2000 Level Courses

AP/HIST 2100 6.0A: Ancient Greece & Rome

(Crosslisted to: AP/CLST 2100 6.00)

Course Director: B. Kelly, benkelly@yorku.ca; J. Trevett, jtrevett@yorku.ca



Course Calendar Description: A study of the Greek and Roman world, with particular emphasis on its social, economic and intellectual history, using primary sources archaeological, epigraphic and literary wherever possible.

Expanded Course Description:  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 BC until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century AD. Specific periods are studied in more detail, with emphasis on the social, economic, and political history of each. Extensive use is made of primary sources (in translation), with special attention devoted to the evaluation of literary, archaeological, and documentary evidence.

Among the areas covered are Homeric society, the development of the city-state (polis) in archaic and classical Greece, Athenian society in the fifth and fourth centuries BC, the rise of Rome, politics and society in late Republican Rome, and the society, economy, and political structure of the Roman Empire. Texts, read in translation, typically include selections from the following: Homer's Odyssey; the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides; Athenian law-court speeches; the speeches of Cicero; the historical works of Sallust and Tacitus; Suetonius' biographies of Roman emperors; the letters of Pliny; and Greek and Roman documentary inscriptions.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

  • Essays: 40%
  • Online exams: 30%
  • Online quizzes: 10%
  • Participation (contributions to online discussion boards, short reading responses, etc.): 20%

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

Course Director: R. Koopmans, koopmans@yorku.ca


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 (prior to Fall 2014), GL/HIST 3225 3.00.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment: TBA


AP/HIST 2300 6.0M (WINTER): Modern Europe: From the French Revolution to the European Union


Course Director: A. Shubert, adriansh@yorku.ca


Course Calendar Description: 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: GL/HIST 2905 6.00, GL/HUMA 2905 6.00, GL/SOSC 2905 6.00.

Method of Course Content Delivery: This course will be taught in a blended fashion. The lectures will be pre-recorded and posted online so students may listen to them at their convenience. The class will also meet in real-time over Zoom at the scheduled times: Monday and Wednesday at 2:30, to ask questions about the lectures and to discuss the readings.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:
Online quizzes:  10%
Short reading responses:  30%
Essay(s):  30%
Mid-term exam:  10%
Final exam:  20%

This is a 6-credit course that is being taught in a single term, which means that things will move quickly.



AP/HIST 2400 6.0A: British History from the Tudors to Thatcher, 1500-2000

Course Director: D. Cousins, dcousins@yorku.ca

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 exclusion: GL/HIST 2650 6.00.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment: TBA

AP/HIST 2500 6.0A: Canadian History

Course Director: K. McPherson, kathryn@yorku.ca; W. Wicken, wwicken@yorku.ca

Please see the syllabus below for details.


Course Calendar Description: From the arrival of its first human inhabitants tens of thousands of years ago to its increasingly globalized contemporary population, Canada 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, 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, AP/HIST 2501 3.00

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

  • Tutorial Participation (in tutorial and/or through online posts): 20%
  • First Assignments (2 short essays): 25%
  • December Exam (multiple choice/short answer): 15%
  • Second Term Assignments (2 short essays): 25%
  • Final Exam (format TBA): 15%


AP/HIST 2600 6.0A: United States History


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

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 US. 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. PRIOR TO FALL 2014: Course credit exclusion: GL/HIST 2570 6.00.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment: TBA

AP/HIST 2710 6.0A: History of East Asia

Course Director:  J. Fogel, fogel@yorku.ca


Course Calendar Description: Explores how distinctive patterns of government, society and culture emerged over four millennia in East Asia - primarily China and Japan - and how this endogenous development prepared those nations to confront and challenge Western supremacy in the modern world.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

Fall Term
One short paper (3-5 pp.) due roughly week 7 or 8, based on the original texts in translation from course readings: 25%
End of Term Exam: 25%.

Winter Term
One Short Paper: 25%
End of Term Exam: 25%

AP/HIST 2731 3.0M (WINTER): Introduction to Caribbean History

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

Course Calendar Description:
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.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment: TBA

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.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment: TBA

AP/HIST 2900 6.0A: Global Indigenous Histories

(Crosslisted to: AP/INDG 2900 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 compares the histories of Indigenous peoples around the world. It explores Indigenous rights, lands and resource conflicts, Indigenous-state relations, language and cultural revitalization, and political activism. Case studies may include Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Africa, the South Pacific, Japan, the Americas, and the Circumpolar North. It also focuses on local Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Haudenosaunee First Nations.

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