Undergraduate Courses in History
Any prerequisites listed are applicable only to students majoring in Philosophy.

The Faculty reserves the right to withdraw or to add courses as may be necessary or desirable but, except in cases of extreme emergency or difficulty, no course will be added or withdrawn during an academic year. The Faculty does not guarantee that all courses listed will be available this academic year. Additionally, timetabling constraints may impose restrictions on the combinations of courses permissible. Students are not permitted to register for courses that clash on the timetable.

Level I

HIST1004 Introductory History of the Caribbean (Not for History Majors)
The course comprises a survey of Caribbean history from the pre-colonial period to the present. The major themes will include: expansion and decline of pre-colonial societies; European conquest and colonization; mercantilism and colonial economic development; systems of forced labour; liberation struggles, imperialist intervention; development of society; creole nationalism and de-colonization.

HIST1303 African Civilization to AD 1000 to AD 1800
This course traces the development of societies on the African
Continent. The approach will be thematic and revisionist of the Eurocentric view of Africa’s historical ‘nullity’ in world history.

HIST1601 The Atlantic World 1400-1600
A study of the creation of one of the most significant regional systems in world history, a system unified by the Atlantic Ocean.
This course surveys the history of the Atlantic world offering an overview of the European, African and America societies just before and after “discovery”.  Students will discuss the economic and political environment that led to the colonial enterprise and its consequences, as many diverse new societies were forged through conflict, conquest, resistance and cooperation. They will examine how Europeans, Africans, and Indigenous peoples had their lives completely changed by the events that followed the Commercial Revolution and the Colonial Expansion, exploring interconnections and linkages between peoples, nations, trade, and global events.

HIST1602 The Atlantic World 1600-1800
A study of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Atlantic World which were characterized by significant changes, from the Sugar revolution to the Haitian Revolution.

HIST1703 Introduction to History
An introduction to the nature and objectives of History, the variety of historical writing, the methods and sources of the historian, and some philosophical questions about our knowledge of the past.

HIST1801 Introduction to Archaeology
This course introduces the student to the fundamental principles, techniques and goals of Archaeology. The nature of archaeological evidence, its interpretation and related problems are examined.

HIST1802 A Survey of World Pre-History
This course examines human origins and development of cultural traditions from the earliest times in both the Old and the New World up to and including the origins and development of agriculture and early settlements. Summarized reviews of the rise and fall of selected earliest civilizations are also discussed.

Level II

HIST2003 History of the West Indies I, 1700-1848
This course examines the primary forces and characteristic features evident in the West Indies during the period between European encounter the abolition of slavery.

HIST2004 History of the West Indies II, 1848 to Present
This course examines in a comprehensive manner the drawn-out and uneven disintegration of the ancient regime - the slave system and supportive mercantile structures.

HIST2101 Latin American History 1810-1910
This course explores the first period of Latin American history as independent states, until the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. The birth of Latin American nations is analysed from the causes, consequences and circumstances of the independence, focusing in special cases and general features of society, economy and politics. Nationalism, caudillismo and slavery, main features of Latin American societies during the 19th century are examined as the most important characteristics of Latin American history, which influences these societies until today.

HIST2102 Latin American History Since 1910
This course explores the main events of Latin American history during the 20th century, from the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution until the Nicaraguan Revolution and the economic development of the Latin American countries during the last quarter of the century. It analyses the causes of inequality and its consequences; the different ideologies disputing power in Latin America and the outcomes of those disputes, as well as the dynamics of power in the continent during the Cold War and in the post Cold War period. In general, the course will examine the differences and the similarities in the trajectory of the Latin American countries towards democracy and sustainable development. Persons seeking careers in history, political sciences, and international relations will find this course useful. But it is also appealing to all those that are interested in understanding the political, economic and social development of Latin America in the past century.

HIST 2120  Latin America Through Films
This course explores the main events in Latin American history through the films, made by Latin American countries and by outsiders representing the most important events in Latin American history, from colonization to modern days. It will explore the history of different countries of Latin America, and issues like: colonization, slavery, revolution, communism, guerrilla, women’s rights, urban violence and drugs.

HIST2202 History of USA since 1865
Survey of the history of the United States continued. Emphasis is on the emergence of the United States as a world power and on the evolution of modern America society: industrial development, political responses, involvement in European wars and postwar global politics, and changes and trends in contemporary American society.

HIST2301 History of Africa AD 1800-1900
This course is intended as a survey of the historical dynamics in the African continent during the 19thcentury. The central theme is the dynamic nature of 19th century African society. This course begins with an examination of the main political, economic, religious and demographic features of Africa at start of the 19th century. It examines North Africa in the shadow of Europe (1780-1880); and the transformation of the Africa state systems. The course also looks at the continuities of the trans-Saharan, Red Sea and East African coast slave trades; and the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave which resulted in economic re-orientation with the deepening of plantation and domestic slavery. Finally the course explores the tools of European penetration; the European Scramble, Final Partition and Conquest; and African resistance to the imposition of European rule.

HIST2302 History of Africa since 1900
This survey course will look at historical developments in the African Continent under the formal rule of different European
powers; the emergence and development of the ‘nationalist’ phenomenon before and after the First World War; de-colonization and independence; problems of nation building as well as attempts at Continent-wide and regional collaborations.

HIST2401 Nineteenth Century Europe
This course offers a broad survey of the key economic, social, political and ideological processes in 19th century Europe.
The course will explore aspects of continuity and change in the modernisation of European society, focusing on the nature of legacies of the political Revolution in France and the Industrial Revolution beginning in Britain.

HIST2402 Conflict and Integration in 20th Century Europe
This course offers a broad survey of the key economic social and political upheavals in Europe in the mid-twentieth century. It will also examine the extent to which economic, social and ideological polarization was superseded by a new process of integration in Europe society after the Second World War, as Europe adjusted to its role in a New World Order.

HIST2404 Fascism and Communism in Europe
The history of Europe since 1914, focusing on the process of ideological polarization resulting from the combined effects of world war, revolution in Russia and the economic depression. Themes studied: the impact of the First World War; the Bolshevik Revolution and the establishment of the USSR; Fascism and Nazism; the era of the Popular Fronts in the 1930s; the Second World War and the movements towards European integration.

HIST2602 Imperialism Since 1918
This course analyses the historical developments leading to the collapse of the European colonial empires, the rise of new imperial powers before and after the Second World War, and the emergence of new forms of domination and dependency during the twentieth century. Beginning with a discussion of theories of imperialism in the twentieth century, the course will go on to consider the nature of the colonial state and the role of subaltern initiatives in challenging the dominant discourses of power in the first half of the century. The course will then consider the factors which undermined colonial rule and the nature of the decolonisation process. The latter sections of the course will consider the extent to which colonialism was superceded by neocolonialism and the continuation of empire by other means.

HIST2604 Migration and Re-Migration: The Caribbean Diaspora in Europe and the Americas
This course examines the migration and re-migration of Caribbean people between Europe and the Americas from Emancipation to the present. It adopts a deliberately comparative focus to map the political, economic, social and cultural impact of migration on the migrants themselves, the countries in which they settled and on the Caribbean region. It also traces the development of trans-Caribbean migration, followed by the experiences of migrant groups in America, Britain and continental Europe.

HIST2610 Health and Medicine in the Caribbean: A Historical Perspective
This course traces the evolution of medicine and health in the Caribbean. It explores the broad question – How have different groups, which settled in the Caribbean region, shaped Caribbean medicine and health? It examines the interaction of indigenous African, European and Asian medical practices and policies and the relationships that developed amongst these in Caribbean societies. Building on the interdisciplinary nature of the history of medicine, students will evaluate the emergence of medicine and medical science in the Caribbean as spaces of conquest and contest, in which power, race, ethnicity and gender collide to influence the development of medicine and health care provision in the region.

HIST2801 Research Methods and Technologies in Archaeology
Prerequisites: HIST1801 or HIST1802
Detailed discussion and practicals in archaeological field techniques (location, surveying, mapping, surface and subsurface study of sites etc.). Also examined are site formation and transformation processes, archaeological sampling techniques, recording and record keeping, classification and research design and proposals as well as writing archaeological research reports. Students will be required to undertake small laboratory or field projects as well as participate in a minimum of 10 days field work.

HIST2802 Environmental Archaeology
Prerequisites: HIST1801 or HIST1802
Provides basic definitions and descriptions of natural and cultural phenomena with a focus on human/environmental relationships in explaining past environments and human communities; cultural adaptive mechanism or strategies (technological, economic, etc.) used by human societies of the past in coping with changing environmental conditions are discussed.

HIST2803 Caribbean Archaeology
This course focuses on the pre-Columbian history of the Caribbean. It covers the period ranging from the earliest habitation of the Caribbean Islands (more than 6,000 years ago) to the arrival of Europeans in the region, at the end of the 15th century A.D. Particular emphasis is placed on introducing the student to concepts and approaches in Caribbean archaeology, and on presenting a diachronic overview of pre-Columbian migrations, food procurement strategies, settlement systems, population estimates, burial practices, cosmology, kinship and interaction spheres in the Caribbean. Apart from archaeological sources, the use of ethnohistorical, linguistic and ethnographical data will be discussed as well. The course has a strong practical component, involving work both in the field and in the Archaeology Laboratory. Active participation by the students is expected!

HIST2900 Research Methods in History
This course will provide students with a practical understanding of the various steps required to successfully prepare and independently assess the viability of research proposals. It will guide them in locating various types of sources available to the historian and demonstrate how they should be used. This course is compulsory for history students pursuing the HUMN 3099 Caribbean Studies thesis.

Level III

HIST3003 Women and Gender in the History of the English-Speaking Caribbean
This course examines the theoretical, methodological problems in the study of women, gender and history. It covers the era of colonization and slavery. It also deals with such post-slavery issues as the rise of the peasantry, the gender division of labour on agricultural units, immigration and the conditions of immigrant women, emigration and women’s participation in the socio-cultural and political life of the Caribbean in the inter-war and post-war years.

HIST3010 Protests and Popular Movements in the British Caribbean
The struggles of British Caribbean peoples to reshape their societies during the first century of freedom.

HIST3011 Barbados Business History Since 1900
This course examines the main developments and trends on the Barbadian business landscape between 1900 and 2000. It traces the growth of the merchant establishment, tourism, manufacturing and international business sectors and their social and economic impact.

HIST3017 The Spanish Caribbean 1810-1991: Nationalism and Underdevelopment
This course addresses, inter alia, an assessment of various definitions of nationalism; the relationships between nationalism, social control, ethnicity, anti-imperialism, and in the modification of nationalist ideas in face of varied external pressures in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

HIST3019 West Indies Cricket since 1870
This course examines the origins and development of West Indies cricket culture from the late nineteenth century to the present. It will also examine the social transformation of the sport from an elitist institution into a dynamic expression of popular social cultured resistance to imperial domination, of nationalism, and of regionalism.

HIST3020 Society and Economy in the British Caribbean,1830-1870
A study in depth of the post-emancipation era based on documents, monographs, and other works.

HIST3030 The Evolution of Social Policy in Barbados
This course examines the development of social policy in Barbados since Emancipation. It traces the evolution of state and popular responses to education, health services, poverty alleviation, housing, community development, culture and women’s affairs, from a laissez faire orientation to the birth and interventionism of the modern Welfare State in the light of social and political unrest and decolonization. The course will help students to assess how approaches to social policy both helped to challenge and reinforce existing social hierarchies in Barbados and shape the modern social environment. How social policy can help and hinder human development over time will be surveyed. Students will evaluate available primary source documents for historical research on Barbados’ social policy using commission reports, legislation, Colonial Office correspondence, and newspapers. They will sharpen their research, analysis and communication skills in this course. Students will be engaged in the in-depth investigation of social, economic and political issues shaping a modern post-colonial Small Island Developing State. 

HIST 3033 Gender, Race and Medicine
Recognising the devastating effects that ‘disease’ can have in the Caribbean and globally, the course will expose the ways in which contemporary diseases have been constructed in terms of gender, race and sexuality, and how these constructions may hinder/ aid their treatment. This course explores these broad questions - How have science and medicine shaped our ideas about difference and how have our ideas about difference shaped science and medicine? It discusses how racial and gender difference have become subjects for scientific and medical inquiry over time. Illustrating how scientific and social understandings of difference combined in cross-cultural and historical contexts, the course addresses larger historical themes such as colonialism, consumerism, and globalization. Using global case studies as examples, students will evaluate how gender and race have played critical roles in science and medicine. The course is geared towards the development of advanced critical analysis, research and communication skills that are necessary for students pursuing studies in history, social sciences and health sciences.

HIST 3035 Race and Gender in Latin America
This course explores the social construction of race, ethnicity, and gender in Latin America through the lens of an historical perspective. Starting from colonial times, the course interrogates the roots of sexual and ethnic differentiation and its intersection with the policies of colonialism. It also discusses patriarchy and the idea of honor in connection with class, gender and racial hierarchies during the nineteenth century, focusing on slavery, nationalism and racism. The central aim is to offer an overview of the struggles of Blacks, Indians, mestizos, and women in building modern nations.

HIST3103 Brazil in the 20th Century
This course is designed to provide students with information and guidance to analyze major issues in economic, social, political, and cultural aspects of Brazilian history in the twentieth century. A great emphasis will be given to its economic development, which will be analyzed in contrast with other issues like inequality and authoritarianism. Two periods of dictatorships will be examined: the Vargas dictatorship, which created the foundations for industrial development and the military dictatorship, which is characterized by State terrorism and the Brazilian participation in the Cold War twentieth century. The last quarter of the century is marked by the return to democracy and economic recovery that made Brazil one of the most important economies in the world.

HIST3105 The Ideas of Liberation in Latin America
This course will examine how various Latin American thinkers have viewed the problem of freedom, and have endeavoured to put their ideas into practice. The course will cover the ideas of: Simon Bolivar, José Marti, Abdul Nascimiento, Che Guevara, Victor Haya de la Torre, Carlos Manviategui, and José Vasconcelos. Workers’ liberation within the context of anarcho-syndicalism, Peronism, socialism and communism, the growth of Lieberation Theology and Latin America Feminism.

HIST3106 History of Carnival in Brazil
This course designed to explore the Brazilian Carnival under the methodology  the cultural history . The course will identify the origins and trajectory of the Brazilian Carnival, in relation to political, racial, social and economic aspects of Brazilian history. It interrogates the aspects of racial differentiation and how Carnival becomes part of the Black history and culture in Brazil, while examines the trajectory of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador during the 20th century and the roles of government in controlling and directing the celebrations. It also analyses the development of commercial enterprise  that made Carnival as great part of the tourism business in Brazil.

HIST3202 Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction 1820-1877
The course is intended to undertake a detailed investigation of the issue of slavery from 1820, through the Civil War and terminate with an examination of Reconstruction and its implications for African Americans to 1877.

HIST3203: The Black Experience in the United States Since 1865
This course examines the complex and important evolution of the experience of blacks in the United States since the immediate post-emancipation era, through to the election of President Barack Obama. The course considers the political and social constraints that black Americans faced during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ and the extraordinary contributions they made to U.S. culture and history. Beginning with a discussion on Black Americans and the context of racism, the course looks at how blacks responded to their disabilities in the period of reconstruction, redemption, and operation bootstrap. The course examines black intellectuals and the Harlem Renaissance, black popular movements and the Black Power era. The latter section of course examines Black Womanhood and Engaging the System.

HIST3301 The Rise and Fall of Apartheid in South Africa
This course will examine the historical and ideological origins of apartheid and the implementation of the apartheid system after 1948. It will conclude with a discussion of the factors leading to the collapse of the apartheid regime.

HIST3302 Industrialisation and Culture in South Africa: Cultural History
This course examines the development of the industrial capitalist system and the institutionalization of racism in South African economy and society.

HIST3304 Liberation Struggle in 20th Century Africa
This course seeks to compare the liberation struggles in 20th Century Africa. This course begins with a discussion on theories of liberation and explores why the Africans resorted to armed struggle in order to get their liberation. The course goes on to examine the liberation struggles in: Kenya, Algeria, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and Eritrea. Central to the discussions are the origins of the liberation movements/struggles, their ideological bases, the nature of the support for the liberation movements; reaction of the colonial/administering authorities to liberation struggles, role of external forces in the liberation struggles, schisms/divisions in liberation movements, role of women, leadership, religion and achievements of the struggles.

HIST3306 West African Economic History 1880-1960
This course examines the economic development and underdevelopment of West Africa from the late nineteenth
century to the present.

HIST3307 West African Political History since 1880
This course examines the major political issues and developments within West Africa since the 1880s.

HIST3312 Women in 20th Century Africa
This course examines the major historical problems/issues associated with women in twentieth century Africa.

HIST3402 Victorian England (Not Offered)
This course examines the development of English Victorian society and economy with an emphasis upon urbanization and industrialization.

HIST3405 Spanish Republic and Civil War (Not Offered)
This course will examine how - against a background of World Economic Depression and the rise of European dictatorships - the multifarious problems associated with regionalism, lack of land reform, violent anti-clericalism and anarcho-syndicalism led within six years to a military ‘pronunciamiento’ against the Republic and to the outbreak of Civil War.

HIST3406 Women in Europe Since 1750 (Not Offered)
This course considers the problems of studying women’s history by focusing on women in Europe from the French Revolution to the First World War.

HIST3701 Historical Investigation
This course will introduce students to bibliography and editing, palaeography, map-analysis, cartography, analysis of statistics, oral history, basic archaeology and the interpretation of aerial photographs.

HIST3801 Historical Archaeology
A general survey of Historical Archaeology, its definitions, techniques and methodological approaches, sources used by the Historical Archaeologist and their limitations, material culture of the historical period generally and analytical approaches to different types of evidence.

HIST3802 Field School in Archaeology (Not Offered)
This course is offered during the Summer for a period of six weeks. Students gain practical experience and hands-on training on an archaeology dig.

HIST3803 Archaeology of Africa
Early man his exploitation of the environment. The ‘out of Africa’ hypothesis and the origin of modern man. Agriculture, metallurgy, towns and trade in sub-Saharan African Kingdoms. The impact of Islam, and the arrival of the Europeans. African archaeology today.

HIST3805 Geo-Informatics in Archaeology (Not Offered)
Prerequisite: HIST1801 and HIST2801
This course focuses on geo-informatics and its applications in archaeology. Geo-informatics is the science and technology of the acquisition, processing and application of information with a geographic or spatial component. The course will cover the entire process of collecting geo-infomation and transforming this into a geo-information product like a visualisation or a decision support system.

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