Special Topics Courses, Courses Identified as Issues, Themes

History Department Special Topics courses currently offered, as well as courses exploring historic issues.

Fall Semester 2020

2811 FDE: Neoliberal World Since 1989 Dr. Steven A. Jobbitt

This course focuses on the recent history of the global North (Europe and North America). The first half of the course looks at the rise of neoliberalism in the postwar period, and in particular at its early triumphs in Britain and the United States in the 1980s under the Thatcher and Reagan governments. The second half of the course explores the rapid spread of neoliberal capitalism and neoliberal systems in Europe and North America in the wake of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, looking primarily at how neoliberal ideas and practices have intersected with globalization, European integration, neoconservative politics, resurgent racism and xenophobia, the militarization of the police, the erosion of the public good, and the transformation of education and health care. The course ends with a critical discussion of the relationship between the history of neoliberalism and the current social and political crises associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.   

3811 FDE: Finnish Society and Politics, 1809-2020 Dr. Kähönen

The course will explore knowledge on main developments and critical turning points of the Finnish society and its political history in Northern European context: nation-building, relation between the state and the civil society, social movements and political parties, conflicts over social power. Students will develop understanding on the significance of social groups and the state in the formation of political system, ability to compare the Finnish society with other countries.

Full Year Courses 2020-21

4301 YDE: Issues in Canadian History  Dr. C. Nathan Hatton

Description in progress, check back later.

4502 YDE: Themes in Modern Latin American History Dr. Ronald Harpelle

Examines modern Latin American history, society and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students are offered a multi-faceted understanding of the human condition in Latin America. The course will address four themes in particular: the wounds and legacies of history; the elusive quest for economic "development", politics, revolution and counter-revolution; and the dynamics of culture and cultural change.

Winter Semester 2021

2811 WDE: Russia Since 1900 Dr. Steven A. Jobbitt

This course explores key themes and events in Russian history since the beginning of the twentieth century. The course begins with a survey of Russian imperial history to World War I and the reasons behind the Empire's demise. The bulk of the course will explore the history of the Soviet Union from its rise in 1917 to its collapse in 1991, with a particular focus on the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the Civil War that followed; early attempts to consolidate communism under Lenin; the rise and consequences of Stalinism; World War II; de-Stalinization and the Cold War; and the failed efforts to reform state socialism under Gorbachev in the 1980s. The course ends with a survey of developments in Russian history since the collapse of communism, and looks critically at the resurgence of nationalism and populism under Putin.

3811 WDE: Finnish Foreign Policy 1917-2021 Dr. Kähönen

This course examines the significance of Russia/Soviet –relation for Finland, impact of crises in international system and trade, change in policy-making from foreign minister centered to president centered. Students will develop their ability to recognize and understand tools of foreign policy, to see the difference of foreign administration from other branches of government, to grasp the interdependence between domestic and foreign politics

3811 WDF: Indigenous Uprisings Rebellions & Resistance Movements Dr. Travis Hay

This course explores Indigenous histories of military conflicts, armed resistance movements, uprisings, standoffs, so-called ‘rebellions’ and other significant moments of organized struggles within a Canadian context. Beginning with a history of Indigenous warfare and its contrasting characteristics when compared to European cultures of military conflict, the course carries through a chronological survey of major moments in settler colonial military history that includes but is not limited to: British Wars against the Mi’qmaw (1710-1749); Pontiac’s Uprising (1763); the War of 1812; The Red River Rebellion (1869); The Northwest Rebellion (1885); The First and Second World Wars; the Oka Crisis; the Ipperwash Crisis; the Gustafsen Lake Standoff; the Idle No Movement; the We’tsuwet’en Blockade; and the CN Rail Blockades. 

4313 WDE: Issues in History of Northern Ontario Dr. Michel Beaulieu

A seminar on the history of Northern Ontario examining selected topics in the political, social, cultural, and economic transformation of the region, with particular attention to the experience of Indigenous Peoples and their historiographical treatment.

Description for Courses - Religious Studies

Fall Semester 2020

RELI-2715 FDE - South Asian Religions-Hinduism,Buddhism,Sikhism  Dr. Brian Dunn
This course is an in-depth survey of three South Asian religious traditions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Students will be introduced to some of the most important figures, narratives, texts and ideas of the Indian Subcontinent. Through regularly assigned readings from the primary texts of the Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Puranas, Tripitaka, the Mahayana Prajnaparamita, Tibetan tantras, and the Guru Granth Sahib, students will have the opportunity to discuss and critically engage with the beliefs and practices of the living traditions of over 20% of the world's population. 

Full Year Course 2020-21

RELI-3705 YDE Religion in Film  Rev. Rev. Dr. Randy Boyd

This course looks at what Michael Bird calls “theophanies in film” – manifestations of the religious in movies.  This course does not look at didactic or proselytizing films but seeks to explore the religious dimension that can be found in all movies.  Themes like grace, belief, forgiveness, hope, truth, love, the meaning of life – and death – are examined as they are found in some popular movies as well as some lesser known films.  Animations, comedies, tragedies and fantasies will be used to challenge us to look deeper than just the surface of life and embrace the dimension of imagination and some alternative possibilities in exploring reality.

Winter Semester 2021

RELI-2715 WDE - Abrahamic Religions-Judaism,Christianity, Islam Dr. Brian Dunn
This course is an in-depth survey of the three traditions of Abraham – Judaism, Christianity and Islam - the living traditions of over half of the world's population. Students will be introduced to the key figures, narratives, and ideas of the Fertile Crescent, the Near East and Arabian Peninsula. Through assigned readings from the primary texts of the Torah, the Hebrew Prophets and Writings, the Gospels, the Apostolic letters, the Qur’an and the Hadith, students will gain an understanding of the shared historical and narrative foundation of all three traditions and have the opportunity to respectfully and critically engage with some of the most important cultural and geo-political issues in the world today.


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