1000 Level Courses

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

Course Director: D. Neill, dneill@yorku.ca




Course Calendar Description:
A study of the major political and social upheavals which have helped to shape the contemporary world. The course will concentrate on the origins of the two World Wars and the Cold War, and on their consequences. Topics chosen for detailed examination will vary from year to year.

Expanded Course Description:
In this course we explore 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.

Method of Course Content Delivery:
This course will be offered as a fully online course. The lectures will be pre-recorded and accessible on the class moodle site, and all assignment guidelines and key information will be posted weekly. Students will have opportunities for scheduled, real-time meetings for discussions and feedback from their TAs and Professor, but these sessions will not be mandatory; all course components can be completed online.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

Participation (short answers to weekly questions & online plagiarism assignment): 15%
2 Mini-Papers: 20%
Memoir Study: 15%
Major Paper: 20%
Final Exam: 30%

AP/HIST 1025 6.0A: Ancient North America From the Last Ice Age to European Contact

(Cross-listed to AP/INDG 1025 6.00)

Course Director: C. Podruchny, 718 Kaneff Tower, carolynp@yorku.ca
Course Director's personal website: http://www.carolynpodruchny.ca/pages/




Course Calendar Description:
This course studies the history of Indigenous people in North America from “time immemorial” to the regular settlement of Europeans in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Using a wide variety of sources it ranges from Meso-America to the High Arctic, and examines theories of the peopling of the continent; hunting, fishing and gathering; and the rise of corn civilizations.

A detailed course description and grade breakdown can be found on the syllabus, above.


AP/HIST 1040 6.0A: Popular Uses of History: An Introduction to Public History

Course Director: L. Pourtavaf, lpourtav@yorku.ca

Course Calendar Description:
This course introduces students to the practice of public history, the ways in which history is produced for and understood by public audiences. It examines the ways the past has been brought to bear upon the present through monuments, museum exhibitions, parks and historical sites, film, historical fiction, and other locations constituting access points to history for the general public.

AP/HIST 1074 6.0A: The Chinese Body in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Medicine, Food, and Footbinding

(Crosslisted to: AP/HUMA 1074 6.00)

Course Director: J. Judge, judge@yorku.ca



Course Calendar Description:
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— of footbinding.

Delivery of Course Content:
Given the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic the course will be delivered remotely.

It will use the Hyflex model. The following guidelines are tentative as we are still determining the most effective ways to deliver the course material.

Lectures will be recorded, posted on the course Moodle site, and available for you to access each week.

The weekly Tutorial which will be focused on primary sources will be delivered in real time on Zoom. We will have both full class discussions and breakout sessions during which students will discuss the materials in small groups.

Students who cannot attend the online Tutorials will post weekly written responses to discussion questions on the Tutorial readings in a chat forum on Moodle.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

Participation: 20%
Actively engage in discussions of the readings and the issues they raise either in the Zoom Tutorials or through written responses in the Moodle forum.

  • Small assignments: 10%
    Assignment on using electronic resources and our Moodle site
  • Map exercise

Exams: 30%

Midterm exams will be on material covered in the unit immediately preceding the exam. The second exam will not be cumulative.

The exam format will be identifications and short answers.

The exams will be posted on Moodle at a set time and students will have 24 hours to complete them.

Short essay: 15%
Paper on HEALING THE CHINESE BODY, 4-6 pages (1000-1750 words), end of first term.

5 potential topics will be handed out 2 weeks in advance and you will have the opportunity to discuss them in groups in the Tutorial or in the Moodle Forum. Two of these five topics will be on the assignment posted the last day of class at the end of the fall term. You will write on one of the two. The essay will be due one week after the essay topics are posted.

Final essay: 25%

5 potential topics will be handed out 2 weeks in advance and you will have the opportunity to discuss them in groups in the tutorial or in the Moodle Forum. Two of these five topics will be on the assignment posted the last day of class. You will write on one of the two. The essay will be due one week after the essay topics are posted.



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

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




Course Calendar Description:
Examines what it meant to be young in different times and places in the United States and Canada, and explores the interplay of cultural and material circumstances that shaped ideas about childhood and children's actual lives.

Delivery of Course Content:
SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES: You may take this course entirely asynchronously and online, but you may attend weekly tutorials on Zoom during the scheduled course time if you wish.
Weekly Intro: Fri.10:30-11 [or 11:30-12] Eastern Time
Tutorials1 & 2: Fri.12:30-1:10 EST
Tutorials 3 & 4: Fri.1:30-2:10 EST

Each Friday at 10:30 the course director will deliver a brief PowerPoint presentation introducing the week’s discussion questions, keywords, and themes.This presentation will be recorded and posted to Moodle. You may also ask questions (your questions will not be recorded). Tutorials will be held on Zoom on Fridays at either 12:30 or 1:30 pm for those who wish to attend. Discussions on Moodle are an alternative to real-time tutorials. LECTURES: Lectures will be pre-recorded and posted on the HIST 1080 Moodle site so you can watch them at your convenience.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:
20%:  Participation (Zoom tutorials or Moodle discussions, 10% each term
10%:  Moodle quizzes on lectures and readings, 5% each term
15%:  Academic article summary assignment (due Oct. 9)
15%:  Primary source analysis (due Dec. 9)
20%:  Winter-term paper (due April 1)
20%:  Final exam


AP/HIST 1083 6.0A: Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Americas: Music, Movies and Power

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


Course Calendar Description:
This course introduces the historical study of culture and culture industries in the Americas since 1820, analyzing how cultural change both created and was created by transformations in politics, economics, and societies. Course credit exclusions: None. Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HIST 1083 6.00.

Expanded Course Description:  This course introduces the history of the Americas as reflected in mass media and popular culture.  Learning about the sounds, pictures and stories that mattered to people across the Americas can help us to understand broader historical phenomena.  This course will focus on film and recorded music from Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, the United States and elsewhere in the Americas in order to understand European colonialism, the enslavement of African and African-descended people, their resistance to enslavement, technological change, economic transformations, twentieth-century migrations and the growth of cities, and changes in how people thought about sex and gender.

Method of Course Delivery: Online

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:
28%: Four preparatory exercises for final research paper (7% each)
22%: Final Research Paper
20%: Ten Quizzes (2% each)
30%: Written Participation in Discussion (evaluated three times during the year, 10% each)