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Historical studies


Start planning your fall and winter semesters by reviewing the fall course offerings below. 


Take a look to see what courses are coming up in the historical studies program at Grenfell Campus. Scroll down to read course description for further information. View our four-year course plan here.


Fall 2020 course offerings

​Course Number
​Course Title
​Instructor

​HIST 1100

HIST1100 Introduction to History, Part I 

1100 Introduction to History I introduces students to working with historical materials and writing about the past. Students then will apply these skills to a study of the history of the Western world from the Renaissance and European colonialism up to and including the French Revolution, in a global context. The political, social, and cultural manifestations of Western history will be explored as well as the perspectives and condition of marginalized peoples.

CR: the former HIST 1000


two sections:
B. White
HIST 2065 (L)

HIST2065 (L) History of War and Society since 1789

2065 History of War and Society from 1789 to the Present (same as the former HIST 3060) is a global examination of warfare, including its effect on society, culture, politics, economics, and military thinking, from the French Revolution to the more recent threat posed by revolutionary and fundamentalist terrorism. All sections of this course follow International Studies guidelines available at www.mun.ca/hss/IS.

CR: the former HIST 3060

-this is a St. John’s history course that can be used for a Historical Studies degree at Grenfell (please consult the program chair for details)


​Hiree

HIST 2210 (L)

HIST2210 (L) Modern Canada  

2210 Modern Canada: Canadian History Since 1867 is survey of Canadian History since Confederation.


(R. Baehre)

HIST/VART 2700 (E)

HIST/VART2700 (E) Art History Survey I 

-cross-listed with Visual Arts

2700 Art History Survey I (same as Visual Arts 2700) is the history of art from pre-historic times to the Renaissance.

CR: Visual Arts 2700


(instructor t.b.a.)
HIST 3090 (E)

HIST/CLAS 3090 (E) Alexander and the Macedonians 

-cross-listed with Classics

3090 Alexander and the Macedonians (same as Classics 3090) investigates the impact of the conquests of Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Successors on the political, social, cultural, intellectual, and religious world of the Mediterranean and Near East between Alexander’s accession in 336 and the battle of Ipsus in 301, when his vast empire was carved into Hellenistic kingdoms.

CR: Classics 3090


(C. King)

HIST 3110 (E)

HIST3110 (E) History of Newfoundland to 1815 

3110 History of Newfoundland to 1815 is the growth of settlement and the manner in which a `migratory' fishery carried on from England and Ireland changed into a `sedentary' fishery carried on by residents of Newfoundland.


​(hiree)

HIST 3590 (E)

HIST3590 (E) The Early Caribbean 

3590 The Early Modern Caribbean examines the history of the Caribbean region in the period 1492-1848, addressing topics such as comparative labour systems, slave resistance, colonial societies, plantation landscapes, and environmental change.

-this is a St. John’s history course that can be used for a Historical Studies degree at Grenfell (please consult the program chair for details)



(hiree)

HIST 3840
HIST 3840 Historical Methods 

3840 Historical Methods is an introduction to the methods and practices of history in the modern era. This course is compulsory for Honours students and recommended for Majors, including those intending to apply for graduate studies. For Historical Studies students at Grenfell Campus this course is required for all majors and minors.

CR: the former HIST 4801

PR: 12 credit hours in History including HIST 1100/1101 or permission of

the instructor

****if you are in third or fourth year, you absolutely must take this course if you  have not already done so, because it is a requirement for HIST majors and minors (the course is offered only once every two years)



(B. White)

​HIST/FOLK 4480

HIST/FOLK 4480 Oral History 

-cross-listed with Folklore

4480 Oral History (same as Folklore 4480) examines the narratives of everyday people who tell their life experiences. This course focuses on the collection and analysis of oral narratives and how they can be used to illuminate the past. It considers the power of these narratives to shape

constructions of the present and future for both narrators and audiences.

CR: Folklore 4480

*****if you are a HIST major in third or fourth year, you should take this course because we offer only one dedicated HIST seminar once per academic year


(R. Baehre)

​HIST 4950

HIST 4950 Independent Project 

4950 Independent Project in Historical Studies will have students complete an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member or members. Topics must have the approval of the Program Chair of History.

CR: HIST 4951, HIST 4952

PR: HIST 3840 and nine other History courses

*****for those students who are doing their HIST 4950 in the fall please touch base with me about your idea for a topic; we could discuss potential advisors and second readers.


(various instructors)

​HIST 4951

HIST 4951 Advanced Research Essay 1  

4951 Advanced Research Essay I is the preparatory course for the writing of the advanced research essay. Working under the supervision of an instructor, students will develop a knowledge of the scholarship in the chosen field and prepare a detailed essay proposal.

CR: HIST 4822; HIST 4950

PR: HIST 3840 and 24 credit hours in other History courses

This is the new innovation in the program that was finalized this past winter; there are two parts to this course (HIST 4951 Advanced Research Essay II takes place in the winter); HIST 4951 and 4952 are a more elaborate form of HIST 4950.  Students who choose the HIST 4951/4952 option instead of HIST 4950 only need to do four courses in history-related discipline, instead of five.


(various instructors)


There are some other Visual Arts art history courses that will probably be offered that can count as cross-listed courses, but such VART/HIST cross-listed courses usually require pre-requisites in art history courses (please check with me if you are interested in taking such a course). 


Course descriptions

Complete course descriptions can be found in the Grenfell Campus section of the Calendar. The University Calendar is the authority for all course information.

Course Name
Description
​HIST 1100 - Introduction to History
​An introduction to the study and writing of history which will emphasize the concepts of history through a thematic approach to the history of western civilization from ca. 1500 to ca. 1815.
Note:1) Offered only at Grenfell Campus. 2) This course may not be taken for credit by students who have completed History 1000.
​HIST 1101 - Introduction to History
​An introduction to the study and writing of history which will emphasize the concepts of history through a combination of research and writing within a thematic approach to the history of western civilization from ca. 1815 to the present.
Note:1) Offered only at Grenfell Campus. 2) This course may not be taken for credit by students who have completed History 1001. Students in their first year normally take History 1100 and History 1101.
​HIST 2034 - History of the Hellenistic World
​(Same as Classics 2020). A survey of the history of the Mediterranean world and the Near East from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC until the incorporation of the Kingdom of Egypt in the Roman Empire in 30 BC. Particular attention is given to the influence of the new monarchies on political, social and cultural developments in both Greek and non-Greek communities.
​HIST 2035 - History of Classical Greece
​(Same as Classics 2035). A survey of Greek history from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great, with special reference to the social and political institutions of the fifth century B.C.
Note: Students who have completed History/Classics 2030 since 1985-86 or the former History/Classics 3910 may not also receive credit for History/Classics 2035.
​HIST 2040 - History of Rome
​(Same as Classics 2040). A survey of Roman history from the early monarchy to the reign of Constantine, with special reference to society and politics in the late Republic and early Empire.
Note: Students who have completed History/Classics 3920 may not also receive credit for History 2040.
​HIST 2100 - Empires of the North Atlantic, 1500-1820
​This course will examine European expansion across the Atlantic to North America, the attempt to take possession of that continent through commercial investment and colonies, and the way in which European colonies were transformed into new societies.
HIST 2120 - The History of Canadian-American Relations, 1783 to the Present​A survey of the major themes in the history of Canadian-American relations, from the American Revolution to the present. Emphasis will be placed on economic, social, political and cultural developments.
​HIST 2200 - Making Canada​A survey of Canadian History to Confederation, 1867.
​HIST 2210 - Modern Canada
​A survey of Canadian History since Confederation.
​HIST 2300 - Introduction to Modern European History: 1500-1789
​An introduction to the main issues and problems in early modern European History with an emphasis on the political, social, economic and cultural developments from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century.
​HIST 2310 - Europe in the Nineteenth Century: 1789-1914
​A survey of the economic, social, political and cultural developments of Europe from 1789-1914.
​HIST 2320 - Medieval Europe to 1050
​A survey of the economic, social, political and cultural developments of the early Middle Ages.
Note: Credit may not be obtained for both History 2320 and the former History 2030.
​HIST 2330 - Medieval Europe, 1050 to the Reformation
​A survey of the economic, social, political and cultural developments of Europe in the high and late Middle Ages.
Note: Credit may not be obtained for both History 2330 and the former History 2030.
​HIST 2500 - The Twentieth Century, I
​A study of the world-wide impact of the main events and developments in the age of global interdependence.
Note: Credit may not be obtained for both History 2500 and the former History 3700.
​HIST 2510 - The Twentieth Century, II
​An historical analysis of the main issues in the contemporary world since 1945.
Note: Credit may not be obtained for both History 2510 and the former History 3710.

​HIST 2540 - Fascism and Resistance in the Twentieth Century 

​Fascism and Resistance in the Twentieth Century explores the history of fascism, and resistance to fascism, from its late nineteenth-century origins through the end of the Second World War.  


HIST 2700 - Art History Survey I
​(Same as Visual Arts 2700) The history of art from pre-historic times to the Renaissance.
HIST 2701 - Art History Survey II​(Same as Visual Arts 2701) The history of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
​HIST 2800 - Indigenous Peoples and Colonialism
​A comparative survey of indigenous experiences with colonialism in a global context from the sixteenth century onwards.
​HIST 3030 - Environmental History
​This course examines the history of human relationships to the natural environment. The focus of the course is the history of environmental changes caused by humans, the reciprocal influence of the natural environment on human cultures and societies. Case Studies will introduce patterns of ecological change associated with broad historical transformations such as colonialism, military conflict, the development of world economies, etc.
Lab: HIST
​HIST 3051 - History of Warfare to 1789
​A survey of major developments in the history of warfare from the earliest times to 1789 with particular emphasis on changes in the nature and conduct of warfare, the evolution of military thinking, the organization of military and naval forces, the impact of technological change, the emergence of professionalism and the relationship between societies and armed forces.
​HIST 3060 - History of Modern Warfare since 1789
​An examination of those major developments which have affected the nature and conduct of warfare in the period since 1789, with particular emphasis on the evolution of military thinking, the impact of technology on organization and planning, the role of air power, the civil-military relationship, professionalism in the armed forces, and the changing nature of warfare: the emergence of total war, global war, guerilla warfare, and limited warfare.
​HIST 3090 - Alexander and the Macedonians
​(Same as Classics 3090). This course investigates the impact of the conquests of Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Successors on the political, social, cultural, intellectual, and religious world of the Mediterranean and Near East between Alexander’s accession in 336 and the battle of Ipsus in 301, when his vast empire was carved into Hellenistic kingdoms.
​HIST 3110 - History of Newfoundland to 1815
​The growth of settlement and the manner in which a 'migratory' fishery carried on from England and Ireland changed into a `sedentary' fishery carried on by residents of Newfoundland.
​HIST 3120 - Modern Newfoundland Since 1815
​The establishment and development of political institutions, changes in economic structure and the growth of populations.
​HIST 3135 - France in the Americas, 1500-1815
​The history of the French presence in North and South America, from the earliest voyages of exploration to the Anglo-French struggle for the North American continent.
​HIST 3250 - Migration History of North America
​A survey of migration to and within North America from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.
​HIST 3320 - Early Modern France, 1500-1789
​French History from 1500 to 1789, with a focus on such themes as the Renaissance, political and social change, gender history, and the Enlightenment.
​HIST 3330 - France, 1750-1852
​France from the decline of the Old Regime to the end of the Second Republic.
​HIST 3370 - German History I, to the Mid-Nineteenth Century
​The History of the peoples and states of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation and the Germanic Confederation with emphasis on the origins of modern Germany.
​HIST 3380 - German History II, Since the Mid-Nineteenth Century
​Examines the history of German-speaking central Europe with special  reference to the evolution of modern Germany since the mid-nineteenth century.
​HIST 3440 - History of the British Empire and Commonwealth since 1815
​The transition from British Empire to Commonwealth of Nations.
​Hist 3445 - Witchcraft and the Witchhunts in Early Modern Europe 
​A history of witchcraft, demonology, and the witch-hunts from 1400 to 1750, focusing on such themes as gender, the body and medical knowledge, religious dissidence, and popular culture.
​HIST 3450 - British History: 1485-1714
​The emergence of Britain under the Tudors and early Stuart monarchs.
​HIST 3460 - British History Since 1714
​British History from the accession of the Hanoverians to the welfare state.
​HIST 3490 - History of Ireland Since the Great Famine
​A survey of Irish history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
Note: Credit may not be obtained for both History 3490 and the former History 3470.
​HIST 3520 - The Early Ethnohistory of North America's Native People
​(Same as Anthropology 3520). The North American native response to early European contact and initial settlement. Particular attention will be paid to cultural change resulting from the adoption of European goods, participation in the fur trade, the introduction of European disease, and the adaptation to a permanent European presence.
​HIST 3525 - The Later Ethnohistory of North America's Native People
​(Same as Anthropology 3525). Indian and Inuit cultural history of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, including the fur trade, resistance and accommodation to European expansion, the emergence of revitalization movements, demographic changes, and population shifts. Special emphasis will be placed on the ethnohistory of the native peoples of what is now Canada and northern United States.
​HIST 3550 - Tudors, Historical Memory, and Film
​Tudors, Historical Memory, and Film focuses on the dialogue between past and present as it plays out in the various film and historical representations of the Tudor period.
HIST 3675 - Navies and Societies Since 1650
An examination of the rise of modern navies since 1650 that places navies and naval decisions within broader national and international political, economic and social contexts.
Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HIST 3675 and the former HIST 3822.
​HIST 3700 - Art History: The Italian Renaissance
​(Same as Visual Arts 3700) An overview of the art and architecture of Renaissance Italy with an emphasis upon the historical context in which art was produced.
​HIST 3701 - Art History: The Renaissance Outside Italy
​(Same as Visual Arts 3701) The Renaissance outside Italy from the late Fourteenth century and the international style through the 16th century.
​HIST 3760 - Women in Western Society and Culture, I
​A survey of major developments in the history of women from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. The major themes addressed are: cultural and religious assumptions toward women; demographic changes; women's work roles; women's participation in religious and political movements.


HIST 3770 - Women in Western Society and Culture, II
​Selected themes in the history of women in the modern period with a focus on cultural attitudes toward women, demographic trends affecting women, the impact of changing economic roles, and the development of feminism.
Note: Credit may not be obtained for both History 3770 and the former History 3761.
​HIST 3807 - World War I in Historical Perspective
​​This course takes a global approach to the history of the First World War, emphasizing events on the battlefield and the effects of the war on various societies.
​HIST 3840 - Historical Methods
​An introduction to the methods and practices of history in the modern era. This course is compulsory for Honours students and recommended for Majors, including those intending to apply for graduate studies.
Prerequisite: Twelve credit hours in history including Hist 1100/1101 or permission of the instructor
Note:
1) Credit may not be obtained for both History 3840 and the former History 4801. 2) For Historical Studies students (Grenfell Campus): this course is required for all majors and minors.
​HIST 4101 - The Renaissance in Europe 1400-1550
​A seminar on the Renaissance in Europe, particularly in Italy and northern Europe, focusing especially on its intellectual and cultural aspects but also the social and gender history of the topic.
Prerequisite: Students should normally have successfully completed at least 6 credit hours in courses having an initial digit "3".
​HIST 4230 - Special Topics in Newfoundland History, I
​Specialized studies in the History of Newfoundland.
​HIST 4231 - Special Topics in Newfoundland History, II
Note: Credit may not be obtained for both History 4231 and Political Science 4731.
​HIST 4254 - Special Topics in Canadian History: A History of Social Welfare
​A study of the broad theme of the state and social welfare in Canada. It examines the origins of modern forms of social control as evidenced in the nineteenth century prison, the lunatic asylum, and the poorhouse. As well, it compares Canadian and British and American social welfare institutions and policies, and traces their historical evolution into the twentieth century.
HIST 4330 - Aspects of Modern British History

​HIST 4412 - Selected Aspects of World War II
​In Winter 2009 this course will examine the concept of “strategic bombing” as it was conceived and applied in Europe during World War II. It is a seminar course intended for senior undergraduates, and will be taught in a three-hour time slot.
Note: Students should normally have successfully completed at least 6 credit hours in courses having an initial digit "3".
​HIST 4480 - Folklore and Oral History
​(same as Folklore 4480) A seminar which deals with the use of oral sources, particularly those which have a traditional dimension, for the study of history.  It will discuss the methods developed by Vansina, Dorson and others for evaluating the historical meaning of oral traditions in literate and non-literate cultures.  The uses of oral testimony in the study of traditional modes of life and work such as fishing and farming will be considered.  The use of oral traditions in the study of social and political history will also be discussed.
​HIST 4730 - Art History: Modern Art I
​(Same as Visual Arts 4730) An examination of the cultural, social, and political forces which, from 1750 to 1850, were to have a major impact on modernity and later modern art.
Prerequisite: Six credit hours in art history or permission of the chair of the Visual Arts Program
Corequisite: Six credit hours in art history or permission of the chair of the Visual Arts Program
​HIST 4731 - Art History: Modern Art II
​(Same as Visual Arts 4731) An examination of the various cultural and social forces between 1850 and 1914 which shaped the rise of the Modern movement.
Prerequisite: Six credit hours in art history or permission of the chair of the Visual Arts Program
Corequisite: Six credit hours in art history or permission of the chair of the Visual Arts Program
​HIST 4821 - Reading Course
​Directed reading course for Honours and selected students including those intending to apply for graduate studies. Readings will be taken from a list of significant works in History, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Program Chair
​HIST 4950 - Independent Project in Historical Studies​
​Students will complete an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member or members. Topics must have the approval of the Program Chair of History.
Prerequisite: Students must normally have taken History 3840 and nine other History courses.


Chair, Historical Studies

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS332T
Phone: (709) 637-2191
Email: ebezzina@grenfell.mun.ca



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