Current course offerings

Course offerings range from the last centuries of the Roman world to Renaissance Italy, from Byzantium to Iceland, and from the reading of Latin literature to the analysis of Dante, Chaucer and Shakespeare among many others, as well as the music, architecture and art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.



Medieval and Renaissance Civilizations
Mondays 7 to 9pm (D1)
Plus 1-hour seminar/week
Dr. Andre Basson

Key themes, problems and topics in Medieval and Renaissance civilizations will be studied.

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MARS 2P08 (also offered as HIST 2P08)

Colonial Latin America
Tuesdays 6 to 8pm (D2)
SYNC – Online
Plus 1-hour seminar/week
Dr. Maria Del Carmen Suescun Pozas

Introduction to the history of Latin America from pre-Hispanic times through 1810 focusing on the clashes, alliances and negotiations among Indigenous peoples, conquistadores, slaves and missionaries.

MARS 2P70 (also offered as HIST 2P70)

The Middle East: 600-1800
Mondays 2 to 4pm (D2)
Plus 1-hour seminar/week
Dr. Behnaz Mirzai

Major themes in Middle Eastern history will be reviewed, from the advent of Islam to 1800 AD including art, culture, religions and politics.

MARS 2P75 (also offered as HIST 2P75)

Heaven and Earth
Thursdays 3 to 5pm (D2)
Dr. Elizabeth Neswald

This course looks at the history of science from ancient Greece through Arabic, European, Medieval and Renaissance science into the Early Modern period.


MARS 2P89 (also offered as VISA 2P89)

Medieval Art, Architecture & Society
Thursdays 8 to 11am (D2)
Candice Bogdanski

Students will study the inter-relation and connectedness between the arts, architecture and society in Medieval Europe.


MARS 2P92 (also offered as ITAL 2P92, VISA 2P92)

Early to High Renaissance Art & Architecture
Fridays 3 to 6pm (D3)
Candice Bogdanski

The review of monuments, buildings and art works of the period from the humanist influence on the arts in Florence and Rome to the issue of patronage and artist’s cultural status.


Medieval Cultures and Literatures

Students will study societies, cultures and literatures of medieval Europe focusing on the High and Late Middle Ages.  Sampling of medieval texts ranging form comic to tragic, religious and epic.  The importance of music and its relation to religion, art and literature will also be studied.

MARS 2P95 (also offered as ENGL 2P95)

Reading the Middle Ages: Heroic and Chivalric
Online – ASYNC
Teresa Russo

We will look at the heroic and chivalric worlds of Europe and how they shaped Medieval society.

MARS 3P30 (also offered as HIST 3P30)

The Viking Age
Tuesdays 9 to 11am (D3)
Plus 1-hour seminar/week
Dr. Andrew McDonald

We will look at Vikings from their Scandinavian homelands as they raid, trade and settle throughout Europe and the North Atlantic, converting to Christianity.


MARS 3P93 (also offered as ITAL 3P93)

Dante’s Inferno
Wednesdays 6 to 9pm (D2)
Dr. Ernesto Virgulti

Dante’s Divine Comedy and the world it created and reflected focusing on the Inferno.  References to relevant visual arts (illustrations and adaptations of the Divine Comedy by such artists as Doré, Rodin and the Pre-Raphaelites).

Note: Given in English.  No knowledge of Italian is required.


MARS 3P96 (also offered as HIST 3P96)

Medieval & Early Modern Christianity
Thursdays 2 to 5pm (D2)
Dr. Andre Basson

The examination of continuities and discontinuities in the history of the Christian Church from the onset of the Middle Ages to the eve of the Protestant reformations.


MARS 3P97 (also offered as HIST 3P97)

The World of Renaissance & Beyond
Mondays 2 to 5pm (D3)
Candice Bogdanski

The study of the primary texts relative to the European Renaissance and the reshaping of the world with emphasis on the historical, cultural and intellectual legacies of the Renaissance.

MARS 3Q92 (also offered as HIST 3Q92, SPAN 3Q92)

Moors, New Christians & Renegades
Wednesdays 9am to 12 noon (D3)
Dr. Felipe Ruan

Contesting identity cagegories resulting from exchanges and interactions of Christians and Muslims in the early modern Mediterranean world, through the study of historical and fictional primary sources.


Directed Studies

Contact Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for details.


Sources and Methods of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Mondays 9am to 12 noon (D3)
Dr. Leah Knight

This course explores a range of source materials used to address inquiries into Medieval and Renaissance cultural forms and societies.