Courses marked (H) in the description are designed as honours courses.
This course will deal with the evolution and expansion of European society during the pre-industrial era. Commencing with the Renaissance and Reformation it will survey such themes as the voyages of exploration, the impact of western culture on indigenous societies, the development of commercial capitalism, the transformation of science and technology and the conflict between imperial powers in Europe and overseas.
This course introduces students to the basics of the historian's craft, including interpreting primary sources, locating and critically analyzing secondary sources, and writing for history. For more detail on the content of sections consult the History department website. https://www.uoguelph.ca/history
This course is a survey of the twentieth century, focusing on major events and themes such as: the First and Second World Wars, the Great Depression, the rise and fall of fascism, social movements, revolutions, genocides, decolonization, nationalism, the Cold War, and the rise and decline of American power. The course draws its examples and case studies mainly from regions across the world, with the intention of broadening critical awareness and fostering global Citizenship.
This course is an introduction to the culturally specific ways in which science and technology have developed historically from the ancient period through the twenty-first century. Emphasis will be placed on the patterns in which scientific knowledge and practices have traveled and been constructed across cultures and the interconnected but distinct histories of science and technology.
A comparative survey of the histories of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales during the Medieval and Early Modern eras. Stress will be placed upon common themes such as institutional development, warfare and the often violent interaction between the English and the Celtic peoples.
This course will consider film both as a source and as a comment on the past. Topics will vary depending on instructor expertise, and may include film as propaganda, the city in film, film as myth, women and gender in film, film and war. For information on the topic of a specific section, consult the History department website. https://www.uoguelph.ca/history.
Concentrating on developments following the introduction of gunpowder, the course will consider the evolution of military strategy and tactics, the impact of technology on warfare, and the relationship between war and civilian populations.
A wide-ranging look at the diverse religions of the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course focuses on each faith's social context and interactions from their beginnings to the present day.
This course covers selected events and issues in Indigenous history in the Americas, including topics such as origin narratives, self-governance, intertribal contact, transatlantic trade, treaty-making, stages of colonization, Indigenous rights and Indigenous protest movements. Themes may focus on specific regions of the Americas and may be examined through notable Indigenous figures, law and policy, technology, food, material culture, or moments of conflict.
This course studies political, economic, social, and cultural developments, including the intertwined Indigenous histories, in the lands now known as Canada.
This course provides a historical survey of modern human-animal relationships and the contradictions that characterize them. Topics may include: hunting and sporting, horses and 19th century cities, natural history and the zoo, history of veterinary medicine, 20th century animal sports, the birth of industrial animal agriculture, animals as biotechnology, anti-cruelty movements, petkeeping and consumerism, animal figures in popular culture. The thematic or geographic focus of the course may vary according to the expertise of the instructor.
Few activities lend themselves more powerfully to global histories of the modern world than sport. Since the mid-late nineteenth century, organized games have become integral parts of mass culture and everyday life around the world, reflecting and sometimes shaping much wider political and socio-economic processes. Encompassing key themes in the history of the modern world - such as race, empire, gender, mass media, and nationalism - this course critically analyzes the development of modern sport from a global perspective.
This course will explore the history of the moment to understand why 9/11 happened and examine 9/11's lasting legacy for both the West and the Arab-Muslim world. It will examine how the West was historically perceived in the Arab World, as well as the growth of Islamophobia in the US, Canada and Europe. This course will reflect on the intellectual climate of the US and the Arab world within a historical and political context often neglected, misunderstood, or ignored by proponents of the "clash of civilizations" argument.
The course will examine Covid-19 in historical perspective through lectures from History Faculty on topics including medieval and early modern plagues, the 1918 and other pandemics, the history of vaccination and public health, the rise of hospitals, as well as tourism and sports in times of disruption. Students will create a Covid-19 digital archive, using media, photographs, diaries, and other sources. They will also be trained in the creation of historical and digital archives and in designing a coherent collection.
This course will explore the Celts of Ireland and Britain from the time of the druids to the post-millennium emergence of literature relating to a king called Arthur. Reflecting on what we know of the Celts, how we know it, and what the term means, the course will examine topics such as the development of kingdoms and elite 'heroic' culture, the spread of Christianity, the law, everyday life and the family, art and literature, and the interaction between the Celts and their neighbours.
This course examines many of the major events and developments in medieval Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to 1500 CE. Important themes include the spread of Christianity, interactions with Islam and Judaism, the emergence of important medieval institutions and relations with the Byzantine Empire and the Eastern Mediterranean.
This course explores how the things we buy shape our personal identities and how individuals relate to corporations and advertisers, in the context of the emergence of modern consumer society from the 18th century to the present. It critically examines the shift from home-production economies to mass production. Examining how developments such as department stores, product branding, modern advertising, urbanization, and suburbanization have shaped society, politics, and the economy, the course provides a historical context for contemporary debates about consumer culture.
This course is a survey of the inter-connected nature of gender constructs, nation-states and violence in history, primarily focused on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course proceeds in a roughly chronological order, examining individuals, nations, revolutions, and wars across the globe. We engage in individual and comparative studies to question the gendered origins and effects of nationalism and violence in history - and their continuing relevance.
An introduction to the field of environmental history - its nature and uses. This course provides a historical perspective to environmental issues. It examines the causes and impact of human-induced modification of the natural world in selected areas of the globe, the evolution of attitudes and ideas about the natural world over time and the growth of conservation/environmental issues and movements.
This course surveys the major trends in religious beliefs and practices and their social impact since the Reformation. The focus of the course is on the British Isles and North America with some discussion of developments in Continental Europe.
Hockey provides a valuable prism through which major cultural, socio-economic and even political developments within Canada can be reflected. This course reviews the considerable role that hockey has played in Canada's post-Confederation history. From the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century, hockey has helped to inform the nation's sense of self and has also reflected prevailing social attitudes and cultural values within Canada.
This course provides a survey of United States history from the Revolutionary period to the present. Course lectures, readings and assignments ask students to interrogate broadly the social, cultural, economic and political changes and continuities in America, as well as the nation's emergence as a superpower.
The course will deal with the forced migration of Africans resulting from the Atlantic slave trade and the indentured labor migration of Indians to the Caribbean Isles, the latter which was associated with the demise of the slave trade and slavery. Issues to examine will include a comparison of forces internal and external to Africa and India productive of the exodus, the nature of diaspora communities established by the both set of migrants, and the socio-political and economic dynamics involved in their establishment as citizens of their new societies during the period.
This course is designed to deepen students' understanding of diverse historical primary and secondary sources, advance their practices of historical research and writing, and explore critical interpretive problems surrounding the study of history.
This course will survey the history of England and the Celtic Regions of the British Isles from the close of the Tudor period up to the mid-20th century. Emphasis will be placed on social and economic development before and after the Industrial Revolution as well as on those political and military challenges which have characterized Britain's status as a global power in the modern era.
This course will deal with the emergence of modern European society as the result of socio-economic and consequent political changes from the French Revolution, through the World Wars, to the collapse of communism and the formation of the European Union.
This course studies political, economic, social, and cultural developments in post-Confederation Canadian history, including the intertwined histories of Indigenous peoples.
This course is a survey of French history from the beginning of modernization in the 18th century to the challenges of the late 20th century. Topics will include the Revolution, the Napoleonic period, social and political transformation in the 19th century, the Great War, the defeat of 1940 and Vichy, and the remarkable changes in French life since the Second World War.
The history of the Mediterranean World from prehistoric Greece through Classical Greece and Rome to the legalization of Christianity in the Roman Empire in the 4th century will be covered in this course.
This course is an introduction to the history of Islam. The course will consider the founding of Islam, and its global diffusion, from the seventh to the fourteenth centuries.
An introduction to the histories and cultures of Asia since 1750. This course will consider the evolution of Asian religions, cultural identities, concepts of state and of society in the modern era.
This course will study selected themes in the history of Latin American republics from the independence period to the modern era.
Using gender and ethnicity as the main categories of analysis, this course examines the history of women within one global geographical region such as Asia, South America and the Caribbean or North America. The roles women have played in political, economic and private life will be emphasized.
This course provides an introduction to the issues of sexuality and gender within history. The course will enable students to develop an understanding of how issues of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality were developed and defined across cultures. The chronological and geographic focus of the course may vary according to the interests and expertise of the instructor.
This course studies the history of modern India from 1757 to the present day. Topics include: European and British imperialism in India, Indian reactions to imperialism, socio-religious movements, the birth of nationalism and the nation-state in India, civil society and social issues in a developing nation, regionalism, foreign policy and India's place in the 21st century.
This course is a study of the United States as a global phenomenon. Thematic topics will go beyond foreign policy and military history to include imperialism, immigration, globalization, race, gender, ethnicity, consumption, tourism, and international cultural industries.
The course will survey the social, political and intellectual influences upon the leisure activities of Europeans and Americans in the period with special reference to institutions such as the prison, the asylum, the reformatory and the regulation of popular culture and leisure activities. Witchcraft and the witch-hunt will be discussed.
This course will explore the phenomenon of the 'witch-hunts' in early modern Europe through a focus on Scotland in the period 1560-1700. In addition to placing the witch-hunts in their historical context by providing students with the background to Scotland's political, religious, and social history in the early modern period, the course will introduce students to the considerable body of historical writing on the subject of the witch-hunts and give them hands on experience with primary source documents in order to discuss specific witch trials themselves. Popular and elite conceptions of witchcraft will be explored, as well as gender history.
This course will cover the history and culture of Mexico from its Pre-columbian civilizations to the present. Topics may include: Aztec and Mayan civilizations, European discovery and conquest, inquisition, convents, independence, the Mexican revolution, indigenismo, NAFTA and Zapatista insurgency in Chiapas.
This course examines the development of Canadian political life and public policy from Confederation to the early 21st century. It takes a broad approach to its understanding of politics, including traditional elements such as elections, political parties, federalism and leadership. It also considers the diverse array of actors and forces that have shaped policy and political culture in Canada, including social movement activism, transnational influences, and factors such as gender, class, race/ethnicity, religion and language. Significant attention is paid to the development of public policy, including social welfare policy, foreign policy and identity policies such as official languages and multiculturalism.
This course provides an in-depth examination of political, social, cultural, and economic changes in Canada since the Second World War. Particular attention will be paid to the increased diversity of the Canadian population, the development of Canadian institutions, and the changing role played by Canada in the world.
This course examines the social history of childhood, youth and adolescence in western culture and how life-cycles vary as a function of class, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality. It will examine the experiences of young people in different historical eras. Questions to be explored include: Does the notion of adolescence transcend history and culture? How have experts constructed institutions such as the high school, the juvenile justice system, the media, medical and social scientific research to channel youth rebellion? Historical case studies will be selected to show generations in political, community and domestic conflict. This interdisciplinary history course draws upon sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, art, music, literature, academic writing and research from Europe, Canada and the United States.
The course examines the history of Spain and Portugal from the period of the reconquista to overseas expansion. The course covers the political, diplomatic, religious and cultural development of early modern Spain and Portugal and the rise of the overseas empire.
This course will examine the history of food and foodways from the early 19th century to the present. It will explore the impact of changing agricultural practices and the growth of the food processing industry, including the rise of nutritional science, and the impact on eating patterns.
This course provides a historical survey of cinema and the moving image, as well as the material, cultural, political and technological contexts of their production. Students will come to understand the broad development of the medium over the past one hundred and thirty years, beginning with early, pre-cinematic moving image technologies and ending with an analysis of the influence of other media and merchandizing on cinema. Students will also become familiar with crucial terminology for analyzing and writing about how films have been constructed and how they communicated to audiences over time. Geographic or thematic focus may vary according to the expertise of the instructor.
This course offers a comparative analysis of revolutionary movements in the modern world. It focuses on the French Revolution, the development of a revolutionary tradition in the 19th century, the Russian Revolution, and the Communist Revolution in China. Comparative themes include the relative importance of ideology and class conflict, the emergence of professional revolutionaries, and the relationship between revolutions and international relations.
This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to the historical interactions between disease and human society from the Middle Ages to the present. Major themes may include the co-construction of disease and society; disease and urbanization; disease and colonialism; disease and globalization; disease and gender.
This course examines the history and culture of China since the nineteenth century. Topics may include economics, gender, imperialism, militarism, politics, and religion.
The course offers a comprehensive overview of Scottish Diaspora history, focusing on a broad range of themes and settlement locations. Covering the period c.1750 to 1945, the historical geographies of the Scottish Diaspora explored include the 'near Diaspora' of England, Wales and Ireland; Continental Europe; the traditional settler Dominions; the United States; Africa; and Asia.
This course will be devoted to a study of major themes in modern German history, and to an analysis of Germany's role in post-war Europe. Topics include the unification of Germany, the role of nationalism in modern German history, the significance of the Bismarck era, the rise of Hitler and the development of the two Germanies until their unification in 1990.
This course will cover the history and culture of Brazil from its early indigenous civilizations to the present. Topics may include: European discovery and contact, the colonial era, slave trade and slavery, Dutch occupation, hybrid Afro-Christian religions, the Inquisition, independence, abolitionism, samba and carnival, dictatorships, soccer, favelas, and issues related to race, class, gender and the environment.
This course examines Canada's role in the First World War. The question of how much the war was a transformative experience for Canadians will be central to students' learning, as they grapple with issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, class, gender, militarism, pacifism, religion, age, and memory.
This course examines the British Empire from the 18th through the 20th centuries. It focuses on: the empire in Asia and Africa; ideologies of empire; and European and non-European approaches and reactions to empire.
This course examines how colonial and neo-colonial governments interacted with Indigenous societies by restricting social, economic, and cultural activities. It will explore the day-to-day impacts of colonial and neo-colonial governments on Indigenous spaces. Engagement with case studies will deepen student understanding of both bureaucratic violence and Indigenous survivance.
This course will examine the significant ways that religion has shaped Africa's history since the earliest times. It will explore how doctrines, practices, and structures of indigenous African religions, Islam, and Christianity have intersected with the political, economic, social and cultural development of African peoples, states, and societies to the early 21st century.
This course examines the political, social, and cultural history of one of the most important decades in the twentieth century: the sixties. It adopts global perspectives to ask how and why the sixties mattered in the development of the modern world. A diverse range of themes may be covered, from the political controversies stirred up by the Vietnam War, decolonisation in Africa, Mao's cultural revolution, the Cuban missile crisis, and the upheavals of 1968 to the social changes occasioned by the introduction of the birth control pill, the rise of The Beatles, and the emergence of television.
As an introduction to the public use of historical knowledge, this course discusses public history, memory, and commemoration through the activities of governments, corporations, and voluntary associations. It explores how historical knowledge has been used and mis-used. History as political propaganda, marketing strategy, and ideological support in a global and historical context is examined.
The history of natural disasters offers insights into how the relationships between human societies and their natural environments have changed over time. Through a series of case studies, the course will trace the evolving history of natural disasters in global context from the late medieval period to the present. The course will address thematic issues including the construction of vulnerable landscapes and societies; the short-term impacts of disasters; changing patterns of disaster relief; and disasters and social change.
A course of independent study, based on a comprehensive reading list provided by the department. Evaluation will be based on two written examinations.
An independent study course based on either History related voluntary or paid workplace experience. Evaluation will be based on assignments relating to work duties. These will usually be in the form of a weekly journal, and a major project relating to some specific aspect of the work experience. Students interested in this option must have their project approved by the department prior to the semester in which they plan to engage in their work experience. Students will then be assigned to a faculty supervisor who will oversee the project.
This course examines Canada's experience with the Second World War. Topics include: Canada's changing roles in the world; the role and growth of the state; gender and sexuality; conscription and English-French relations; race, ethnicity and the experiences of Indigenous peoples during the war; the homefront and social transformations; military engagements and soldier experiences; nationalisms, citizenship and identity; wartime legacies and post-war ramifications; public history and the memory of the war.
This course explores the topic of the Vikings in early medieval culture (700 - 1100). The focus will include the role of violence in early medieval society, the construction of the 'Other', as well as medieval and modern historiography. It provides students with enhanced knowledge of early medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire and Russia.
This course combines scholarly research and self-reflection with applied experience in a History-related workplace or simulated workplace environment. Students apply and develop their program-based historical skills and knowledge through in-class learning and a project with a local community partner organization. The project is designed to contribute to a public body of knowledge and improve students' skills for the workplace.
This course will examine selected topics in modern European women's history. Attention will be given to action in the public sphere, women's personal and family lives and occupations.
This course examines the roles of women in one or more countries of Asia through the prisms offered by ideas of 'race', class, gender, social status, material culture, intellectual life, and ideology.
This course examines the history of India from the beginnings of civilization on the Indian subcontinent to the end of the Great Mughals in the 18th century. It provides an overview and analysis of the cultural, social, religious, political and economic development of Indian civilization, including development from tribe to state to civil society, political organization, socio-religious movements, cultural contact and exchange, and the development of a composite culture.
This course examines selected themes in the social, economic, political and cultural evolution of Quebec and its relations with the rest of Canada. The course may also examine the development of French Canadian and Acadian communities in other provinces.
This course examines the history of the travel and tourism industry and its social, political, and cultural impacts from the rise of the European Grand Tour in the 18th century to the present day. Aspects of tourism history to be covered may include the development of the business of tourism, improvements in travel technology, hotels and accommodations, developing destinations, marketing in historical perspective, and interactions between travelers and host societies.
This course will explore madness and the history of psychiatry in the modern world. Topics may include the development of asylums, wild children and human nature, the rise and fall of hysteria, psychoanalysis, as well as ways in which psychiatry has related to imperialism, racial policies, sexuality, gender, religious beliefs, and war.
This course examines selected themes in the development of Canadian society such as the role of class, the social consequences of industrialization and urbanization, immigration, ethnicity and religion, education and culture.
This course will focus on the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of Darwin's theory of evolution, from the late 18th century to the present. Topics may include: natural history, classification, social Darwinism, race and imperialism, science & religion, science & literature, the eugenics movement, the Scopes trial, the modern evolutionary synthesis, sociobiology, gender, antievolutionism and creationism/intelligent design.
The changes in religious, social and cultural life in 16th century Europe will be discussed. This course will examine the impact of humanism, the developments in urban culture known as the Renaissance, the reform movements in central and western Europe, the Catholic response, and the resulting disintegration of the medieval social order.
This course surveys French History from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Students will examine the emergence of the powerful monarchy, 16th-century religious conflict and civil war, and the social, political and intellectual developments of the 17th and 18th centuries, which culminated in the 1789 Revolution.
This course explores struggles for national independence in the region after 1919, the impact of the developing oil industry, the creation of Israel and the resulting Arab-Israeli conflict, the rise of American influence, the divisiveness of Cold War politics, and the role of women in contemporary Islamic societies.
This course examines the rise of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century, both in Europe and the Middle East, and traces its evolution until its demise in the 20th century. Students investigate the historiographical debates surrounding various aspects of writing Ottoman history.
This course will examine how masculinity and femininity has been constructed in popular culture using newspapers, magazines, advertisements, films and novels. Careful attention will be paid to the intersections of gender, race and class. In addition to analyzing some outstanding texts in this field, students will have the opportunity to write an original essay on a topic of their choice. (H)
This advanced research seminar asks students to consider the role of the individual in history by reading theoretical works and examples drawn from the major schools of thought on this issue. Students will undertake to write a biography that will utilize primary sources and will include a detailed historiographical discussion of the works available on their chosen subject. (H)
This is a seminar course dealing with selected aspects of Scottish social, economic and political history. The seminars will be based upon an examination of primary sources from the University library's extensive Scottish Collections, as well as secondary literature. Topics chosen will vary with expertise of the instructor. For information on the topic of a specific section, consult the History department website. https://www.uoguelph.ca/. (H)
This course offers an opportunity for students to independently develop skills in the practice of historical research, such as working with archives, digitization, and database management. Students will work under the supervision of individual faculty members. Students must make arrangements with the faculty advisor well before course selection. (H)
This course explores both individual and collective acts of Indigenous resistance in settler-colonial societies. Diverse forms of resistance will be studied from text-based to action-based movements. Resistance may be examined through notable figures, delegations, marches, occupations, and literature. (H)
This course will discuss the origins, character, and operation of slavery and the export slave trades in Africa. It will examine the interaction between domestic slavery and the export slave trades, on the one hand, and demographic, political, economic, social and cultural impact on African states and societies, on the other. Other themes to be examined include slave resistance in Africa, and abolition and the introduction of legitimate commerce and their impact on Africa. (H)
This course focuses on issues that emphasize the history of connections between different parts of the world. Topics may include the growth of the world economy; transformations of the global environment; trade and exchange; diasporas and migration. Topics chosen will vary with expertise of the instructor. For information on the topic of a specific section, consult the History department website. https://www.uoguelph.ca/history (H)
This course will provide a thematic approach to the foundations of western attitudes towards sex and sexuality as they developed in the European Middle Ages. It will examine the complex interweaving of Greek and Roman medicine, medieval Christian canon law and theology, and Germanic popular beliefs, which together provided the underpinnings of western values and practices pertaining to human sex and sexuality, with enduring results. The course will take an historiographical approach to topics and themes. (H)
Political events, key personalities, the political process, and state instruments and institutions will be analyzed with a view to understanding historical aspects of the political system and culture in Canada. (H)
This course is designed to introduce students to applications of new and inter-disciplinary digital humanities approaches, methodologies and tools, and to explore their application to text, image, sound, map, and other media sources. It will appeal to students in literature, history, fine arts, and music who want an introduction to state-of-the-art digital humanities research. There will be flexibility to accommodate the specific disciplines and interests of the students. (H)
This course analyzes how Americans have constructed and enacted identities in the U.S. as citizens and consumers through investigating concepts such as 'race', ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, regional distinctions, and nationalism. (H)
This is a seminar course which will explore the history of health, the body and the mind. Possible topics include: the history of athletics and physical fitness, the history of disability, the history of nutritional science and advice, the history of women's health, the history of disease, the history of mental illness, and the history of psychiatry. (H)
Reflecting the fact that Canada's population has been predominantly urban for a century, this seminar explores the role of urban centres in shaping Canadian cultural identity. Particular focus will be placed on the ways that city living and city form have affected the expression of Canadian identity through such topics as spectator sports, uses of public spaces, and metropolitan control of print and broadcast media (H)
This is a seminar course exploring the history of travel and tourism. The seminar will discuss the political, social, cultural, and economic implications of tourism, mobilities, and the interactions of travelers and hosts. The historical development of the business of tourism will also be discussed. The seminar may focus on particular periods of history, tourism in specific locations, or particular aspects of the tourism industry.(H)
This course will examine select topics in the development of Asian countries from the 18th to the 21st Century. Select themes including imperialism, nationalism, economics, society, and gender will be examined in a variety of Asian countries. (H)
Starting with the debates over the New Poor Law of 1834, this course will examine the changing content of the notion of poverty, and changing methods adopted to treat it. It will also look at the lives of the poor, in so far as these can be reconstructed from contemporary sources. (H)
This seminar uses quantitative sources and methods to explore such themes as social inequality and demographic experience since 1800. It examines the value of such data for policy purposes, as well as the social and cultural contexts in which surveys are developed and undertaken. Students develop presentational and analytical skills through research projects. (H)
This course is designed to train honours students in the techniques of research, interpretation and writing of history. The student will choose a topic for intensive study from a list approved by the department. (H)
This seminar course provides an in-depth analysis of the French Revolution, 1789-1799, and the literature surrounding its interpretation. (H)
This course will examine selected topics in the social and economic transformation of rural Canada with relevant comparisons to the rest of North America and elsewhere. (H)
This course provides a detailed analysis of selected aspects of the Middle Ages from c. 1000 C.E. through the early modern period. Topics chosen will vary with expertise of the instructor. For information on the topic of a specific section, consult the History department website. https://www.uoguelph.ca/history (H)
This seminar will examine select topics in the history, cultural representations, conflicts, and politics of the region known as the 'Middle East,' from the pre-Islamic to the modern era. (H)
A continuation of HIST*4470. (H)