HIS298Y0 Themes and Issues in History: The History of Britain from Earliest Times to the Industrial Revolution

This course introduces students to more than 5,000 years of British history from the prehistoric period to the start of the Industrial Revolution in the modern age. Topics include Neolithic chambered tombs and stone circles, Celtic culture in the Iron Age, the Roman Empire, Picts and Scots, Anglo-Saxon England, Viking incursions, the Norman Invasion, Medieval art and architecture, the Black Death, Renaissance and Reformation, Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, early modern science, the Enlightenment and overseas explorations. Students will study primary source evidence (including literature, recipes, music and art), with special attention to the historic sites that we will visit in Britain.

Prerequisites: None
Breadth Requirement = 3
HIS298Y Course Outline

Field Trips: An excursion to London will include visits to Hampton Court, the British Museum and the Globe Theatre. There will also be a trip to Stonehenge and on overnight trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. The cost of these trips is CAD$890, paid to U of T for all fees, one night accommodation in Edinburgh and return bus transportation.

Instructor: Mairi Cowan is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, and the Program Director for History at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her historical research focusses on the medieval and early modern world, with specializations in Scotland and New France. Among her recent books and articles are studies that examine local traditions in twelfth-century Glasgow, the Catholic Reformation in Scotland, experiences of childhood in the Renaissance Scottish court, colonial efforts to “Frenchify” Indigenous people in seventeenth-century Québec, and Jesuit missionaries’ beliefs about demons. Her pedagogical research illuminates how best to teach and learn history at the postsecondary level. She is the recipient of the E. A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Senior Faculty, given “on the basis of excellence in teaching in its broadest sense.”