2000 Level

AP/HIST 2100 6.0A : Ancient Greece & Rome

Lecture: MW 11:30-12:30
Tutorials: M 12:30-13:30; M 13:30-14:30; M 14:30-15:30; W 9:30-10:30; W 10:30-11:30;
W 13:30-14:30

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.

Course Credit Exclusions: PRIOR TO FALL 2009: AS/HIST 2100 6.0, AK/HIST 3500 6.0, GL/HIST 2635 6.00, GL/HUMA 2635 6.00.

Grade Breakdown:

  • Essays - 50%
  • Examinations - 40%
  • Participation - 10%

Maximum Enrolment: 150

Course Directors:
J. Edmondson, 2178 Vari Hall, 416-736-2100, ext. 30417
J. Trevett, 2180 Vari Hall, 416-736-2100, ext. 30409

AP/HIST 2110 6.0A : The Ancient Near East

Lecture: T 11:30-14:30

Civilization began in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and then Egypt. Shortly thereafter, civilizations developed all over the Near East (modern Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Iran). This course 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 2700 years later. Major peoples and states studied include Sumer, Akkad, Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, the Hittites, Israel, and Persia, but not all these groups and not all their history will receive equal emphasis. 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.

Course Credit Exclusion: PRIOR TO FALL 2009: AS/HIST 2110 6.0.

Grade Breakdown:

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

Maximum Enrolment: 50

Course Director: M. Maidman, 2164 Vari Hall, 416-736-2100, ext. 30430

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

Lecture: TR 10:30-11:30
Tutorials: T 11:30-12:30; R 9:30-10:30; R 9:30-10:30; R 11:30-12:30

This course has a soccer goalie’s wide stance and deft sideways lunge. It straddles some 1200 years of European history, to catch the new political, economic, social, and cultural order that evolved out of the Roman Empire’s collapse and transformation. It lays out the gradual rise of a civilization we now call medieval, and that civilization’s shift, via the Renaissance and the Reformation, into what we now call the "early modern."  Despite this last term, smacking of self-congratulation, the course does not trumpet any triumphal march toward a glorious present.  Rather, we take our periods in their own terms, as complex puzzles inviting understanding.

The course stresses thinking, skilled analysis and deft argument, plus rich imagination. So it is not data driven. As an introductory survey, it does lay out basic facts and the main story line: dates, persons, places, institutions, and works of art and mind. But it also casts an eye to historical methods and techniques of analysis and exposition.  Therefore, primary sources and recent scholarly arguments figure.  The course works not only with written words, but with modern maps, tables and images, and also with old painting, wood-cut, sculpture, and other visual arts. We aim to train your analytic eye.

Topics include: the impact of the Germanic invasions, the gradual Christianization of Europe, the rise of feudal institutions, the consolidation of kingship, medieval commerce, the Crusades and other frontier conflicts, the rise of universities, the Black Death, the ecological history of Europe, social distinctions (gender, class, ethnicity) and social solidarities (family, neighborhood, clientele), the Renaissance, the Reformation, the rise of a first global economy, the great Wars of Religion of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the "Scientific Revolution" of the seventeenth century.

Assignments: These are many, but short. There are no traditional essays; the course's many short assignments suit and foster steady work habits.  In the fall, there are seven one-page hypothesis papers, each on a primary source. Also, fall term has a data test based on the textbook, and a map test.  The mid-term combines data-testing, primary source analysis, and synthetic essay. The winter term, very different in readings and assignments, uses whole books by scholars. An in-class essay evaluates Natalie Davis's Return of Martin Guerreand a brilliant essay by its critic, Robert Finlay. Students must take sides.  Then we refight the great Armada war of 1588. The notion: Spain, this time, should do it right. Tutorials back either Spain or England. Same geography, same goals, same fleets and armies, but Spain has to use them differently and England must guess and parry. We bring old-style swords and shields to lecture, arm students, and show authentic fighting moves. The prof dies twice or more. Student teams of four or five hand in war plans for “war day” in lecture, when “God” shows up to umpire the new contest. The third assignment uses Brueghel's art to draw multiple hypotheses. The final looks like the mid-term, but bigger.

Reading load: No weekly page-figure makes sense; different writings need different speeds.  To read and write, allot three to five hours weekly.

Books for Purchase:

Barbara Rosenwein, A Short History of the Middle Ages and Patrick Geary's book of medieval primary sources,and an early modern textbook (still to choose) followed by the following free-standing works:

Natalie Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre
Po-Chi Hsia, Trent, 1475
Garret Mattingly, The Armada
Pieter Brueghel, Graphic Works (a book of engravings)
Peter Burke, The Fabrication of Louis XIV

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.

Grade Breakdown:

  • Participation - 5%
  • Map test - 6%
  • Data test - 10%
  • Davis test - 10%
  • 7 Hypotheses - 14%
  • Midterm - 10%
  • Brueghel paper - 10%
  • Armada project - 15%
  • Final Exam - 20%

Maximum Enrolment: 100

Course Director: T. Cohen, 2156 Vari Hall, 416-736-2100, ext. 66977

AP/HIST 2400 6.0A: British History

Lecture: MW 10:30-11:30
Tutorials: W 11:30-12:30; W 12:30-13:30; W 13:30-14:30

This is the introductory course for students interested in British history. It surveys the whole early modern and modern periods from the Tudors to the present. Topics touch upon the main features of British development. In 2015-16 the course will focus on: religion, rebellion, and order in the sixteenth century; the origin and consequences of the civil war in the seventeenth century; war, politics and British identity in the eighteenth century; class, gender, industry and empire in the nineteenth century; the world wars, the end of empire, the rise of the welfare state and multiracialism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Course credit exclusions: GL/HIST 2650 6.00, GL/HUMA 1650 6.00.
Prior TO FALL 2009: AS/HIST 2400 6.00, GL/HIST 2650 6.00, and GL/HUMA 1650 6.00.

Grade Breakdown:

  • 2 short essays in first term - 10% each
  • 2nd term essay outline and bibliography - 5%
  • 2nd term essay final submission - 25%
  • Tutorial participation - 20%
  • Final exam - 30%

Maximum Enrolment: 75

Course Director: S. Brooke, 2188 Vari Hall, 416-736-2100, ext. 66980

AP/HIST 2500 6.0A : Canadian History

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Tutorials: R 14:30-15:30; F 10:30-11:30; R 16:30-17:30; R 15:30-17:30; R 15:30-17:30; F 11:30-12:30
Lecture: R 10:30-12:30

From the arrival of its first human inhabitants tens of thousands of years ago to its increasingly globalized modern population, the Canadian state has undergone numerous transformations. This course will examine the history of Canada from its earliest times to the present focusing of key transformations in the country’s environmental, social, political, economic and cultural history. This survey of the nation-state from coast to coast to coast will introduce students to the main themes in Canadian history. It will trace broad changes over time and the consequences of colonization, ecological transformation, resettlement, the development of an industrial capitalist economy, the emergence of the Canadian state, the role of global imperialism, urbanization, and Canada’s changing position in international politics. In a country that is in the midst of tremendous change this course will help students understand the transformations of the past and the roots of our present circumstances.

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.

Grade Breakdown:

  • 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%

Maximum Enrolment: 150

Course Director: S. Kheraj, 2124 Vari Hall, 416-736-2100, ext. 30421

AP/HIST 2600 6.0A : United States History

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Lecture: TR 11:30-12:30
R 9:30-10:30; R 10:30-11:30; R 14:30-15:30

The history of the United States from its ancient history to the present. We'll examine Native/European encounters, American Revolution, slavery, westward expansion, Civil War, the rise and decline of the U.S. as an economic and military superpower, and the struggle for civil rights. Themes include race, empire, popular culture, political economy, immigration, religion, federal power, gender, sexuality, and politics.

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.

Grade Breakdown: TBA

Maximum Enrolment: 75

Course Director: B. Cothran, 2132 Vari Hall, 416-736-2100, ext. 66959

AP/HIST 2710 6.0A: History of East Asia

Lecture: W 14:30-17:30

This course studies Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese societies from their beginnings to the 20th century. In other words, it covers approximately one quarter of the history of human civilization.

Over several millennia, people in East Asia have developed distinctive economic, social, artistic, intellectual, religious and political traditions, in relative isolation from the rest of the world.

This course will examine the salient features of these civilizations, the interactions among them, as well as their encounter with the industrializing West and subsequent transformations in modern times.  As much as feasible, it will try to examine East Asian history from viewpoints of the ordinary men and women of these societies, and not only from those of the elites.

Course credit exclusion: AP/HIST 2710 6.00 (prior to Fall 2011).
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HIST 2710 6.00.

Grade Breakdown: TBA

Maximum Enrolment: 50

Course Director: B. Luk, 231 Founders College, 416-736-2100, ext. 66912

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

Lecture: F 11:30-14:30

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.

Grade Breakdown:  TBA

Maximum Enrolment:  50

Course Director: TBA

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

Lecture: 10:30-12:30
T 10:30-11:30; T 11:30-12:30  

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 introduction to some of the key issues in the making of the modern Caribbean.

Course credit exclusion: AP/HIST 2730 6.00.

Grade Breakdown: TBA

Maximum Enrolment: 50

Course Director: D. Trotman, 326 Founders College, 416-736-2100, ext. 33192

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

Lecture: T 16:00-19:00

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: Prior TO FALL 2009: AS/HIST 2750 6.00, AS/HIST 3750 6.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 2000-2001).

Grade Breakdown: TBA

Maximum Enrolment: 50

Course Director: TBA

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

Lecture: W 16:00-19:00

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

Course credit exclusions:
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: 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).

Grade Breakdown: TBA

Maximum Enrolment: 50

Course Director: TBA