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.

MARS1F90

MARS 1F90

Medieval and Renaissance Civilizations
Mondays 7 to 9pm (D1)
THSOS
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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MARS2P08

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)
GSB407
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)
STH216
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.

MARS2P89

MARS 2P89 (also offered as VISA 2P89)

Medieval Art, Architecture & Society
Thursdays 8 to 11am (D2)
GLA164
Candice Bogdanski

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

MARS2P92

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

Early to High Renaissance Art & Architecture
Fridays 3 to 6pm (D3)
EA102
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.

MARS 2P93 

Medieval Cultures and Literatures
Fridays 8 to 11am (D3)
EA102
Dr. Teresa Russo

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
WSednesdays 3 to 6pm (D3)
WH206
Dr. 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
WH8G
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.

MARS3P93

MARS 3P93 (also offered as ITAL 3P93)

Dante’s Inferno
Wednesdays 6 to 9pm (D2)
GSB307
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.

MARS3P96

MARS 3P96 (also offered as HIST 3P96)

Medieval & Early Modern Christianity
Thursdays 2 to 5pm (D2)
TH246
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.

MARS3P97

MARS 3P97 (also offered as HIST 3P97)

The World of Renaissance & Beyond
Mondays 2 to 5pm (D3)
WH203
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)
ST108
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.

MARS 4P00

Directed Studies
(D2/D3)

Contact Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for details.

MARS 4P01 (ALSO OFFERED AS ENGL 4P01, HIST 4P01)

Sources and Methods of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Mondays 9am to 12 noon (D3)
TH269C
Dr. Leah Knight

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