University of Guelph 1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions


Department of History.

Students wishing to take a 3000 level course must have pass standing in at least 5.00 university credits.

Students wishing to take a 4000 level course must have pass standing in at least 10.00 credits.

Students should note the prerequisite requirements for upper level courses in planning their individual programs. For all 4000 level courses a 70% average is required in all History courses taken beyond the 1000 level.

Content of individual courses may vary depending on the instructor; students therefore should check course outlines at the time of course selection.

Courses marked (C) are core courses required of all History program students.

Courses marked (H) are honours courses. Students in a general program wishing to take these must obtain the permission of instructors concerned.

HIST*1010 Europe in the Age of Expansion F,W(3-0) (C) [0.50]

This course will deal with the evolution and expansion of European society during the pre-industrial era. Commencing with the upheavals of 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.

HIST*1150 20th Century Global History F,W(3-0) [0.50]

Twentieth-century world history with particular emphasis on Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

HIST*1250 Science and Society Since 1500 F(3-0) [0.50]

This course is intended as an introduction to the history of science and its interrelationships with society in the western world since 1500, including its influence on the environment, religion, economics and political developments, warfare, etc. Particular emphasis will be laid upon scientific developments in the 19th or 20th centuries.

HIST*2000 The British Isles, 1066-1603 F(3-0) [0.50]

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.

HIST*2020 Film as History S,W(2-1) [0.50]

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.

HIST*2040 War and Society S(3-0) [0.50]

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.

HIST*2110 The Colonial Americas: A Comparative History W(3-0) [0.50]

A study of the comparative histories of colonial societies of England, France and Spain from their first settlements to independence. The course will compare the interconnections as well as the uniqueness of each colonial society in terms of their patterns of settlement, relationships with native peoples, economic and social developments, and their eventual movement toward autonomy and independence.

HIST*2140 Building the Modern City (3-0) [0.50]

A survey course which traces the evolution of the modern city with emphasis on Canada. The course will focus on the relationship of people, technology and economic growth on physical form - the planning, housing and architecture of the city.

HIST*2200 The Medieval World W(3-0) [0.50]

The major events and developments in Europe, north Africa and Western Asia from the fall of the Roman Empire to 1500 a.d. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of western Christianity, the rise and expansion of Islam, the emergence of the University, and the growth of literacy and print culture culminating in the humanist movement of the late Middle Ages.

HIST*2260 Religion and Society in the Modern World F(3-0) [0.50]

A survey of 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.

HIST*2390 Imperial and Soviet Russia Since 1800 (3-0) [0.50]

An introductory survey of Russian History from the death of Catherine the Great to the onset of World War II. This course will focus on efforts by Russian rulers to modernize the Empire's social and economic institutions in response to Western influence. Attention will also be directed towards specific crises which threatened Russia's stability such as the Crimean War, emancipation of the serfs, World War I and the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917.

HIST*2450 Historical Methods F(3-0) (C) [0.50]

A course designed to acquaint students with the development of historical writing, the interpretive problems surrounding the study of history, and the methods employed by historians.

Prerequisites: 1.00 credit in history at the 1000 or 2000 level

HIST*2500 Britain and the World Since 1600 W(3-0) [0.50]

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.

HIST*2510 The Emergence of Modern European Society 1789-1945 F(3-0) [0.50]

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 to the end of World War II.

HIST*2601/2 Canadian History F,W(2-1) (C) [1.00]

A study of selected events and issues in Canadian history from 1500 to the present to deepen our understanding of Canadian social, economic and political structures and values. This is a two-semester course. When you select it you will be assigned to HIST*2601 in the first semester and HIST*2602 in the second semester. A grade will not be assigned to HIST*2602 until HIST*2601 has been completed.

Exclusions: HIST*2600

HIST*2610 Contemporary Canadian Issues F(3-0) [0.50]

A study of selected issues in modern Canadian history. The subjects investigated such as natives, the environment, the state, the family, will vary with the expertise of the instructor.

HIST*2650 America Since 1789 W(3-0) [0.50]

A survey of the history of the United States since the inauguration of government under the Constitution. Political, social and intellectual developments will be covered, as will the rise of America to world power.

HIST*2800 The History of the Modern Family W(3-0) [0.50]

An examination of the family since 1500 with particular emphasis on the English speaking world, though comparisons will be made with other societies. Topics considered will include: change in the legal structure of marriage; power relations and sex roles within the family; the role of kin in the family; changing attitudes to sexuality; the attitude of state to the family and its functions.

HIST*2820 Modern France, 1750-1992: From Louis XV to Mitterand F(3-0) [0.50]

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.

HIST*2830 The Emergence of Modern Germany 1871-1990 (3-0) [0.50]

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.

HIST*2850 History of Greece and Rome W(3-0) [0.50]

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.

HIST*2920 Republican Latin America W(3-0) [0.50]

This course will study selected themes in the history of Latin American republics from the independence period to the modern era.

HIST*2930 Topics in the History of Women F(3-0) [0.50]

The roles of women examined historically. The areas covered will depend on the expertise of the instructor. Emphasis will normally be placed on the history of women in the Western World.

HIST*2950 Black History F(3-0) [0.50]

A survey of the history of the civilizations south of the Sahara in pre-colonial Africa, with stress on West Africa; a study of the Atlantic slave trade and the dispersion of Africans throughout the Americas. Emphasis will be given to the struggle against slavery in the Caribbean and the United States. The course will also deal with recent socio-economic and political problems encountered by Black people in Africa and the New World.

HIST*3010 Government and Society in Tudor-Stuart England, 1529-1689 (3-0) [0.50]

An assessment of the challenges facing England during its emergence from a medieval to a modern state in the 16th and 17th centuries. The course will examine such external forces as the Renaissance, Reformation and Scientific Revolution as well as domestic crises culminating in the political revolutions of 1640 and 1688.

Prerequisites: HIST*1010 or HIST*2000

HIST*3030 Celtic Britain and Ireland to 1066 (3-0) [0.50]

The social, political and cultural history of the Celtic peoples of the British Isles from Prehistory to the advent of the Normans. Special consideration will be given to the development of Celtic institutions as well as to comparative study of successive waves of invaders-Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans.

Prerequisites: HIST*2000

HIST*3060 American Society (3-0) [0.50]

A study of selected aspects of American society focusing on the 19th and 20th Centuries. Specific topics, which will vary according to the expertise of the instructor, may include such themes as War and American society, the Jacksonian Era, Civil War America, Film and American society.

Prerequisites: HIST*2110 or HIST*2650

HIST*3090 Nationalism and Internationalism in Europe 1914-1957 (3-0) [0.50]

This course will be concerned with two main themes of 20th-century European history: the impact of nationalism and the gradual emergence of international ideas and institutions. Major topics to be discussed include nationalism during the two world wars, the strengths and weaknesses of the League of Nations, and the creation of the European Economic Community.

Prerequisites: HIST*2510

HIST*3130 Popular Culture and Punishment, 1700-1900 (3-0) [0.50]

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.

Prerequisites: HIST*1010

HIST*3140 Witchcraft and Popular Culture S [0.50]

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 doing so it will provide students with a background on the history of Scotland during the early modern period and introduce them to the considerable body of historical writing on the subject of the witch-hunts. In addition, students will explore notions of both elite culture and the 'popular culture' of those elements of society frequently neglected by historians. Due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of the accused witches were women, the course will include examinations of gender history and its contributions to our understandings of the period. (Offered through distance education format only.)

Prerequisites: HIST*1010 or consent of the department

HIST*3160 Canadian Political History Since 1867 (3-0) [0.50]

This course consists of a detailed study of the background and development of the Canadian political process and culture. It devotes special attention to the changing role and character of the state.

HIST*3170 American Westward Expansion, 1763-1890 (3-0) [0.50]

The course will analyse the frontier thesis as a valid interpretation of American History. It will also deal with the expansion of settlement across the continent, Manifest Destiny, the frontier and democracy, and the influence of westward expansion on the American character.

Prerequisites: HIST*2110 or HIST*2650

HIST*3270 Revolution in the Modern World W(3-0) [0.50]

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.

HIST*3290 Europe in the Age of Revolutions, 1789-1848 (3-0) [0.50]

This course will examine changes in the structure of European society in the first half of the 19th century; the rise of new forces, e.g., liberalism, nationalism, socialism and their impact on European society and politics.

Prerequisites: HIST*1010 or HIST*2510

HIST*3380 Age of Imperialism, 1870-1919 (3-0) [0.50]

An examination of the rise of modern imperialism making possible the rapid expansion of colonial empires after 1870; the nature of this expansion in Africa, Asia and Latin America; and the effects of imperialist expansion upon these societies.

Prerequisites: HIST*2510 or HIST*2950

HIST*3410 The History of Pre-Colonial Africa (3-0) [0.50]

This course will include studies on the Ibo, Yoruba and Edo societies, and on the Dahomey, Hausa, Western Congo and Angola states; the effect of the Atlantic slave trade on African societies. Emphasis will be given to the householding system, lineage group organization, subsistence agriculture, and the sources of African History.

Prerequisites: HIST*2950

HIST*3470 Independent Reading (3-0) [0.50]

A course of independent study, based on a comprehensive reading list provided by the department. Evaluation will be based on 2 written examinations.

Prerequisites: 7.50 credits

HIST*3480 Workplace Learning S,F,W [0.50]

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.

Prerequisites: 7.50 university-level credits including 1.50 History or equivalent credits and instructor consent

HIST*3530 Celtic Britain and Ireland Since 1603 (3-0) [0.50]

This course will deal with the Celtic peoples in the British Isles and their effort to maintain their cultural, economic and political independence.

Prerequisites: 1 of HIST*2000, HIST*2500, HIST*3030

HIST*3540 World War Two (3-0) [0.50]

An in-depth analysis of the immediate causes and impact of the Second World War focusing on the influence of military events, on the social, political and economic developments of the major participating nations.

Prerequisites: 2 of HIST*1150, HIST*2040, HIST*2500, HIST*2510, HIST*2601/2, HIST*2650, HIST*2830, HUMN*2050

HIST*3570 Women in Modern Europe (3-0) [0.50]

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.

Prerequisites: 1 of HIST*2500, HIST*2510, HIST*2800, HIST*2930

HIST*3600 Modern Quebec Since 1850 (3-0) [0.50]

A course examining the social, economic, and political evolution of Quebec as well as the province's relations with the rest of Canada. Topics discussed include nationalism, the role of the church, the growth of trade unionism, Quebec and federalism, the Quiet Revolution.

Prerequisites: HIST*2601/2

HIST*3650 Twentieth-Century America. (3-0) [0.50]

Starting at the end of World War II, this course considers the nature, origins, and ending of the Cold War, political and social changes in the post-war period and the conflicts in recent decades over issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and culture.

Prerequisites: HIST*2650

HIST*3660 Canadian Social History Since Confederation (3-0) [0.50]

An examination of selected themes in the development of modern Canadian society such as the role of class, the social consequences of industrialization and urbanization, immigration, ethnicity and religion, education and culture.

Prerequisites: HIST*2601/2

HIST*3750 The Reformation (3-0) [0.50]

The changes in religious, social and cultural life in 16th century Europe. 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.

Prerequisites: HIST*1010

HIST*3820 Early Modern France (3-0) [0.50]

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.

Exclusions: HIST*2820

HIST*3910 Africa Since 1800 (3-0) [0.50]

This course will trace the suppression of the slave trade and the opening of Africa to European imperialism. Emphasis will be given to resistance movements and rising nationalism between the two World Wars. An endeavour will be made to relate the national liberation movement to the achievement of independence.

Prerequisites: HIST*2950

HIST*3930 Black America in the 20th-Century (3-0) [0.50]

A study in depth of the demographic expansion of the Black population in the United States since the Reconstruction; W.E.B. Du Bois, the Niagara Movement and the NAACP; the "great migrations"; the rise of the ghettos; the impacts of the Great Depression and World War II; Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

HIST*3970 Independent Reading II (3-0) [0.50]

Similar to HIST*3470.

Prerequisites: HIST*3470
Exclusion: HIST*3480

HIST*4040 to HIST*4050 Topics in Scottish History (3-0) (H) [0.50]

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. Students should consult with the department for specific offerings.

Prerequisites: HIST*3530

HIST*4160 Seminar in Canadian Political History (3-0) (H) [0.50]

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.

Prerequisites: HIST*2601/2

HIST*4190 The American South (3-0) (H) [0.50]

A study of the slave south from colonial times to the Civil War, this course will concentrate on the evolution of the plantation system and slave society, the growth of a distinctive south civilization, and the immediate causes of the Civil War.

Prerequisites: HIST*2650

HIST*4210 Seminar in American Political History (3-0) (H) [0.50]

This course will examine a variety of topics drawn from the 19th- and 20th-centuries.

Prerequisites: HIST*2110

HIST*4280 Poverty and Policy in the Victorian Age (3-0) (H) [0.50]

Starting with the debates over the New Poor Law of l834, 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.

Prerequisites: HIST*2500

HIST*4470 Special History Project Seminar I (3-0) (H) [0.50]

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.

HIST*4560 to HIST*4580 Topics in Revolution (3-0) (H) [0.50]

A seminar course designed to explore one or more social or political or intellectual revolutions in the early modern or modern era depending on the expertise of the instructor. Students should consult the department for specific offerings.

Prerequisites: consent of the instructor

HIST*4620 Seminar in North American Rural History (3-0) (H) [0.50]

This course will examine selected topics in the social and economic transformation of rural North America.

Prerequisites: 1 of HIST*2110, HIST*2601/2, HIST*2650

HIST*4640 Canadian Urban History (3-0) (H) [0.50]

A study of the city-building process, with particular emphasis on the growth of the large city and the spread of the urban network.

HIST*4680 The U.S. in the Era of Urbanization , 1870-1920 (1-2) (H) [0.50]

This course will examine social and intellectual developments in the United States with emphasis placed on the period between the Civil War and World War I. An important area of study will be the nature and consequences of urban development. Stress is laid on the reading of primary sources.

Prerequisites: HIST*2650

HIST*4700 to HIST*4720 Medieval Institutions (3-0) (H) [0.50]

A detailed analysis of selected institutions and aspects of the later Middle Ages, c. 1200-1500. Students should consult the department for specific offerings.

Prerequisites: HIST*2000 or HIST*2200

HIST*4850 Totalitarianism in Europe, 1922-1953 (3-0) (H) [0.50]

Using fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and the U.S.S.R. under Stalin as the major example, this seminar course will study the causes and the nature of "totalitarian" regimes in 20th-century Europe. The approach is comparative, and the emphasis will be on internal events.

Prerequisites: HIST*2510

HIST*4970 Special History Project Seminar II (3-0) (H) [0.50]

A continuation of HIST*4470.

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