1000 Level

These are designed to introduce Majors and Minors to the discipline, to the theories and methods used by historians, and to the reading, writing, research, and conceptual skills required to do history successfully. All history Majors and Minors are required to complete one 1000- level course (6 credits) in this Department. First-year courses taken at Glendon or other universities do not satisfy this requirement. (The Department usually counts these as 2000-level courses.) No more than one AP/HIST1000-level course (6 credits) will count towards the Major or Minor degree requirements.

For students who declare History as a Major or Minor after their second year, exemptions from this AP/HIST1000-level requirement may only be granted, at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, for previous work amounting to a minimum of 18 credits in History which has earned a minimum B+ History grade point average. Students granted such an exemption must take a substitute 6-credit upper level course in History.

Fourth-year students must obtain permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies before enrolling in an AP/HIST1000-level course. Courses at the 1000-level do not fulfill the departmental requirement that at least one course in the major or minor must deal with history outside North America (i.e. Canada and U.S.A.).


AP/HIST 1010 6.0A : War, Revolution and Society in the 20th Century


Lecture: TR 11:30-12:30
Tutorials: T 12:30-14:30; T 12:30-14:30; T 14:30-16:30; T 14:30-16:30; R 14:30-16:30; R 14:30-16:30

Our goal in this course is to tell the story of the most violent century in human history. We will pay special attention to the two defining wars of the 20th century, World Wars I and II, and we also aim to contextualize and understand the world-changing revolutions in Russia, China and Latin America. We will discuss the crucial development of colonialism and the consequences of decolonization, the impact of the Cold War, and the roots of horrific genocides such as the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the Killing Fields of Cambodia. We will also explore the ways in which societies have sought to deal with the impact of the traumas they have faced, and discuss how concepts of human rights have developed and changed as a result of the horrors of the twentieth century.

As we learn about the major social, political, and economic upheavals of the twentieth century, we will also hone our historical skills, with an emphasis on reading primary and secondary materials, learning the basics of historical research, and preparing essays and other written assignments.

This course includes two weekly, one-hour lectures as well as a tutorial where students will meet in smaller groups. Tutorials give students a chance to discuss, debate, and delve more deeply into the material we cover in lectures.

Required Readings:
Only confirmed texts are listed here. The final list will be available in August. Stay tuned!

Sean Kennedy, The Shock of War. Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945

Course credit exclusion: Prior TO FALL 2009: AS/HIST 1010 6.00.

Grade Breakdown:

Possible Grade Breakdown (final grade breakdown will be available in August)

  • Participation (ongoing evaluation in tutorial) - 15%
  • Map Quizzes - 10%
  • 2 Short Papers (one due in November, one in January - 15%
  • Memoir Study (due in December) - 15%
  • Essay (due in March) - 20%
  • Final Exam - 25%

Course Director: D. Neill, York Lanes 313, 416-736-2100, ext. 20365Maximum Enrolment: 180

AP/HIST 1075 6.0A: Food and Clothing in Traditional China and the West: Daily Life, Technology and Science in Cross-Cultural Perspective



Lecture: M 10:30-12:30
Tutorial: M 12:30-14:30

This course uses the Chinese body as an entry point into the richness and complexity of daily life as it was lived and experienced in Chinese history. It focuses on two preeminent concerns in Chinese civilization—health and food—and on one of the most mysterious, widely condemned, and little understood Chinese bodily practices—footbinding.

The course is divided into three sections:


We will explore these themes through readings, images, film, and literature.

Course credit exclusion: Prior TO FALL 2009: AS/HIST 1075 6.00.

Grade Breakdown:

  • Participation - 20%
  • Small Assignments - 10%
  • Two Mid-term Exams - 30%
  • Short Essay - 15%
  • Final Essay - 25%

Course Director: J. Judge, 2122 Vari Hall, 416-736-2100, ext. 20593Maximum Enrolment: 30

AP/HIST 1080 6.0A: Growing Up in North America


Lecture: F 10:30-11:30
Tutorials: F 12:30-14:30; F 12:30-14:30; F 12:30-14:30

What is childhood?  How has it changed over time?  This course examines what it meant to be young in different times and places in the United States and Canada, and provides an historical perspective on what is often seen as a ‘natural’ developmental stage.  We will ask how gender, race, class, religion, nationality, and ability have affected children’s experiences and the concepts of childhood, and how children and childhood have influenced adults.  The course also provides an introduction to critical skills in research, writing, and historical analysis.

Course Credit Exclusion: (PRIOR TO FALL 2009): AS/HIST 1080 6.0.

Grade Breakdown:

  • Papers and Assignments - 50%
  • Tutorial Participation - 20%
  • Quizzes - 10%
  • Exams - 20%

Course Director: M. Ladd-Taylor, 2136 Vari Hall, 416-736-2100, ext. 30419Maximum Enrolment: 90

AP/HIST 1083 6.0A: Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Americas, 1820-1980

Lecture: M 10:30-12:30   
Tutorial: M 14:30-16:30

This course teaches some of the most important topics in the history of the Americas, including slavery and freedom, industrialization and the growth of cities, immigration, and changing gender roles. We do this by studying the history of recorded music, live performance, and film - and especially by studying the people who created, sold, enjoyed and criticized mass media and popular culture.

Course credit exclusion: Prior TO FALL 2009: AS/HIST 1083 6.00.

Grade Breakdown:  TBA

Maximum Enrolment: 30

Course Director: A. Rubenstein, 818 Kaneff Tower, 416-736-2100, ext. 66961

NOTE: General Education courses cannot be used to satisfy our History Major Requirements