Western University HistoryWestern Social Science

2100 Level Courses

2016-17 Academic Year

Course outlines will be made available on or before June 15th 2016.

2110B- “Rights Revolution” or “Fragile Freedoms”?: Human Rights History in Canada

This course examines the history of human rights in Canada. It explores the creation of rights linked to ethnicity, gender, language, religion, region, class and other characteristics. It asks both why rights have been created and what factors have limited the development of rights. 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Winter 2110B P. Krats Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm


2120A - Northern Enterprise: Canadian Business and Labor History

The development and effect of business in Canada from the late nineteenth century, with special emphasis on its social impact and the emergence of a Canadian labor movement. 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Antirequisite(s): The former History 2213F/G, the former History 2125F/G

Fall 2120A-001 P. Krats Tuesday 11:30-1:30 Syllabus

2124B - Sounds, Sights & Bits: Explorations in 20th Century Canadian Popular Culture

Canadian popular culture: poor-quality imitation of American, or crucial element of Canadian identity, worthy of “Canadian Content” regulations and financial support? This course traces the 20th century evolution of “Canadian popular culture,” offering glimpses into music, film, television, sport and more. What was enjoyed, why, and was it “Canadian ?” 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2124B-001 P. Krats Thursday 2:30-4:30 Syllabus

2128A - In Search of Canada: Postwar to Present

An examination of selected social themes shaping postwar Canada. Topics covered include modernization, immigration and multiculturalism, rights issues, regionalism, and the multifaceted search for a "Canadian" society and culture. 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Antirequisite(s): The former History 2207F/G, 2217F/G

Fall 2128A-001 P. Krats Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm Syllabus

2131B - The Presidency in American History

Examines the development of the modern presidency in terms of the challenges facing presidents and their success or failure in responding to the needs of the time. Special attention will be given to the evolution of presidential power and its historical consequences. 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2131B-001 S.Devine Thursday 2:30-4:30 Syllabus

2132A - From Coney Island to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: The History of American Popular Culture

This course traces the evolution of American popular culture from its emergence as an increasingly inclusive “mass” culture in the nineteenth century to the more fragmented and kinetic cultural productions that are disseminated by American media—art, literature, television, film, music, the internet, etc.— today. 2 hours, 0.5 course

Antirequisite(s): History 3307E

Fall 2132A-001 G.Stewart Tuesday 2:30-4:30pm Syllabus

2134B- “Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation”: Youth, Rebellion and Rock ’n’ Roll

This course uses the cultural phenomenon of rock 'n' roll as a lens to explore the connections between youth and rebellion and societal change in the latter half of the twentieth century. The spectacle of the performers and their lyrics will be used as historical texts to understand this change. 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite: History 2706E

Winter 2134B-001 G. Stewart Tuesday 2:30-4:30pm Syllabus

2135A-Race and the Struggle for Freedom in America

This course explores African-American history from the end of slavery to today. We trace the diverse experiences of people of African descent in the United States, including slavery and the struggle to end it, the segregated Jim Crow period, the Black Freedom/civil rights movement, hip-hop culture, and more recent developments. 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): History 3311F/G, History 3313F/G

Fall 2135A-001 L. Shire

Monday 9:30-11:30     Wednesday 9:30-10:30


2137B - Draft Dodgers, Hippies, and Black Panthers: The US in the 1960s

The 1960s is often perceived as a period of radical change, especially in the United States. We examine the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and antiwar protests, the Free Speech and Women’s Liberation movements, Great Society programs, and the development of a counterculture. 2 Lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite: History 3327F/G

Winter 2137B-001 A.Sendzikas Tuesday 11:30-1:30pm


2147A/B - Nazi Germany

We analyze how the Nazi Party came to power; the regime’s use of propaganda, intimidation and terror within Germany after 1933; Hitler’s foreign policy; Nazi methods in occupied Europe; anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and other programs of mass murder; resistance within Germany, and the reasons for the regime's defeat. 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Antirequiste(s): History 2145A/B

Fall 2147A-001 A. Iarocci Wednesday 1:30-3:30 Syllabus
Winter 2147B-001 K. Priestman Wednesday 1:30-3:30 Syllabus

2148B - Police Work and Forensics in Victorian Britain

Late Victorian Britain was the setting for Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional 'consulting detective,' Sherlock Holmes, whose afterlife in television and film would have astonished his creator. We examine Holmes' world. Our subjects include the nineteenth century obsession with murder and the history of policing and detection. 2 Lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Winter 2148B-001 A.May Monday 2:30-4:30pm Syllabus

2149A - Medieval Lives

An introduction to medieval western Europe through an examination of the lives of some of its inhabitants, with a particular focus on their daily lives. The historical reality of such lives is juxtaposed against contemporary popular notions about the middle ages. What can these lives tell us about their society. 2 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2149A-001 E.Karakacili Wednesday 10:30-12:30pm Syllabus

2164A - Communist China from Mao to the Present

This course will examine the People’s Republic of China beginning with the emergence of communist policies during the Second Sino-Japanese War of the 1930s-40s. It will analyze the development of Maoism, the emergence of a free-market economy in the Deng Xiaoping era, and more recent changes. 2 Lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Fall 2164A-001 H. Huang Thursday 2:30-4:30pm Syllabus

2171B- Greed is Good: The History of Modern Capitalism

This course explores American capitalism in the 1980s - a decade defined by materialism, greed, and scandal on Wall Street. It examines, in particular, the rise of finance capitalism and considers this rise within political and cultural context of the era. 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Winter 2171B-001 J. Vacante Tuesday 9:30-11:30am Syllabus

2173 - War in the Ancient and Mediaeval World

A consideration of technical, cultural, social and political aspects of warfare. The course ends with the fall of Constantinople and the use of gunpowder. 2 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2173-001 B. Murison Thursday 9:30-11:30am Syllabus

2179 - The Two World Wars

An examination of the causes, course and consequences of the First and Second World Wars, stressing comparison of the two conflicts. Students will be asked to consider a variety of historical analyses of both wars and to study the process of interpretation as well as events. 2 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2179-001 A. Iarocci Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm Syllabus

2181A - Sexual History: Expression, Regulation, and Rights in the West since 1800

This course examines the history of sexuality from the nineteenth century to the present, investigating sexual desire, behaviour, and ideologies. Topics include the body, marriage, reproduction, prostitution, same-sex relations, and religious, medical and psychiatric intervention, and help demonstrate that sexuality has been the object of social scrutiny and political regulation. 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite: History 2185

Fall 2181A-001 M. Halpern Monday 12:30-2:30pm Syllabus

2186B - Zombie Apocalypse: Panic and Paranoia from the Black Death to Y2K

This course examines the impact of fear, panic, and paranoia in human history. It considers how and why concern changes into panic in some situations and not in others, and the factors that make a descent into panic possible and even likely in some circumstances. 2 Lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Winter 2186B-001 J.Vance Monday 10:30-12:30pm Syllabus

2188B - Pirates and Piracy on the World's Seas and in the Public Imagination

This course examines the history of pirates and piracy from antiquity through the present day. Among its major themes are changing definitions of piracy, the reasons individuals, groups, and nations have practiced or supported piracy, and how pirates have been depicted in popular culture. 2 Lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Winter 2188B-001 M.Dove Wednesday 10:30-12:30pm Syllabus

2189B- History at the Movies

This course explores representations of history on film, and the strengths and weaknesses of film as a medium for history, in both fictional film and documentaries from more than a century of historical movie-making. 2 lecture hours, 1-3 hour screening, 0.5 course.

Winter 2189B-001 A.MacEachern Thursday 1:30-3:30pm Syllabus
Screening TUT 2189B-002 A.MacEachern Monday 5:30-8:30pm

2198B - Selected Topics: Profit, Power and Conflict: A Global History of Oil

To say that oil has powered up our civilization in a multifaceted way is simply an understatement. In surveying how oil has been shaping our lives and lifestyle as an indispensable lifeline for a century and a half, in this course, students take on the many actors and events that have shaped the global history of oil. Our in-class and multi-media powered historical exploration covers vast and diverse topics on oil as a lighting commodity in the 1870s, as the strategic fuel for the most advanced and destructive warfare in struggle for world mastery between the Nazi-led Axis and the Allies, as  the vital force of auto-consumerism and global aviation (suburbia, expressways, shopping malls, Hollywood and the Grand Prix and Formula One), and last but not least, as the fundamental ingredient of our plastic conveniences (from Tupperware to smart-phones). The class will thus interactively engage with the lives and times of all those who have contributed to the Ruins and Riches of our petro-civilization: from the great corporations of world capitalism to global warming, i.e., from the greatest of American rubber barons, chiefly John D. Rockefeller and his Standard Oil,  to the leaders of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), who used the “Arab Oil Weapon” in the Arab-Israeli Conflict, to the initiators of the extremes of the climate change, i.e., the “Blue-eyed Sheiks of Alberta.” 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Winter 2198B-001 S.Kholdi Friday 10:30-1:30 Syllabus

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