History

Explorers paddling a canoe

The History faculty welcomes you to an exploration of the past and is eager to introduce you to the people who in their different ways made the world in which we live today. The study of history is vital for our understanding of the present. It offers multiple ways of explaining both how the contemporary world emerged, and how past societies differed from our own.

History at UTSC provides a dynamic introduction to the global transformations that have taken place over the past two millennia, while also focusing on the experiences and contributions of ordinary men and women to these transformations.

Our curriculum spans the history of all parts of the world in their complex, transnational connections, and covers a broad range of topics, including religion and everyday life, colonialism, the relations between women and men, the history of work, the environment, urbanization, immigration, race and ethnicity, and material culture.

Findings in history depend upon the precise evaluation of specific evidence, be it texts, images, or objects, and the history program emphasizes the critical reading, research, and writing skills which are necessary for the study of the past and for a wide range of professional activities beyond the university. Innovative and interdisciplinary, History courses play a part in a number of other programs, including Classics, Global Asia Studies, and Intersections, Exchanges, Encounters in the Humanities, and can also complement and enhance courses in politics, philosophy, literature, arts, economics, sociology, and anthropology.

The History curriculum encompasses a variety of approaches in order to build a range of knowledge and skills. A level courses provide both a general introduction to the study of history at the university level and the preparation for further studies in transnational and global history. B level surveys offer a comprehensive foundation of knowledge in their particular areas, including the histories of particular nation states and regions of the world. In C level courses, students investigate more specific places, periods, or problems through lectures and tutorials. D level courses are conducted as seminars, where students make close and thorough studies of particular questions and present their findings in discussions, essays, and research papers.

History courses at all levels cover a range of periods, from antiquity to the present, and explore a variety of world regions, from North America and Africa, through Europe and the Mediterranean, to South and East Asia.

The History curriculum as a whole stresses training in writing, research, and historical methods. These skills are essential tools for historians but are also readily transferable to any working environment in today's complex world.

Knowledge of other languages is essential to advanced study in history. If you plan to take history to an advanced level, we strongly encourage early study of an appropriate language for your program or areas of interest.

The past is a foreign country, an exotic place of heroism, tragedy, atrocity and triumph. But it is also the platform on which the present rests. Success in Canada's multicultural society requires both understanding and acceptance of cultural complexity. The study of the past enables both understanding and cross-cultural communication in the present.

 

Faculty

  • Daniel Bender, Professor
  • Christine Berkowitz, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • Katherine Blouin, Associate Professor
  • Li Chen, Associate Professor
  • Donna Gabaccia, Professor
  • Michael Gervers, Professor
  • Anup Grewal, Assistant Professor
  • Rick Halpern, Professor
  • Paula Hastings, Assistant Professor
  • Franca Iacovetta, Professor
  • Russell Kazal, Associate Professor
  • William Nelson, Assistant Professor
  • Jeffrey Pilcher, Professor
  • Bhavani Raman, Associate Professor
  • Stephen Rockel, Associate Professor
  • Natalie Rothman, Associate Professor
  • Jayeeta Sharma, Associate Professor