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
Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. (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
Mondays 6-8 p.m.
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
Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. (D2)
SYNC – Online
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
Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. (D3)
Plus 1-hour seminar/week
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 2P87 (also offered as SPAN 2P87)

Genealogy & Identity in Medieval & Early Modern Spain
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. (D2)
Dr. Felipe Ruan

This course reviews the significance of genealogy and blood (i.e. limpieza de sangre or blood purity statutes) in the shaping of categories and forms of identification pertaining to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian populations, and emerging New Christian groups like Conversos and Moriscos.


MARS 2P89 (also offered as VISA 2P89)

Medieval Art, Architecture & Society
Fridays 1-4 p.m. (D2)
Dr. Christine Kralik

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

MARS 2P91 (also offered as HIST 2P91)

Europe’s Reformations, 1450-1650
Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. (D2)
Plus 1-hour seminar/week
Dr. Michael Driedger

Students look at the origins, course and consequences of the division of Western Christendom into Protestant and Catholic factions in the 16th century.


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

Early to High Renaissance Art & Architecture
Fridays 1-4 p.m. (D3)
Dr. Teresa Russo

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 2P95 (also offered as ENGL 2P95)

Reading the Middle Ages: Heroic and Chivalric
Thursdays 3-6 p.m. (D3)
Dr. Cameron Laird

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

MARS 2P99 (also offered as ITAL 2P99)

Medieval and Renaissance Tales
Wednesdays 12 noon-3 p.m. (D3)
Dr. Felipe Ruan

Students will study the evolution and development of Novella Collections in Europe, emphasizing the Frame Tale function.  Selections from Boccaccio, Chaucer, Marguerite de Navarre, Miguel de Cervantes, and Maria de Zoyas.

MARS 3F51 (also offered as HIST 3F51)

The Viking and Medieval Isle of Man
Spring 2024
Study Travel Course – on campus and overseas: 2 weeks on campus and departure for Isle of Man in mid-May for study Travel
Dr. Andrew McDonald

The Age of the Sea Kings.  The history and heritage of the Viking, Late Norse, and Medieval eras in the Isle of Man, from Viking monuments to medieval castles, churches, fortifications, and assembly sites; significance of the period in the unique culture of the Island, its heritage industry, and government.

MARS 3P30 (also offered as HIST 3P30)

The Viking Age
Mondays 6-8 p.m. (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
BLD – combination of in-person and online lectures
Thursdays 8-11 a.m. (D2)
Dr. Teresa Russo

Focusing on Dante’s Inferno, students will delve into the world it created and reflected, focusing on the Inferno with references to relevant visual arts (illustrations and adaptations of the Divine Comedy by such as Dore, Rodin, and the Pre-Raphaelites.

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MARS 3P96 (also offered as HIST 3P96)

Medieval & Early Modern Christianity
Thursdays 1-4 p.m. (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
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. (D3)
Dr. Felipe Ruan

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 and HIST 3Q92)

Moors, New Christians & Renegades
Thursdays 6-9 p.m. (D3)
Dr. Felipe Ruan

Students will explore Christian and Muslim interactions in the early modern Mediterranean from a historical and fictional viewpoint.


Directed Studies

Contact Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for details.

MARS 4P01 (also offered as ENGL 4P01 and HIST 4P01)

Sources and Methods of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Mondays 1-4 p.m. (D2)
Dr. Leah Knight

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