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York University has one of the largest and most distinguished History Departments on the North American continent. With nearly 40 full-time professors, complemented with a number of part-time instructors as well as teaching assistants, we offer a broader range of undergraduate History courses than most other universities across Canada or USA.

Our first-year courses are designed as a foundation for History Majors and Minors. Combining lectures and tutorials, they introduce beginning students to the fundamental methods of historical investigation: the collection and analysis of evidence, the development and presentation of historical arguments, and the preparation of essays and research papers. While content varies, these courses investigate major historical issues, most of which cross traditional chronological and geographic fields

We in the History Department believe that our 1000-level courses provide a uniquely rigorous training for our first year students and prepare well them for university work in History as well as for their future careers in academic and many other endeavours.

Our 2000-level courses are introductory surveys of chronological and geographical fields within History. Our 3000-level courses go more deeply in each field, while the 4000-level courses are advanced analysis and research, including archival work, on specialized subjects.

Note that 4000-level courses are restricted to 4th year (84+ credits) Honours students.

  • The AP/History Department offers two types of 4000-level courses: seminars and colloquia.  Seminars (HIST 4XXX) normally enrol about 18 students and have a substantial research component. Colloquia (HIST 40XX) normally enrol 30 students.
  • 4000-level History courses taken at Glendon Campus will count as seminars if they have planned enrolments of fewer than 20 students

AP/HIST 1010 6.00

War, Revolution and Society in the 20th Century

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In this course we explore the most violent century in human history. We will pay special attention to the two defining wars of the 20th century, World Wars I and II, and we also aim to ...

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AP/HIST 1025 6.00

Ancient North America From the Last Ice Age to European Contact

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This course studies the history of Indigenous people in North America from “time immemorial” to the regular settlement of Europeans in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Using a wide variety of sources it ranges ...

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AP/HIST 1030 6.00

Imperialism and Nationalism in Modern Asia

Through examining the broad contours of historical contact and focusing on a series of case studies concerning European imperialism and modern nationalism in Asia, this course introduces students to the primary, secondary, and tertiary sources ...

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AP/HIST 1040 6.00

Popular Uses of History: An Introduction to Public History

This course introduces students to the practice of public history, the ways in which history is produced for and understood by public audiences. It examines the ways the past has been brought to bear upon ...

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AP/HIST 1074 6.00

The Chinese Body in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Medicine, Food, and Footbinding

This course uses the Chinese body as an entry point into the richness and complexity of daily life as it was lived and experienced in Chinese history. It focuses on two preeminent concerns in Chinese ...

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AP/HIST 1080 6.00

Growing Up In North America

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Examines what it meant to be young in different times and places in the United States and Canada, and explores the interplay of cultural and material circumstances that shaped ideas about childhood and children's actual ...

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AP/HIST 1083 6.00

Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Americas: Music, Movies and Power

This course introduces the history of the Americas as reflected in mass media and popular culture.  Learning about the sounds, pictures and stories that mattered to people across the Americas can help us to understand ...

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AP/HIST 1095 6.00

Streetlife: The Culture and History of European Cities

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This course uses a diverse range of materials and approaches to examine the development of the modern European city in the contemporary world. It uses cultural sources such as film, photography, literature and music to ...

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AP/HIST 1180 6.00

Making Money

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Explores 12 distinct but interrelated questions about money, that elusive substance with which all of us are preoccupied, but to which few us have brought great amounts of critical intellectual attention. The course examines money ...

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AP/HIST 2100 6.00

Ancient Greece & Rome

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This course offers a general introduction to the history of ancient Greece and Rome. It surveys the ancient world from the Greek Bronze Age in the second millennium BC until the fall of the Western ...

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AP/HIST 2220 6.00

Medieval & Early Modern Europe

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This course surveys the economic, political, social and cultural evolution of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 17th century. Course credit exclusions: GL/HIST 2600 6.00 (prior to Fall 2014), GL/HIST 3225 ...

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AP/HIST 2300 6.00

Modern Europe: From the French Revolution to the European Union

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An introduction to the development of modern Europe from the emergence of the seaborne empires to the First World War. Each week, there will be two lectures on aspects of European society, politics and intellectual ...

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AP/HIST 2400 6.00

British History from the Tudors to Thatcher, 1500-2000

An introductory history of modern Britain from the Tudors to Margaret Thatcher. Topics cover the main features of British development from the Reformation and Civil War to the Industrial Revolution, Empire and two World Wars. ...

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AP/HIST 2500 6.00

Canadian History

From the arrival of its first human inhabitants tens of thousands of years ago to its increasingly globalized contemporary population, Canada has undergone numerous transformations. This course will examine the history of Canada from its ...

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AP/HIST 2600 6.00

United States History

An overview of the United States from pre-colonization to the present. First term examines Native/European encounters, American Revolution, slavery, westward expansion, and Civil War. Second term traces the rise of the US. as an economic ...

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AP/HIST 2710 6.00

History of East Asia

Explores how distinctive patterns of government, society and culture emerged over four millennia in East Asia - primarily China and Japan - and how this endogenous development prepared those nations to confront and challenge Western ...

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AP/HIST 2731 3.00

Introduction to Caribbean History

Introduces students to some of the major themes of Caribbean historical evolution from its indigenous occupation to 20th century socio-political developments. The emphasis is on providing a broad outline and an introduction to some of ...

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AP/HIST 2790 6.00

Islamic Civilization, 622-1400

This course explores the development and nature of Islamic civilization from the seventh century to 1400 AD.

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AP/HIST 2900 6.00

Global Indigenous Histories

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This course compares the histories of Indigenous peoples around the world. It explores Indigenous rights, lands and resource conflicts, Indigenous-state relations, language and cultural revitalization, and political activism. Case studies may include Australia, New Zealand, ...

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AP/HIST 3130 6.00

The Roman Revolution

The Roman Revolution. An examination of the political, cultural, economic and social transformation of the Roman state and society during the late Roman republic and early empire.

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AP/HIST 3135 3.00

Spectacle and Society in Ancient Rome

This course traces the development of gladiatorial presentations, chariot-races and other public spectacles in Rome, Italy and the Roman Empire from 200 BC to 400 AD. It concentrates in particular on their changing nature, scale ...

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AP/HIST 3154 3.00

Egypt from Alexander to Cleopatra

Examines the social and cultural history of Ptolemaic Egypt from the Macedonian occupation in 332 BC to the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 BC.

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AP/HIST 3180 6.00

The Rise and Fall of the Sassanian Empire, 224-642

The course will cover the origins of the Sassanians of Iran, their rise and domination of the Middle East, and their subsequent defeat and fall at the hands of the Arab Muslims.

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AP/HIST 3326 3.00

Europe's Ottoman History, 1400s -1912

This course analyzes the history of European regions of the Ottoman Empire from the time Ottoman appeared in ‘Europe’ in the fourteenth century until the end of the Empire (1922). The course will explore how ...

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AP/HIST 3356 3.00

Greeks in the World. A history of Greek migration and diaspora in the 20th Century

This course examines the history of migration from Greece to North America, Australia and Europe from the end of the nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century using case studies, concepts and theories of ...

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AP/HIST 3381 3.00

Eastern Europe, Since 1918

The "Successor States"; their interwar problems and successes; evolution during the Second World War; four decades of Communist rule; return to diversity in the 1990s.

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AP/HIST 3392 3.00

The Spanish Civil War

This online course will focus on the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), exploring the national and international socio-political factors that shaped it. The course is roughly divided into three main sections: the events preceding and/or leading up to ...

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AP/HIST 3520 3.00

History of Quebec Since 1867

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This course analyses the development of Quebec since Confederation. It looks at the cultural, economic, ideological, political, and social factors that have shaped Quebec society since 1867. Course credit exclusions: None.

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AP/HIST 3535 6.00

African-Canadian History

Examines the history of African-Canadians from colonial contact in the 17th century through to the post-Second World War migrations from Africa and the Caribbean.

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AP/HIST 3580 6.00

20th-Century Canada

An analysis of the major events and developments affecting Canadian society during the past hundred years, including political and constitutional evolution, economic and social change and alterations in the climate of ideas.

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AP/HIST 3601 6.00

Indigenous and Colonial American History to 1776

Analyzes change and continuity in indigenous and colonial America, beginning with indigenous cultures before the European invasions, tracing the rise of British, French, and Spanish colonies in North America, focusing on the emergence and expansion ...

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AP/HIST 3618 3.00

United States Since 1945

This course examines the conflicts and contradictions of American politics, culture, and society since the end of World War II. Through popular culture, journalism and political sources, we explore how social movements like civil rights, ...

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AP/HIST 3645 3.00

Post-World War II U.S. Political Movements

This course analyzes major political movements that have transformed the United States. The course focuses on African American, women's, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movements.

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AP/HIST 3710 3.00

Reconstructing Society in the Post Slavery Caribbean

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What happens after Slavery in the Caribbean? How is freedom defined and a society based on human freedom created in the aftermath of centuries of slavery?  How does this impact on the contemporary Caribbean? These ...

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AP/HIST 3732 3.00

Contemporary Mexican History, 1940-2000

Examines the post-Revolutionary period in Mexico. Through a study of a period of single-party rule, this course emphasizes rapid demographic, economic, social and cultural change in a time of apparent political stasis.

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AP/HIST 3733 3.00

The Spanish Conquest of Mexico

The Spanish invasion of the Aztec Empire in 1519 is one of the most dramatic events in world history, and one that had profound consequences for the Americas and the world as a whole. It ...

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AP/HIST 3761 3.00

Modern Japan: Meiji Restoration to Postwar Era (1868-Present)

This course concerns modern Japan from the Meiji Restoration of 1867-1868, its relations with Europe, the Americas, and its East Asian neighbors on its tumultuous path to the Second World War, as well as its ...

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AP/HIST 3780 6.00

Themes in African History

This course explores major issues in African history over the past 500 years. These include the rise and fall of kingdoms; relations with Europe and Asia; 19th-century revolutions; colonial administration; decolonization; and the search for ...

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AP/HIST 3781 3.00

African Civilizations before Colonialism

Explores the rise and fall of African Civilizations before the advent of formal European colonialism in the late nineteenth century. By emphasizing the "African Genious" in the making (and unmaking) of complex societies throughout the ...

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AP/HIST 3792 6.00

The Middle East Since 1800

This course surveys the main political events, social institutions, cultural and economic developments, as well as various aspects of everyday life in the Middle East from 1800 to the present. Course credit exclusion: AP/POLS 3260 ...

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AP/HIST 3793 3.00

Jerusalem: Sacred City, Contested City

Since antiquity, Jerusalem has been a focal point for both spiritual transcendence and earthly strife. This course explores the history of a city holy to three major Western religions. It focuses on the political and ...

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AP/HIST 3835 3.00

Dressing Up: Fashion, Identity and Resistance in Twentieth Century North America

This course explores how fashion, costumes and uniforms emerged as sites of identity formation and resistance to social norms in twentieth century North America. The course explores social movements such as early twentieth-century women's dress ...

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AP/HIST 3838 6.00

Social History of Modern Sport, 1850-2000

Examines the social history of sport in urban, industrial economies from 1850 to the present. It explores how gender, race, class, sexuality and ability have influenced people's experiences with sport, and considers how sport has ...

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AP/HIST 3843 3.00

Occupation, Collaboration and Death: A Social and Military History of the Second World War to 1944

We begin in the 1930s with the Japanese invasion of mainland China and the Spanish Civil War, and from there explore the conditions leading to Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939. The rest of the ...

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AP/HIST 3844 3.00

Liberation, Violence, and Reconstruction: A History of the Second World War and its Aftermath, 1944-1949

This course provides a global history of the Second World War from 1944 and its aftermath. The course begins in June 1944 with D-Day and ends in 1949 with the Communist Party's military victory in ...

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AP/HIST 3850 6.00

Murder and Other Crimes: Law and Justice in 19th and 20th Century North America

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Examines the Canadian and American criminal justice systems from the mid-19th through late 20th century. The course focuses on important trials - such as Lizzie Borden (1892), the ""Scottsboro Boys"" (1931), and Steven Truscott (1959) ...

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AP/HIST 3990 3.00

Supervised Reading and Research

Supervised reading and research course. It is normally open only to undergraduate history majors of exceptional ability. Prospective candidates must submit in advance a written application for approval to the departmental Chair or undergraduate director. ...

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AP/HIST 3990 6.00

Supervised Reading and Research

Supervised reading and research course. It is normally open only to undergraduate history majors of exceptional ability. Prospective candidates must submit in advance a written application for approval to the departmental Chair or undergraduate director. ...

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AP/HIST 4000 6.00

Honours Essay

The course is normally open only to majors of exceptional ability (defined as a B+ or higher average in History). It counts as a seminar. Students must apply for permission to do an Honours Essay ...

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AP/HIST 4122 6.00

War and Society in Ancient Greece

This course will focus on the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta (432-404 BC) and on the contemporary Greek historian Thucydides’ account of the war. Attention will also be paid to other literature of the ...

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AP/HIST 4130 6.00

Problems in Roman History

The seminar engages in an in-depth analysis of a pivotalperiod in Roman history, 31 BC–AD 14, when Julius Caesar’s heir, the man who from 27 BC onwards was known as Augustus (in full, ‘Imperator [Commander] ...

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AP/HIST 4200 6.00

Culture and Society in Medieval Europe

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Relationships between important works of medieval literature and the society that produced them. This course is restricted to History or European Studies Honours majors and minors who have successfully completed at least 84 credits. Prerequisites: ...

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AP/HIST 4350 6.00

European Thought in Crisis: The Shape of European Thought in the Early 20th Century

The transformation of basic assumptions in several intellectual and aesthetic disciplines in European thought from 1870 through the First World War. Prerequisites: AP/HIST 1060 6.00 or AP/HIST 2300 6.00 or AP/HIST 2400 6.00 or AP/HIST ...

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AP/HIST 4375 6.00

Topics in Modern Greek History

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The seminar focuses on the Greek war of independence in the 1820sto train history students in the study and research of liberal revolutions of the nineteenth century. The course firstly provides an introduction to the ...

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AP/HIST 4508 6.00

Cultures and Colonialism: Canada, 1600-1900

This course seeks to interrogate the relationship between cultures and colonialism between 1600 – 1900 from an Indigenous perspective. Since the 1970s, historians have tried to be more sensitive to Indigenous views, mainly by asking ...

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AP/HIST 4511 6.00

Themes in Canadian Social and Cultural History

This course focuses upon such themes as social change, the formation of new social and economic groups, and the development of social institutions and patterns of thought. Note: Priority is given to History or Canadian ...

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AP/HIST 4581 6.00

Worry and Wonder: Jewish Politics, Society and Religion in Canada

This public history seminar explores the origins, development and paradoxes of the Canadian Jewish community from its inception in the 18th century to the present. It pays particular attention to the complexities of immigration, relationships ...

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AP/HIST 4699 6.00

Selected Topics in US History

Research seminar on selected topics in US history. Topics vary from year to year. Please consult the History supplemental calendar for more details. This course is restricted to History Honours majors and minors who have ...

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AP/HIST 4765 6.00

Rethinking Gender in East Asian History

Examines gender roles in pre-modern and modern China, Korea and Japan. It focuses on women: their places in the family and society, their relationships with one another and men, and the evolution of ideas about ...

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AP/HIST 4791 6.00

Baghdad in the Middle Ages, 762-1300

This seminar focuses on the history of medieval Baghdad from its establishment as the capital of the Islamic Caliphate in 762 to its destruction in 1258 and subsequent decline. Political, economic, social and cultural developments ...

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AP/HIST 4830 6.00

In Slavery and Freedom: Blacks in the Americas

Examines and compares the responses of Africans and their descendants to the experiences of enslavement, racism, colonialism and imperialism from the 15th century to the 20th century and analyses the impact of the African presence ...

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AP/HIST 4840 6.00

Public History

This course examines the forms, goals, and practices of making history in museums, archives, historic sites, and other institutions of public history. It enables students to learn the meaning and methods in the production of ...

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AP/HIST 4990 6.00

Supervised Reading and Research

This course is normally open only to majors of exceptional ability (defined as a B+ or higher average in History) with the permission of the Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students may take no ...

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AP/HIST 4990 3.00

Supervised Reading and Research

This course is normally open only to majors of exceptional ability (defined as a B+ or higher average in History) with the permission of the Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students may take no ...

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AP/HIST 4991 6.00

Advanced Seminar in History

Fourth-year students who have an average in their major of B+ or better may be allowed to register in some 5000-level courses in the Graduate Programme in History. As with 4000-level courses, admission is at ...

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AP/HIST 4991 3.00

Advanced Seminar in History

Fourth-year students who have an average in their major of B+ or better may be allowed to register in some 5000-level courses in the Graduate Programme in History. As with 4000-level courses, admission is at ...

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