Fall 2021 - HUM 105 D100

Many Europes: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern (3)

Class Number: 4428

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby



A study of the many diverse peoples, languages, and regions of the European continent from the origins of civilization until the mid-16th century. Breadth-Humanities.


HUM 105 introduces you to the diverse peoples, languages, and regions of the European continent, from the origins of civilization to the middle of the 16th century. It's a chance to visit the storied worlds of ancient Greece and Rome; to spend time with, among others, Socrates, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Joan of Arc and Leonardo da Vinci; and to explore the soaring heights of a Gothic cathedral and the devastating effects of medieval warfare. But HUM 105 is more than just an exciting trip back in time. The “many Europes” in this course were transformed by waves of mass migration, by the dynamics of cultural diversity, and by significant environmental change — issues that define the world we live in today. By tracing these themes through our lectures, class discussions and readings, we’ll investigate the past in ways that speak directly to the present. At the same time, we’ll wrestle with big questions about humanity and human civilization: what makes us fear difference? How do societies rebuild after devastating loss? What do our myths, stories and histories tell us about ourselves? HUM 105 is an ideal place to begin exploring the four concentrations offered in Humanities: art and material culture; mythologies; Hellenic studies; and intellectual culture and public engagement. The class also serves as excellent preparation for both lower-level and upper-level courses in the history and culture of Europe and beyond. 



By the end of the course, students in HUM 105 should have:

  • an understanding of the fundamental developments of this historical era and their causes.
  • the ability to read and write about a wide range of textual and visual sources (including historical documents, literature, art and artifacts) and to do so critically, creatively and with an eye to both historical and contemporary contexts.
  • an understanding of how the humanities are deeply embedded in human society; how they speak and respond to that society; and how they can change it.
  • a greater awareness of how cultural exchange lies at the heart of European civilization and how it finds reflection in its art and literature.


  • Tutorial Attendance + Participation 25%
  • Portfolio (of short written reflections/exercises) 40%
  • Short Paper 10%
  • Final Project 25%



Paul Dutton, Suzanne Marchand and Deborah Harkness, Many Europes: Choice and Chance in Western Civilization. Volume I: to 1715, 1st edition (McGraw-Hill, 2014).

Copies of this textbook will be available at the SFU bookstore and on reserve at Bennett Library. Additional readings will be available on Canvas.


ISBN: 9780073385457

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.