F/W 2016 Courses

FW16-17 AP/HIST 2400 6.0A British History from the Tudors to Thatcher, 1500-2000

Y Term
Lecture:  W 11:30-14:30

Course Directors:
S. J. Brooke, VH 2188, (416)736-2100 x66980, sjbrooke@yorku.ca
N. Rogers, FC 222, (416)736-2100 x30408, nickrog@yorku.ca

Special Features: This course has international content, as it is a history of the United Kingdom.

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

Expanded Course Description:
This course is the introductory core course for students interested in British history. It surveys the early modern and modern periods, from the Tudors to the 1990s. Topics touch upon the main features of British development in each century: religion, rebellion, and state-building in the sixteenth century; the origin and consequences of the civil wars in the seventeenth century; the rise of political economy and the experience of industrialization in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; issues of class and gender, the Empire and Ireland in the later nineteenth century; two world wars, the Welfare State, and the loss of empire in the twentieth.

The readings include textbooks, such as Lacey Baldwin Smith, This Realm of England 1399-1688, as well as contemporary sources, such as George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (1937).

The course aims to familiarize students with the history of Britain over the last five hundred years, as well as equip them with skills in critical analysis and writing, accomplished through writing assignments.

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

First term evaluation:
1 reading response, 1-2 pp.: 5%
1 critical commentary, 2-3 pp.: 10%
1 short essay, 5-6 pp.: 20%
1 exam, based upon lectures and assigned readings: 15%

Second term evaluation:
1 reading response, 1-2 pp.: 5%
1 critical commentary, 2-3 pp.: 10%
1 short essay, 5-6 pp.: 20%
1 exam, based upon lectures and assigned readings: 15%

 

 

FW16-17 AP/HIST 2500 6.0A Canadian History
Y Term
Lecture:  R 10:30-12:30
Tutorials: R 8:30-9:30, F  10:30-11:30, R 16:30-17:30, R 9:30-10:30, R 9:30-10:30, F 11:30-12:30

Special Features: This is a lecture and tutorial-based course with some significant online components

Course Director:  S. Kheraj, VH 2124, (416)736-2100 x 30421, kherajs@yorku.ca
Video Trailer: https://youtu.be/Kvf6Ohm8Gzo
Course Director Website: http://seankheraj.com

This course is taught by Professor Sean Kheraj, an environmental and digital historian of Canada.
Course Calendar Description: An introduction to the development of Canada from pre-European native societies to the present, including the evolution of the economy, social structures and social movements, family and gender relations, cultural development and conflicts, federal and provincial politics and external relations. 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.

Expanded Course Description:

a) Selected Topics

  • Why Canadian History?
  • Indigenous America and Global Human Migrations
  • French Colonial Society
  • Furs and the French Empire
  • Remaking the Atlantic Colonies
  • The Fall of New France
  • The Revolution of British America
  • Fur Trade Frontier
  • Colonial Life and Empire
  • Politics, Conflict, and Rebellion
  • Confederation and the Idea of Canada
  • Consolidating the Canadian Empire
  • Labour and Capital
  • Social Reform Movement
  • War Society
  • The Farmer-Labour Revolts
  • Depression and Dissent
  • Total War
  • Post-War Society
  • Next to an Elephant
  • Revolution(s) in the Sixties: Counterculture, Sex, Drugs, and Politics
  • The Quebec Question and Aboriginal Rights
  • Neo-Liberalism and the History of Stephen Harper
  • Twenty-First Century Canada
  1. b) Some required readings
  • Bumsted, J.M., Len Kuffert, and Michel Ducharme. Interpreting Canada’s Past: A Pre-Confederation Reader. Fourth Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN-10 0195427793. ISBN-13 9780195427790
  • Bumsted, J.M., Len Kuffert, and Michel Ducharme. Interpreting Canada’s Past: A Post-Confederation Reader. Fourth Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN-10 0195427807. ISBN-13 9780195427806
  • Nelles, H.V. A Little History of Canada. Second Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN-10 0195445627. ISBN-13 9780195445626.

 

  1. c) Learning objectives
  • To acquire critical understanding of key transitions in Canadian history from the earliest times to the present
  • To acquire critical thinking skills concerning the history of the nation-state
  • To develop writing skills
  • To develop oral communication skills
  • To develop historical research skills and make use of original historical primary sources

 

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of assessment:

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%