The Americas Courses

  The purpose of these informational documents is to help GRS students choose courses that would be of interest to their regional focus. This is an overview of current courses offered in 2019-2020, although they may change in the future. The most updated information can be found on the UBC course website: https://courses.students.ubc.ca. As there are many courses related to studies of The Americas, a majority of courses are listed first with Latin America specific courses following.  Please note there is also a First Nations specific course page under resource specializations. ** Undergraduate students are sometimes able to take graduate-level courses with special permission. Please ask.

Canada and the United States Specific Courses

Anthropology Courses

  • ANTH 220 – First Nations of British Columbia

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 339 – 19th-Century Art and Social Space
  • ARTH 376 – Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The North
  • ARTH 543B** – Studies in Canadian Art

Art Studies Courses

  • ASTU 201 – Canada, Japan and the Pacific: Cultural Studies
  • ASTU 202 – Canada, Japan and the Pacific: Political, Economic and Geographical Perspectives

Canadian Studies Courses

  • CDST 250A – Introduction to Canada
  • CDST 350A – Canadian Studies
  • CDST 450B – Senior Seminar in Canadian Studies

Commerce Courses

  • COMM 394 – Government and Business

Natural Resources Conservation Courses

  • CONS 425 – Sustainable Energy: Policy and Governance

Economics Courses

  • ECON 365 – Topics in Canadian Industrial Organization and Regulation Policy

Department of Educational Studies Courses

  • EDST 509 – Constructing Citizens: Canada and the Educational Past

English Courses

  • ENGL 222 – Literature in Canada
  • ENGL 223 – Literature in the United States
  • ENGL 372 – Canadian Literature
  • ENGL 394 – Canadian Environmental Writing

Food, Nutrition and Health Courses

  • FNH 403 – Food Laws, Regulations and Quality Assurance

Food and Resource Economics Courses

  • FRE 420 – The Economics of International Trade and the Environment

Geography Courses

  • GEOG 290 – Introduction to the Geography of Canada
  • GEOG 327 – Creating Canada
  • GEOG 328 – Constructing Canada
  • GEOG 361 – Introduction to Economic Geography
  • GEOG 412 – Water Management: Theory, Policy and Practice
  • GEOG 495 – Geographies of Social Movements in the Americas

Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Courses

  • GRSJ 301 – Gender, Race and Indigeneity in Canada

History Courses

  • HIST 235 – History of Canada: Moments that Matter
  • HIST 237A – History of the United States
  • HIST 302 – History of the Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • HIST 305 – History of British Columbia
  • HIST 324 – Inventing Canada, 1840-1896
  • HIST 325 – Canada 1896-1945: Boom, Bust and War
  • HIST 326 – Canada Since 1945: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age
  • HIST 331 – The United States, 1865-1900: Labour, Race, Gender, and Empire
  • HIST 339 – The United States Since 1945: The Limits of Power
  • HIST 396 – Environmental History of North America
  • HIST 420D – Topics in Canadian History – DRUGS IN CANADA
  • HIST 443 – History of North American Children and Youth

Kinesiology Courses

  • KIN 360 – Sport, Peace, and Conflict

Linguistics Courses

  • LING 433 – Native Languages of the Americas

Political Science Courses

  • POLI 100 – Introduction to Politics
  • POLI 101 – The Government of Canada
  • POLI 110 – Investigating Politics: An Introduction to Scientific Political Analysis
  • POLI 220 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLI 240 – Currents of Political Thought
  • POLI 260 – Introduction to Global Politics
  • POLI 303 – Federalism in Canada
  • POLI 308D – Issues in Canadian Politics
  • POLI 309 – Canadian Perspectives on Human Rights
  • POLI 320B – Government and Politics of the United States of America
  • POLI 405C – Topics in Canadian Politics
  • POLI 405E – Topics in Canadian Politics
  • POLI 405F – Topics in Canadian Politics

Sociology Courses

  • SOCI 310 – Canadian Society

Latin America Specific Courses

French Courses

  • FREN 418K – Studies in African and/or Caribbean Literatures of French Expression

Geography Courses

  • GEOG 352 – Urbanization in the Global South
  • GEOG 395 – Culture, Nature, and Coloniality in Latin America
  • GEOG 495 – Geographies of Social Movements in the Americas

History Courses

  • HIST 250A – Latin American History
  • HIST 357 – History of Mexico

Latin American Studies Courses

  • LAST 100 – Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • LAST 201 – Popular Culture in Latin America
  • LAST 303 – Indigenous Peoples of Latin America

Political Science Courses

  • POLI 332 – Politics and Government of Latin America

Portuguese Courses

  • PORT 392 – Studies in Portuguese and Brazilian Literature (in English)
  • PORT 405 – Studies in Portuguese and Brazilian Culture (In English)

Spanish Courses

  • SPAN 322 – Dependency and Revolution in Latin American History and Culture
  • SPAN 364 – Colonial Encounters in Spanish-American Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 365 – Modern Magics: Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s
  • SPAN 490C – Peoples and Nations: Topics in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Spanish-American Culture
  • SPAN 505 – Studies in Peninsular and Latin-American Culture

** Undergraduate students are sometimes able to take graduate-level courses with special permission. Please ask. Can’t find what you want? Every year, there are different student-directed seminars offered on various topics. If there is none for your very specific interests, you can make your own course! For more information, please visit here. Previously available courses (may be available again in the future):
  • ANTH 231 – Ancient North America
  • ANTH 323 – Archaeological Foundations of Mesoamerican Civilizations
  • ANTH 329 – Anthropology and First Nations of Canada
  • ANTH 420A – Archaeology of British Columbia
  • ARTH 261 – Pre-Hispanic Arts of Central and South America
  • ARTH 348 – Architecture in North America: Colonial Projects and Disruptions (1605-1867)
  • ARTH 349 – Architecture in North America: Independent Design Idioms (1867-present)
  • ARTH 371 – Arts of the Aztec period in Mexico.
  • ARTH 373 – Maya Objects of Identity, Wealth and Status
  • ECON 337 – Economic History of the United States
  • ECON 361 – Economics of Industrial Relations
  • ECON 384 – Economic Analysis of Health Services
  • ENGL 369A – Studies in American Literature to 1900
  • FIST 438 – Seminar in Canadian Cinema
  • FMST 320 – Family Diversity in North America
  • FMST 322 – Marital and Family Interaction in North America
  • FMST 440 – Families in the Canadian Economy
  • GEOG 428 – Historical Geography of British Columbia, II: Research Seminar
  • HIST 303 – History of the Canadian West
  • HIST 326 – The British North American Colonies, 1749-1873
  • HIST 331 – The United States, 1865-1896
  • HIST 352 – Class and Culture in Latin America
  • HIST 355 – Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
  • HIST 357 – Selected Topics in the History of Mexico
  • HIST 450A – Selected Topics in Latin American History
  • HIST 408 – American Foreign Policy, 1870 to 1945
  • HIST 409 – American Foreign Policy, 1945 to Present
  • HIST 426 – Twentieth-Century Canada
  • HIST 427 – Seminar in Native History of Canada
  • HIST 440 – History of Health in the Modern West
  • HIST 445 – 101 American Foreign Policy, 1870-1945
  • HIST 446 – American Foreign Policy, 1945 to present
  • HIST 447B – Selected Topics in United States History
  • HIST 454 – State and Society in 20th century Cuba
  • HIST 456 – Race and Nation in Modern Latin America
  • LAST 205 – Issues of Development in Modern Latin America
  • LAST 301 – Human and Civil Rights in Latin America
  • LAST 303 – Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
  • LAW 306 – Law and Society in British Columbia and the Yukon
  • LAW 352 – First Nations and Canadian Law
  • LAW 353 – Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
  • LAW 354 – First Nations Self Government
  • LAW 355 – First Nations and the Administration of Justice
  • LAW 356 – First Nations and Economic Development
  • LAW 358 – Topics in First Nations Law (not offered every year) *See GRS program supervisor for assistance in registering for Faculty of Law courses
  • POLI 304 – British Columbia Government and Politics
  • POLI 308 – Issues in Canadian politics
  • POLI 310 – Parliament and Party: The Strategy of Politics
  • POLI 363 – Canadian Foreign Policy
  • POLI 402 – Law and Politics of the Canadian Constitution
  • POLI 403 – The Political Economy of Canada
  • POLI 405 – Topics in Canadian Politics
  • POLI 406 – Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian politics
  • RELG 312 – Jews and Judaism in Canada
  • RELG 420 – Religion in Canada
  • SOCI 210 – Canadian Social Structure
  • SOCI 310 – Canadian Society
  • SPAN 406 – Gender Representation(s) in Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • WMST 311 – African/Black Women in the Americas