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. Through the study of primary and secondary sources, students: explore various civilizations' cultural wealth and diversity as well as their problems; recognize not only each civilization's distinctive features, but also the commonality of the human experience; and study and discuss the controversial issues arising from various interpretations of World History. Topics to be covered include the emergence and diffusion of the world's great religions, the impact of cultural contact along trade routes and on military frontiers, the ordering of societies, and significant political developments. The course consists of lectures twice a week and discussion sections once a week both terms. Evaluation is based on several analytical and research essays of varying length, four examinations, and participation in all aspects of the course.
Section 227 of HIST 104 is restricted to students in CAP (Co-ordinated Arts Programme)
Origins of World Legal Traditions: This World History course focuses on social relationships and their development in historic and traditional societies. In civilizations ranging from the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world to Yuan China and Medieval Europe and their influence on the present, students investigate and compare social and legal relationships in the context of the law, religion, and customs that regulated people's behaviour and circumscribed their lives: husbands and wives, kings and subjects, teachers and children, prostitutes and partners, merchants and customers, friends and neighbours, elite and marginalized, conquerors and conquered, people and gods, righteous and outcast, the dead and the living. The readings consist of primary documents such as law codes, case records, sacred texts, plays, novels, poetry, images, and other artefacts as well as secondary scholarship and historical analyses. The course consists of lectures twice a week and discussion sections once a week. This course emphasizes writing skills and constructing arguments based on critical analysis of sources and evidence that convey conclusions that reflect historical understanding. Evaluation is based on short essays and assignments, two examinations, class discussions, and participation in all aspects of the course.
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. Through local agricultural projects, incorporated towns, organized universities, political representative bodies, centralized monarchies, and the international institutions of the Roman Catholic Church, Europe began self-conscious and deliberate expansion. When disasters struck in the fourteenth century, this society painfully recovered through innovative responses that once more reshaped its civilization. Europe in the Late Middle Ages examines various aspects of these transformations through selected primary and secondary sources. Attention will be given to medieval historiography – how our understanding of the Middle Ages has changed over time, in particular regarding the crusades, the medieval family, and socio/political organization. Assigned readings most weeks include a survey text, scholarly journal articles, and primary sources. The class meets twice a week, incorporating both lectures and discussions. Final grades are based on the essays and written assignments (about 50%), class activities and participation (about 10%), a midterm quiz and a final exam (about 40%).
In Term 2 Dr. Sindelar is also teaching MDVL 310B The Medieval Town. Students may request that this course count for History programs.
Program Advisor for Majors and Minors in History and the Medieval Studies Program, and the Law and Society Minor.
Advisor for the History Major and Minor programs
Advisor for Medieval Studies Major and Minor programs
Chair and Advisor for the Law and Society Minor program
Chair, Student Directed Seminars, Faculty Advisory Committee