Teaching

Professor Schotte teaches courses in the history of medieval and early modern Europe, the history of science and technology, and the history of the book. She places a strong emphasis on primary sources—reading them closely, and examining them in person—so most classes involve visits to libraries on- and off-campus. She is developing a new course on the history of engineering to be co-taught with Edward Jones-Imhotep in conjunction with the Lassonde School of Engineering.

Current Courses

HIST2220  6.0    Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Fall-Winter 2019-20)

Illuminated manuscript initial and floral border
Heures de Notre-Dame (Bruges, ca. 1470)
Image: Irish College in Paris, wdl.org

This course surveys the history of Europe from the 11th to the 17th century. In lectures, we will work our way from monasticism to Martin Luther, from the Crusades to Cortés, from the beginnings of the universities to the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution, and from medieval lordship to absolute monarchies. Students will visit the Clara Thomas Archives for a hands-on workshop devoted to medieval manuscripts and early printing.

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HIST4230 (formerly HIST4260)  6.0 Technologies of Communication: A History of Reading from the Codex to the Kindle  (Year 2018-19)

This research seminar explores the history of books and their readers from antiquity to the present. Class is held in York’s Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, and includes trips to other area libraries. By studying books as material objects and communication technologies, we will investigate questions of intellectual property, literacy, author and audience, and “the future of the book.”

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Other courses

HIST2250  3.0  Revolutions in the Stars: Science in the Age of Galileo (last taught: Winter 2018)

Peter Apian, Cosmographia (1545)
Peter Apian, Cosmographia (1545)

This course surveys the major developments of the ‘Scientific Revolution’ (c.1500-1700), when technical, theoretical and geographical discoveries gave rise to new understandings of the natural world. Celebrated astronomer, engineer, inventor and author Galileo serves as a focal point, bridging the worlds of famous theoreticians (Copernicus, Vesalius, and Newton) and of anonymous artisans and midwives.

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HIST3234  3.0 Gender in Early Modern Europe  (last taught: Fall 2017)

Explores gender ideologies and their lived social and cultural meanings for women — and men — during modern Europe’s foundational centuries, 1500-1800. Examines intersections between evolving cultural norms, familial roles, and women’s varied activities in spaces outside the domestic household. Also considers gender in relation to major developments of the era — statebuilding, capitalism, overseas expansion, religion and the literacy revolution.

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HIST3240  6.0  Renaissance and Reformation: Brand New or New Again? (last taught: 2018-19)

How did inadequate education, greed, power struggles and rapid change produce Renaissance high culture? Was it a return to classical education, culture and institutions? A religious renewal? Or new social, political and economic patterns shaping the modern world?

    In the pipeline:

HIST/ STS/LSE 3.0 How to Think about Science: A History of Engineering