2000 Level Courses

AP/HIST 2100 6.0A : Ancient Greece & Rome

Course Directors:
J. Edmondson, 2178 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x 30417, jedmond@yorku.ca
J. Trevett, 2180 Vari Hall, ((416)736-2100 x 30409, jtrevett@yorku.ca

This course offers a general introduction to the history of ancient Greece and Rome. It surveys the ancient world from the Greek Bronze Age in the second millennium B.C. until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century A.D. Within that period specific areas are studied in greater depth, with emphasis on the social, economic, and political history of each. Among the areas covered are the world of early Greece depicted in the poems of Homer, the development of the Greek polis (city-state) as a distinctive form of social and political organization in the 8th-6th centuries BC, classical Athens in its heyday in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., the rise of Macedonia and Alexander the Great; the rise of Rome, politics and society in late Republican Rome, and the society, economy, and political structure of the Roman Empire. Extensive use is made of primary sources (in translation), with special attention paid to the question of how historians use different kinds of evidence—literary, archaeological, and documentary—to reconstruct the distant past. Texts, read in translation, typically include a selection of the following: Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey; the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides; selected comedies and tragedies, law-court speeches, and documentary inscriptions from classical Athens; Plutarch's lives of eminent Romans; speeches of Cicero; the historical works of Sallust and Tacitus; Petronius’ comic novel Satyricon and the letters of Pliny the Younger. Throughout the course archaeological and art-historical evidence is fully integrated with other, written, sources. The course serves as a gateway to more detailed study of different areas of Greek and Roman history at the 3000- and 4000-level. No prior knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome is required.

AP/HIST 2110 6.0A : The Ancient Near East

Course Director:  M. Maidman, VH 2164, (416)736-2100 x 30430, mmaidman@yorku.ca

Special Features: No restrictions.

Expanded Course Description:  Civilization began in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and then Egypt.  Shortly thereafter, civilizations developed all over the Near East, especially in Anatolia and the Levant.  History 2110 surveys major developments in the political, social, and cultural history of the peoples and states of this region.  In broad terms, the area covered by this course extends from the eastern Mediterranean to the Iranian plateau, and the time span ranges from about 3000 B.C. to the invasion of Alexander, some 2,700 years later.  History 2110 focuses especially on Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Israel.

History 2110 also investigates how we determine historical facts, especially the facts of ancient history.  In this connection, we discuss problems and possibilities in the fields of archaeology, text interpretation, and historical geography, to name but three.

Last year’s required readings included:

Podany, Amanda H.  The Ancient Near East.  (=P-ANE in part VI)
Van De Mieroop, Marc.  A History of Ancient Egypt.  (= M-Eg in part VI)
Van De Mieroop, Marc.  A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323 BC .
Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures.
Levy, Thomas E., ed.  The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land.

This year’s required readings will be found in the final version of the 2016-2017 syllabus.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

Six quizzes: 60%
Mid-term examination: 15%
Final examination: 25%


AP/HIST 2150 6.0A : Classical Greek and Roman Archaeology: An Introduction

Course Director:  TBA

The course provides an introduction to the history, theory and methodology of Classical Greek and Roman Archaeology. It examines key archaeological excavations in the Graeco-Roman world to explore the history of Greek and Roman archaeology, c. 1700 to the present. Introducing students to the formation processes of the archaeological record, it also examines modern archaeological methodology, theory and recording techniques. Prerequisites: None. Co-requisites: None. Course credit exclusions: None.

AP/HIST 2220 6.0A: Medieval & Early Modern Europe

Course Director: R. Koopmans, 2182 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30414 , koopmans@yorku.ca

This course surveys the economic, political, social and cultural evolution of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 17th century. Course credit exclusions: GL/HIST 2600 6.00, GL/HIST 3225 3.00. Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HIST 2510 6.00, AS/HIST 2200 6.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 2001-2002), AS/HIST 2210 6.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 2001-2002), AS/HIST 2220 6.00, GL/HIST 2600 6.00, GL/HIST 2625 6.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 2001-2002), GL/HIST 3225 3.00.

AP/HIST 2250 3.0M Revolutions in the Stars: Science in the Age of Galileo - W Term

Course Director: M. Schotte, 2138 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30418, mschotte@yorku.ca

Calendar Description:
This course surveys the major developments of the 'Scientific Revolution' (c.1500-1700), when technical, theoretical and geographical discoveries gave rise to new understandings of the natural world. Celebrated astronomer, engineer, inventor and author Galileo serves as a focal point, bridging the worlds of famous theoreticians (Copernicus, Vesalius, and Newton) and of anonymous artisans and midwives. Prerequisites: None. Co-requisites: None. Course credit exclusions: SC/STS 3760 3.00.

Expanded Course Description:
Galileo Galilei is one of the great figures in the history of science. His support for the idea of a sun-centred universe famously led to dramatic conflict with the Catholic church in the 1630s. But Galileo was far more than an astronomer: over his lifetime he was an engineer, inventor, and physicist, a professor, ambitious courtier, father, and an admired author whose books were banned for centuries. In this course Galileo serves as our entry point to examine the major scientific developments of the 16th and 17th centuries, when technical, theoretical and geographical discoveries gave rise to new understandings of the natural world. By investigating the innovations of famous theoreticians of the “Scientific Revolution” alongside the contributions of midwives, sailors, and astrologers, we will ultimately ask new questions about the authoritative nature of modern science and medicine.

The course focuses on the proliferation of information, ideas, and theories of the natural world—from the smallest flea to the remote heavens. When, how and why did scientists begin dissecting human bodies; inventing telescopes and microscopes to extend the boundaries of the visible world; and developing complex mathematical models to describe the solar system? This introduction to the field of History of Science uses contemporary sources and modern digital tools to help provide a clearer understanding of the emergence of modern scientific knowledge, and the debates inherent in it.

This course will teach critical thinking via analysis of primary and secondary sources. Students will demonstrate learning in written papers, a collaborative timeline, and classroom participation, and they will engage with peers in discussion of historical source-material and arguments. Finally, this course will teach communication via informal and formal writing assignments and in-class participation.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

Participation: 20%
In-Class Debate: 15%
‘Time Line’ Entries: 20%
Midterm: 20%
Final Exam: 25%

AP/HIST 2300 6.0A: Modern Europe: From the French Revolution to the European Union

Course Director: S. Gekas, 2120 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30423, agekas@yorku.ca

An introduction to the development of modern Europe from the emergence of the seaborne empires to the First World War. Each week, there will be two lectures on aspects of European society, politics and intellectual life during the past three centuries. Course credit exclusions: AP/HIST 2300 6.00 (prior to Fall 2012), GL/HIST 2905 6.00, GL/HUMA 2905 6.00, GL/SOSC 2905 6.00. PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HIST 2520 6.00, AS/HIST 2300 6.00, GL/HIST 2905 6.00, GL/HUMA 2905 6.00, GL/SOSC 2905 6.00.

AP/HIST 2400 6.0A: British History

Course Directors:
Fall Term: S. Brooke, 2188 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x66980, sjbrooke@yorku.caWinter Term: N. Rogers, 222 Founders College, (416)736-2100 x30408, nickrog@yorku.ca

Special Features: This course has international content, as it is a history of the United Kingdom.

Calendar Description:
An introductory history of modern Britain from the Tudors to Margaret Thatcher. Topics cover the main features of British development from the Reformation and Civil War to the Industrial Revolution, Empire and two World Wars. Course credit exclusions: GL/HIST 2650 6.00, GL/HUMA 1650 6.00. Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AS/HIST 2400 6.00, GL/HIST 2650 6.00, and GL/HUMA 1650 6.00.

Expanded Course Description:
This course is the introductory core course for students interested in British history. It surveys the early modern and modern periods, from the Tudors to the 1990s. Topics touch upon the main features of British development in each century: religion, rebellion, and state-building in the sixteenth century; the origin and consequences of the civil wars in the seventeenth century; the rise of political economy and the experience of industrialization in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; issues of class and gender, the Empire and Ireland in the later nineteenth century; two world wars, the Welfare State, and the loss of empire in the twentieth.

The readings include textbooks, such as Lacey Baldwin Smith, This Realm of England 1399-1688, as well as contemporary sources, such as George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (1937).

The course aims to familiarize students with the history of Britain over the last five hundred years, as well as equip them with skills in critical analysis and writing, accomplished through writing assignments.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

First term evaluation:
1 reading response, 1-2 pp.: 5%
1 critical commentary, 2-3 pp.: 10%
1 short essay, 5-6 pp.: 20%
1 exam, based upon lectures and assigned readings: 15%

Second term evaluation:
1 reading response, 1-2 pp.: 5%
1 critical commentary, 2-3 pp.: 10%
1 short essay, 5-6 pp.: 20%
1 exam, based upon lectures and assigned readings: 15%


AP/HIST 2500 6.0A : Canadian History

Course Director: S. Kheraj, 2124 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30421, kherajs@yorku.ca
This course is taught by Professor Sean Kheraj, an environmental and digital historian of Canada.

Special Features: This is a lecture and tutorial-based course with some significant online components
Course Video Trailer: https://youtu.be/Kvf6Ohm8Gzo
Course Director Website: http://seankheraj.com

Calendar Description: An introduction to the development of Canada from pre-European native societies to the present, including the evolution of the economy, social structures and social movements, family and gender relations, cultural development and conflicts, federal and provincial politics and external relations. Course credit exclusions: GL/HIST 2670 6.00, GL/SOSC 2670 6.00. Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HIST 2210 6.00, AS/HIST 2500 6.00, GL/HIST 2670 6.00, GL/SOSC 2670 6.00.

Expanded Course Description:

a) Selected Topics

  • Why Canadian History?
  • Indigenous America and Global Human Migrations
  • French Colonial Society
  • Furs and the French Empire
  • Remaking the Atlantic Colonies
  • The Fall of New France
  • The Revolution of British America
  • Fur Trade Frontier
  • Colonial Life and Empire
  • Politics, Conflict, and Rebellion
  • Confederation and the Idea of Canada
  • Consolidating the Canadian Empire
  • Labour and Capital
  • Social Reform Movement
  • War Society
  • The Farmer-Labour Revolts
  • Depression and Dissent
  • Total War
  • Post-War Society
  • Next to an Elephant
  • Revolution(s) in the Sixties: Counterculture, Sex, Drugs, and Politics
  • The Quebec Question and Aboriginal Rights
  • Neo-Liberalism and the History of Stephen Harper
  • Twenty-First Century Canada

b) Some required readings

  • Bumsted, J.M., Len Kuffert, and Michel Ducharme. Interpreting Canada’s Past: A Pre-Confederation Reader. Fourth Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN-10 0195427793. ISBN-13 9780195427790
  • Bumsted, J.M., Len Kuffert, and Michel Ducharme. Interpreting Canada’s Past: A Post-Confederation Reader. Fourth Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN-10 0195427807. ISBN-13 9780195427806
  • Nelles, H.V. A Little History of Canada. Second Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN-10 0195445627. ISBN-13 9780195445626.

c) Learning objectives

  • To acquire critical understanding of key transitions in Canadian history from the earliest times to the present
  • To acquire critical thinking skills concerning the history of the nation-state
  • To develop writing skills
  • To develop oral communication skills
  • To develop historical research skills and make use of original historical primary sources

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

Written Assignment 1: 5%
Written Assignment 2: 10%
Written Assignment 3: 10%
Written Assignment 4: 15%
Weekly Quizzes: 5%
Midterm Exam: 15%
Final Exam: 20%
Tutorial Participation: 20%

AP/HIST 2710 6.0A: History of East Asia

Course Director:  TBA

This course explores how distinctive patterns of government, society and culture emerged over four millennia in East Asia - primarily China and Japan - and how this endogenous development prepared those nations to confront and challenge Western supremacy in the modern world. Course credit exclusion: AP/HIST 2710 6.00 (prior to Fall 2011). PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HIST 2710 6.00.

AP/HIST 2721 3.0M (Winter): Introduction to Latin American History

Course Director: A. Durston, 2126 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x66962, durston@yorku.ca

This course introduces students to Latin America as an area of historical study. It provides a broad outline of major themes in Latin American history from the conquest era to the present day (15th-21st centuries) and an introduction to some of the key concepts and issues in the historiography. Course credit exclusion: AP/HIST 2720 6.00.

AP/HIST 2731 3.0A (Fall): Introduction to Caribbean History

Course Director: D. Trotman, 326 Founders College, (416)736-2100 x33192, dtrotman@yorku.ca

Special Features: This is an online course.

Calendar Description:
This course introduces students to some of the major themes of Caribbean historical evolution from its indigenous occupation to 20th century socio-political developments. The emphasis is on providing a broad outline and an introduction to some of the key concepts and issues in the historiography of the Caribbean. Course credit exclusion: AP/HIST 2730 6.00.

Expanded Course Description:
After a discussion of what constitutes the Caribbean as an area of study, this course introduces students to Caribbean History through an examination of key scholarly problems in the scholarship of the historical development of the region. These include:

  • The Indigenous Civilization: European intrusion and impact
  • The Plantation revolution and transformation
  • Contradictions, tensions and conflicts in Slave Plantation Society
  • Post slavery adjustments: continuities and change
  • USA interventions and the struggles for sovereignty
  • Caribbean Cultural development
  • Twentieth century economic challenges

The central text required for purchase for this course is

Nicola Foote (ed), The Caribbean History Reader (Routledge,2013).

Additional required and recommended readings will be posted on Moodle.

For those who require a general narrative the following two texts are RECOMMENDED:

F.W. Knight, The Caribbean: The Genesis of a Fragmented Nationalism (Oxford,1990)

B.W. Higman, A Concise History of the Caribbean (Cambridge,2011)

Apart from an introduction to the pattern of historical development in this region, the intended outcome of the course is the contribution to the intellectual development of participants by developing a capacity for (a) reading with comprehension historical scholarship, (b) identifying differences in sources and their uses, (c) contributing to ongoing discussions on the impact of its peculiar history on the contemporary Caribbean (d) communicating their ideas in effective prose.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

Exam and Essay: 40%
Quizzes, exercises, blog contributions: 60%

AP/HIST 2750 6.0A: African History, from 1800 to the Present

Course Director: J. Curto, 315 York Lanes, (416)736-2100 x66965, jccurto@yorku.ca

The history of the African continent from 1800 to the present, concentrating on such major themes as political and economic change in pre-colonial African states, the impact of colonial rule and the emergence of modern nationalism. Course credit exclusions: None. Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AS/HIST 2750 6.00, AS/HIST 3750 6.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 2000-2001).