History

HISTORY

 

The Department of History offers six 3-credit courses at the 100-level (see course descriptions at the bottom of this page):

HIST 101 – Western Civilization: Earliest Civilizations to the Wars of Religion
HIST 102 – Western Civilization: Discovery of the New World to Decolonization
HIST 111 – An Introduction to Global History 1300-1795
HIST 112 – Introduction to Global History from 1789
HIST 113 – Life and Times: Pre-Confederation Canada
HIST 115 – A History of Canada: Post-Confederation

 

Six credits of these courses are required for a major, joint major, advanced major, joint advanced major, honours, minor, or subsidiary in History, and any of these courses may be electives in any program.  

Students are strongly advised not to take more than 6 credits from these courses, as only 6 credits can count towards any History program. (Those who complete more than 6 credits can only use the additinal credits as open electives.)

Students intending to complete a pair in History are reminded that only 6 credits of these courses may be used in a pair, as at least 6 credits of a pair must be at the 200-level or above.

The choice of introductory history courses is one of personal preference and students may choose any combination of the above courses. Students are not required to do all 6 credits in the same area of study.  The first-term courses are not prerequisites for the second-term courses.

Bachelor of Arts students who are considering taking HIST 101 and 102, ENGL 100, and PHIL 100 may want to explore the option of the Humanities Colloquium, which offers these courses in an integrated, chronologically coordinated way.

Bachelor of Arts students who are considering taking HIST 111 and 112, ANTH 111 and 112, and WMGS 100 may want to explore the option of the Social Justice Colloquium, which offers these courses in a coordinated format.
 


Course Descriptions from the Current Academic Calendar
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101   Western Civilization: Earliest Civilizations to the Wars of Religion
This course explores the varied history of our modern world from early complex societies to the Wars of Religion in the 17th century. From the ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia, to the fracturing of "Christendom" during the Reformation, this class explores the events that shaped the modern world. The course also provides an introduction to the practice of history. Lectures are supplemented by discussions, exercises and assignments about how historians find and use sources. Credit will be granted for only one of HIST 101 or HIST 100. Three credits.

102   Western Civilization: Discovery of the New World to Decolonization
This course explores the history of Western Civilization from the European conquest of the Americas to the end of the Cold War.  Topics include:  Europe's overseas expansion; the age of absolutism; the scientific revolution; the Enlightenment; the American War of Independence; the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte; the Industrial Revolution; Nationalism, liberalism, feminism, and imperialism; the two World Wars; decolonization; and the Cold War.  Credit will be granted for only one of HIST 102 or HIST 100. Three credits.

111   An Introduction to Global History 1300-1795
By the 1300s technology allowed sea trade to supplant overland trade between western and eastern Asia. More closely connected societies became culturally distinct, while growing economies allowed for political stability. This three-credit survey traces the growing interconnectedness of human society and historical processes that have shaped institutions and ideas from the 14th century to the end of the 18th century.  Credit will be granted for only one of HIST 111 or HIST 110. Three credits.

112   Introduction to Global History from 1789
We are all connected in this global world. The ideas that sparked the French Revolution were in part the result of earlier world exploration and they generated change throughout the Atlantic world and as far away from Europe as south Asia. The world has remained interconnected ever since. This course examines how this is the case by investigating human society and the historical processes that have shaped institutions and ideas since the 18th century. Credit will be granted for only one of HIST 112 or HIST 110. Three credits.

113   Life and Times: Pre-Confederation Canada
This introductory survey lecture course is designed to examine the life and times of the Pre-Confederation Canada from a political, social, cultural and economic perspective. In this journey back in time in Canadian history, student will learn about the diversity of historical figures, experiences, events and ideas. Credit will be granted for only one of HIST 113 or HIST 200 or HIST 213. Three credits.

115   A History of Canada: Post Confederation
This course provides an introduction to the major themes in Canadian history from Confederation to the contemporary era. It will explore the crucial political, economic, and social themes in Post-Confederation history. Regional, racial, ethnic, and gender
variations will be addressed in this survey. Students will learn to identify, analyze, and discuss key issues in Canadian history. Credit will be granted for only one of HIST 115 or HIST 200 or HIST 215. Three credits.

 

Please refer to Section 9.21 History in the Academic Calendar.

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