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

Summer Courses 2019

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 2019 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 Examination Period
F May 6 June 14 June 19 to 26
Y May 6 August 12/13 August 15 to 22
S July 2 August 12/13 August 15 to 22

Y section code course lectures do not meet the week of June 19 to June 28; 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.

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.

Course Code & Section Course Title Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS103Y1-Y, L5101 Statecraft and Strategy: An Introduction to the History of International Relations **Note: Location as changed from SS 1074 to RW 142.

Monday 4-6
Wednesday 4-6

RW 142 V. Dimitriadis

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 Division Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS242H1-F, L5101 Europe in the 20th Century Div. III Tuesday 4-6
Thursday 4-6
SS 1072 S. McClellan
HIS244H1-S, L5101 Early Modern Europe, 1648-1815 Div. III Tuesday 4-6
Thursday 4-6
SS 1072 D. Sokolowski
HIS264H1-F, L5101 Critical Issues in Canadian History Div. II Monday 4-6
Wednesday 4-6
SS 1072 J. Munroe

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 Division Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS311Y1-Y, L0101 Introduction to Canadian International Relations Div. II Monday 2-4
Wednesday 2-4
SS 1072 C. Pennington
HIS344H1-S, L0101 Conflict and Co-operation in the International System Since 1945 Div. III Tuesday 1-3
Thursday 1-3
SS 1070 C. Sebestyen
HIS385H1-F, L0101 History of Hong Kong Div. I Tuesday 10-12
Thursday 10-12
SS 1074 C. Lim
HIS389H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Holocaust in Literature **Note: Time change from TR10-12 to T10-1 & TH10-12 Div. III Tuesday 10-1
Thursday 10-12
SS 2106 D. Bergen/A. Shternshis
JHA384H1-S, L5101 Japan in the World, mid-16th to mid-20th Century Div. I Tuesday 4-6
Thursday 4-6
SS 1088 S. Jung/M. Roellinghoff

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 2018 Summer 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 U of T that are designated as Related Courses

Course Code & Section Course Title Division Day/Time Location Instructor
HIS496H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: The History of the Cold War Div. III Tuesday 1-3
Thursday 1-3
BF 315 T. Sayle
HIS498H1-F, L0101 Independent Studies - - - Staff

The following Summer Abroad courses will be offered through the Professional and International Programs Office, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto, 119 St. George Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A9, Phone: 416-978-8713. Please note that applications for all 2019 Summer Abroad programs are now open. All applications will close on February 1, 2019 at 5 pm.

Course Code Course Title
HIS357Y0 A Social History of Renaissance Europe (Germany)
HIS367Y0 Making and Re-Making Central Europe: Imperial Pasts, Imperial Aspirations, Wars and Revolutions (Central Europe)
HIS385Y0 The History of Hong Kong (China: Hong Kong)
HIS389Y0 Topics in History: France since 1431 (France)