Courses - Undergraduate 2018W

Title Instructor Description Poster

History 101 (001) World History to Oceanic Contact

Arlene Sindelar

This World History course emphasizes the development of communities and civilizations and how encounters between them shaped our world from the first written records to the sixteenth century.

History 102 (001) World History from 1500 to the Twentieth Century

Sebastian R. Prange

This course offers a broad survey of the history of the world from the end of the fifteenth century to the early twentieth century. The course begins at the pivotal moment in world history when oceanic contact created new connections between Europe, the Americas and Asia.

History 103 (001) World History Since 1900

Steven Hugh Lee

A survey of main developments in world history from the early 20th century to the 1990s. Topics include international relations, the emergence and impact of major political ideologies, and the dynamics of social and economic change in the developed and developing world.

History 103 (002) World History Since 1900

Glen Peterson

A survey of main developments in world history from the early 20th century to the 1990s. Topics include international relations, the emergence and impact of major political ideologies, and the dynamics of social and economic change in the developed and developing world.

History 104A (227) Topics in World History: State Intervention and International Law in World History

Tim Brook

In 2018W, the topic is State Intervention and International Law in World History.

History 104B (201) Topics in World History: Cities in History

David Morton

In 2018W, the topic for HIST 104B, 201 is Cities in History.

History 104D (101) Topics in World History: Communism and After: A Global History

Timothy Cheek

In 2018W, the topic for HIST 104D, 101 is Communism and After: A Global History.

History 104E (201) Topics in World History: Fascism and Anti-Fascism as Global Movements, 1919-1939.

Richard Menkis

In 2018W, the topic for HIST 104E, 201 is Fascism and Anti-Fascism as global movements, 1919-1939. We will examine how fascism and antifascism crossed borders, reflecting on where, how and why they took hold.

History 104G (V01) Topics in World History

Pheroze Unwalla

History 105B (101) Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective: The Pacific War in History and Film

Tristan Grunow

In 2018W, the topic for HIST 105B is Pacific War in History and Film. This course interrogates Japanese Pacific War films to contemplate how Japan's contemporary history has been shaped by, and shapes, the presentation and memory of World War II in the Pacific.

History 105C (201) Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective: Social Movements

Paige Raibmon

In 2018W, the topic for HIST 105C, 201 is Social Movements.

History 105D (201) Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective: The Modern Middle East: Roots of Conflict

Pheroze Unwalla

In 2018W, the topic of HIST 105D is History of the Modern Middle East: The Roots of Conflict. Beginning in the late Ottoman Empire and running to the present-day, this course introduces students to the history, politics and culture of the modern Middle East.

History 106 (101) Global Environmental History

Tina Loo

Think globally and act locally has been a staple of environmentalism since the early 1970s. What does it mean to think globally, and historically, about the environment?

History 108 (101) Global History of Capitalism

Alisa Wade

The history of capitalism in its global dimension from the beginnings to the age of industrialization. An investigation of economies - in both their practices and cultures - around the world and across the ages from ancient times to the modern era.

History 202B (201) Gateway to the Middle Ages

Courtney Booker

Close study of the problems and themes of medieval European History. Topics include orality and literacy; forgery and authenticity; Christian and pagan knowledge; dispute resolution, law, and the feud; and fundamental pre-modern attitudes about time, space, and the body.

History 220A (201) History of Europe

Joy Dixon

This is a survey of European history from 1500 to the present.

History 235 (101) History of Canada, Moments that Matter

Michel Ducharme

An introduction to major turning points in Canadian history. Exploration of the social, political, cultural, and environmental transformations/revolutions that have shaped Canada from early European colonialism to the twenty-first century.

History 236 (201) Memory, Representation and Interpretation: Public History in Canada

Laura Ishiguro

An introduction to public history in Canada, this course will explore the politics and practice of remembering, representing, and interpreting the country’s past outside of academia today.

History 237A (201) Major Issues in American History

Alisa Wade

HIST 237A will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 240 (101) Health, Illness and Medicine (I): Ancient World to Early Modern Period

John Christopoulos

The history of western medicine, from the Ancient World to the Enlightenment, with a focus on social and cultural ideas surrounding the body, health and disease, and the development of medical institutions.

History 241 (201) Health, Illness and Medicine (II): The Modern World from 1750 to the Present

Robert Brain

Western medicine from 1750 to the present, with a focus on social and cultural ideas surrounding the body, health and disease, and the development of medical institutions.

History 250A (101) Major Issues in Latin American History

Tucker Sharon

This course deals with the cultural history of Latin America's Cold War by asking how global geopolitical animosities were mapped onto local tensions around race, class, gender and environment. With an eye toward identifying how history resonates in our present, we will look at how the Cold War context conditioned understandings of the region's indigenous past; how it fuelled environmental change, fed cultural production, and influenced gender norms. This is a discussion-heavy course, so come prepared to read, write and talk.

History 256 (101) History of Africa

David Morton

This course introduces students to the rich history of a continent that, until relatively recently, many scholars dismissed as a place without history.

History 260 (101) Science and Society

Robert Brain

We will examine the complex relations of modern science and society using the tools of history, philosophy, and allied disciplines commonly referred to as Science Studies. The course will study the relation of scientific ideas, institutions, and objects with general ideas, politics and popular culture. The course is designed to be of value to both students of the arts and the sciences; the cherished ideas of both cultures will be rigorously questioned and a “third way” between them considered.

History 270A (101) China in the World

Tim Brook

This course places the long and complex Chinese experiences in the wider context of world and global history.

History 271 (201) Japan and Global History, 1550-1900

Tristan Grunow

Thematic study of comparisons and relations between Japan and the world outside (primarily Europe and China). Commercial expansion, systems of world order, social institutions, religious and ideological expression, and state organization.

History 273 (101) History of India

Tara Mayer

(HIST 273 formerly titled “Major Issues in South Asian History.”) This course offers a sweeping survey of Indian history from its ancient civilizations to the formation of the modern nation-states of South Asia.

History 280 (101) Islamic World History

Sebastian R. Prange

The history of the Muslim world in its global dimensions from its origins to the present day through the themes of religion, law, politics, culture, and modernity.

History 302 (001) Indigenous Peoples of North America

Coll Thrush

Indigenous peoples from pre-contact to the present in Canada and the U.S. Topics include colonial frontiers, disease, fur trade, government policies, environment, gender, religion, oral narratives, activism, urbanization, and identity. 

History 305 (101) British Columbia

Laura Ishiguro

The history of British Columbia is all around us: in its rivers and its roads, its buildings and its property boundaries, its politics and its people.

History 308 (201) Quebec - 18th Century to the Present

Michel Ducharme

Relations between the English and the Canadians prior to the Rebellions of 1837-38, the emergence of French Canadian nationalism after 1840, the impact of State formation and industrialization in Quebec, the Quiet Revolution, and the independence movement.

History 311 (201) The British Empire after 1850

Michael Lanthier

Transformation of the British imperial system from the mid-nineteenth century to de-colonization and neo-colonialism after the second World War.

History 313 (201) Africa from Imperialism to Independence

David Morton

An examination of the many roiled histories of modern Africa, beginning with the transformations resulting from abolition of the Atlantic slave trade in the early nineteenth century.

History 315 (101) Britain, 1750-1850

Michael Lanthier

This course covers the emergence of the world’s first industrial society, and the political, economic and cultural struggles that accompanied this transformation.

History 319 (201) Britain since 1945

Joy Dixon

When WWII ended with victory for Britain and its allies in both Europe and the Pacific, Britons turned to the transition from “warfare state” to “welfare state.”  Over the next half century Britain was transformed in far-reaching ways, and this course explores the cultural, social, and political

History 323 (101) The Atlantic Revolutions, 1763-1838

Michel Ducharme

Political, social, cultural, and intellectual transformations that reshaped the Atlantic world between 1763 and 1838; special attention will be given to the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions, the Latin American Wars of Independence and Canadian rebellions. 

History 324 (101) Inventing Canada, 1840-1896

Nicholas May

An examination of political, cultural and national developments within the British North American colonies in the second half of the nineteenth century. Credit will not be granted for both HIST 324 or 326, if 326 was taken before 2007W.

History 325 (201) Canada, 1896 to 1945: Boom, Bust and Echo

Bradley Miller

Includes Aboriginal policy, immigration and national identity; Canada, Britain and the US; World Wars; economic modernization; the Great Depression; regionalism; political and social movements; and the creation of 'Canadian' culture.

History 326 (101) Canada since 1945: Anxiety and Affluence in the Atomic Age

Tina Loo

Includes immigration policy; the welfare state; Aboriginal peoples; the Cold War; resource economies and national politics; continentalism and free trade; constitutional crises; conflicting nationalisms; and new social movements.

History 328 (201): Rebels in America: Revolution to Civil War, 1763-1865

Alisa Wade

Encounters between European, African, and Indigenous North American people as well as the history of the colonies within the Atlantic world, from the late sixteenth century to the eve of the American Revolution.

History 331 (101) USA 1865-1900: Labour, Race, Gender and Empire

Billy Coleman

The complicated political, economic and social history of the United States in the three decades following the Civil War.

History 338 (201) American Modernity: The United States, 1890-1945

Lara Silver

Emergence of the U.S. as an imperial power and domestic underpinnings of that power: industrialization and Progressive response; the colour line and fight against Jim Crow; the Great Depression and New Deal. Attention to gender and mass culture.

History 339 (201) The United States since 1945: The Limits of Power

Leslie Paris

This course examines American history from the end of the Second World War to the present day, a period of significant political, social and cultural ferment.

History 341 (201) Medieval Jewish History [Cross-listed with RELG 331]

Richard Menkis

In this course we will explore central themes in the experience of the Jews, beginning with centuries that witnessed Christianization of the Roman Empire and the birth and growth of Islam and ending with the expulsions of professing Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the fifteenth century.

History 346 (001) History of Modern France

Tara Mayer

This course studies the political, social, and cultural history of France from the Revolution of 1789 through to the present day. We follow France’s long and difficult journey toward democracy, while paying particular attention to the changing nature of French culture and society.

History 350 (001) The Soviet Union

Alexei Kojevnikov

Political, social, and cultural history of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet successor states from 1900 to the present.

History 356 (201) Twentieth Century Germany

Ian Beacock

This course will introduce you to major themes in twentieth-century German history and historiography. We will examine continuities and discontinuities in German development from the Empire through World War I and the Weimar Republic, with a special emphasis on the causes of the breakdown of Weimar democracy and the rise of Hitler's National Socialism.

History 358 (201) State and Society in 20th Century Cuba

David Taylor

The history and historiography of 20th century Cuba, with particular attention to changing state structures and their impact on everyday life.

History 363 (101) Europe in the Early Middle Ages

Courtney Booker

This course is a topical survey of the formative period of western medieval European history, roughly from the third through the ninth centuries. It traces the processes by which Roman, Germanic, and Christian political and intellectual traditions coalesced into a new civilization.

History 364 (201) Europe in the Late Middle Ages

Arlene Sindelar

From a world of peasant communities dominated by a small aristocratic landed elite, Europe after 1000 underwent a variety of intense alterations. Population grew, cultivated area increased, and urbanization and innovative commerce restructured economic and social life.

History 365 (101) Europe during the Renaissance

John Christopoulos

This course will explore European society and culture from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth century, an exciting and turbulent time often referred to as the ‘Renaissance.’ The term means ‘rebirth’ and brings to mind bursts of creativity, advances in art and knowledge.

History 366 (201) Europe during the Reformation

John Christopoulos

This course will explore the revolutionary changes in European society and culture brought on by the religious reformations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

History 368 (101) 19th Century Europe

Carol Matheson

An investigation of main themes in European history from the French Revolution to the beginning of the 20th century.

History 369 (201) Europe 1900-1950

Michael Lanthier

Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. Themes include the imperialist system, two world wars and their aftermaths, political and social movements of the interwar years, the Depression, and the crisis of liberal democracy. Credit will only be granted for one of HIST 369 or 462.

History 370 (201) Europe since 1950

Michael Lanthier

Europe since the middle of the twentieth century. Themes include the Cold War, the development of separate social and political systems in Western and Eastern Europe, the emergence of the welfare state, and the problems of European integration. 

History 373 (201) History of Hong Kong

Leo Shin

Cross-listed with ASIA 373.

In 2018W, all students should register in ASIA 373.

History 376 (001) Modern Japanese History Since 1800

Tristan Grunow

The building of a modern state, its crisis in the 1930s, and its postwar recovery; topics include business institutions, politics, imperialism, intellectual syncretism, social change, and Japan's growing influence in the world.

History 377 (101) History of Cantonese Worlds

Clement Tong (Dept of Asian Studies)

The history, culture, languages, and identities of the multi-faceted Cantonese worlds, in the context of Chinese history and the Cantonese diaspora.


Note: This course is cross-listed with ASIA 323. All students should register in ASIA 323.

History 378 (101) History of Early China

Leo Shin

Cross-listed with ASIA 320.

In 2018W, all students should register in HIST 378.

History 378 (201) History of Early China

Clayton Ashton (Dept of Asian Studies)

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang Empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.

History 379 (201) Later Imperial China

Leo Shin

Cross-listed with ASIA 340.

In 2018W, all students should register in HIST 379.

History 380C (001) The Making of Modern China: Nationalism, War, Revolution

Glen Peterson

The history of China from 1800 to the present including the decline of the Qing empire, the rise of modern nationalism, foreign invasion, and China's multiple revolutions.

History 385 (201) India From Raj to Republic

Tara Mayer

An exploration of the social, political, and economic factors behind the rise of the East India Company as a major political power in India, the formation of a colonial society, competing responses to British rule from within Indian society, the struggle for independence, and the legacies of partition across South Asia.

History 390A (201) Student Directed Seminar: The Age of Endarkenment

Emre Kurultay (student director)

In 2018W, HIST 390A is a student directed seminar. The student director is Necdet Emre Kurultay, The topic is The Age of Endarkenment: An Intellectual History of Modern Europe.

History 391 (201) Human Rights in World History

John Roosa

Changing ideas about humanity and rights. Considers the relationship between human rights and the nation-state, imperialism, and capitalism. Assesses the efforts to end large-scale human rights violations and the role of the United Nations. 

History 393 (201) Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science (cross-listed with PHIL 360A, Section 001)

Margaret Schabas (Dept of Philosophy)

An examination of historical, conceptual, and methodological conditions of scientific knowledge through detailed consideration of important episodes in the history of science.

History 394 (101) Darwin, Evolution, and Modern History

John Beatty (Dept of Philosophy)

Darwin and the science of evolution in nineteenth and early twentieth century.

(Cross-listed with PHIL 364, 001)

History 396 (201) Environmental History of North America

Tina Loo

Overview of land use and environmental change in Canada and the United States; examines ideas and practices that shaped indigenous and non-indigenous resource exploitation, management, and activism to the end of the twentieth century.

History 402G (201) Problems in International Relations: Post-Colonial International History

Jeffrey James Byrne

In 2018W, the topic for HIST 402G, 201 will be Post-colonial international history. This course explores the history of international relations in the postcolonial world, or the Third World, following the end of European empires in the mid twentieth century.

History 403B (101) Seminar in the History of International Relations: The Middle East in Graphic Novels

Pheroze Unwalla

The Middle East in Graphic Novels: History, Politics and the Tragic Comic: Once thought of as juvenile and immaterial to politics, society and culture, graphic novels are today frequently considered art forms, political satires and/or intellectual compositions fundamental to the health of our polities as well as our imaginings of past and present. This course will explore graphic novels with a focus on their representation of Middle Eastern history, politics and peoples.

History 403E (201) Seminar in International Relations: Thinking about War

Colin Green


History 403H (201) Seminar in the History of International Relations: The International System, 1975-2001

Steven Hugh Lee

The International System, 1975-2001: Historical Perspectives. This seminar will explore topics in modern international history, 1975-2001, from a comparative and global point of view.

History 403J (202) Seminar in the History of International Relations: The Global 1970s

Eagle Glassheim

In the 1970s, fundamental shifts in the global economic, social, and geo-political order surfaced, challenging the post-war prosperity and certainties of Europeans and North Americans. Some historians have called the 1970s a decade of crisis, others consider the decade a harbinger of crises and dilemmas to come (and still coming).

History 403K (201) Seminar in the History of International Relations: Revolution and Resistance in the Third World

Jeffrey James Byrne

This course examines the history of revolutionary movements and Islamic revolutions and insurgencies in the “Third World” (such as Algeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Palestine, Vietnam).

History 405 (101) Diplomacy & Conflict in Middle East 1914 to the Present

Jeffrey James Byrne

International relations in the Middle East in the aftermath of the Ottoman Empire, with special attention to the conflicts between Jews of Palestine/Israel and their Arab neighbours.

History 408 (101) American Foreign Policy 1870 to 1945

David Gossen

Over a span of less than two hundred years, the United States transformed itself from a barely liberated former British colony to a global superpower. How and why did the American rise to power happen, and what kind of nation did the United States become as a result?

History 409 (201) American Foreign Policy since 1945

Lara Silver

U.S. foreign policy and international history from the end of World War II to the present.  Examines political, economic, and cultural relationships between the United States and other peoples, organizations, and states worldwide.

History 414 (101) Constitutions in Canadian History: From Pre-Contact to the Charter of Rights

Bradley Miller

Constitutions shape countries, peoples, and governments. This course explores the history of constitutions from the pre-contact period to the twenty-first century era of the Canadian Charter of Rights.

History 419 (201) Crime and Punishment in Canadian History

Bradley Miller

The way that societies understand crime, use criminal law to structure deviance and difference, and develop regimes to punish them reveals much about how those societies work.

History 425 (001) War and Society

David Gossen

The main focus of this course is on war as an engine of historical change from the late medieval age to modern times. It examines collective identities of social and cultural groups, nations, empires, and modern states in the context of war. We will analyze the concepts of limited vs. total war, and “conventional” vs. asymmetrical warfare.

History 432 (001) International Relations of the Great Powers in the 20th Century

Heidi J. S. Tworek

This course explores the history of international relations during the twentieth century. It seeks to understand how countries have dealt with questions of war, peace, and the balance of power. But it also looks at alternative forms of ruling the world, particularly international organizations.

History 439 (201) Politics and Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Europe, 1890-1914

Robert Brain

Explores relationships between politics, culture, and social change in Europe. Topics include the changing role of intellectuals: literary aestheticism, painting, design and the city, origins of psychology.

History 441 (101) History of the Holocaust

Richard Menkis

In this course we examine the attempt to destroy European Jewry during the Nazi regime. We survey the major steps in the emergence of the "Final Solution," and examine the reactions of the victims as well as the role of the bystanders.

History 447A (201) Selected Topics in United States History: Early America in the 21st Century

Billy Coleman

Early America in the 21st Century. This course invites students to explore the role of early American history–from the colonial era through to the Civil War–in contemporary American life.

History 473 (101) Women in the Middle Ages

Arlene Sindelar

This course investigates the cultural, social, legal, and economic roles of women in the Middle Ages.

History 484 (201) East Asian Military Systems and Warfare China

Colin Green

Confucian societies are often thought of as ones in which the brush is mightier than the sword. In fact the military has been a crucial factor in East Asia, and warfare was the engine that drove many of the most significant changes in East Asian history.

History 485 (201) Asian Migrant Communities in Vancouver

Henry Yu

This course examines Vancouver as a “global” city tied to the Asia Pacific region and embedded in the long history of “Pacific Canada.” One of the central questions is how history is narrated, and what is erased and what is highlighted by the ways we understand the relationships between the present and the past.

History 490K (201) Seminar for History Majors: The Treaty of Versailles at 100

Michael Lanthier

In January 1919, two months after the armistice that effectively ended the Great War, hundreds of statesmen and diplomats from thirty-two countries around the world gathered in Paris to draw up a series of treaties; for many of them, this was an opportunity to solve all the world’s outstanding geopolitical problems “in one stroke” and ensure peace for generations to come.

History 490N (201) Seminar for History Majors: The Early Modern Mediterranean

John Christopoulos

This seminar will explore topics and debates in early modern Mediterranean history, 1450-1750.

History 490P (201) Seminar for History Majors: Histories of Democracy

Ian Beacock

This seminar investigates major topics and debates in the history of modern democracy (c. 1750–present) with an emphasis on Europe and North America. What makes democratic life possible? Why does it fail? What does it mean for the people to rule? Who is included and who is excluded?

History 490Q (101) Seminar for History Majors: Fashioning Early America

Alisa Wade

This seminar will explore the foundations of United States history through the lens of material objects, running from the period of the American Revolution through the early stages of industrial capitalism in the nineteenth century.

History 490R (101) Seminar for History Majors: History Lab: The History of News

Heidi J. S. Tworek

History Lab: The History of News: This course enables students to develop and implement a digital project on the history of news.

History 490S (101) Seminar for History Majors: Canada and the Holocaust

Richard Menkis

In 2018W, the topic for HIST 490S is Canada and the Holocaust, 1933-2018.

History 490T (101) Seminar for HIstory Majors: Music and Politics in the United States.

Billy Coleman

The contributions of music to American political life can be easy to observe but hard to assess. What is the point of a presidential campaign song? How can we measure the impact of a protest song?

History 490Y (201) Seminar for History Majors: History of the Present: Racism, colonialism and Indigeneity in Canada

Chantal Norrgard

In 2018W, the topic for HIST 490Y is History of the Present: Racism, colonialism and Indigeneity in Canada.