Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

History

    • HIST 107 World History to 1750: Ancient to Early Modern (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      This course involves a general examination of primary themes in the history of the world's major civilizations from antiquity to the 18th Century. Although European realities will be examined, the focus of this course will be global in nature with an emphasis on systems of cultural and economic exchange and on the global nature of historical development.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (2-1; 2-1)


    • HIST 108 World History from 1750 to 1945: Early Modern to Contemporary (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      This course involves a general examination of primary themes in the history of the world's major civilizations from the 18th Century to 1945. Although European realities will be examined, the focus of this course will be global in nature with an emphasis on systems of cultural and economic exchange and on the global nature of historical development.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (2-1; 2-1)


    • HIST 109 World History Since 1945 (3 sem. hrs.)

      An overview of the world’s major civilizations since the last year of World War II, a period of profound global transformation marked by the Cold War, the escalation of intra-state conflicts in the wake of the Cold War, and evolving ideas of human security.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 3-0)


    • HIST 111 History of Western Civilization (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to the main events, individuals, and ideas in the history of Western society, from its ancient origins to roughly 1600AD. Key topics include: the emergence of the first civilizations in the ancient Near East; the development of citizenship and philosophy in ancient Greece; the rise and decline of the Roman Empire; the growth and transformation of Christianity; medieval politics, culture, and society; changes in gender roles and the family; and the birth of the modern era in the Renaissance and Reformation.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (2-1; 0-0)


    • HIST 112 History of Western Civilization (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to the main events, individuals, and ideas in the history of Western society, from the mid-17th century to the mid-20th century. Key topics include: the rise of absolutism; the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment; the Industrial and French Revolutions; the development of new political ideologies, including liberalism, nationalism and socialism; changes in gender roles and the family; colonialism and imperialism; the origins and consequences of both World Wars, fascism, communism, and the Cold War.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-0; 2-1)


    • HIST 135, 136 History of Canada (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      The political, economic, and social aspects of Canada's development from the geologic time to the 20th century. HIST 135 examines the First Nations, French, and British eras up to the time of Confederation. HIST 136 traces the development of Canada since 1867.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (2-1; 2-1)


    • HIST 230 History of Nursing (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course examines the development of Canadian nursing over the past four centuries, with an emphasis on the 20th century. Based on an understanding of nursing as rooted in a Christian ethos of caring for strangers, this course critically explores the ways in which religion, politics, gender, race, economics, technology, culture, war, and epidemics have influenced the development of nursing both nationally and globally.

      Cross-listed: NURS 231.

      Prerequisite(s): None (3-0; 3-0)


    • HIST 251, 252 History of the United States of America (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to the social, cultural, political, and economic development of the United States from the colonial period to the present day. HIST 251 examines that history until the Civil War; HIST 252 traces developments since the Civil War.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (2-1; 2-1)


    • HIST 302 Greece and Rome: Leadership in the Ancient World RP (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of the most influential leadership in ancient Greece and Rome. Plutarch's biographical studies are the main focus. Various accounts of Herodotus, Thucydides, Aristotle, Xenophon, Livy, Sallust, Tacitus, and Suetonius are used as supplementary material.

      NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or HIST 111, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 303 Early Medieval Europe (3 sem. hrs.)

      An inquiry into European civilization at its beginnings. Features from the ancient world that survived the fall of Roman culture. The nature of the native Germanic and Slavic traditions and how Christianity was received and altered. The beginning of political and economic institutions. The struggle between spiritual ideals and traditional attitudes and material realities. Gender relations in Medieval Europe.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or HIST 111, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 304 Late Medieval Europe (3 sem. hrs.)

      An inquiry into a period of Europe's past in which beliefs, attitudes, and institutions, moulded in the previous centuries, were consolidated into shapes that mark modern European (and North American) culture. The outlines of the modern state and of the modern family. An examination of late medieval civilization for indications of decline and rebirth. Signs of struggle between forces of tradition and of innovation, idealism and material or corporeal realities, and gender relations.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or HIST 111, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 306 History of Economic Thought (3 sem. hrs.)

      The development of the main concepts of economic theory. The role of the economic, political, social, and religious environments in the development of economic analysis. Contemporary problems in relation to the various alternative economic systems.

      NB: May not be offered every year.

      Cross-listed: ECON 306.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 111 or 112. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 307 Renaissance Europe (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of the social, intellectual, artistic, political, and economic transformations that gave rise to, and followed in, the wake of the “rebirth” of ancient Greek and Roman culture that began in Italy in the mid-14th century and spread to the rest of Europe for the next 200 years.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or HIST 111, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 308 Reformation Europe (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of the social, intellectual, artistic, and political history of Western Europe from the 14th to the 17th century, with a special emphasis on changes in theology and devotional practices, and the ensuing wars of religion, as the Protestant and Catholic Reformations spread throughout Europe.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: RELS 368.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sm. hrs. of History including one of HIST 107, 111, 112, or instructor's consent (3-0)


    • HIST 309 Early Modern Europe (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of the main events, individuals, and ideas in European history from 1600 to 1789. Key topics include: the growth of absolutism, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment; the development of new political and economic theories; artistic and cultural movements; the rise of the public sphere; religious revivals; and changes in marriage, the family and gender roles.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including one of HIST 107, 111, or 112, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 310 History in Practice (3 sem. hrs.)

      An exploration of the practice of history in the public sphere including the ways in which communities, regions, nations, and other polities collect, manage, create, present, and understand their histories and stories. Analyzes how forms of historical consciousness show themselves in archives, museums, films, monuments, anniversaries, government policies, genealogy, etc. Practical application of historical skills and tools through communication with public historians, visits to local historic sites, and relevant assignments and experiential learning. Students gain valuable experiences and knowledge related to a variety of areas where public history is practised and are exposed to career opportunities in history.

      NB: This course is the prerequisite for any History Practicum (HIST 315). Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 312 Science and Technology in Global Perspective (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course provides a survey of the history of science and technology from the ancient world to the present with particular emphasis on the early-modern and modern eras. While much of the focus is on developments in the Western world, this course also examines select issues and events in a comparative world perspective.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History or third year standing in the Natural and Applied Sciences. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 315, 316 History Practicum (3 sem. hrs.)

      A supervised field experience designed to give students an opportunity to apply the skills and methodology of the discipline of History in a variety of settings so as to expose them to the broad range of contemporary applications for their formal education. Placements may take place in a variety of public settings including but not limited to areas such as businesses and industry, government and public service, non-governmental organizations and international agencies, information management and preservation, resource management and land use, and education and training.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair. Pass/Fail course.

      Prerequisite(s): Completion of HIST 310 with a minimum grade of a C+. Students may include a maximum of 6 sem. hrs. in their History major, a maximum of 3 sem. hrs. of practicum in their concentration or minor, and a maximum of 9 sem. hrs. in their degree. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 321 Tudor-Stuart England (3 sem. hrs.)

      An exploration of the history of England from the coming of the Tudors in the 15th century to the so called Glorious Revolution at the end of the 17th century. This was an eventful age, featuring the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the creativity of William Shakespeare, a bitterly fought civil war, and the development of a limited monarchy. Particular attention is paid to two developments that transformed English life: the religious reformations of the 16th century, and the civil war and political revolutions of the 17th century.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History, including one of HIST 107, 111, 112 or permission of instructor. (3-0; 3-0)


    • HIST 324 19th Century Europe (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course examines the long 19th century from the French Revolution to the onset of the Great War. Explores key movements and themes in political, intellectual, and socio-economic history through lectures, discussion groups, and close readings of primary and secondary sources.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 108 or 112, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 325 20th Century Europe (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course involves an investigation of significant themes in the historical development of European society since 1914. Primary focus is on the issue of changing European perceptions of the nature of social organizations and of Europe's broader role in the international system. Topics include the origin, nature, and effects of world war; the Russian Revolution and the rise of the Soviet state; the rise of Fascism and the emergence of "totalitarian" style movements; the construction of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe and the emergence and ultimate resolution of the cold war; decolonization; and the rise of the welfare state and emergence of European federalism.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 108 or 112, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 328 Politics and Society in Britain: 1815-1964 (3 sem. hrs.)

      The major political and social events, issues, developments, controversies, and interest groups in Britain in the period from Waterloo to the close of Macmillan's ministry. Selected themes such as the slave trade and abolitionism, British philanthropy, the decline of religion, imperialism, and the welfare state.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 108 or 112, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 332 Issues in the History of British Columbia (3 sem. hrs.)

      The history of British Columbia from its earliest beginnings to the late 1980s. The province's move from regionalism, to provincialism, to internationalism by examining many of the social, cultural, political, and economic forces of change which shaped the "West Beyond the West" in Canada. Specific aspects of B.C.'s history that particularly enlighten us about the character of the region, its unique place in Canadian history, and how these events have shaped the province today.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 332.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 135 or 136, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 334 Issues in Canadian Government and Politics (3 sem. hrs.)

      Provides the student with a detailed examination of the political issues that divide and unite Canadians. Topics include discussion of alternative theoretical approaches to Canadian politics; regionalism, citizenship, and political participation; the French-English Cleavage; provincialism versus federalism; aboriginal politics; gender and class issues; the uneasy relationship between the United States and Canada; multiculturalism and bilingualism as key indicators of Canadian political culture; the Executive in Parliament dispute; legislative politics and judicial interpretation; law and constitution.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 334.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 135 or 136, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 335 Development of the Canadian Constitution (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of the historical development of the Canadian Constitution from 1867 to the present. The search for an amending formula and the patriation of the Constitution. The evolving nature of the federation; the Meech Lake Accord; the Charlottetown Accord; the October 26 Referendum; Western demands for major changes to the Senate and other national institutions of the federation, and the unfinished constitutional agenda. The profound effect on law and public policy development resulting from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 335.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 135 or 136, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 340 Issues in Canadian-First Nations Relations (3 sem. hrs.)

      The history of First Nations in Canada from pre-contact to the present time. Broad economic, social, and political themes that intersect with the history of Canada's original peoples, including early encounters, fur trade economy, governmental policy, missionization, education, reservations, and co-sovereignty. It surveys the major eras, specifically highlighting the observations and experiences of First Nations in Canada.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 340.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 135 or 136, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 347 Religion in the U.S.A. (3 sem. hrs.)

      Religious developments in the U.S.A. from the beginning of European settlement to today. The relationship between such developments and the political, economic, and social life of the country. The Great Awakenings and the Modernist/Fundamentalist controversy.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: RELS 377.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including one of HIST 135, 136; 251, 252, 264; 348; 362 or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 348 Religion in Canada (3 sem. hrs.)

      Religious developments in Canada from the beginning of European settlement to today. The relationship between such developments and the political, economic, and social life of the country.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: RELS 378.

      Prerequisite(s): Any two of HIST 135, 136; 264; 347; 362. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 352 Government and Politics of the United States (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to American politics, including the major branches of government: the presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. The dynamics of American political institutions and their interaction. The prime emphasis is on national politics, especially the interaction of the executive and legislative, including presidential decision-making.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 352.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 135, 136; 251, 252; 347; or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 355 American Foreign Policy (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of principle themes in United States foreign policy with in-depth review of post-Second World War presidential periods. Students analyze the causes and results of American policy choices in the context of evolving world order. The course explores philosophy and leadership styles.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 355.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including one of HIST 136; 251, 252; or 347; or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 361 History of Christianity I (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of the history of the Christian Church from the turn of the first century to the eve of the 16th century Reformation, with attention to the persons, events and issues involved in the major developments of Christianity.

      Cross-listed: RELS 361, HIST 561.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 111 or 112. (3-0; 0-0)


    • HIST 362 History of Christianity II (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of the development of the Christian Church from the late medieval period through the early 21st century. Key topics include: the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the Great Awakenings and the rise of modern Evangelism, Fundamentalism, and the growth of modern missionary movements, along with a consideration of significant individuals, changes in theology, institutions, devotional practices, gender roles, and attempts to engage and shape culture.

      Cross-listed: RELS 362, HIST 562.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 111 or 112. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 366 History of the Family to 1600 (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course examines the historical development of the family beginning with the ancient world up to 1600. A central inquiry is the formation of families and households, as well as the impact of religion on gender and family roles. The course also explores the use of power and coercion in the organization of family. It includes an inquiry into contemporary gender theory but concentrates on the lives and ideas of actual persons insofar as the historical record reveals them.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or 111, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 367 History of the Family after 1600 (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of the historical development of the family in the "modern" era. There is a central focus on the formation of families and households and the impact of religion on gender and family roles. The course integrates contemporary gender theory, but concentrates on the lives and ideas of historical actors as they are revealed in the historical record.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107, 111, 112, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 371 Africa Since 1500: From Pre-colonial to Colonial (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      This course will involve an examination of the major themes of sub-Saharan African history from 1500 to the partition of Africa following the Berlin Conference of 1884. Primary emphasis will be on the nature of African societies and the political, social, and economic consequences of their interaction with Europe. Special attention will be given to issues such as the origins and nature of African societies; the rise and impact of the slave trade; the growth of the European presence and the nature of European imperialism; and the onset of direct European colonial rule and the African response to it.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or 108. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 372 Africa Since 1500: From Colonial to National (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      This course will involve a survey of Sub-Saharan African history since the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885. Primary emphasis will be on a variety of regions at various stages of their development, while exploring the roles of colonial power, emerging nationalisms and the politics of under-development.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or 108. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 377 20th Century China and East Asia (3 sem. hrs.)

      A cultural and political history of China and Japan since 1900 with an emphasis on late 20th century issues. Course includes discussion of Hong Kong and Taiwan as Chinese territories and Korea as a primary neighbour of China and Japan. Of special interest are the relations of Japan and China with the United States.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 377.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107 or 108. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 381 The Arab Middle East in the 20th Century: The Politics of Identity (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of some major theses in the history of the Arab Middle East since the breakup of the Ottoman Empire following World War I. The course examines the role played by issues of identity in the development of national structures in the Arab East (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States). Themes include the nature of the Islamic community, the structure and legacy of the Ottoman rule, post-Ottoman settlement and the impact of colonial rule, the emergence of nationalist politics and the growth of contemporary Arab state system, oil and the politics of family rule in the Gulf States, and the relationship between religion and politics.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 108 or 109. (3-0; 3-0)


    • HIST 382 Palestine and the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The historical roots of the conflict, issues of land ownership and immigration, the development of national consciousness, and the process of state formation within both communities, impacts on the larger international community, and problems of peacemaking.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 108 or 109. (3-0; 3-0)


    • HIST 390 Special Topics in History (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of special topics or issues in History that are not considered in depth in other courses.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History, third or fourth year standing, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 391 Canadian Governmental Leadership (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course focuses on the nature and styles of leadership in the political and governmental sectors. It examines how the current political leadership has evolved historically and how current and past leaders provided leadership to both internal and external constituencies. Particular emphasis is placed on both appropriate and inappropriate leadership styles and how Christian leaders should lead in similar situations. Students observe how leaders lead in the Ottawa setting of their disciplinary choice and may interview those who are, or are connected to, senior governmental leaders. How these leaders work or worked in their respective contexts is the focus of such interviews and observations.

      Cross-listed: POLS 391.

      Prerequisite(s): Admission to Laurentian Leadership Centre. (3-0; 3-0)


    • HIST 392 Sugar, Slaves, Silver: The Atlantic World, 1500–1850 (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course examines the Atlantic world during an era of immense global change. Since the navigations of the 15th century, the Atlantic has been a corridor for fundamental exchanges of peoples, crops, technology, and ideas. Topics include early maritime explorations, the destruction and reconfiguration of indigenous societies, the labour migrations of Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans, slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the establishment of an Atlantic economy, the maturation of Euro-American colonial societies and their struggles for autonomy and national independence.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department Chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History, third or forth year standing, or instructor's consent. (3-0; 3-0)


    • HIST 398 Radical Religion in the 16th to 18th Centuries (3 sem. hrs.)

      Radical Christian movements from the Reformation period to the early Enlightenment: 16th century Anabaptism, German Spiritualism, radical German Pietism and American Pietism, early English Separatism, radical Puritanism, the Levellers, early Baptists, the Philadelphian movement, and the Methodist movement. Class time is divided between lectures and seminar discussion of primary source readings.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: RELS 398.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 107, 111, 112; 264, or 362. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 400 Directed Studies in History (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      Independent but guided reading and research in a specialized area of History of interest to students.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History and instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 403 Engendered History (3 sem. hrs.)

      This seminar examines specific topics in the history of gender throughout the period known loosely as the modern world. The course is designed to clarify the process through which ideas of gender evolved and the ways in which masculinity and femininity have been constructed and experienced in a global context. The seminar also examines group interactions across lines of race, class, ethnicity, region, and religion and the influence of groups striving to assert their own identities on ideas of gender.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History, third or fourth year standing, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 406 War, Peace, and Society (3 sem. hrs.)

      Examines the changing nature of, and approaches to, war and its effect on society from the ancient world to the present, including an assessment of various visions and proposals for peace. The course includes an assessment of historic and relatively recent armed conflicts, exploring the causes of contemporary conflict and some of its distinctive characteristics. It also evaluates the effectiveness of various strategies for preventing, abating and terminating current forms of conflict. Questions discussed include: Why do states go to war? How do they create a lasting peace? What role does morality play in foreign policy? What is our obligation to just peace or just war?

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 406.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History, third or fourth year standing, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 409 Nature, Society, and History in Global Perspective (3 sem. hrs.)

      Human interaction with the environment is the most fundamental of all relationships. This course examines the different ways in which societies have defined, understood, and used their non-human surroundings and the processes through which the environment influences culture and adapts to human communities. Students explore the historical context of the human-nature interaction in global perspective and compare the ways in which the concepts of politics, nationalism, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. inform and guide the relationship.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History, third or fourth year standing, or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • HIST 411 History, Culture, and Interpreting the Past (3 sem. hrs.)

      The study of history relies on the written and oral record of human experience. The use to which words have been put has varied over time ranging from the ancient world's innocent acceptance of recorded inventories and boastful heroic conquests, to the post-modern era where the text is not a bearer of truth but an instrument of power. This course traces the place of the text in the human effort to know and remember the past. Although the written text has been foundational for the study of the past, people have left other signs of their presence and we interact with other realities than the text. This course brings in additional disciplines including philosophy, literary criticism, biology, psychology, physics, and biblical studies.

      NB: Approved alternative to IDIS 400.

      Prerequisite(s): Enrolment priority given to fourth year History majors, concentrations, and minors; third and fourth year students with minimum of 6 sem. hrs. of History are considered. (3-0; 0-0)


    • HIST 412 Senior Thesis (3 sem. hrs.)

      A program of independent readings and research on a specific topic leading to a written paper for students choosing the European area. A research project involving the use of primary sources, archives, etc., for those choosing the North American area.

      NB: For History majors only. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 15 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 411.


    • HIST 415 Science and Religion from Copernicus to Creation Science (3 sem. hrs.)

      In 1896 Andrew Dickson White published his famous History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, a work that helped establish the belief that science and religion were irreconcilable domains. This course examines the validity of that claim from the Copernican revolution in the 16th century to the rise of the modern Creation Science movement, and aims to place the relationship between science and faith in a mature, historical, scientific, and theological context.

      NB: offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History or third year standing in the Natural and Applied Sciences. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 423 History of the First World War (3 sem. hrs.)

      A seminar course involving an examination of the origins and course of the First World War. Primary focus on various campaigns and fronts of the war, and on specific issues such as the nature and impact of trench warfare, the domestic policies of the belligerent powers, and the social, economic, and political impact of the conflict.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including one of HIST 108, 112, 136; or 252; or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 424 The History of the Second World War (3 sem. hrs.)

      A seminar course involving an examination of the origins and course of the Second World War. Primary focus on main campaigns of the war in Europe and Asia, the domestic policies of the belligerent powers, and the social, economic, and political impact of the conflict.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including one of HIST 108, 112, 136; or 252. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 435 Social History of Canada (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of major developments in the society and culture of Canada with a particular spotlight on the diverse experience of the people who made Canada. The course highlights aspects of Canadian identity as seen through the lenses of gender, race, class, ethnicity, religion, and region. The focus is on the interaction between migrant groups and the host society, rural and urban societies, education and social reforms, labour and capital, and changing gender roles.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including one of HIST 135 or 136. (3-0 or 0-0)


    • HIST 436 Canadian and U.S. Relations (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of relations between the two countries from their origins, ranging from military and diplomatic contacts to intellectual and cultural. Comparative developments in the two nations.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 436.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including one of HIST 135, 136; 251, 252. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 440 The Evolution of Canadian Foreign Policy (3 sem. hrs.)

      An overview of the formulation and trends of Canadian foreign policy in the period since Confederation. The domestic and external determinants of Canadian foreign policy, the nature of the foreign policy-making process, and the evolution of key themes in Canadian foreign policy.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Cross-listed: POLS 440.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including one of HIST 109, 135, or 136. (0-0; 3-0)


    • HIST 471 Missions and Imperialism in the Global Context (3 sem. hrs.)

      This seminar-based course examines some of the major themes in the history of the West's colonial encounter with non-Western communities and the role played by Christian missions and missionaries in that process. Primary attention is given not only to the origins of, and complex inter-relationship between, the colonial encounter and the evangelical enterprise, but to the redefinition and reconstruction of Western and non-Western identities which emerged as a result of such interactions.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 108. (3-0; 3-0)


    • HIST 482 Historical Perspectives on Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought (3 sem. hrs.)

      A re-evaluation of the issues involved in the origin of the 16th century Protestant Reformation and the subsequent development of Calvinist thought: justification by faith, covenant theology, and election. An analysis of why Calvinists and Arminians were unable to overcome their differences, and how Reformed scholasticism went beyond John Calvin's insights in some significant respects.

      Cross-listed: RELS 482.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of History including HIST 264, 308, or 362. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 490 Special Topics in History (3 sem. hrs.)

      An examination of special topics or issues in History that are not considered in depth in other courses.

      NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of History, third or fourth year standing, or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • HIST 497, 498 Honours Thesis (3, 3 sem. hrs.)

      A 12,000-15,000 word thesis based on a review of the secondary literature and research in primary sources in archival, published, microform, microfiche, or electronic form, on an approved topic. An oral defence and a library-acceptable copy are required. Taken in fourth year by all Honours students in History.

      Prerequisite(s): Application and acceptance into Honours Program in History. See Department chair. (3-0; 3-0)

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