Instructors: Professor Marc Saurette (fall); TBC (winter)

The first half of the course explores the development from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance of the physical, cultural, and political space that would come to be known as Europe. The second half will follow these themes from the eighteenth century to the present, considering the rise of new social and intellectual communities, the growth of nation states and modern empires, and how European culture both shaped and was shaped by interaction with the wider world. This course will focus on key themes:

  • how people organize society and allocate power
  • how ideas, behaviour and social norms arise and are transmitted
  • how religious belief and worship develop and function
  • how communication structures and media shapes history
  • how people use (and abuse) the past to address current issues

In addition to providing a basic overview of the history of the Western world, the lectures will teach students the tools of academic historical inquiry. In discussion groups, students will read, analyze and discuss primary sources.

Student success in the first term will be evaluated from:

  1. Participation in tutorials
  2. Document Analysis Paper
  3. Pop Culture Commentary
  4. December exam