Divisions

History courses are grouped into three geographic divisions as outlined below. Specialist and Majors are required to choose courses from each of the three divisions to fulfill geographic breadth requirements. In order to help students with planning their programs, courses have been listed according to their divisions.


Division I: Asia, Africa, Middle East

1st Year Course

(N.B. 1st year courses do not fulfil the Geographical requirement of a HIS program.)

Course Code Course Title
HIS101Y1 Histories of Violence
HIS102Y1 Empires, Encounters and Exchanges
HIS107Y1 Approaches to Modern East Asian History
HIS108Y1 What is History?
HIS110Y1 Connected Histories from Dakar to Jakarta
Course Code Course Title
EAS245H1 Premodern Japanese History
EAS246H1 Early Modern Japanese History
EAS247H1 History of Capitalism in Modern Japan
EAS271H1 20th Century Korean History
EAS348H1 Gift, Plunder and Exchange: Japan and World History
EAS364H1 China's Cultural Revolution: History and Memory
EAS372H1/Y1 The Postwar, Cold War and Divided Koreas
EAS374H1 Modern Japan and Colonialism
EAS459Y1 Rethinking the Cold War in East Asia
EAS464H1 The Korean War
EAS473H1 Modern Korean History Seminar
EAS475Y1 Issues in East Asian Historiography
EAS484Y1 The Japanese Empire
HIS280Y1 History of China
HIS282Y1 History of South Asia
HIS283Y1 History of Southeast Asia: How the Lands Below the Winds Reshaped the World
HIS316H1 Competing Colonialism in Northeast China The Harbin Experiment
HIS326H1 Topics in Chinese History
HIS328H1 Modern China
HIS333H1 Catholic Asia in the Early Modern Era, 1500-1800
HIS346H1 Rice, Sugar and Spice in Southeast Asia: A History of Food in the Region
HIS379H1 Vietnam at War
HIS382H1 China from the Mongols to the Last Emperor
JHA384H1 Japan in the World, mid-16th to mid-20th Century
HIS385H1 or Y0 History of Hong Kong
JHA394H1 The Asia Pacific War
HIS400H1 The American War in Vietnam
HIS464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS467H1 French Colonial Indochina : History, Culture, Texts, Film
HIS470H1 History, Rights and Difference in South Asia
HIS473H1 The United States and Asia Since 1945
HIS480H1 Modernity and Its Others: History and Postcolonial Critique
HIS485H1 Topics in Chinese History
HIS494H1 Gandhi’s Global Conversations
Course Code Course Title
HIS295Y1 History of Africa
HIS297Y1 History of Africa from a Gender Perspective
HIS342H1 Political and Psychological Liberation in 20th Century Africa
HIS352H1 A History of Women in Pre-colonial East Africa
HIS383Y1 Women in African History
HIS392Y1 Screening Freedom
HIS394H1 20th and 21st Century African Icons: Media and Biography
HIS413H1 Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World
HIS446H1 Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World
HIS464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS481H1 Elite Women, Power, and Modernity in 20th Century Africa
HIS486H1 Writing and Masculinity in Africa

You can find descriptions of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations history courses in the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Course Code Course Title
HIS208Y1 History of the Jewish People
HIS304H1 Topics in Middle East History
HIS339H1 History of Modern Israel
NMC275H1 The Mongol Empire and the World it Made
NMC278H1 Introduction to the Modern Middle East
NMC355H1 The Ottoman Empire in the Age of Reform, 1808-1918
NMC373H1 Iran in the 20th Century
NMC376H1 History of Islamic Spain and North Africa , 640-1492
NMC377Y1 The Ottoman Empire to 1800
NMC378H1 Modern Arab History
NMC475H1 Orientalism and Occidentalism
NMC477H1 Modern Turkey
NMC479H1 Nationalism in the Arab World

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Division II: The Americas

1st Year Course

(N.B. 1st year courses do not fulfil the Geographical requirement of a HIS program.)

Course Code Course Title
HIS100Y1 History of the Arctic
HIS101Y1 Histories of Violence
HIS106Y1 Natives, Settlers and Slaves: Colonizing the Americas, 1492-1804
HIS108Y1 What is History?
Course Code Course Title
CDN230H1 Asian Canadian History 
CDN280H1 Canadian Jewish History
CDN340H1 The History of Canadian-U.S. Relations
CDN390H1 Chinese Canadian Studies
CIN201Y1 Film Cultures I: Art and Industry
HIS264H1 Critical Issues in Canadian History
HIS268H1 Law and History
HIS300H1 Energy Cultures in North American History
HIS310H1 Histories of North American Consumer Culture
HIS311Y1 Introduction to Canadian International Relations
HIS312H1 Immigration to Canada
HIS314H1 Quebec and French Canada
HIS318H1 The "Wild" West in Canada
HIS358H1 Canadian History in 100 Objects
HIS360H1 Critical Histories of the Black Canadian Experience
HIS363H1 Dynamics of Gender in Canadian History
HIS366H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1815 to the Present
HIS369H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1500 to 1830
HIS371H1 Canadian Political History
HIS402H1 Canada and Decolonization
HIS405Y1 Canadian Foreign Relations
HIS410H1 Spectacles, Crowds, and Parades in Canada
HIS417H1 The Oldest Profession in Canada: Sex Work in Comparative Historical Contexts
HIS418H1 Themes in Canadian Environmental History
HIS419H1 Canada By Treaty: Alliances, Title Transfers and Land Claims
HIS429H1 Canada and Empire in the Twentieth Century
HIS435H1 Themes in Toronto History
HIS464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS466H1 Topics in Canadian History
HIS472H1 Indigenous-Newcomer Relations in Canadian History
HIS484H1 The Car in North American History
HIS492H1 Empire & Colonization in the French Atlantic World
INS200H1 Introduction to Indigenous Truth and Resilience
INS201Y1 Introduction to Indigenous Studies:  Foundations, History and Politics
INS205H1 Indigenous Worldviews, Spiritual and Healing Traditions
INS300Y1 Worldviews, Indigenous Knowledges, and Oral Tradition
INS301Y1 Native Language and Culture
INS351Y1 Indigenous Legends & Teaching
INS352H1 Indigenous Leadership, Policy and Practices in Canada
INS353H1 First Nations Politics in Canada
INS360Y1 Politics and Process of Reconciliation in Canada
SMC377H1 The Scots in Cape Breton
SMC413H1 The Irish and the Scots in Canada
SMC416H1 Irish Nationalism in Canada
SMC444H1 The Great Irish Famine in an International Context
Course Code Course Title
CDN340H1 The History of Canadian-U.S. Relations
HIS202H1 Gender, Race and Science
HIS221H1 African American History to 1865
HIS222H1 African American History from 1865 to the Present
HIS271Y1 American History Since 1607
HIS300H1 Energy Cultures in North American History
HIS310H1 Histories of North American Consumer Culture
HIS345H1 History and Film
HIS365H1 History of the Great Lakes Region
HIS366H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1815 to the Present
HIS369H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1500 to 1830
HIS372H1 Topics in U.S. History
HIS376H1 The United States: Now and Then
HIS377H1 20th Century American Foreign Relations
HIS378H1 America in the 1960s
HIS396H1 The Progressive Era and Rise of Big Business in America
HIS401H1 or Y1 History of the Cold War
HIS404H1 Topics in U.S. History
HIS411H1 Great Trials in History
HIS463H1 Cloth in American History to 1865
HIS464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS465Y1 Gender and International Relations
HIS473H1 The United States and Asia Since 1945
HIS479H1 U.S. Foreign Policy Since WW II
HIS484H1 The Car in North American History
HIS487H1 Animal and Human Rights in Anglo-American Culture
HIS497H1 Animal Politics and Science
SMC444H1 The Great Irish Famine in an International Context
WGS481H1 Gender, Sexuality and Black Liberation from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter
Course Code Course Title
HIS230H1 Indigenous and Early Colonial Caribbean History
HIS231H1 Revolution and Emancipation in the Colonial Caribbean
HIS291H1 Latin America: The Colonial Period
HIS292H1 Latin America: The National Period
HIS293H1 The Making of the Atlantic World, 1480-1804
JHN323H1 Indigeneity in the Caribbean
HIS359H1 Regional Politics and Radical Movements in the 20th Century Caribbean
HIS390H1 Slavery in Latin America
HIS391Y1 Black Freedom in the Atlantic World
HIS397H1 Political Violence and Human Rights in Latin America
HIS413H1 Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World
HIS446H1 Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World
HIS474H1 Emancipate Yourselves from Mental Slavery? Historical Narratives of Caribbean Decolonisation
HIS492H1 Empire & Colonization in the French Atlantic World

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Division III: Europe

1st Year Course

(N.B. 1st year courses do not fulfil the Geographical requirement of a HIS program.)

Course Code Course Title
HIS100Y1 History of the Arctic
HIS101Y1 Histories of Violence
HIS103Y1 Statecraft and Strategy: Introduction to the History of International Relations
HIS108Y1 What is History?
HIS109Y1 The Development of European Civilization, 1350-1945
Course Code Course Title
HIS302H1 Material Culture in Victoria Britain
HIS324H1 British Imperial Experience, 1600-2000
HIS337H1 Culture, Politics and Society in18th Century British
HIS347H1 The Country House in England 1837-1939
HIS349H1 The British Search for Identity: 1800 to the Present
HIS368H1 Early Modern Britain, 1485-1660
HIS422H1 Early Modern English Popular Culture, 1500-1800
HIS477H1 Topics in Social and Cultural History of Victorian Britain
HIS482H1 Soccer: The Hisotry of the World's Game
SMC444H1 The Great Irish Famine in an International Context
Course Code Course Title
EUR200Y1 Europe: Nation-State to Supranational Union
HIS202H1 Gender, Race and Science
HIS208Y1 History of the Jewish People
HIS220Y1 The Shape of Medieval Society
HIS241H1 Europe in the 19th Century
HIS242H1 Europe in the 20th Century
HIS243H1 Early Modern Europe , 1450-1648
HIS244H1 Early Modern Europe , 1648-1815
HIS245H1 European Colonialism, 1700- 1965
HIS303H1 The Mediterranean, 600-1300; Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora
HIS308H1 The Mediterranean, 1300-1700
HIS309H1 The European Reformations
HIS317H1 Modern Germany 1914 to the Present
HIS320H1 Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Roman Empire
HIS321H1 Dark Age Europe c. 600-1000
HIS322H1 The High Middle Ages
HIS323H1 Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages
HIS327H1 Rome: The City in History
HIS329H1 Central Middle Ages (900-1200)
HIS330H1 Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War
HIS336H1 Medieval Spain
HIS338H1 The Holocaust: Preconditions, Consolidation of Nazi Power, War, and Occupation (to 1942)
HIS341Y1 Germany Among the Global Empires, 1840-2010
HIS343H1 History of Modern Intelligence
HIS344H1 Conflict and Co-Operation in the International System Since 1945 (formerly HIS 344Y1)
HIS345H1 History and Film
HIS354H1 Men, Gender and Power in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution
HIS355H1 A History of Pre-modern Medicine
HIS357Y0 The Renaissance
HIS357Y1 A Social History of Renaissance Europe
HIS361H1 The Holocaust from 1942
HIS373H1 Servants and Masters, 1000- 1700
HIS386H1 Fascism
HIS387H1 France, 1610-1848
HIS388H1 France Since 1830
HIS403H1 Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
HIS407H1 Imperial Germany , 1871-1918
HIS411H1 Great Trials in History
HIS414H1 Down and Out in Medieval Europe
HIS415Y1 Nationalism and Memory in Modern Europe
HIS416H1 Orientalism and Nationalism in 19th Century Germany
HIS423H1 The Social History of Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries
HIS424H1 Violence in Medieval Society
HIS426H1 Medieval Italy, 400-1000
HIS427H1 History and Historiography in the Golden Legend
HIS428H1 Medieval Institutes of Perfection
HIS432H1 Topics in Medieval History
HIS437H1 Telling Lies About Hitler: Frauds and Famous Feuds Among German Historians
HIS438H1 Inquisition & Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
HIS440H1 Maps and History
HIS443H1 Society, Culture and Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation
HIS444H1 Topics in Jewish History
HIS445H1 Nationalism
HIS446H1 Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World
HIS457H1 The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire
HIS464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS467H1 French Colonial Indochina : History, Culture, Texts, Film
HIS480H1 Modernity and Its Others: History and Postcolonial Critique
HIS489H1 History of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Illness
HIS493H1 Humanity in War: The Modern Evolution of the Law of Armed Conflict
HPS318H1 History of Medicine I
HPS319H1 History of Medicine II
SMC337H1 Early Celtic History 450-1000
SMC378H1 Ireland Since the Famine
TRN250Y1 Ordering International Relations in the Age of Empire
VIC240Y1 The Civilization of Renaissance Europe
VIC348Y0 The Renaissance in the Cities
VIC441H1 Michel de Montaigne: A Renaissance Life
Course Code Course Title
HIS250Y1 History of Russia , 860-1991
HIS251Y1 History of East Central Europe
JSH300H1 Literature and History in Russia
JHP304Y1 Ukraine: Politics, Economy and Society
HIS306H1 Islam and Muslims in the Balkans
HIS325H1 Imperial Russia
HIS331H1 Modern Baltic History
HIS335H1 Soviet Cultural History
HIS340H1 The Ottoman Empire, 1800-1922
HIS351Y1 History of 20th Century Russia
HIS353Y1 Poland: A Crossroads of Europe
HIS362H1 The Hansa: The World of Merchants
HIS364H1 From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary Since 1848
HIS367Y0 The City in Central Europe - Ideas, Culture, Revolutions and Renewal
HIS384H1 The Baltic Sea Region from the Vikings to the Age of Nationalisms
HIS386H1 Fascism
HIS401H1 History of the Cold War
HIS420H1 Russia’s Great Patriotic Wars
HIS433H1 Polish Jews Since the Partition of Poland
HIS434Y1 Kievan Rus’
HIS436H1 Stalinist Terror
HIS439H1 Russia’s Empire
HIS442H1 Jews and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union
HIS449Y1 Ukrainian National Revival
HIS451H1 World War II in East Central Europe
JHP451Y1 The People from Nowhere
JHP454Y1 20th Century Ukraine
HIS459H1 Soviet History and Film, 1921-1946
HIS460H1 Soviet History and Film, 1941-1991
HIS461H1 Poland in the 20th Century
HIS490H1 Everyday Stalinism

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