3000 Level Courses

AP/HIST 3125 3.0M (WINTER): Sport and Society in Ancient Rome

(Crosslisted to: AP/CLST 3125 3.00)

Course Director:  J. Trevett, 2180 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30409, jtrevett@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description:
This course studies the place of athletic competition in ancient Greek society, with a particular focus on the Archaic and Classical periods (eighth - fourth centuries BC) and on the panhellenic games, of which the Olympic Games were the most important.


AP/HIST 3135 3.0M (WINTER): Spectacle and Society in Ancient Rome

(Crosslisted to: AP/CLST 3135 3.00)

Course Director:  J. Edmondson, 2178 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30417, jedmond@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description:
This course traces the development of gladiatorial presentations, chariot-races and other public spectacles in Rome, Italy and the Roman Empire from 200 BC to 400 AD. It concentrates in particular on their changing nature, scale and socio-cultural function.

AP/HIST 3140 3.0A (FALL): The City in the Roman World

(Crosslisted to: AP/CLST 3140 3.00)

Course Director:  B. Kelly, 2134 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30415, benkelly@yorku.ca

This course examines urbanism in the Roman world. It examines how cities related to the countryside and the rest of the Empire. It also explores how elite competition led to the monumentalization of public spaces in cities. Course credit exclusions: None. Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HIST 3140 3.00.

(Crosslisted to: AP/CLST 3140 3.00)

AP/HIST 3154 3.0 A (FALL): Egypt from Alexander to Cleopatra

(Crosslisted to: AP/CLST 3154 3.00)

Course Director:  B. Kelly, 2134 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30415, benkelly@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: Examines the social and cultural history of Ptolemaic Egypt from the Macedonian occupation in 332 BC to the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 BC.

AP/HIST 3212 3.0 (FALL): Society in Preindustrial Europe

Course Director:  T. Cohen, 2156 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x66977, tcohen@yorku.ca


Course Calendar Description: Issues and perspectives in the evolution of social life and structures in Europe between the demise of ancient society and the transformations which began in the 18th Century.

Expanded Course Description:

The idea of the course: This course is an experiment for the professor. The larger subject is pre-modern European society. Now society is both a thing, and a set of processes. It is thing of a very complex nature, certainly, and its processes are always multiple: the control and distribution of material resources, and of immaterial ones like moral, cultural, and intellectual capital. So social history can study the distribution and circulation of goods, both tangible and intangible, and lay out the relationships that channel them in their movement. Or, to take the same issues but to look at who possesses these assorted assets, it can trace stratification, and clumping, and mobility.  And, in that connection, it can study conflicts over assets. But this social history, in our course, will take a different tack: it will focus on control, social control, in the widest sense. So it will approach social history through the lens of what social scientists call ‘disputes and settlements.

Social control is a fascinating subject. Some control is conscious and intentional. Much, however, is reflexive, habitual, and often barely perceived. What force is it, for instance, that stops most professors from dying their hair blue? How many professors are even aware that such a subtle force exists? And what force inhibits students from blowing soap bubbles, singing camp songs, or turning cartwheels in class? Embarrassment is a powerful, subtle device for shaping behaviour.

Some social control comes from above: magistrates, decrees, police forces, and prisons control human behaviour, as do churches, schools, hospitals, convents, and guilds and boards and business managers. And other social control comes from below. And a third kind comes from inside the head, via conscience, an internalization of moral imperatives, or via fear of shame or embarrassment or scorn.

In premodern Europe, social control evolved, from an early time when states were rudimentary. Indeed, ‘state’ is a misnomer, for, say, medieval France or Poland; it is a modern term with connotations of regularity and scale that thoroughly misfit those early times. To make Europe’s evolution from loose to tight, from informal to formal, as clear as possible, we start with medieval Iceland, a society almost without institutions, a case of social control by society itself. At the other end of the course and the semester, we arrive in early modern France, in a time of nascent absolutism. By what devices and what erratic pathway did Europe arrive at that latter point, at that stage in the meandering evolution towards top-down control, makeshift and incomplete as it then still was?

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

7 log entries: 35%  (7 x 5%)
Paper: 15%
Final paper: 20%
Final exam: 20%
Participation: 10%

Bonus via participation: ca. 2.5 points atop 100% [1 point for coming, 1 for bringing the readings, 1 for having read them, credited to class bonus total)

AP/HIST 3240 6.0A: Renaissance and Reformation: Brand New or New Again

(Crosslisted to: AP/HUMA 3460 6.00)

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

Course Calendar Description:
How did inadequate education, greed, power struggles and rapid change produce Renaissance high culture? Was it a return to classical education, culture and institutions? A religious renewal? Or new social, political and economic patterns shaping the modern world? Course credit exclusions: GL/HIST 3250 3.00, GL/HIST 3255 3.00. PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HUMA 3460 6.00, AK/HUMA 3660 6.00 (taken between F84 and S91), AK/HIST 3410 6.00 (prior to Summer 1996), AK/HIST 3550 6.00, AK/HIST 3780 6.00 (prior to Summer 2003), GL/HIST 3250 3.00 and GL/HIST 3255 3.00.

AP/HIST 3270 3.0M (WINTER): Pirates: From Past to Present

(cross-listed with AP/HUMA 3018 3.00)

Course Director:  TBA

Course Calendar Description:
This course will begin with an exploration of the theory and practice of piracy.  It will analyze the mythology of piracy, and consider this mythology in the context of historical and social realities of piracy. The course will examine what drove men and women to engage in piracy, how piracy is defined and its various forms (e.g. privateers vs. pirates).  The course will also explore the politics of piracy, such as the impact on the government policy of various European nations (e.g., England, France, Holland), the United States of America, the Muslim nations of North Africa during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth century as specifically related to piracy, as well as the internal politics of 'pirate' groups (e.g., democratic, anarchic, etc.). The course will explore the subject of piracy in its historical aspect, as well as in its literary, musical, and cinematic representations.  The course will cover a wide range of historical instances of piracy from its earliest recorded instances, e.g., Julius Caesar's encounter with pirates as a youth, and the Vikings.  The course also covers a wide geographical range including the pirates of the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea, pirates of China and India, piracy in the Atlantic and Caribbean world, and the current issues associated with pirates in Somalia.

Prerequisites: None. Course credit exclusions: None.

AP/HIST 3385 3.0A (FALL): Empires and Colonial Rule in the Modern Mediterranean

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

Course Calendar Description: Introduces students to the history of the modern Mediterranean region through its colonization by European powers (Britain, France, Spain and Italy). Examines the resistance to colonial expansion and rule from the nineteenth until the middle of the twentieth century, when nationalist uprisings and movements gave rise to independent post-colonial states in North Africa and the Middle East.


AP/HIST 3392 3.0M (WINTER): The Spanish Civil War

Course Director:  A. Shubert, 2160 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30431, adriansh@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: While examining the causes and nature of the Spanish Civil War, this course also considers the place of the conflict in European politics and culture.


AP/HIST 3420 6.0A: The British Empire from 1600 to the Present

Course Director:  D. Cousins, 2186 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100x30416, dcousins@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: This course surveys the history of the British Empire from 1600 to the present, from the founding of the East India Company, to dominant world power, to decolonization and independence, to imperial nostalgia.

AP/HIST 3535 6.0A: African-Canadian History

Course Director: F. Damico-Cuthbert, 2186 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100x30416, fdamico@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: Examines the history of African-Canadians from colonial contact in the 17th century through to the post-Second World War migrations from Africa and the Caribbean.

AP/HIST 3546 6.0A: History of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Course Director: W. Wicken, 2192 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x66963, wwicken@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: Examines the history of Indigenous peoples within the area known today as Canada, from "time immemorial" to the postwar period. Topics may include origin stories; oral traditions; interactions with colonial empires; participation in the fur trade; epidemic diseases and health strategies; indigenous spirituality and Christian missionaries; treaties; the Indian Act; residential schooling; reserve life; political resistance; and land claims.

AP/HIST 3581 6.0A: Immigrant Experience in Canada

Course Director:  F. Sturino, 143 Founders College, (416)736-2100 x33251, fsturino@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: Examines government policy, public attitudes and the immigrant life in Canada before and after the Second World War, as well as the refugee question and multiculturalism.

AP/HIST 3617 3.0A (FALL): Popular Culture, Political Economy, and American Identity: The United States from 1900 to 1945

Course Director:  K. Boyd, 2126 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x40609, kendrab@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: This course examines the intersection of popular culture and political economy to explore how American identity changed between 1900 and 1945. Through readings and documentary material on technology, migration, and urbanization, in-class discussion, and lectures, it explores the U.S. between 1900-1945 as both a nation and a complex process, rather than a fixed set of ideas, people, and spaces. Prerequisites: Students must have completed 24 credits to enroll.

AP/HIST 3622 3.0A (FALL): The U.S. Civil War in American History and Public Memory - CANCELLED


Course Director:  B. Cothran, 2132 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x66959, cothran@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: This course, which focuses on the years from 1840 to 1877, explores the causes of the U.S. Civil War, military strategy, and the aftermath of this conflict. Topics examined include slavery, politics, military history and the era of Reconstruction. Course credit exclusion: AP/HIST 3602 6.00. Prior TO FALL 2014: AP/HIST 3622 3.00. Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HIST 3622 3.00

AP/HIST 3650 3.0W (WINTER): God/USA: Religion in America Since 1491

(Crosslisted to: AP/HUMA 3650 3.00)

Course Director:  D. Koffman, 757 Kaneff Tower, (416)736-2100 x77395, koffman@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: Explores the key themes, critical questions, and entrenched conflicts about the place of religion during the long and varied history of American civic and cultural life. It analyzes Native-Newcomer religious tensions, disestablishment, uniquely American religions, and the intersections of religion with war, nationalism, immigration, race, science, expansion, urbanization, gender, counterculture, and new media.

AP/HIST 3700 6.0A: Atlantic Encounters: Brazil, the Caribbean and Western Africa before 1900

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

Relations between Brazil, the Caribbean and Western Africa are studied from circa 1500 to the late 19th century, with an emphasis on the nature of the European Empires in Western Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean, the impact of colonial rule and neo-colonialism, and the varied responses of indigenous societies to both developments.

AP/HIST 3710 3.0A (FALL): Reconstructing Society in the Post Slavery Caribbean

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

Course Calendar Description: Examines the patterns of continuity and change in the institutions of post slavery Caribbean societies. The emphasis is on the processes of social re-engineering and cultural creation in the aftermath of nineteenth century slave emancipation and twentieth century revolution.

AP/HIST 3732 3.0M (WINTER): Contemporary Mexican History, 1940-2000

Course Director: A. Rubenstein, 818 Kaneff Tower, (416)736-2100 x66961, arubenst@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: Examines the post-Revolutionary period in Mexico. Through a study of a period of single-party rule, this course emphasizes rapid demographic, economic, social and cultural change in a time of apparent political stasis.


AP/HIST 3781 3.0A (FALL): African Civilizations before Colonialism

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

Course Calendar Description: Explores the rise and fall of African Civilizations before the advent of formal European colonialism in the late nineteenth century. By emphasizing the "African Genious" in the making (and unmaking) of complex societies throughout the continent over millennia so as to dispel ahistorical notions of the so-called "dark continent".

AP/HIST 3785 3.0M (WINTER): Africa and Europe in the Age of Colonialism

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

Course Calendar Description: This course addresses the development of colonial empires across Africa and explores the interconnected histories of Africa and Europe from the French invasion of Algeria in 1830 to the period of decolonization in the1960s.

AP/HIST 3791 6.0A: The Islamic Gunpowder Empires

Course Director: T. Abdullah, 2158 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30412, athabit@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: This course studies, in a comparative fashion, the rise, consolidation and decline of the three major early modern Islamic empires (the Ottoman Turks, the Safavids of Persia and the Mughals of India) between 1500 to 1800. Course credit exclusions: None. PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HIST 3791 6.00.

AP/HIST 3829 3.0A (FALL): A Convenient Hatred: Antisemitism Before, During and After the Holocaust

(Crosslisted to: AP/HUMA 3829 3.00)

Course Director: D. Koffman,757 Kaneff Tower, (416)736-2100 x77395, koffman@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: Examines the evolution of anti-Jewish thought and behaviour as a response to the crisis of modernity. It examines the role of antisemitism in 19th- and 20th-century European ideological, political and socio-economic developments and the Jewish responses to antisemitism.


AP/HIST 3843 3.0A (FALL): Occupation, Collaboration and Death: A Social and Military History of the Second World War to 1944

Course Director: D. Neill, 313 York Lanes, (416)736-2100 x20365, dneill@yorku.ca

This course provides a global history of the Second World War. It begins in 1937 with the Japanese invasion of mainland China and ends in 1944 with the invasion of northern Europe (D-Day). The course examines how, in occupied and unoccupied regions, the war affected ordinary peoples' lives. Attention is on collaboration with the enemy and the killing of civilians.

AP/HIST 3844 3.0M (WINTER): Liberation, Violence, and Reconstruction: A History of the Second World War and its Aftermath, 1944-1949

Course Director: D. Neill, 313 York Lanes, (416)736-2100 x20365, dneill@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: This course provides a global history of the Second World War from 1944 and its aftermath. The course begins in June 1944 with D-Day and ends in 1949 with the Communist Party's military victory in China. It examines how liberation resulted in violence, war crimes trials, and reconstruction of those communities the war had affected.

AP/HIST 3850 6.0A: Murder and Other Crimes: Law and Justice in 19th and 20th Century North America

Course Director: W. Wicken, 2192 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x66963, wwicken@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: Examines the Canadian and American criminal justice systems from the mid-19th through late 20th century. The course focuses on important trials - such as Lizzie Borden (1892), the ""Scottsboro Boys"" (1931), and Steven Truscott (1959) - and how our explanations of these crimes are shaped by factors such as politics and the popular press, racial stereotypes, and contemporary understandings of gender and class. The course also looks at the role of the legal system, particularly the Supreme Court, showing both how the criminal law was applied in murder trials, as well as how these cases often resulted in changing interpretations of the law, and new developments in our understandings of civil rights.

AP/HIST 3855 3.0A (FALL): Bad Kids: History, Culture, Media, and the Law in Canada and the U.S. Since the 1880s

Course Director:  M. Ladd-Taylor, 2136 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30419, mltaylor@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: This course analyzes the social and cultural construction of "bad" kids in the U.S. and Canada since the 1880s through an examination of popular culture, social science literature, medicine, and the law. Topics include schooling, street culture, changing sexual norms, racialization, policing, juvenile delinquency, mental health, disability, the nature-nurture debate, and how "bad" kids saw themselves. Preequisites: None. Co-requisites: None. Course credit exclusions: None.

AP/HIST 3871 3.0A (FALL): Boom and Bust: A History of Economic Crisis

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

Course Calendar Description: Approaching economic crises from an interdisciplinary perspective, this course explores the economic, social, and cultural history of episodes such as the Dutch tulipmania of the late 17th century, the South Sea Bubble of 1720, the 'long' crisis of 1873-1896, the Great Crash of 1929, sovereign debt crises from Latin America to the Eurozone, and the 2008 financial collapse.

AP/HIST 3895 3.0A (FALL): Animal Histories: Historical Perspectives on Human-Animal Relationships

Course Director:  J. Bonnell, 2130 Vari Hall, (416)736-2100 x30422, bonnellj@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description: This course takes a historical approach to the study of human-animal relationships. It examines how humans and their environments have been shaped by interactions with non-human animals over time. Drawing upon case studies from around the world, we examine the historical role of animals as agents of colonization, as raw material for human industry, as sources of protein and carriers of disease, as forms of technology and objects of display. Prerequisites: Students need 24 credits to apply and must have fulfilled a 1000-level requirement. Course Credit Exclusions: AP/HUMA 3016 6.00, ES/ENVS 3150 3.00

AP/HIST 3990 3.0A (F), AP/HIST 3990 3.0M (W), AP/HIST 3990 6.0A: Supervised Reading and Research

This course is normally open only to majors of exceptional ability (defined as a B+ or higher average in History) with the permission of the Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies.  Students may take no more than six credits under this course rubric.

To apply for permission to do History 3990, students must submit a formal application to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, normally at the beginning of Term.  Application forms (available in Vari Hall 2140) require: a brief course description and rationale; a proposed evaluation breakdown (at least 60% of the final grade must be based on written work); a list of relevant History courses completed and in-progress; a representative bibliography (with a minimum of 20 titles listed in standard academic format); and the name and signature of the supervisor (who must normally be full-time faculty in the Department of History).  Students are responsible for finding Department members willing to serve as supervisor.

The Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies must be satisfied that the subject of History 3990 is demonstrably distinct and separate from that of any other course taken by the student.  History 3990 may be supervised by the instructor in another of the student’s courses.

The detailed programme of study will be determined by the student and the supervisor.  Students are expected to prepare a substantial amount of written work. The student’s final grade will be based primarily (at least 60%) on the assessment of the written work by the course.

Normally, in any one year, no instructor may supervise more than a total of three courses under the rubrics of AP/HIST 4000 6.0 (Honours Essay), AP/HIST 4990 6.0 (Supervised Reading and Research), or AP/HIST 3990 6.0 (Supervised Reading and Research).

  • Students may take directed reading courses only after having successfully completed (passed)
  • 24 credits in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.
  • The maximum permissible number of directed reading courses depends on a student’s program type. Students in Honours BA programs may take 24 such credits; students in a BA program may take 18 such credits.
  • Within their last 30 credits, students may take a maximum of 12 credits in directed reading courses.
  • Students may take a maximum of 12 credits of directed reading courses with the same faculty member.