COURSE TITLE: Canada Since Confederation
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. William Van Arragon
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course seeks to introduce students to the main contours of Canadian history since Confederation in 1867. Particular attention is given to the patterns of interactions between Indigenous peoples and European settlers. A variety of political, social, religious, racial, economic, and cultural themes will be considered to provide broad and comprehensive coverage of the last century and a half of Canadian history. 

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

Prerequisites: HIST 204
  • Charlotte Gray, The Promise of Canada:  150 Years—People and Ideas That Have Shaped our Country (2016)
  • Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume One: Summary (2015).  Also available online here:
  • Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, ed., In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation (2015)
  • Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (2012) 
Response to King's The Inconvenient Indian (1500 words) 20%
Response to Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2000 words)25%
Essay (2000 words)25%
Final Exam20%
Attendance and Participation10%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:After taking this course, students will:
  • have gained an understanding of the main features of “Canadian history” from 1867 to the present, 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; 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.
  • Treaties
  • Confederation
  • Moving West
  • Rebellions
  • Immigration
  • World War One
  • Quebec Nationalism to 1940s
  • The Great Depression
  • Religion and Reform in Canada
  • World War Two
  • Canada and the United States
  • The Cold War
  • Canada and Quebec since 1945
  • Constitution and Charter
  • Apologies and Reconciliation

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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