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HIS-111 Canadian History: Pre-Confederation

3 hours lecture, or distance (D); online; Hybrid online + tutorial, 3 credits


This course provides a general chronological overview of Canadian history in the pre-Confederation era. It introduces some of the major political, social and economic events that shaped early Canadian development.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-112 Canadian History: 1867 - Present

3 hours lecture, or distance (D); online; Hybrid online + tutorial; 3 credits


This introductory course provides an overview of Canadian history since 1867, concentrating on the main lines of political, social and economic development. It analyses important issues such as the Riel Rebellion, the shift from a rural to an urban society, the effects of the two World Wars, the Great Depression, the relations between English and French Canadians, and provincial demands for autonomy.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-120 World History to 1000

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course surveys world civilizations from ancient times to the beginning of the Medieval era. It will include study of such areas of history as ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Japan and India; classical Greece and Rome; Africa and pre-contact America; and Islam, Byzantium, Western Christendom. The focus will be upon identifying broad themes, issues and patterns in world history, and upon accounting for political, social, cultural, intellectual, religious and economic change.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment..

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HIS-121 World History of the Last Millennium, AD 1000-2000

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course surveys world history from the early Medieval period to contemporary times. The focus will be upon identifying broad themes, issues and patterns in world history, and upon accounting for political, social, cultural, intellectual, religious and economic change. The approach will combine sweeping analytical overviews with recurrent intensive investigation of selected societies and topics. Class time will be divided between lecture and slide show presentation, video documentaries, and discussion based upon common course readings and a series of student research exercises.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-122 The Contemporary World

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


HIS 122 seeks to place contemporary international affairs within a broad historical and analytical perspective. The course highlights a number of events, trends and themes that have shaped the history of both individual nations and the international system since the end of World War II. Topics to be studied will include the history of the Cold War; decolonization and the struggle of developing nations to gain political and economic stability; the 'rise' of Asia: the Arab-Israeli Conflict; the Islamic resurgence; the collapse of Soviet-style communism and the nature of conflict in the post-Cold War world; the development of the global economy since Bretton Woods; and the relationship between the history of international institutions and world issues since 1945.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-135 World Mythology

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


The secret of life, explains the sacred tavern-keeper Siduri in an ancient Sumerian epic, is that there is no secret. "When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping", he tells the king Gilgamesh. "Fill your belly with good things, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man." This course will in some ways defy the strictures of Utnapishtim in returning to the questions that rest at the centre of world mythology. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What is the nature of the cosmos? What is the relationship between the individual, the family, the community and the transcendent? How are life and death intertwined? We will discuss such questions in a philosophical context but the thrust of the course will be to use an historical and comparative framework that analyzes particular mythic traditions. Rather than attempt to encompass all of world mythology within a one-term course, we will focus upon the myths of Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Northern Europe, Mesoamerica and the Pacific Northwest as case studies.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-205 Travels in Time

200 hours = 9 hrs. lecture, 9 hrs. seminar, plus 12-21 days travel, 3 credits


Those who would dare are invited to step into the North Island College time machine. Walk the streets of ancient Pompeii. Contemplate the accomplishments of Incan Civilization from the heights of Machu Picchu. Listen for the sound of the Minotaur below as you stand in the palace at Knossos. This course combines intensive study of one historical theme or civilization with a two-to-three-week international tour. Typically, Travels in Time will only be offered in the Spring semester and will feature a short series of preparatory lectures and seminars followed by the trip. The class will conclude with a couple of meetings upon the group's return. The academic demands in HIS 205 will be significant but are meant to accentuate rather than to detract from the travel experience.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-215 History of Modern Europe I

3 hours lecture, online, or Hybrid online/tutorial, 3 credits


This course surveys the world of early modern Europe from the flowering of the Renaissance in Italy and northern Europe, through the age of the religious wars in the seventeenth century, the eighteenth century Age of Enlightenment, and developments in eastern Europe and Russia, culminating in the great watershed of the French Revolution. In addition to covering military and political developments, the course also describes the changes wrought in the social and economic lives of the people of the emerging nation states of Europe.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-216 History of Modern Europe II

3 hours lecture, online, or Hybrid online/tutorial, 3 credits


After a brief exploration of earlier 18th Century events, this course begins with the causes, course and consequences of the French Revolution. This survey course will then examine the major events of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Particular emphasis will be placed on industrialization, the growth of the nation state and imperialism. Social change will also be examined.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-220 War, Memory, Myth and History

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


"Since wars begin in the minds of men," reads the UNESCO charter, "it is in the minds of men that we have to erect the ramparts of peace." This course explores how humans have struggled to understand, memorialize, and learn from war. Although the course uses a comparative thematic approach, there is a heavy emphasis upon twentieth-century wars, since this will both provide focus and allow us to probe the politicized relationship between lived memory and history. "War," notes the journalist Chris Hedges, "is a force that gives us meaning." This course will use monuments, memorials, museums, myths, paintings, photographs, weapons, flags, cartoons, family stories, novels, and movies as sources for thinking about the ways in which war is remembered and defined.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-225 History of British Columbia

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 3 credits


Major historical events are discussed, and their significance analyzed, in this survey course on British Columbia's history. The roles played by economics, geography, politics and social factors in shaping the province's development will also be examined.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-232 United States History Since 1877

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course addresses the political, economic and social development of the American republic from the end of Reconstruction to the present day. Major themes will include urbanization, industrialization, western settlement, Progressivism, World War One, the Great Depression, World War Two, the Cold War and rise to Super Power Status, and civil rights.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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HIS-260 Historical Reactions to Criminal and Deviant Behaviour

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


Once upon a time, a shipwrecked sailor washed up upon distant shores. He wondered about where he was. Then he saw a scaffold and gallows. "Thank god, "he exhaled, "I am in a civilized country." What is the relationship between civilization, crime and punishment? Why have dead bodies been the symbol of law at some times and places but not at others? Why did criminal trials begin? How can we account for the replacement of torture and the "bloody scaffold" with the rise of the penitentiary? This course will ask such questions as it provides an historical perspective on changing definitions of deviancy, societal reactions to violent or criminal activity, and public policies to counteract prohibited behaviour. The time span and geographical range will be vast; we will range from the Mesopotamia of 3,000 BCE to 21st-century North America. To provide focus, the curriculum will be organized around four intensive case studies: Crime and Punishment in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean; Early Modern and Industrial Britain; American Justice from Colonial Times to Court T.V.; and Reactions to Crime and Deviance in 19th and 20th Century Canada and British Columbia.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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