Birds eye view of Oxford

England

Each course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course.

Classes will take place Monday to Thursday from approximately 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Field trips will occur during scheduled class time AND outside of class time, including a Friday for HIS298Y0. A detailed schedule will be available at the time of admission.   

Courses

CRI389Y0 Topics in Criminology: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities in Criminal Law: Historical Origins and New Directions in England and Canada

CRI389Y0 Topics in Criminology: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities in Criminal Law: Historical Origins and New Directions in England and Canada

This course traces shifts in the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of legal subjects, as they have been defined in criminal law in England and Canada, beginning with the gradual emergence of the common law in England during the Medieval period, right up to the present day, including the history of approaches to political violence in England. Close attention will be paid to recent developments that challenge traditional doctrines. The English legal system has recently adopted a number of innovations and proposals that have not been tried in Canada, including new doctrines regarding police administration, antisocial behaviour, community policing, speech supporting terrorism and jury trials. In all these cases, there is significant modification of established legal doctrines regarding the relationship between the state and its subjects. The new Conservative government has modified some of these policies, partly in light of fiscal challenges. Canada has been at the forefront of other developments that modify that relationship, most notably regarding dangerousness assessment with a view to preventive detention, and the punishment of women offenders, where feminist theories have been influential. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate these developments in light of the history of legal rights, freedoms and responsibilities in the common law tradition. They will present their views of the nature, causes and validity of the developments in the written assignments. The course will be of special interest to students of Criminology, Political Science and History.

Prerequisites: none
BR=3
Exclusion: WDW389Y
Draft Course Outline

Field Trips

Excursions will include two trips to London. For one, students will visit the Foundling Museum, the British Museum, and the Tower of London, and will be taken on a guided “Jack the Ripper” walk. For the other London trip, students will visit sites of political violence in the city. Students will also meet with Oxford community policing services. The cost of these trips is CAD$285, paid to U of T for all fees and return bus transportation.

Instructor

William Watson received his B.Sc. from the University of Leicester, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His academic interests include the practice of forensic psychiatry, psychopathy, the provision of services to sub-populations of mentally disordered offenders who are identified, or self-identified, as having special needs, and the place of critical social science in public policy making. His publications include The Mentally Disordered Offender in an Era of Community Care: New Directions in Provision (co-edited with A. Grounds), and articles in Sociology, The International Journal of Comparative Sociology, History of Psychiatry, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, and Social and Legal Studies. Dr. Watson has served as a consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Canada.

 

ENG296Y0 Topics in English Literature: Shakespeare

ENG296Y0 Topics in English Literature: Shakespeare

What’s so great about Shakespeare? This question will be the starting point for a course in which you will have the opportunity to learn everything you ever wanted to know, and to ask every question you ever wanted to ask, about Shakespeare—as well as to learn things and ask questions that you had never thought of before. We will read several plays by Shakespeare in this course—ranging across comedy, history, tragedy, and romance— and we will watch several productions to encounter the most famous early modern playwright’s work through the live medium of performance. By attending to Shakespeare’s plays across genres and considering how artists and theatre-makers have responded to and transformed these plays over time, we will engage the possibilities for cultural analysis and performance that Shakespeare’s plays offer for us today.

Readings: Four or five plays, to be determined partly by what’s playing at the theatres we visit. Texts are likely to include at least two of the following: Henry IV, Part 2; Twelfth Night; Macbeth; As You Like ItHamlet; and Cymbeline.  

Prerequisite: 1.0 ENG FCE or any 4.0 FCE
Exclusion: ENG220Y
BR=1
ENG296Y0 Draft Course Outline 

Field Trips

Excursions to London will include performances at the Globe Theatre. There will also be an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon, to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and to see a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The cost of these trips is CAD $425 paid to U of T for all fees and return bus transportation. 

Instructor

Katherine Williams is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto, and her writing and teaching focuses on drama by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, disability studies, performance theory, and Global Shakespeare. She has published a range of articles on these topics, writing extensively about Shakespeare’s Richard III, and she edited the 1605 play Eastward Ho, written by George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, for The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama, published in 2020. Her book, Unfixable Forms: Disability, Performance, and the Early Modern English Theater, was published by Cornell University Press in 2021.  

 

FAH392Y0: Studies Abroad in Medieval Art and Architecture

FAH392Y0: Studies Abroad in Medieval Art and Architecture

This course explores medieval art, architectural, and urban history through the lens of Oxford and its surroundings. Walking tours of Oxford are complemented by visits to sacred and secular sites that span the Middle Ages, from small parish churches to famous cathedrals, from defensive towers to university libraries, from tomb shrines to a barn. Each week, one in-class meeting will outline medieval European history and art history and set the stage for site visits on the other three days. We will examine street patterns, building techniques, sculpture, wall painting, memorial brasses, stained glass, and books. Bring good walking shoes and an umbrella! 

This course is NOT eligible for CR/NCR status
Prerequisite: 
0.5 FAH FCE in art and architecture, preferably medieval
BR=1
FAH392Y0 Course syllabus (draft)

Field Trips

Visits will include trips to parish churches in Fairford, Northleach, and Iffley as well as visits to well-known cathedrals in Gloucester and Salisbury. The course will also include the medieval buildings of Oxford University. The cost of these trips is CAD $365, paid to U of T for all fees and return bus transportation.

Instructors

This course has a dynamic duo of instructors: two for the price of one! Adam Cohen teaches medieval art history in the Department of Art History at UofT, and Linda Safran is an art historian at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. Their new textbook on medieval art and architecture (co-written with another UofT professor) will be published by Cornell University Press in 2022. They are excited to be returning to Oxford after several years away and plan to hold office hours in a different historic pub each week. 

 

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

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 industrial revolution in the modern age. Topics include the historical development of British identities, Celtic culture in the Iron Age, the Roman Empire, Picts and Scots, early medieval England, Viking incursions, the Norman Invasion, Gothic art and architecture, the Black Death, Renaissance and Reformation, Tudors and Stuarts, witchcraft, overseas exploration, early modern science, the Enlightenment, and industrialisation. Students will study primary source evidence in a variety of forms (including chronicles, literature, recipes, music, and art), with special attention to the historic sites that we will be visiting.  

Prerequisite

Prerequisites: None
BR=3
HIS298Y0 Course syllabus (draft)

Field Trips

An excursion to London will include visits to Hampton Court and the British Museum. There will also be a trip to Stonehenge and Salisbury, as well as an overnight field trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. The cost of these trips is CAD $800, paid to U of T for all fees, return bus transportation, and two nights shared accommodation on the Edinburgh trip.  

Instructor

Mairi Cowan is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is also an Associate of Trinity College and an Associated Scholar at the Centre for Medieval Studies. 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. Professor Cowan is also interested in studying how best to teach and learn history, and in her teaching she focusses on guiding students through authentic historical problems while helping them to develop the skills they need to discover, understand, and engage with the human past in a historically responsible way. She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award, and the Canadian Historical Association’s Excellence in Teaching with Primary Sources Award.  

HIS343Y0 History of Modern Intelligence

HIS343Y0 History of Modern Intelligence

How have spies shaped the past, and how will they shape the future? HIS343 explores the rise of modern intelligence over the long 20th century, from Anglo-Russian competition before World War I through to the post-9/11 era. Students will study the contribution of intelligence services to victories and defeats in war, and their role in times of peace. The course will also examine the relationship between intelligence services and their society. What do we really know about espionage – and how do we know what we know? 

Students will discuss these issues in Oxford, and, among other field trips, visit the home of the Ultra-secret code-breaking site at Bletchley Park and the sites where Winston Churchill directed the Battle of Britain. Students will read primary source accounts of intelligence operations and examine and compare notable intelligence analyses from a range of global primary sources, students will work with original intelligence materials to gain an introduction into the history of modern intelligence.

Prerequisite

Prerequisites: None
Recommended Preparation: HIS103Y1 or an equivalent introduction to modern international relations
Breadth Requirement = 3
HIS343Y0 Course Outline (draft)

Field Trips

Excursions to London will include visits to the Imperial War Museum, HMS Belfast, and the Churchill War Rooms Additional trips include a visit to Bletchley Park, once home to World War II codebreakers, and the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridge. The cost of these trips is CAD $425, paid to U of T for all fees and return bus transportation. 

Instructor

Timothy Andrews Sayle is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the International Relations Program at the University of Toronto. He is an expert on modern global security and his research focuses on intelligence, nuclear weapons, and national security decision-making. In 2019, he published two books. Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order, studies the postwar alliance system and was based on research in 18 archives. Another book, The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decisions to Surge in Iraq, was based on oral history interviews with over two dozen members of the Bush administration. He founded “Canada Declassified,” an online web resource for recently declassified documents, and co-founded the Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project.