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Welcome to the first year History program! 

We offer a wide array of classes for our majors and minors and for anyone else with an interest in history. Students in our History program become informed and engaged global citizens through courses exploring every region of the world. We also offer thematic courses on the on the global history of sports, religions, and science and technology, to name a few. Our faculty have particular strengths in the histories of Canada, Scotland, Britain and Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. 

Our first-year survey courses include:

HIST*1010 The Early Modern World
This course deals with the evolution and expansion of European society during the pre-industrial era. Commencing with the Renaissance and Reformation it surveys 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.

HIST*1150 The Modern World
The last century was like no other century, a period that radically transformed every part of the world. This course examines the 20th century with special emphasis on Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

HIST*1250 Science & Technology in Global Context
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 is 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.

The Department of History also small-class opportunities starting in the first year:

HIST*1050 Invitation to History
Invitation to History
 is a mandatory course for all first year History majors, minors, and area of concentration. It introduces students to the basics of the historian’s craft including interpreting primary sources, locating and critically analyzing secondary sources and writing for History. In small classes of fourty students or less, it will provide you with the tools you need for success in our Program. Topics change with each offering of the course, but all teach the same skills to prepare you for your other history courses.  

HIST*1050 - Winter 2020

HIST*1050*01 Invitation to History: Digging Up the Past
Instructor: Dr. Jacqueline Murray
Digging Up the Past focuses on the intersection of history and archaeology. Conventionally, we think of archaeologists in the field excavating artefacts, buildings, and bones whereas we think of historians sitting in libraries and archives reading documents. Rarely do we think about how these two approaches to the past influence, correct, and contradict each other. This course will focus on a number of case studies, some famous, some more obscure, but all demonstrating how archaeology has changed historical assumptions and how history has corrected archaeological misinterpretations.

>  HIST*1050*02 Invitation to History: Compact, Contract, and Covenant: Treaty Relationships in North America
Instructor: Dr. Brittany Luby
This course will explore the history and nature of treaty making between First Nations and the Crown from the Treaty of Peace and Friendship (1760) to the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (1975). It will examine what the terms of treaty reveal about how First Nations and the Crown valued land and natural resources. This course will also explore the concept of “imagined futures,” particularly what the terms of treaty can teach us about how Indigenous and non-Indigenous negotiators envisioned their lives together. Students will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of treaty history by engaging with treaty documents and oral testimonies.

HIST*1050 - Tentatively Planned for Fall 2020 - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

>  HIST*1050*01 Invitation to History: Tourism History
Instructor: Dr. Kevin James

>  HIST*1050*01 Invitation to History: Women and Gender in Early Modern England
Instructor: Dr. Kim Martin

HIST*1050 - Tentatively Planned for Winter 2021- SUBJECT TO CHANGE

>  HIST*1050*01 Invitation to History: Licit and Illicit Drugs
Instructor: Dr. Catherine Carstairs

>  HIST*1050*01 Invitation to History: Digging Up the Past
Instructor: Dr. Jacqueline Murray