Courses - Undergraduate 2019W

Title Instructor Description Poster

History 100 (101) What is History

William French

The discipline of history through the study of questions, sources, methods, and controversies. Includes case studies of key turning points in world history to examine what historians do and why it matters.

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, Asia, and the Americas.  Term 1 will focus on

History 103 (001) 103 World History Since 1900

Michael Lanthier

In this course, students will examine the major developments that have marked the world since 1900.  We will focus on political, economic, and social developments while covering topics such as colonization and decolonization, North-South relations, the two world wars, international organizations

History 103 (002) 103 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) State Intervention and International Law in World History

Tim Brook

This section is restricted to students in CAP (Co-ordinated Arts Programme)

State Intervention and International Law in World History

History 104E (201) Fascism and Anti-Fascism

Richard Menkis

In this course, we will explore how fascism and anti-fascism became global movements, reflecting on where, why and how they took hold. .

History 104F (101) Cities in History

David Morton

An introduction to the urban past that explores one of the key dynamics of human history: how people have shaped cities while at the same time cities have shaped what people have produced, what they have thought, and how they have related to each other.

History 104G (VO1)

Pheroze Unwalla

(Restricted to Vantage College students)

History 104G (VO2)

Pheroze Unwalla

(Restricted to Vantage College students)

History 105G (VO1) Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective

Tucker Sharon

(Restricted to Vantage College students) 

Places, issues and problems of current relevance such as disease, terrorism, drugs, or ethnic conflict in historical perspective. Each section will explore a single theme.

History 105G (VO2) Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective

Tucker Sharon

(Restricted to Vantage College students) 

Places, issues and problems of current relevance such as disease, terrorism, drugs, or ethnic conflict in historical perspective. Each section will explore a single theme.

History 106 (101) Global Environmental History

Tina Loo

The impact humans have had on the environment, and the ways in which the physical environment has shaped human history: climate, agriculture, energy use, and urbanization.

History 107 (201) Global Indigenous Histories

Coll Thrush

In North America, the significance of Indigenous history is hard to miss. Unresolved Aboriginal title throughout much of British Columbia keeps topics like treaties and pipelines in the news, while the abuses of the residential schools have focused Canada’s attention on its colonial legacy.

History 108 (101) Global History of Capitalism

J. Hanser

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 (101) Gateway to the Middle Ages

Courtney Booker

An introduction to some problems and themes of historical methodology and medieval European History through a close reading and discussion of medieval texts.  HIST 202 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and

History 220A (201) History of Europe

Michael Lanthier

Selected themes and historical approaches in European history; may include Europe's history of religious conflict, state formation, colonialism, nationalism, industrialization, revolution, total war, globalization, genocide, or environmental change.  HIST 220 will introduce students to the method

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

Bradley Miller

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

Tamara Myers

An introduction to public history in Canada. An exploration of the politics and practice of representing the past in a variety of sites, and questions of historical interpretation, memory, and audience.

History 237A (201) Major Issues in American History

Billy Coleman

Survey from colonial period to present examining political system, slavery, Civil War, race relations and civil rights, westward expansion, industrialization, feminism, expanding international presence, Cold War, and modern culture.

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

John Christopoulos

An introduction to 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.  HIST 240 will introduce students to the methods of historical practic

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

Robert Brain

Western medicine from 1700 to the present, with a focus on social and cultural ideas surrounding the body, health and disease, and the development of medical institutions.  HIST 241 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including

History 250A (201) Major Issues in Latin American History

Tucker Sharon

Nowhere are the Cold War's contradictions more visible than in the experience of those places where the war was decidedly "hot", such as in much of Latin America. 

History 256 (101) History of Africa

David Morton

An introduction to the long arc of African history, from early times to recent times.

History 260 (101) Science and Society in the Contemporary World

Robert Brain

(Cross-listed with PHIL 260)  An introduction to the historical development, conceptual foundations, and cultural significance of contemporary science.

History 270A (101) China in World History

Timothy Cheek

This course approaches the history of China from a global perspective. It proposes that China has been shaped by the world, and the world by China, far more intensely than China's national history has understood.

History 271 (201) Japan and Global History

K. McCormick

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

D. Ober

“History of India” is a sweeping survey that covers some 4,500 years of history across a region that today comprises eight nation-states and is home to more than 1.5 billion people.

History 280 (201) Islamic World History

Sebastian R. Prange

This course studies the history of the Muslim world in its global dimensions and contexts. It considers the emergence of an Islamic polity in seventh-century Arabia, the rise of the caliphate to encompass a diverse empire, and the global diffusion of Muslim states, societies, and diasporas.

History 302 (001) History of the Indigenous Peoples of North America

Paige Raibmon

This course is a broad overview of the histories of Indigenous peoples and settler colonialism in what became Canada and the United States, from before first contacts with non-Indigenous peoples to the near future.

History 304 (101) Researching Local History from the Ground Up

Laura Ishiguro

Are you interested in learning how to conduct historical research? Do you want to make new discoveries or uncover new stories about a local community?

History 305 (201) History of British Columbia

Laura Ishiguro

The history of British Columbia is all around us. HIST 305 examines the events and processes that have made this place, with a particular focus on the late eighteenth century to the present.

History 310 (201) The British Empire to 1850

J. Hanser

Rise of the British imperial system within a global context from its beginnings to 1850. Focuses on economic and social themes with emphasis on settlements in the southern hemisphere as well as the West Indies.

History 311 (101) The British Empire after 1850

Lara Silver

The impressive expanse of the British Empire, its experience and endurance after two crippling world wars. The relinquishing of colonies, and the legacy of racial prejudice felt by newcomers to the ‘Mother Country.’ 

History 312 (201) Southern African

David Morton

The upheavals of southern Africa over the last century or so have resonated throughout the world.

History 318 (101) Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Joy Dixon

British society and politics in the era of the two world wars: the liberal reforms before the Great War, war experiences, the Great Depression, and the impact of new political movements.

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 d

History 323 (101) Empires, Wars, and Revolutions in Europe and the Americas, 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 only be granted for one of 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: Affluence and Anxiety 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 331 (101) The United States, 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 339 (101) 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 342 (201) Modern Jewish History

Richard Menkis

In this course we will study the private and public lives of Jewish men and women from 1500 to the present. We will encounter the experiences of the Jews by contextualizing and analyzing the memoirs of Jews from each century. We begin with the major upheaval of Jewish life in the late fifteenth c

History 349 (201) Imperial Russian History, 1800 to 1917

Alexei Kojevnikov

History of Russia from the time of Catherine the Great to the Russian Revolution with particular focus on social and cultural history.

History 356 (201) Twentieth Century Germany

David Gossen

This course focuses on the myriad causes and consequences of Germany's turbulent twentieth century.  It addresses issues relating to German involvement in the two world wars, its revival of power and influence in the cold war era, the fall of the Berlin Wall, national reunification, and post-cold

History 357 (101) History of Mexico

William French

Examines themes in the last five hundred years of Mexican history, with an emphasis on the critical reading of primary sources and the use of a variety of texts that may include letters, diaries, paintings, photographs, novels, and movies.

History 363 (201) Europe in the Early Middle Ages

Courtney Booker

A survey of the transformation and development of institutions and ideas in Europe from about 400 through about 1000 CE. 

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 immediately brings to mind bursts of creativity and advances in knowledge, influenced by t

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) Europe in the 19th Century

C. Matheson

History 368 surveys the main events and themes in European history from the French Revolution to the period preceding World War l.

History 369 (101) Europe 1900-1950

Michael Lanthier

This course is an intermediate-level survey examining the many, often violent, transformations that occurred in European politics, society, and culture between the 1890s and 1950.  We will start with the spread of industry and the growth of urban centres, and explore how these phenomena gave rise

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; students to register in ASIA 373) This course explores the history, culture, and identities of Hong Kong from the port's pre-colonial settings in the early nineteenth century to its post-colonial contexts.

History 377 (101) History of Cantonese Worlds

Clement Tong

(Cross-listed with ASIA 323; students to register in ASIA 323) The history, culture, languages, and identities of the multi-faceted Cantonese worlds, in the context of Chinese history and the Cantonese diaspora. Equivalency: ASIA 323.

History 378 (002) History of Early China

Clayton Ashton

(Cross-listed with ASIA 320; students to register in ASIA 320) 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 (101) History of Later Imperial China

Leo Shin

(Cross-listed with ASIA 340; students to register in HIST 379)  This course explores the history of China from the disintegration of the Tang Empire at the turn of the tenth century to the eve of the country's modern transformation.

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

Glen Peterson

This course explores changes in institutions and ideas in China from the late imperial period (circa 1600) to the present. Approaches are thematic, by periods, and by problems. This course is open to all students; no previous background in Chinese history is required or expected.

History 381 (101) Imperialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia

E. Liao

The history of European imperial rule, the forms of resistance to it, and the formation of nationalist movements in Southeast Asia. The countries studied include Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

History 382 (201) Post-Colonial Southeast Asia

John Roosa

The history of the Japanese occupation, wars of independence, international relations of the independent nation-states, and internal armed conflicts. Special attention will be paid to the wars in Vietnam, Indonesia, and East Timor.

History 385 (201) India from Raj to Republic


This course provides a comprehensive chronological and thematic introduction to the history of the Indian subcontinent from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present.

History 390A (201) dentity and Dissent in Post-Independence India, 1947-present

Anne Murphy (Faculty Supervisor, Asian Studies)

Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies have been important in critiquing the nation and its citizens. These have also helped critique the nationalist project that drives the Indian state.

History 390A (201) Identity and Dissent in Post-Independence India, 1947-present

Anne Murphy

Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies have been important in critiquing the nation and its citizens. These have also helped critique the nationalist project that drives the Indian state.

History 391, 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 392 (201) Scientific Revolution: Circulation of Knowledge in the Early Modern World

Alexei Kojevnikov

The profound transformation of knowledge about the world in the context of the first global encounter of civilizations between 1450 and 1800. Explores the foundations for modern science.

History 393 (201) Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science

Alexei Kojevnikov

Cross-listed with PHIL 360. What is science? There is no single answer, but to begin to understand it as a human practice, a body of knowledge, or an instrument for change, we will read some of the key classics in the history of science and use this understanding to address philosophical questions on the methods and scope of science.

History 394 (201) Darwin, Evolution, and Modern History

John Beatty

Cross-listed with PHIL 364. Focuses on Darwin and the science of evolution in the 19th and early 20th century.

History 395 (101) The Nuclear Century: Scientists, Atoms, and the World Order Since 1900

Alexei Kojevnikov

Science and the military-industrial complex; quantum and relativistic revolutions in physics; nuclear energy and weapons of mass destruction; international tensions, environmental damage, and global perils.

History 396 (201) Environmental History of North America

Nicholas May

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 402C (201) Problems in International Relations, From the Perspective of Asia

Tim Brook

This course asks two questions: what does international relations (IR) look like when you from Asia, and how does it change when you take a historical perspective, in this case going back to the 13th century with the rise of the Mongols.

History 402F (201) Problems in International Relations, The United States and Vietnam--Revolution, War, Aftermath

Jessica Wang

This course focuses on the intertwined histories of the United States and Vietnam within the twentieth century global contexts of colonialism, anti-colonial resistance and revolution, and world war and global cold war.

History 403A (101) Seminar in International Relations, The Origins of the First World War

Michael Lanthier

World War I was one the great turning points of world history: the bloody, brutal birth of the 20th

History 403B (101) Seminar in International Relations, Memoirs and What's Missing

Lara Silver

We will look at memoirs and biographies to examine some of the leading individuals during tumultuous episodes of international history and assess their contribution to international relations.

History 403C (101) Seminar in International Relations, Global History of Cocaine

Tucker Sharon

This course explores the myths, morals and make-up of global cocaine culture, beginning with the socio-historical divisions between cocaine and the coca plant, Erythroxylum coca.

History 403E (201) Seminar in International Relations, Social Memory of International Violence

Xian Wang

The course examines issues and legacies of colonialism, the Second World War, and the Vietnam War, with a focus on memory studies and oral history in East and Southeast Asia.

History 403H (201) Seminar in 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

History 403K (201) Seminar in International Relations, Canada-US Relations

Lara Silver

The seminar examines Canada-US relations from the 1930s to the present day to obtain an expansive view of bilateral bliss and the uncomfortable aspects of ‘sleeping with an elepha

History 403L (101) Seminar in the History of International Relations, International communist movement and its legacies

Alexei Kojevnikov

The seminar explores the international role of communist movements during the twentieth century, their ambitious or utopian goals and more modest, but impressive accomplishments.

History 404 (101) The First World War

David Borys

The First World War examined from a global perspective. The impact of technology, science, culture and society on the way the war was fought as well as an examination of the major events of the war itself.


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

David Gossen

This course focuses on the history of diplomacy and conflict in the Middle East from the latter 19th century to the early 21st century. We begin with a brief introduction to political transformations in the Ottoman empire in the decades prior to 1914.

History 408 (101) U.S. Foreign Relations from Independence to World War II

Jessica Wang

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?  We will consider these ques

History 409 (201) U.S. Foreign Relations since 1945

David Gossen

This course covers American foreign policy from 1945 to the present day. It examines the ebb and flow of American political, economic, military, and cultural power and influence around the world, including debates about when, where, and whether the US established hegemonic dominance.

History 413 (201) Imagining the Nation: 19th- and 20th-Century Canada

Michel Ducharme

(Cross-listed with CDST 350) The political and intellectual history of the concept of the nation in French and English Canada, and the different forms of nationalism it inspired from the middle of the nineteenth century to the 1995 Quebec Referendum.

History 415A (201) History of Vancouver

Meghan Longstaffe

In History 415, we will examine selected themes in the history of Vancouver to explore how the study of the past illuminates or explains major debates in the city today. We will examine the making of the city of Vancouver on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories, with a focus on the late nineteenth century to the present. We will consider a wide range of historical topics and events as context for understanding various current debates.

History 418 (101) the 1960s in Global Perspective

Tamara Myers

Welcome to the Days of Hope and Rage. The Global Sixties explores a watershed decade of unprecedented political activism and backlash, focusing on social movements (free speech, students, civil rights/Black Power, anti-war, feminisms, anti-colonialism, and environmentalism), national liberation struggles, and global counterculture. We examine the ideologies, tactics, and meanings of 1960s movement culture and new subcultures related to rock ‘n’ roll, sexual freedom, and illicit drugs.

History 420D (201) Topics in Canadian History, High and Dry: Drugs in Canadian History

Laura Ishiguro

How can studying the past help us to understand better the recent legalization of cannabis or the opioid crisis today? This question drives the 2019W offering of HIST 420, which will focus on the history of drugs in Canadian history.

History 425 (001) War and Society

A. Sens

Continuity and change in the relations of war and society, the connections between the economy, society, the military, and government in peacetime as well as war; not a course in military history.

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

Heidi J. S. Tworek

History of international relations from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.  Questions of war, peace, balance of power, and the evolution of the international system in global economic cultural, and social contexts.

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 443 (201) History of North American Children and Youth

Tamara Myers

This course looks at the emergence of childhood and adolescence in western society to its remarkable journey across the 20th century.

History 447B (201) Selected Topics in United States History, History of the American West

Coll Thrush

This course examines in depth the rich and complex histories of one of the United States’ most interesting and hotly-debated regions: the West.

History 456 (101) Race in the Americas

C. Norrgard

Legacies of African, European and Asian migrations, and colonial encounters with indigenous peoples. Includes the creation of racial categories, the making of transnational and transracial families, and the emergence of race-based social and cultural movements.

History 464 (101) First Contacts in the Pacific

Coll Thrush

This course has three major components.

History 483 (201) Asian Migrations to the Americas

Henry Yu

Examines both the historical and contemporary contexts for migration from Asia to Canada and the Americas.

History 484 (201) East Asian Military Systems

HIST 484, 201 has been cancelled for 2019W.

History 487 (201) History of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Acupuncture to Yoga

Sarah Basham

Alternative and complementary healing in history, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), yoga, meditation, and alternative drug therapies. Specific themes may vary from year to year.

History 490A (201) Paper, Ink, and Pixels: A Global History of the Book

Sarah Basham

This course examines the evolution of the book across the globe from bamboo manuscripts and papyrus to Kindle and Kobo. Topics include the social and cultural history of books, the material history of books, print culture, manuscripts, libraries and archives, and descriptive bibliography.

History 490B (201) History of the Present: Racism, Colonialism, and Indigeneity in Canada

C. Norrgard

This capstone Majors seminar will give students the opportunity to conduct historical analysis and investigation into some of the most prominent issues relating to Indigenous peoples, racism, and settler colonialism in Canada today.  We will consider the histories of settler colonial institutions

History 490N (201) The Writing of History

David Morton

This seminar doubles as a workshop in the craft of writing historical narrative. Each week, students will read a short work of history and discuss how the historian’s choices in style, structure, and voice contribute to the historian’s argument.

History 490Q (101) Evolutionary History

Eric Michael Johnson

This course will critically examine the transnational history of evolutionary theory (including human evolution) from the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species until the present day.

History 490R (201) Science and Empire

Eric Michael Johnson

This course will examine the historical relations between science, technology, and empire from the 18th to the 20th century.

History 490T (101) 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 490W (101) Conscience in the Middle Ages

Courtney Booker

This seminar will explore medieval notions of conscience (conscientia), its nature, authority, and power, and the techniques developed to discern and master it in others.