2017 Spring/Summer Course Offerings 

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Colonization and Indigenous Sovereignties in the Modern Circumpolar World

HIST 125 


This course explores the southern colonization of the circumpolar world from the late nineteenth century to the present. A major theme will be the expansion of natural resource development and state administration into northern regions and Indigenous responses to outside interests. Additionally, this course will examine efforts by Indigenous peoples to assert territorial sovereignty in the face of colonial expansion. Topics that will be covered in this course include: the expansion of industrial mining into northern Canada; pipeline development and the settlement of Indigenous land claims in Alaska; “Home Rule” in Greenland; the creation of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Saami Council, and the Arctic Council; and Indigenous sovereignty in an age of climate change.

Instructor: Glenn Iceton
Offered: May 10-May 31 MTWRF 4:00-6:20

Medical Terminology

CLAS 103.3 (01)


Presents the most important Greek and Latin roots of the vocabulary of contemporary medicine and demonstrates the predictable patterns by which these roots combine. Students will learn to define new compounds and phrases by analysis of their parts and will be introduced to language history, linguistic principles and etymology.

Instructor: Kyle McLeister
Offered: May 10 – 31 MTWRF 11:00-1:20

Greek Civilization

CLAS 110.3 (01)


A survey of the culture of the Greeks to the end of the Classical period, based on readings in translation from Greek literature and on other ancient source materials.

Instructor: Ann F DeVito
Offered: June 5-23 MTWRF 11:00-1:20

History Matters Science and Environment

Hist 155
Courses in this series examine the history and conceptualization of science, the cosmos, or the environment and their relationships to society and culture. The term science is understood broadly to include not only modern science but pre-modern and non-western approaches to understanding and manipulating the natural world. Historians focus on the human history of the environment, with a particular attention to the ever-changing relationship between societies and their ecosystems. Possible areas of exploration might include: the scientific revolution; North-American environmental history; global commodities, imperialism and the environment; and science, magic, and rationality. With reference to historical examples, these courses will seek to nuance concepts such as ‘science’, ‘rationality’, and ‘nature’ and also to examine broad conventional historical narratives such as ‘disenchantment’, ‘enlightenment’, ‘industrialization’ or ‘globalization’.

Instructor Patrick A Chasse
Offered: June 5-23, MTWRF 4:00-6:20

Society and the Rise of Science from the Industrial Revolution to the 20th Century

HIST 284.3 (01)


A study of the development of science and its interaction with social, political and intellectual change from the Industrial Revolution to the present. The relationship between science and technology in the Industrial Revolution, the transition from alchemy to chemistry, the Darwinian achievement, and the impact of science on the modern world.

Instructor : Fedir V Razumenko
Offered: June 5 – 23, MTWRF, 1:30-3:50

Women in Antiquity

CLAS 225.3 (01)


Studies the life and achievements of women in the ancient world.

Instructor: Ann F DeVito
Offered: June 29-July 20, MTWTF, 11:00-1:20

The British Empire at War from Napoleon to NATO

HIST 145.3 (01)

“The Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815” by J. Drummond. Bradford Museums and Galleries, 1879-002.

Courses in this series examine the history of war and violence, cutting across periods and historical specializations. Areas of exploration may include the factors that have shaped human conflict (social, cultural, political, and religious); specific cases, campaigns or systems of conflict (including interpersonal, intergroup, and international violence); wars hot and cold; historic forms of oppression and injustice, and their relationship to conflict; and the history of resistance to interpersonal, intergroup and systemic violence including the history of peace and reconciliation and non-violent movements.

Instructor: Erin E Spinney
Offered: June 29-July 20, MTWRF 4:00-6:20

History Wars: Issues in Native-Newcomer Relations

HIST 266.3 (01)

History Wars
"Chief Moonias waiting for the Treaty signing ceremoney," 1905, Archives of Ontario, Duncan Campbell Scott fonds, 10010653.

The course will explore historical antecedents of current tensions in the relationship between indigenous people and newcomers in Canada.  It will be of interest to students of Canadian History, Canadian Public Policy, Political Science, Indigenous Studies and pre-Law students considering a career in the exciting field of Aboriginal and Treaty Law in Canada.  

Instructor: David MacMartin
Offered: June 29-July 20, MTWRF 1:30-3:50

Prairie Life Stories: Public History for Social Change

HIST 175.3 (01)

Photo courtesy of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society, Baker Slides Collection

This course explores the diverse stories of individuals who have made the prairies home. We will consider how stories and histories can inform how we understand our communities, and the potential for sharing stories as educational tools to inspire social change. This experiential learning class will include lectures, guest presentations, films, and workshops introducing the skills and  techniques needed to record, interpret, and share prairie life stories. 

Instructor: Mandy B Fehr
Offered: July 25 – August 15 MTWRF 4:00-6:20