2000 Level Courses

AP/HIST 2100 6.0A: Ancient Greece & Rome

Course Directors:
J. Cundy (F Term),  jody.cundy@mail.utoronto.ca
J. Edmondson (W Term), 2178 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x 30417, jedmond@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 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

The course does not have a website.

Course Calendar Description:
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.

Expanded Course Description:
This course surveys the history of western Europe between the dates 1000 and 1700, the heart of the period usually termed “medieval and early modern.” The course will begin and end with an examination of the state of the world and Europe’s place in it in 1000 and 1700 respectively.  In between, we will concentrate on six themes:  1) religious structures and beliefs; 2) expansion and conquest; 3) intellectual life and artistic expression; 4) statecraft, war and politics; 5) gender relationships and daily life; 6) economics, food history and the environment.  In lectures, we will work our way from monasticism to Martin Luther, from the Crusades to Cortés, from the beginnings of the universities to the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution, and from medieval lordship to absolute monarchies.  By the close of the course, students will have gained a solid introduction to the major facts, forces and figures of a lengthy – and fascinating – period in western European history.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:
Fall tutorial attendance, completion of reading assignments, and participation: 10%
Spring tutorial attendance, completion of reading assignments, and participation: 10%
Three in-class examinations: 40%
Two essays based on primary sources (in assigned sourcebooks): 20%
Final exam: 20%

NOTE: Prior to buying textbooks, students should consult the detailed course outline which will give the final versions of the weekly syllabus and the detailed breakdown of assignments with weighting and due dates.  The course outline will be posted in Moodle and discussed on the first day of class.

More information:  http://history.laps.yorku.ca/

AP/HIST 2250 3.0A (Fall): Revolutions in the Stars: Science in the Age of Galileo

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

Course 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%

NOTE: Prior to buying textbooks, students should consult the detailed course outline which will give the final versions of the weekly syllabus and the detailed breakdown of assignments with weighting and due dates.  The course outline will be posted in Moodle and discussed on the first day of class.

More information:  http://history.laps.yorku.ca/

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 from the Tudors to Thatcher, 1500 to 2000

Course Directors:
N. Rogers (F Term), 222 Founders College, (416)736-2100 x30408, nickrog@yorku.ca
D. Cousins (W Term), dcousins@yorku.ca

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

Course 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.

AP/HIST 2500 6.0A: Canadian History

Course Director: M. Martel, 2166 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30429, mmartel@yorku.ca

Course 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.

AP/HIST 2600 6.0A: United States History

Course Director:  J. Tohill,  jtohill@yorku.ca

Special Features: This is an online course.

Course Calendar Description:
An overview of the United States from pre-colonization to the present.  First term examines Native/European encounters, American Revolution, slavery, westward expansion, and Civil War. Second term traces the rise of the U.S. as an economic and military superpower, and the struggle for civil rights.  Themes include race, immigration, religion, federal power, gender and the impact of social movements.

Course credit exclusion: GL/HIST 2570 6.00.  PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HIST 2310 6.00, AS/HIST 2600 6.00, GL/HIST 2570 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.

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:
Mid term and final essay exams: 60%
Reading responses, exercises: 40%

NOTE: The detailed course outline which will give the final versions of the weekly syllabus and the detailed breakdown of assignments with weighting and due dates will be posted on Moodle.

More information:  http://history.laps.yorku.ca/

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

Course Director: P. Lovejoy, 329 York Lanes, (416)736-2100 x66917, plovejoy@yorku.ca

Special Features: This is an online course.

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).

AP/HIST 2790 6.0A: Islamic Civilization, 622-1400

Course Director:
S. Sheikh, sshiraz@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: This course explores the development and nature of Islamic civilization from the seventh century to 1400 AD.

Course credit exclusions: None.  Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HIST 3530 6.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 2000-2001), AS/HIST 2790 6.00, AS/HIST 3790 6.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 2000-2001).