space for other interested students. Additional 400-level seminars for the 2021 Summer Session may be added at a later date. Please check back frequently for current information.

Course Code & Section Course Title Geographic Area Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS400H1-F, L0101 The American War in Vietnam Div. I Tuesday 10-12
Thursday 10-12
Online - Synchronous N. Tran

Summer Abroad - Announcement (Updated Januray 13, 2021)

The University of Toronto has made the difficult decision to extend the cancellation of all outbound U of T student activities outside of Canada to August 31, 2021 due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

We are currently in the process of confirming the Summer Abroad courses that will be run virtually this summer.  This site will be updated by early next week with details about virtual programming.

Applications for Summer 2021 for programs that will run virtually will open online January 4, 2021.  Applications for programs that will run in person will open after the University has made a decision about international travel during the summer term.. All applications will close on March 1, 2021.

Course Code Course Title
HIS343Y0 History of Modern Intelligence