The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Fall/Winter Courses 2016-2017

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 2016-2017 Fall/Winter 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 course instructors, an asterisk (*) indicates the Course Coordinator.

Course Timetable

Course numbers are linked to course descriptions. The courses below are listed in numerical order. The descriptions here are fuller than those in the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

These lists show only those courses which will be offered in the 2016-2017 Sessions. For brief descriptions of courses not offered in the current year, refer to the Arts & Science Calendar: History.

Course Nomenclature

  • Y1-Y is a full course, both terms
  • Y1-F is a full course, first term (fall session)
  • Y1-S is a full course, second term (winter session)
  • H1-F is a half course, first term (fall session)
  • H1-S is a half course, second term (winter session)

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.

No student may take more than one 100-level HIS course, but all students enrolled in a history specialist, major, or minor program must take one 100-level HIS course.

The department also offers at least two 199Y seminar courses each year (see listings below). These are limited to twenty students each. Some previous courses offered by the Department of History include Film on History – History on Film, Comparative First-Wave Feminism, African Roots: The African Slave Trade in the Diaspora. You will work more closely with the professor and other students, and gain a more intense training in historical methods. Normally, the 199Y courses cannot be used to fulfill program requirements, but they can be used as breadth requirements. For more information, consult The First Year Seminar Booklet, which will be available during registration.

Course Code & Section Course Title Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS101Y1-Y, L0101 Histories of Violence MW11 Fall: SS 2118
Winter: M SS 2102,
W SS 2117
M. Meyerson/
M. Newton
HIS103Y1-Y, L0101 Statecraft & Strategy MW2 BT 101 T. Sayle
HIS103Y1-Y, L5101 Statecraft & Strategy M6-8 SS 2110 V. Dimitriadis
HIS106Y1-Y, L0101 Natives, Settlers and Slaves: Colonizing the Americas, 1492-1804 MW4 Fall: LM 159
Winter: MB 128
J. Dyck
HIS109Y1-Y, L0101 The Development of European Civilization 1350 – 1945 MW3 BT 101 K. Bartlett
SII199H1-F, L0262 Barack Obama as History – Barack Obama in History R10-12 SK 218 R. Pruessen
SII199H1-S, L0261 Religion and Violence W10-12 SS 1080 D. Bergen
SII199Y1-Y, L0261 Capitalism, the First 3000 Years T2-4 UC 376 P. Cohen

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.

The department regularly offers a number of HIS 299Y Research Opportunity Programs, which are open only to students in their second year. In this course, you work as a Research Assistant to a professor on a particular subject. In past years, students in HIS 299Y courses have done oral history interviews, sought out manuscripts in provincial archives, and gathered primary source documents in the university libraries. Students in their first year should check with the Faculty Registrar in February for the list of ROPs that will be offered in the following academic year.

Course Code & Section Course Title Division Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS202H1-F, L0101 Gender, Race and Science


T3-5 GI C. Dale
HIS208Y1-Y, L0101 History of the Jewish People Div. I/III MW2 SS 2015 O. Yehudai
HIS220Y1-Y, L0101 The Shape of Medieval Society Div. III TR10 WI 1017 S. Ghosh
HIS230H1-F, L0101 Indigenous and Early Colonial Caribbean History Div. II T10-12 SS 2110 M. Newton
HIS231H1-S, L0101 Revolution and Emancipation in the Colonial Caribbean Div. II T10-12 SS 1071 M. Newton
HIS241H1-F, L0101 Europe in the 19th Century, 1815-1914 Div. III TR1 MB 128 D. Sokolowski
HIS242H1-S, L0101 Europe in the 20th Century Div. III TR1 ES 1050 V. Dimitriadis
HIS243H1-F, L0101 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1648 Div. III TR1 SS 2118 E. Ferguson
HIS244H1-S, L0101 Early Modern Europe, 1648-1815 Div. III TR10 T MP 103
R SS 2135
P. Cohen
HIS245H1-S, L0101 European Colonialism, 1700-1965 Div. III W10-12 RW 110 E. Jennings
HIS250Y1-Y, L0101 History of Russia, 860-1991 Div. III MW11 LM 161 K. Pauksens
HIS251Y1-Y, L0101 History of East Central Europe **Note: Course is now offered T10-12 not TR10-12** Div. III T10-12 SS 2105 P. Wróbel
HIS262H1-S, L0101 Canada: A Short History of Here - MW2 MP 203 H. Bohaker
HIS264H1-F, L0101 Critical Issues in Canadian History Div. II R3-5 LM 161 L. Bertram
HIS271Y1-Y, L5101 American History Since 1607 Div. II W6-8 MC 102 E. Bryer/C. Wellum
HIS280Y1-Y, L0101 History of China Div. I TR3 Fall: MC 102
Winter: KP 108
Y. Wang
HIS282Y1-Y, L0101 History of South Asia Div. I MW2 SS 1071 P. Dhar
HIS283Y1-Y, L0101 Southeast Asian Crossroads Div. I M1-3 SS 1083 N. Tran
HIS291H1-F, L0101 The History of Colonial Latin America Div. II MW3 SS 2110 J. Dyck
HIS292H1-S, L0101 Latin America: The National Period Div. II MW10 SS 2106 L. van Isschot
HIS293H1-S, L0101 The Making of the Atlantic World Div. II/III TR2 SS 2105 B. Mandelblatt
HIS295Y1-Y, L0101 African History and Historical Methodology Div. I M2-4 UC 179 R. Callebert
HIS298Y1-Y, L0101 Themes and Issues in History: Black America Div. I F11-1 SS 1085 C. Johnson
EUR200Y1-Y, L0101 Europe from Nation State to Supranational State, 1789-Present Div. III TR11-12 VC 323 R. Austin

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 Title Division Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS304H1-F, L0101 Topics in Middle East History: Palestine - Israel Div. I WF9-11 SS 1088 J. Hanssen
HIS307H1-S, L0101 Canadian Political Issues Div. II T3-5 SS 1069 I. Radforth
HIS309H1-F, L0101 The European Reformations Div. III M1-3 VC 212 E. Ferguson
HIS311Y1-Y, L0101 Introduction to Canadian International Relations Div. II/III TR2 GI R. Bothwell
HIS312H1-F, L0101 Immigration to Canada Div. II T3-6 MP 103 I. Radforth
HIS314H1-F, L0101 Quebec and French Canada Div. II W1-3 MP 118 S. Mills
HIS318H1-S, L0101 Histories of the West in Canada Div. II R2-4 LM 155 L. Bertram
HIS323H1-S, L0101 Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages Div. III T2-4 UC 261 I. Cochelin
HIS324H1-F, L0101 British Imperial Experience, 1600-2000 Div. III TR4 SS 1070 J. Mori
HIS326H1-S, L5101 Topics in Chinese History: Bodies and Sentiments in Chinese History Div. I T5-7 SS 1084 Y. Wang
HIS330H1-F, L0101 Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War - Day has changed from Wednesdays to Mondays Div. III M1-3 GB 405 P. Mersereau
HIS331H1-S, L5101 Modern Baltic History Div. III W5-7 SS 1086 J. Kivimäe
HIS335H1-F, L5101 Soviet Cultural History Div. III T5-7 SS 1084 T. Lahusen
HIS338H1-F, L0101 The Holocaust: Preconditions, Consolidation of Nazi Power, War,and Occupation (to 1942) Div. III F10-12 SS 1071 D. Bergen
HIS341Y1-Y, L0101 Germany Among the Global Empires Div. III W1-3 Fall: UC 163 Winter: ES B142 J. Jenkins
HIS343H1-S, L0101 History of Modern Espionage Div. III T12-2 SS 2117 M. Vallieres
HIS344H1-F, L5101 Conflict and Co-Operation in the International System Since 1945 Div. III T5-7 LM 159 T. Sayle
HIS346H1-F, L0101 Rice and Spice in Southeast Asia: a Regional Food History Div. I T1-3 SS 1088 N. Tran
HIS347H1-F, L0101 The Country House in England, 1837-1939 Div. III TR10 NF 007 L. Loeb
HIS349H1-S, L0101 The British Search for Identity: 1800 to the Present Div. III TR11 SS 1069 L. Loeb
HIS351Y1-Y, L0101 History of Twentieth Century Russia Div. III M3-5 Fall: SS 1083 Winter: SS 1088 L. Viola
HIS355H1-F, L0101 A History of Pre-modern Medicine Div. III W10-12 SS 1085 N. Everett
HIS361H1-S, L0101 The Holocaust from 1942 Div. III F10-12 SS 1087 D. Bergen
HIS362H1-F, L5101 The Hansa: The World of Merchants Div. III W5-7 SS 2105 J. Kivimäe
HIS364H1-S, L0101 From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary from 1848 to 1989 Div. III W10-12 LM 155 R. Austin
HIS368H1-F, L0101 Early Modern Britain, 1485-1660 Div. III T11
SS 1072 A. Logue
HIS369H1-S, L0101 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1500 to 1830 Div. II MW10 SS 1088 H. Bohaker
HIS373H1-F, L0101 Servants and Masters, 1000-1700 Div. III T2-4 UC 161 I. Cochelin
HIS377H1-F, L0101 20th Century American Foreign Relations Div. II F12-2 SS 2110 M. Vallieres
HIS378H1-S, L0101 America in the 1960s Div. II F12-2 WI 524 M. Savage
HIS379H1-S, L0101 Vietnam at War Div. I TR1-3 MP 118 D. Huynh
HIS383Y1-Y, L0101 Women in African History Div. I W2-4 SS 562 N. Musisi
HIS385H1-F, L0101 History of Hong Kong Div. I F12-2 RW 110 C. Lim
HIS387H1-F, L0101 France, 1610-1848 Div. III F12-2 SS 2105 B. Lukas
HIS388H1-S, L0101 France Since 1848 Div. III R10-12 NF 119 E. Jennings
HIS389H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Indigenous Newcomer Relations in Canada Div. II MW10 LM 155 H. Bohaker
HIS389H1-F, L0201 Topics in History: Business & Society - T4-6 RW 142 C. Kobrak
HIS389H1-F, L0202 Topics in History: History of Israel Div. I T4-6 SS 2105 O. Yehudai
HIS389H1-F, L0301 Topics in History: Early North American Borderlands, 1600-1900 Div. II R10-12 SS 1086 R. Hall
HIS389H1-F, L0302 Topics in History: History of Muslim-Jewish Relations since 1500 Div. I R10-12 SS 1088 D. Schroeter
HIS389H1-F, L0401 Topics in History: South Asia in Globalization - Course Cancelled - W1-3 TBA TBA
HIS389H1-S, L0101 Topics in History: Digital History - Note: New Day and location - F3-5 UC 261 M. Price
HIS389H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Museums and Material Culture in Canada Div. II T10-12 LM 157 L. Bertram
HIS389H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Islam and Muslims in the Balkans Div. III T2-4 SS 1084 M. Methodieva
HIS389H1-S, L0401 Topics in History: Arab-Israeli Conflict Div. I T4-6 SS 1088 O. Yehudai
HIS389H1-S, L0501 Topics in History: Politics and Protest in Postwar North America Div. II W1-3 LM 155 S. Mills
HIS389H1-S, L0601 Topics in History: The Ottoman Empire, 1800-1922 Div. I/III R2-4 BF 323 M. Methodieva
HIS389H1-S, L0701 Topics in History: Introduction to Archives - R3-5 SS 1088 F. Foscarini
HIS389H1-S, L0702 Topics in History: Historiography - R 3-5 BA 1230 J. Dyck
HIS389H1-S, L0801 Topics in History: Mexican Popular Culture - New Course Offering Div. II M 1-3 SS 2125 J. Dyck
HIS394H1-F, L0101 20th and 21st Century African Icons: Media and Biography Div. I M2-4 MP 134 N. Musisi
HIS395H1-F Independent Studies - TBA TBA Staff
HIS395H1-S Independent Studies - TBA TBA Staff
HIS395H1-Y Independent Studies - TBA TBA Staff
HIS395Y1-Y Independent Studies - TBA TBA Staff
HIS397H1-F, L0101 Political Violence and Human Rights in Latin America Div. II T10-12 RW 142 I. van Isschot
JHA384H1-S, L0101 Japan in the World, 1600-Mid 20th Century - Course Cancelled - R4-6 TBA TBA
JHP304Y1-Y, L0101 Ukraine: Politics, Economy and Society Div. III TR10 UC 52 P. Magocsi

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. 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 2015-2016 Fall/Winter Session may be added at a later date. Please check back frequently for current information. 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 Related Courses. Following is a list of these 4th year 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.

Course Code & Section Course Title Division Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS401H1-S, L0101 History of the Cold War Div. II/III T3-5 SS 2114 T. Sayle
HIS401H1S, L0201 History of the Cold War Div. II/III T10-12 UC 67 T. Sayle
HIS404H1-F, L0101 Topics in U.S. History: Choosing War: U.S. Experiences, 1812-2003 Div. II T10-12 UC 376 R. Pruessen
HIS404H1-S, L0101 (J) Topics in U.S. History: From the Melting Pot to Multiculturalism: A History of American Diversity Div. II W2-4 SS 1069 A. Jones
HIS405Y1-Y, L0101 Canadian Foreign Relations Div. II W10-12 Fall: LA 214
Winter: LA 340
R. Bothwell
HIS410H1-F, L0101 Spectacle, Crowds, and Parades in Canada Div. II M3-5 UC 257 I. Radforth
HIS412Y1-Y, L5101 (J) Crusades, Conversion and Colonization in the Medieval Baltic Div. III R5-7 SS 2116 J. Kivimäe
HIS414H1-F, L0101 Down and Out in Medieval Europe Div. III R2-4 UC F204 I. Cochelin
HIS416H1-F, L0101 Orientalism and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Germany Div. III M3-5 UC 248 J. Jenkins
HIS417H1-F, L0101 (J) The Oldest Profession in Canada: Sex Work in Comparative Historical Contexts Div. II T10-12 UC 257 L. Bertram
HIS419H1-F, L0101 Canada By Treaty: Alliances, Title Transfers and Land Claims Div. II F10-12 SS 2112 H. Bohaker
HIS423H1-F, L0101 (J) The Social History of Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries Div. III R4-6 FG 77 E. Shorter
HIS426H1-S, L0101 Medieval Italy, 400-1000 Div. III W10-12 UC 44 N. Everett
HIS430H1-S, L0101 Canadians and the World Wars Div. II/III M3-5 UC 257 I. Radforth
HIS433H1-S, L0101 (J) Polish Jews Since the Partition of Poland Div. III R10-12 SS 2104 P. Wróbel
HIS443H1-F, L0101 Society, Culture, and Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation Div. III W10-12 SS 1080 E. Ferguson
HIS444H1-S, L0101 Topics in Jewish History: 20th Century Jewish Migration Div. III W4-6 SS 2104 O. Yehudai
HIS446H1-F, L0101 Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World Div. I/II/III R10-12 SS 2104 B. Fisk
HIS451H1-F, L0101 (J) World War II in East Central Europe Div. III R10-12 UC D301 P. Wróbel
HIS452H1-S, L0101 (J) Science and Society in Britain, 1600-1800 Div. III R3-5 SS 2101 J. Mori
HIS460H1-S, L5101 Soviet History and Film: 1941-1991 Div. III M5-9 RL Media Commons Room 1 T. Lahusen
HIS466H1-F, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: The History of Education in Canada Div. II F10-12 OI 10200 R. Sandwell
HIS466H1-F, L0102 Topics in Canadian History: The City and its Outcasts Div. II T2-4 AP 124 S. Mills
HIS466H1-F, L0103 Topics in Canadian History: History of Commemoration in Canada Div. II T2-4 VC 211 C. Morgan
HIS466H1-S, L0101 Topics in Canadian History: Upper Canada: Creating a Settler Society Div. II T2-4 LM 155 C. Morgan
HIS467H1-F, L0101 French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film Div. I/III W10-12 NF 008 E. Jennings
HIS470H1-F, L0101 History, Rights, and Difference in South Asia Div. I W1-3 UC 148 R. Birla
HIS481H1-S, L0101 Elite Women, Power, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Africa Div. I M2-4 SS 2104 N. Musisi
HIS489H1-F, L0101 (J) The History of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Illness Div. III F10-12 FG 77 E. Shorter
HIS490H1-S, L0101 Everyday Stalinism Div. III T4-6 SS 2104 L. Viola
HIS493H1-S, L0101 The Modern Evolution of the Law of War - W10-12 SS 2112 M. Marrus
HIS495Y1-Y, L0101 Topics in History: Hacking History - T10-1 UC 53 M. Price
HIS496H1-S, L0101 Topics in History: Race in Canada Div. II M10-12 UC 330 L. Mar
HIS496H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Historical Memory and Justice in Latin America Div. II T10-12 WI 2006 L. van Isschot
HIS496H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Religion and Society in Southeast Asia Div. I T1-3 SS 2123
*new room location
N. Tran
HIS496H1-S, L0401 (J) Topics in History: Ethnography in the Early Modern Spanish World - Course Cancelled - W10-12 SS 2101 J. Dyck
HIS496H1-S, L0501 Topics in History: European Identity and the Politics of Remembrance Div. III W1-3 LA 213 A. Gerstner
HIS498H1-F Independent Studies - TBA SS 2098 Staff
HIS498H1-S Independent Studies - TBA SS 2098  
HIS499Y1-Y Independent Studies - TBA SS 2098 Staff
JHP454Y1-Y, L0101 Twentieth Century Ukraine Div. III W3-5 UC 53 P. Magocsi


The following History courses, have half or full Pre-Modern (prior to 1815) status, to fulfill program requirements.

Course Number Title Credit
HIS100Y1 History of the Arctic ½
HIS101Y1 Histories of Violence ½
HIS102Y1 Empires, Encounters, and Exchanges: From the Silk Road to the Present ½
HIS103Y1 Statecraft & Strategy ½
HIS106Y1 Natives, Settlers and Slaves: Colonizing the Americas, 1492-1804 1
HIS107Y1 Approaches to East Asian History ½
HIS109Y1 The Development of European Civilization 1350 – 1945 ½
HIS208Y1 History of the Jewish People ½
HIS220Y1 The Shape of Medieval Society 1
HIS230H1 Indigenous and Early Colonial Caribbean History ½
HIS243H1 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1648 ½
HIS244H1 Early Modern Europe, 1648-1815 ½
HIS250Y1 History of Russia ½
HIS251Y1 History of East Central Europe ½
HIS280Y1 History of China ½
HIS282Y1 History of South Asia ½
HIS283Y1 Southeast Asian Crossroads ½
HIS291H1 The History of Colonial Latin America ½
HIS293H1 The Making of the Atlantic World ½
HIS301H1 Imperial Spain ½
HIS303H1 The Mediterranean, 600-1300: Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora ½
HIS308H1 The Mediterranean, 1300-1700 ½
HIS309H1 The European Reformations ½
HIS319H1 Renaissance France and the Wars of Religion, 1483-1610 ½
HIS320H1 Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Roman Empire ½
HIS321H1 Dark Age Europe, 7th-10th Centuries ½
HIS322H1 The High Middle Ages ½
HIS323H1 Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages ½
HIS332H1 Crime and Society in England, 1500-1800 ½
HIS333H1 Catholic Asia in the Early Modern Era, 1500-1800 ½
HIS336H1 Medieval Spain ½
HIS337H1 Culture, Politics and Society in 18th Century Britain ½
HIS353Y1 The History of Poland from the 10th Century ½
HIS355H1 A History of Pre-modern Medicine ½
HIS357Y1 A Social History of Renaissance Europe 1
HIS362H1 The Hansa: The World of Merchants ½
HIS368H1 Early Modern Britain, 1485-1660 ½
HIS373H1 Servants and Masters, 1000-1700 ½
HIS374H1 American Consumerism - The Beginnings ½
HIS403H1 Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe ½
HIS412Y1 Crusades, Conversion and Colonization in the Medieval Baltic 1
HIS414H1 Down and Out in Medieval Europe ½
HIS424H1 Violence in Medieval Society ½
HIS426H1 Medieval Italy, 400-1000 ½
HIS427H1 History and Historiography in the Golden Legend ½
HIS428H1 Medieval Institutes of Perfection ½
HIS432H1 Topics in Medieval History ½
HIS434Y1 Kievan Rus 1
HIS443H1 Society, Culture, and Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation ½
HIS452H1 Science and Society in Britain, 1600-1800 ½
HIS457H1 The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire ½
HIS492H1 Empire & Colonization in the French Atlantic World ½