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COURSE NUMBER: HIST 360
COURSE TITLE: Canada to Confederation
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Richard Vaudry
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines significant events, cultures, and encounters on the lands called "Canada" prior to 1867. Particular attention is given to interactions between Indigenous peoples and European settlers as well as the formative political, intellectual, and cultural currents of this period, in order to help develop an adequate foundation for both the study of recent Canadian history and the understanding of contemporary Canadian society.

This course is considered a Canadian Studies course for purposes of admission to King's B.Ed. (AD).

Prerequisites: HIST 204
REQUIRED TEXTS: Conrad, Finkel, and Fyson,  History of the Canadian Peoples, Volume I, Beginning to Confederation.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Essay - Proposal, outline, bibliography10%
Essay - completed (3000 words)30%
Midterm Examination15%
Attendance and Participation10%
Final Examination35%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: That upon completion of this course the student will have:
  • gained an understanding of the main features of ‘Canadian history’ from European settlement in the 16 th  century until Confederation in 1867 and will have been introduced to various interpretations of that history;
  • improved their skills in written and oral communication and in critical and analytical thinking;
  • enhanced their temporal sense; in short, that they will have begun to think historically;
  • been introduced to some of the methods which historians use to reconstruct the past;
  • engaged in a reflection on the nature of history, the historical discipline and the relationship of Christianity to the study of history.
COURSE OUTLINE: Note that these are very general topics with two or more lectures subsumed under each. 
  • Approaches to Transatlantic history
  • Geography, Early Exploration and Settlement
  • Introduction to Native Peoples
  • New France I:  Overview/ Government/Law/Military
  • New France II:  Society/Religion/Culture
  • Trade and Commerce
  • The End of New France and the Transition to British Rule
  • Revolutionaries and Loyalists
  • Religion and Colonial Society
  • Upper and Lower Canada to 1841
  • The Maritimes and Newfoundland
  • Economy of British North America
  • Politics in British North America


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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