Dr. Leigh Whaley - Professor Emeritus

Mark Curry Chair in History

EMAIL: leigh.whaley@acadiau.ca

I am teaching the following online courses:

An introduction to major themes, events and people of Western Civilization. The course begins with a survey of the civilizations of the ancient world including the cultures of the Near East, Greece and Rome, and traces major events and movements to the late 17th century. Topics studied include the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Religious Wars, and Scientific Revolution.

The course does not have any pre-requisites and is open to all regardless of major, faculty or school. It is an excellent foundation course for all disciplines. 

History 2123NT: Gender and Sexuality in Europe to 1789 (3 h)
This course provides a survey of women's and men’s roles in societies from the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Israel through to the eighteenth century. Attitudes towards gender roles, sexuality, the roles of men and women and their expectations and obligations will be considered. Questions to keep in mind throughout the course include: do we see a pattern throughout Western Civilization when examining women's and men's lives? Do their lives change with various important moments in history such as the rise and fall of Empires and civilizations, religions, and movements such as Renaissance and the Reformation? What role does mythology and religion, or lack thereof, play in the construction of gender? What happens to gender when societies go to war?

This course teaches you about key concepts about gender and sexuality throughout history. In addition to age, gender is one of the universal dimensions on which status and differences are based. We will examine how complex the definitions of gender were for both men and women, and how nuanced gender relations were in terms of sexual orientation and the community. The course further considers how the definitions and views of gender changed over time.


Online courses are open entry and students may register anytime, anywhere.  Courses last for 6 months.  For more information and registration, please visit https://www.openacadia.ca/