HIST 113 Issues in Canadian History

An exploration of major themes, periods and events in Canadian History, this course introduces students to the methods and sources of historical study, and familiarizes them with significant historical developments from the Canadian past.


HIST 114 History of the Americas - the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The practice of slavery is as old as recorded history and has affected all regions of the world, particularly those that border the transatlantic world. This course focuses on the history of the transatlantic slave trade, especially as it shaped the development of the western hemisphere during the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. Three geographic areas will provide comparative context in which the modern history of slavery will be analyzed:

  1. the importation and expansion of slavery in the Caribbean, which helped European powers develop and maintain a powerful colonial presence in the “New World.”
  2. the importation of slaves to the American colonies before the revolution and the expansion of the practice in especially the southern United States after the international trade in slaves ended there in 1808.
  3. the development and eventual limitations of the southern slave trade. Unlike the historically more familiar “middle passage” of slaves to the Caribbean or North America, this trade centered around Brazil primarily, and linked West Central Africa to South America via the few European colonial powers who took advantage of southern winds and ocean currents.

Although not intended to be a comprehensive survey on global the history of slavery, this course will introduce students to problems and themes in the history of the Americas: how historians make sense of the practice of slavery and how this “peculiar institution” has shaped different geographies and populations in the western world.


HIST 115 Issues in European History

This course will begin with the revolution in thought (1715-1789) that led to the revolution in the streets (1789-1815), and it will end with the defeat of Hitler, and the emergence of the Cold War in 1945. It will examine how the French Revolution went through a series of stages, where not only did Terror become governmental policy for one year in 1793-1794, but the same revolution made possible the rise and rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, over both France and much of Europe. The course will look at how Otto von Bismarck unified Germany, beginning in 1862, and how that Germany, in turn so shifted the balance of power, Europe polarized to the point, where World War I resulted in 1914. Little was the same, in the wake of this four year war, for not only did four empires fall, but Communism captured Russia, and Fascism emerged in both Italy and Germany.


HIST 116 Issues in World History

This course focuses on the interaction between the “West” (i.e. Western Europe) and the rest of the world from the Age of Exploration to the present.  The expansion of Western Europe provided a social, economic, and political challenge to other nation-states and the ways that this expansion was either adapted to or challenged (by both sides) continue to reflect in our world today.  By examining European interaction with China, South Asia, and the Middle East, we can explore colonialism/imperialism on the part of the “West,” how these areas dealt with decolonization, and its continued effect on the twentieth century.


HIST 200 Canada to 1867

The course is a survey of Canadian history from the pre-contact period prior to 1500 to Confederation in 1867. It includes a study of the role of Indigenous peoples, the arrival of Europeans, New France, the Conquest, the American Revolution, the development of the British North America colonies and the achievement of Confederation.


HIST 201 Canada From Confederation to World War II

The course is a survey of Canadian history from Confederation to the outbreak of World War II. It includes a study of significant prime ministers like John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier and Mackenzie King. Topics such as Canada's development after 1867, relations with the First Nations, the settlement of the West, industrialization, Canada's relationship with Britain and the United States, the First World War, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the approach of the Second World War will be studied.


HIST 224 English History 1216-1485

A survey of the history of England and its relations with Wales, Scotland and France in the later Middle Ages. Topics will include: the development of parliament; art and architecture; heresy; the Black Death; the Hundred Years’ War; civil unrest and political strife; life in towns, cities, and the countryside.


HIST 225: Tudor and Stuart Britain

Topics include the Tudors, the Protestant Reformation, the growing power of parliament and its changing relationship with the king, the role of religion in early modern society, popular belief and the Civil War. We will also look at the Revolution of 1688 and its implications for the British constitution. 


HIST 231 The United States before 1865

An examination of such topics as colonial life; Anglo-Native relations; the Revolutionary era; economy, politics, religion, reform, and society in the early republic; antebellum America; slavery and race relations; gender and family issues; westward expansion, war, and diplomacy and the American Civil War.


HIST 233 African American History since 1783

Examines African American history since the Revolutionary Era, analyzing culture, gender and social relations in the United States since the late eighteenth century. Areas of study include events leading up to the Civil War and its aftermath; early struggles for civic equality; the emergence of a modern civil rights movement after World War II and the radicalization of social protest in the late 1960s/1970s.


HIST 234 United States 1865-1941

Topics covered include Western expansion and development; growth of the urban industrial order; immigration and ethnicity; African Americans; gender issues; society and culture; regionalism; politics; emergence of the United States as a world power.


HIST 235 United States since 1941

Topics covered include America as a global power; domestic impact of the Cold War; politics; economic transformation; regionalism; race/racism; ethnic America; gender issues; society and culture.


HIST 265 Early Middle Ages 300-1110

This course covers the emergence of medieval Europe out of Roman, Germanic, and Christian influences. Topics include the Viking attacks, the rise of the Christian Church, the decline and revival of urban life, the “King Arthur” controversy, and the development of kingdoms and empires.


HIST 266 Western Europe 1100-1400

The themes of this course include: the Crusades, heresies, Church reform, universities and learning, chivalry and courtly love, towns and trade, intensification of anti-Semitism, developments in religion, art and architecture, monarchies and government, the Black Death, the Papacy, and Church-state relations.


HIST 290AB Modern Christian Social Thought

This course traces historically the various important events and persons—Catholic, Anglican, Protestant—from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century that helped formulate and put into action a contemporary Christian social teaching in Europe and Canada. Special reference will be made to the Social Gospel, several papal social encyclicals since Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum through to the present, Liberation Theology, labour and working conditions, poverty, war and peace, human rights, as well as to the special role Saskatchewan and Western Canada have played in the Canadian social context.


HIST 290AH  Introduction to Asian Studies

This course examines Asia’s unique place and contributions as an increasingly important region in global affairs.  Using a comparative approach and a variety of perspectives drawn from history, international relations, politics, economics, cultural studies and anthropology, we will explore key themes in the region’s development.  Special emphasis will be given to the impact of colonialism and imperialism, revolution and social unrest, human rights and democracy, and social and economic transformation. 


HIST 302 French-English Relations in Canada

French and English speaking Canadians almost always interpret the very same events in radically different ways. Yet over the centuries they have managed to live together peacefully, if not always happily. Does this lived reality enhance the possibility of reconciliation or merely confirm differences? This class examines the historical association of Canada's two largest language groups. It delves a long Canadian paradox, namely the possibility for compromise and the potential for conflict. How have these two communities related? Why are they still together? What does this enriching and sometimes maddening relationship tell about Canadian history?


HIST 316 Canadian American Relations

In investigating the shared history of Canada and the United States this course will attempt to challenge some familiar stereotypes.  Are Americans ignorant of Canada? Do Canadians have a sense of smug superiority to Americans? How is Canada understood by Americans and how do Canadians understand them? Are we friends or competitors? Given the enormous economic, demographic and cultural imbalance can we be both? These and similar questions have often been posed over the long history of the Canadian-American relationship. This class delves into Canada’s historical ties with the United States by lectures, readings, discussion and significant student presentations.


HIST 317 Prairie to 1996

The fur trade and Native-European contact; the acquisition of Rupert’s Land by Canada; Indian policy after 1870; developments in transportation, settlement and politics.


HIST 332: U.S. Foreign Relations

This course is designed to provide students with a historical examination and assessment of United States foreign relations in the twentieth century.  This course will chart the development of the United States from the dominant power in the Western Hemisphere (North and South America) at the end of the 19th Century, to a major global power in the first half of the 20th century, to one of the two dominant superpowers of the later 20th century. Students will examine the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of international relations between the United States and the world and the interaction between American domestic politics and its foreign policy.  Major themes of the course will include isolationism vs. internationalism, unilateralism vs. multilateralism, and realism vs. idealism in foreign policy.


HIST 333 Chicago: America's Second City

Examines urban development in one of America's most racially and ethnically diverse cities. This course analyzes Chicago history:  from its early-nineteenth century origins of cultural conflict and environmental achievements, to its turn-of-the-century growth as a site of progressive reform, to its more recent struggles with racial/ethnic divides and political corruption.


HIST 334 Gender in Modern America

This course will examine the ways in which race, ethnicity, class, region, and sexuality have shaped ideas about gender and gender ideals/identity in the United States since the Civil War, as well as how these beliefs changed over time and were contested throughout modern U.S. history.


HIST 352 Shanghai and Tokyo

This course compares the complex social, economic, cultural and political changes in these Asian cities since the first era of contact with the West.  Themes include the development of a “new” urban lifestyle built around a rapidly expanding middle class, the growth of a politicized urban proletariat and new roles for women.  The lectures are organized thematically, exploring such topics as: the challenge of rapid urban growth, progress and problems of urbanisation, the influence of ideologies such as communism and socialism; the important roles played by mass media and entertainment in creating urban culture; women in the workforce; the imperial presence in Shanghai and imperialist culture in Tokyo; organized crime and prostitution; labour unrest; architecture; café culture; and new movements in literature and the arts.


HIST 367 Women in the Middle Ages

This course investigates the lives and conditions of women in Europe from the time of the Late Roman Empire to the beginning of the Renaissance (300-1400). Over the course of the term, we will look at the status of women in different eras and cultures, and we will learn how women's opportunities and experiences changed over time. We will gain insight into the history of a wide range of women: queens and noblewomen, nuns and ascetics, peasants and crafts workers, businesswomen and prostitutes, wives and mothers. We will examine both medieval expectations and assumptions about women, as well as the realities of women within the spheres of domesticity, marriage, religion, work, and culture.


HIST 368 History of Popular Religion 300-1400

This course will examine, from a historical perspective, the religious beliefs and practices of medieval Europeans.  The emphasis will be on Christian beliefs, but those of other religions will be considered, too.  Topics include: heresy; the fate of the dead; skepticism; saints; signs and miracles; good and evil spirits; holidays.


HIST 390AQ Memory and Place in Asia

This course explores symbolic space in Asia, places with an historic, cultural, religious or political significance. It addresses the question of where memory is located in a variety of Asian countries, and what ideas local inhabitants, pilgrims, and travelers bring to certain natural geographical features, architecture, and urban space in such sites of meaning. Topics include natural wonders (mountains, rivers), sacred sites, pilgrimage/quest, trade routes, places of East-West encounter, places of suffering/places of healing, national space and modern showcases.


HIST 390AS Pacific Perspectives: A History of Canada's Relations with Asia

This course provides an overview of Canada's relations with the Asia Pacific region. From early missionary and trade contacts to later diplomatic initiatives to more recent human rights concerns, the course adopts a historical and thematic approach. Canada's role within wider global networks will be emphasized throughout the course. 


HIST 390AU Antisemitism and the Holocaust

“Antisemitism,” strictly speaking, is a modern phenomenon: the word itself dates only to the nineteenth century. Yet it is obvious that hostility to Jews has existed for centuries. Is it possible, then, or fruitful, to distinguish between different historical stages of anti-Jewish animus? This course will offer a historical analysis of the emergence and development of antisemitism in Western civilization. The twentieth century will be examined as the stage on which such horrific tragedies as the Holocaust unfolded, focusing on key actors and agents, setting, and also the “theatrical property." Whatever our conclusions about a typology of Judeaeophobia and antisemitism, one thing is certain: the curtain has yet to fall on the sorry spectacle of xenophobia and demonizing “the other.”


HIST 400 Theories of History

This is a seminar course examining the variety of approaches to the study of history from 1900 to the present. Movements studied include Marxism, the Annales School, Feminist Theory and Post-Modernism.


HIST 405 Contemporary Quebec

Historian Susan Mann has written that Quebecois ‘have always been the source of greatest puzzlement to English Canada’. Certainly, Quebec has a specific and distinct history. Indeed in November 2006 a vast majority of Canadian parliamentarians in the House of Commons voted in favour of a motion recognizing that ‘the Quebecois form a nation within a united Canada’. What is the historical basis for this recognition of separate national status? By examining issues such as language, religion, economic development and politics with special attention to recent history this class will delve such Quebecois particularity and its implications.


HIST 432/832: Black Power in U.S. History

The phrase "black power" is most commonly associated with the radical civil right movement in the United States during the late 1960s and 1970s. Claimed by militant leaders like Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee President Stokely Carmichael and by organizations like the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, black power as a concept supporting equality has much longer historical roots than traditional civil rights narratives have defined. This course examines the origins of black power in the United States as it emerged in the aftermath of post-World War I era race riots, and how it evolved throughout the twentieth century. We will also examine the ways in which non-violence and black power, as ideological concepts, co-existed throughout the history of the modern American civil rights movement, demonstrating how "black power" has always been a vital part of African American freedom struggles. 


HIST 434 American Trials: 20th Century

History 434 is a consideration of landmark United States court decisions during the twentieth century, with emphasis on the changing social context in which trials took place to understand how everyday life and popular ideals affected the law, as well as to appreciate the impact of the courtroom on modern American life.


HIST 466 The Middle Ages in Film

This course critically examines films set in the Middle Ages in order to explore the issue of the value of cinematic representations of medieval history. Topics addressed include race and ethnicity, gender roles, epic heroism, faith, religion and holiness, and war in films set in the Middle Ages.


HIST 467 Marriage and Family in the Middle Ages

This course investigates the history of marriage and the family in medieval Europe. It covers such topics as: the development of Christian attitudes towards marriage; marriage practices; family structures and strategies; children and childhood.


HIST 490AG  US Domestic Security

This course examines the United States and its responses to issues of domestic security. Starting with the end of Reconstruction, major areas of examination will include both domestic American terrorism and international security risks.